|An older discussion about scent sensitivity includes a testimonial post from liljoad. This thread was originally posted with this forum poll: What Type of Smeller Do You Have? back in 2001.
I think we're over due for a new poll. So, here it is. What Type of Smells Bother You?
... liljoad says:
I smell things that no one else smells. Once I smelled a dead rat under the house three days before my boyfriend finally admitted something was going on. But the thing that bothers me the most is laundry detergent. I have to move train cars, get out of elevators, change seats in the theatre, bus, anywhere where there are people. I step back from people I want to talk to because of their cologne, perfume and more than ever, the scent of their laundry detergent. Have I changed or has detergent gotten stronger? I'd rather smell human sweat than laundry detergent, it makes me sick. People used to smell like people, now it's just chemicals. Magazines smell like perfume. I rush out of bathrooms, shrieking as I'm being sprayed by those automatic air fresheners, I can't stay long enoug to even wash my hands. That's another problem, the toxic smell of hand soap, I stopped washing my hands with that long ago, now I carry around a little bottle of Dr. Bronner's lavender soap. I love natural smells, flowers, fruit, even essential oils I'm fine with. It's the chemicals that drive me crazy, and they literally make me feel crazy... read full post