February 17, 2004

Coco Revisited

Ok...she, and I'm naming her Coco for future reference, did it again. Luckily, I was out of the office most of the day so I really didn't have to put up with it too much. Suggestions? And don't tell me to go to work smelling really bad. That's not an option.

Posted by Chris at February 17, 2004 6:02 PM

be blunt... it might painful, but it will pass. Just say 'Hey, Coco, lay off the perfume! It's masking you natural loveliness' or something like that... Lie if you have to, it looks like you're going to hell anyway ;)

Posted by: Amber at February 17, 2004 6:20 PM

Or, make sure she overhears you talking to someone else about how sickly strong someone's perfume is, but you don't know who's doing it. Or that you're allergic to heavy perfumes.

Posted by: Anne at February 17, 2004 6:23 PM

i say you should create an anonymous email account (at yahoo or hotmail or something) and email her about it. then you can be blunt without her knowing it's you.

Posted by: tj at February 17, 2004 9:11 PM

I like the allergy idea. I actually AM very allergy sensitive to colognes and perfumes, so I usually say things like, "What you're wearing smells nice. Although it's giving me a SCREAMING HEADACHE. Buh-bye."

Seriously, she shouldn't be offended if she doesn't realize it bothers you.

"Tone it down a tweak, m'kay?"

Posted by: Lauren at February 17, 2004 9:31 PM

Okay, two seconds later and I'm already feeling guilty. You could say something like, "I wish I could (or my wife could) wear cologne/perfume, but I'm too damn sensitive to it. I can't take it. YOU STINK!"

Lord, I just don't know how to say it nicely.

Moving on.

Posted by: Lauren at February 17, 2004 9:34 PM

You could be honest and tell her she could use less perfume?

Or you could say she already has a great smell, she doesn't need the perfume :))

Posted by: Sweety at February 18, 2004 2:56 AM

Hrm. Well, it's very unPC to wear much more than a light squirt of perfume in Ontario offices (the university I went to, and doctors' offices have perfume intolerance signs up).

If this happened at my office, I'd go to HR and make it known that there was a problem. It's their job to deal with sensitive stuff like that on a nice "anonymous" level.

I'm not allergic, but too much perfume makes me nausiated. I don't know how you're taking it! I'd be puking into my garbage can by now.

Good luck?

Posted by: Olive at February 18, 2004 7:56 AM

Everytime you walk in the door, or she walks in, do some serious sniffing and say 'What is that smell? Do you smell that? gag.gag.gag.' The allergy thing is a good cover though.

Posted by: wlfldy at February 18, 2004 8:02 AM

I'm with Olive. That's why you have HR, for sensitive issues like this that you shouldn't have to deal with. They won't name names, or shouldn't so she'll never know it's you. And you can remain the sweet guy in the next office forever. :-)

Posted by: Krush at February 18, 2004 9:06 AM

Wear a SARS like mask whenever she's around. Hopefully she'll get the hint. ;)

Posted by: Kimmie at February 18, 2004 9:54 AM

My mom had a coworker that wouldn't stop wearing it even after being asked politely. It was a really big issue for this lady. Mom finally had to go to HR about it... Coco refused to tone it down and after a bit more time of the perfume combined with a bad attitude, they fired her.

Posted by: emily at February 18, 2004 12:40 PM

Well, apart from being honest, or HR, you *could* tell her you have this head-melting allergy to whatever it is she's wearing, and then run screaming for the bathroom.... "Ahh! Ahh! My head! My head is melting!!"

Posted by: Desertviking at February 21, 2004 10:16 AM