Drowning in Cologne..

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    Aug 20, 2007 12:59 AM GMT
    Had this experience this week at my gym.
    Here I am minding my own on the treadmill when the empty one next to me gets occupied by someone who decided to "spritz" before coming in. Damn...talk about hosing yourself down!!! It wasn't even something nice..it almost smelled like Raid there was so much. I tried to keep going...but when breathing heavy you're trying to inhale air but all you get is the toxic fumes, I developed a mild headache. I just left the gym since it was drenched in smell by now. I wanted to say something..but what CAN you say in a situation like that?



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    Aug 20, 2007 3:28 AM GMT
    It's appropriate to say something, both to the individual and to management. You had a reaction to it.
    Scent-free workout environments-not an unreasonable request.
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    Aug 20, 2007 4:21 AM GMT
    I agree with elij. What if someone has an allergic reaction and needs medical help? Better to be scent free.
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    Aug 20, 2007 4:28 AM GMT
    Worse is when u hook up with a guy like that. Two showers later and u still can't gt the stank off. It like gets absorbed into your pores. Yuck
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    Aug 20, 2007 4:35 AM GMT
    Funny...I've had to leave the treadmill for both ends of the spectrum. I've had to leave because the dude next to me went overboard on his AXE body spray...AND I've had to leave because the dude next to me had enough B.O. for me to wish he had on AXE body spray. Blah!!!

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    Aug 20, 2007 7:36 AM GMT
    Gentlemen...

    Eau-de-cologne and other perfumes originated, long before regular bathing became common practice, as a means to cover-up the countless foul odours which are common and contemptible amongst our species. They still serve that purpose today, thank Dog!

    Now, if the offending party is dousing himself profusely with the six-dollar pharmacy-variety smellies, that's altogether a different kettle of (rotten) fish.

    Query. What sort of complaint CAN one make when the offending individual is "at the other end of the spectrum", reaking (upon ENTERING the gym) of swimtrunks-worn-at-the-lake-and-stashed-into-a-plastic-bag-to-stew-in-the trunk-of-a-black-car-for-three-days?

    psht. psht. psht!
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    Aug 20, 2007 11:10 AM GMT
    my lockeroom is rancid with sells of old spice, aqua velva, preffered stock and axe. i can't stand how thy put sooo much on of such low-grade "smellies"

    AXE is the fucking WORSE! the company encourages to spray the ntire bottle, so these little fuckers do just that and its god awful!

    a word to AXE users: a littl goes a long way, a lot is the wrong way.
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    Aug 20, 2007 11:11 AM GMT
    but what's worse is when someone farts on the tread next to you. everyone does it but sometimes you wonder if something died.
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    Aug 20, 2007 11:32 AM GMT
    Ha! Still worse than that:
    When someone wearing those cheap'n'nasty smellies goes and farts in the steam-filled locker room near you. The two odours cling to each other and to everything else it seems, refusing to drift away politely.
    Its nearly identical to that gag-inducing stench one encounters in those long-distance motorcoach toilets.
    Ee-yewww!
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    Aug 20, 2007 3:07 PM GMT
    How about what I do...

    Yell, "Hey, Nasty PIG, get away from me."

    When I was in the Marine Corp. we actually had guys that said "That's my natural scent. That's what naturally attracts females to you."

    Well, after lights out, we dragged them into the showers and hosed him down with soap and water.

    Tell them. Then tell management.

    You do NOT have to smell Nasty PIGS.

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    Aug 20, 2007 4:01 PM GMT
    Part of my normal lunch-time bike ride goes on a trail frequented by tourists. I can smell some of their perfumes 50 yards away! It's beyond offensive - I'm actually allergic to some of that stuff. It's not so bad during pollen season, when I've taken medication for it, but other times of year... I frequently have to get out of line at the grocery check out when someone with excess stench is crowding me. Boarding lines at airports are the worst... I'm just hoping that the fat woman with the visible vapor trail isn't going to sit near me.
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    Aug 20, 2007 4:28 PM GMT
    Scent free gyms are the way to go. Say something to management as needed.

    When I was working at the orthopaedic surgery center, one of the nurses waved her lotioned hands in front of my face. A few minutes later the director walked up front and asked what was wrong with me. I asked her why she was asking and she told me my face was bright red, like I was majorly blushing. After explaining to her what happened, she walked back to the nurses desk and banned all lotions, perfumes... you name it.

    When I worked at the clinic, I had a similar problem and couldn't figure out what was going on. Then, I realized I had a dryer sheet stuck up under my sleeve. The boss laughed and banned everything there as well.

    Sensitive me.... lmao.

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    Aug 20, 2007 5:45 PM GMT
    really fun because i posted this morning and this morning at the gym some guy bathed in something awful, i started coughing and then i started emphasizing my coughing. i think he got the hint.
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    Aug 20, 2007 6:14 PM GMT
    As a person who is particularly in tune to my olfactory senses (I used to tell a former boss I could predict her mood on any given morning by the type of perfume she chose to wear, and its residual scent in the office elevators), the only thing worse than heavy perfume or cologne is body odor.

    Thankfully, my current gym is quick to police either situation.

    Personally, I don't understand either. Doesn't wearing a heavy scent give people headaches? Is that just me? Or are some people too dense to connect the heavy smell to the headache?
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    Aug 20, 2007 7:23 PM GMT
    ok now i dont bathe in cologne
    but isnt smelling good a tad better than smelling like stale sweat in the gym
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    Aug 20, 2007 7:50 PM GMT
    The problem is that "good" is in the eye of the beholder. The most polite approach in this kind of environment is to not smell at all.

    You touch on an interesting point - I notice a difference between fresh sweat and stale sweat. Body odor seems to usually be the latter: a person who put on the same clothes that rotted in their gym bag for the last three days... And that is definitely the worst.
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    Aug 20, 2007 8:28 PM GMT
    I've encountered a similar problem recently when a guy who obviously smoked heavily got onto the eliptical next to me. What's the proper ettiquette for that (the guy was old enough to be my father probably). It seems like a much more sensitive topic when someone has a habit that's so far out of control versus someone who's trying to get some ding dibg in the locker room by dousing himself with chemicals.
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    Aug 20, 2007 8:32 PM GMT
    the tyranny of the majority says- no scents makes good sense.

    perhaps there ought to be a gym for scented people (smelly, stale, reeking, gurly etc etc) only since a few clearly like to wear that crap.

    when a man says you smell good thats great. so why not tell the man when he doesn't? kingbee's right!
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    Aug 21, 2007 3:42 AM GMT
    Great advice guys...if I were to mention it to management..I mean..HOW can you mention it to management? I by no means am a wuss, but I'll probably be labeled one if I leave to "tattle". When I was at another gym before this one, there was this one guy who I swear came straight from work and man....talk about rotten onions! His favorite machine was the butterly. Man, he moved that air like nobody's business. It was sooo freakin rank..I avoided his side of the gym as much as possible.
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    Aug 21, 2007 4:11 AM GMT
    The problem with applying fragrance before going to the gym is that when you work out and sweat, the fragrance is intensified exponentially. A couple quick sprays of your favorite "light" fragrance can go horribly wrong when the fragrance gets "caught" in your clothes and mixes with your natural body odor.

    A fine fragrance should complement, rather than mask, your body chemistry, but when you change the "ratio" of body chemistry to fragrance, the result is something the designer could not have planned for, particularly with fragrances whose base note is of the musk variety.

    Axe is designed to be a "deodorant" body spray. Used conservatively, it can mask body odor without being offensive. If you don't like the smell of Axe and insist on using fragrance, choose one that is light and not sweet, and preferably one that has a nice clean sandalwood note to it. Sandalwood is in my opinion fairly neutral and in most cases not offensive.

    Oh, and in reference to the OP's question regarding how to raise the issue with the guy next to you, I would say you'd need to try to gauge how he would receive such a comment. You might try "Hey guy, I am allergic to most colognes, so I use X brand anti-perspirant instead. The only reason I'm mentioning it is because I can smell your fragrance and I'll bet I'm not the only one here who has that problem--just want to give you a heads up because I would want someone to mention that to me." Of course he may tell you to **** off, in which case you can tell him that you're not allergic to all colognes, just old fermented Jean Nate'.

    As for the guy who has bad BO, that can be a product of his eating/drinking habits, a cultural/religious belief [I know some Indian people make a conscious decision not to wear deoderant], or even a disease. Some people actually suffer from diseases that cause them to smell terrible no matter what. Depending on what it is, I often just pull a Cartman and tell them "Dude, it's called deoderant. It's not expensive."
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    Aug 23, 2007 2:38 AM GMT
    ScoobyDoobyDude...thanks..the last comment made my week!!


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    Sep 03, 2007 9:15 PM GMT
    Not that I am fan of B.O., but I am curious...Are we the only mammal on this planet that is repulsed by the natural scent of our speicies? Makes you wonder if diet has anything to do with it?

    Just a thought. I get those every now and then. I'm trying to cut down.

    -Den
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    Sep 03, 2007 9:43 PM GMT
    Dogs also like to saturate themselves with nasty odors. Any really foul smelling thing in the landscape, from an oil spill to a dead porcupine (!) will inspire dogs to roll in it. And then they're so proud of themselves! They seem quite offended when I yank them into the bath. I've mentioned elsewhere that my dog's favorite scents are hydraulic fluid (they lay under the old tractor and let it drip on them) and llama poop. But I'm almost used to those odors by now.