Will perfume become a political no-no?


I read this report today about about a measure being considered in Portland, Oregon.

What will be next on the hit list?  And how many new frivolous law suits will be filed as a result of such a measure.

The City Council was scheduled to consider the new ban on perfume on Wednesday amending its human resources

rules to discourage employees from using personal scented products in the workplace where the “sole purpose is to emit a fragrance such as perfume, aftershave and cologne and to avoid the use of strongly scented powder, deodorant and other personal hygiene products.”

City employees and union leaders discussed the proposed rules in December and they supported the changes, according to a draft of the city ordinance.  Hey, already, fix the potholes!

Next thing you know, someone will lobby to outlaw roses in the garden.

This ranks right up there behind the day care center in Nashville that expels any child who has two dirty diapers in one day!  No joke.

3 thoughts on “Will perfume become a political no-no?

  1. Emily, there are some people who are allergic to strong fragrances. My mother-in-law was one. She quit attending church because of reactions to perfume. Richard is beginning to get where he chokes up and cna’t breathe well around strong fragrances. This is not a trivial matter to such people!

  2. I realize this is a serious problem for many people, but just doubt the wisdom of the government getting into yet another area of our lives. Perhaps posting signs discouraging strong fragrances would be a better way. My hairdresser has a sign posted at her station and I’m very careful to avoid any perfume other fragrance when I go to her shop.

  3. I think they SHOULD get into this.
    One: When you look a the MSDS of chemicals that are sold with a fragrance, that fragrance is NOT tested for it possible reactions to human physiology (mutigenic, asthma, benign, etc).
    Two: The chemicals that “transmit” or carry to fragrance ARE harmful to humans, most of the chemicals in normal hygiene products have a negative effect on the human body, where as your organs may consider them toxic and need them to be oxidized.
    Three: The tests that test how well the body can handle these levels of harmful chemicals (think acetone for your nails) was tested a long time ago most likely and WHEN exactly should it be retested and with what new perspective are they applying the data or ARE THEY? It should be obvious medical science is not standing still in its understanding of the human body and the effects of our environment are huge in the long term health of a person.
    The most disturbing thing is MOST of the chemicals used for the fragrance component in perfumes, hairsprays, deodorants, laundry detergents, and dryer sheets are not even known what their exact makeup is. Most perfume manufactures guard their secrets closely.

    Ask yourself this, why is it OK to make someone else feel bad or sick or forced to quite work because of someone’s vanity and perception that they “stink”. As a MCS sufferer, for lack of a better term, I think that perfume stinks! Most perfumed people are SO strong that their smell lingers LONG after even a really bad human BO, sometimes stronger than a skunk. I think this is a problem of perceptions, who are you serving when you are buying into the perceptions of these chemical manufactures slogans that your are not good enough unless you wear all their junk they keep peddling to people. These products are not life enhancing or even for health and it is just one more resource to end up in the landfill.

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