Fresh air does not smell of fragrance

Frisk luft lukter ikke av parfyme.

At the perfumery part 2 – by Annelie Molin

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I found I needed two more brushes for my makeup. One eyeshadow brush, and a new lipstick brush. Back to the perfumery again then. :-!


But this time I did not want to put myself in the position getting acutely ill in asthma due to the perfume in the air in the perfumery, so I desided to wear my industrial gas mask I sometimes use at work going there.

“- I wonder what they will say, and how they will react when I enter the store in my protective facemask?”, I thought to myself.


Well, well, here goes nothing… At least I will not get a bad asthma and allergic reaction to the fumes in the shop.

I entered and first I did not see the lady from last time I was there, only a person new to me. So I was kind of forced to lift the mask to explain to her the situation. I only had the mask off for a few seconds but it was enough for my lungs to close up as a reaction to the perfume, and I had to run out of there to get better and to put it back on. After I went back in I met the lady from last time, and I felt more secure on getting help with less trouble. She told the girl what I bought last time and gave hints on what I needed this time. This way I did not have to talk as much. Using pointing, body language and talking with the mask on we managed to find what I wanted.

Luckily they could hear what I said even with the mask on. As I was about to pay we talked and they asked a lot.

“- Have you had it like this all your life?” and such questions. I think it is alright people ask, it is much better they ask than they go making their own thoughts about it that maybe is incorrect.

“- No, I got a work injury in 2007”, I replied.

“- Oh, that bad”, they said.

And after a little more talking the girl said she also had been working in a bus wash and got injured from it, but she got a skin problem from it. It really is a lot of strong chemicals used in such places and also perfumed cleaning products for indoor cleaning. No wonder people get ill from working with it, we concluded.

Well, chit chatting with the mask on, and the staff took it really nicely, and I got what I needed.


Do you think it sounds strange and extreme this? Well, try having acute breathing difficulties for 3 days, I rather go shopping wearing a mask for 5 minutes than getting a asthma and allergic attack for 3 days. When being sensitive one can not afford caring about what others might think. Health must come first.

It is a nice and sunny day and I feel fine thanks to my mask, and I am going to work the rest of the day also.



Read part 1

Ps This is not about complainting on this specific shop, it could have been just any perfumery.

Author: Annelie

I like canoeing, photographing, friends, movies, food, humor, and going on trips. I dislike rudeness, dishonesty, violence, nastyness, and people not caring for others. I do not drink much, I do not smoke and I do not do drugs. I love friends who are kind to me and stick with me. If you want to give me a gift, the best gift is to stop smoking and stop using fragranced products. Then you give me health and that dear friend, is the best gift a person can get. It is a gift of love. I got asthma and I am hearing disabled.

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