The idea for this post was suggested by my dear friend Lawrence from Ohio. We were talking scrubbers and Lawrence raised the issue of unpleasant encounters that leave you want to scrub the other person of their perfume because it is so disgusting you can't stand it.
Most of us have contemplated violence as we stood in an uncomfortable proximity to someone who's bathed in Angel; but I'm not necessarily talking about perfumes that are too strong and take up all the air in the room. I'm talking about people wearing stuff that smells so vile they make you wonder if they even have a nose.
For me it's being around men wearing aquatics. Escape, L'Eau d'Issey and their like. I'm sure there are guys that can make it work, but have yet to smell them. There's something in these two colognes that turn my stomach instantly. No, you don't smell clean and fresh, you smell chemical.
Another incident happened just the other day. I was at Victoria's Secret (don't even ask) and a girl at the register sprayed herself silly with some kind of a mango thing body spray. She was going on and on and on about how yummy it was while I wanted to bleach her (and everyone else in the vicinity, myself included).
How about you? Who and what has made you reach for your smelling salts? Let's talk about it.
Photo of Tim Gunn from somewhere around the web.