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#15954
Gamers for Personal Hygiene 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Beano?
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#15955
Gamers for Personal Hygiene 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Beano is a product that helps dissipate and eliminate naturally occuring gas. Funny name, no? You can get it from your local chain like Walgreen's or CVS.

It just occured to me after I posted this--if you really wanted to be anonymous about it, write a note from one of the "characters" and tie it to the bottle. That way nobody has to take personal responsibility for the "gift". Have it come from an NPC or something. ;-}~

"Hark--what impending suffocation doth come on the tail of such a foul wind. Drink this potion my friend and be healed."

ROFL
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#15956
Gamers for Personal Hygiene 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
Beano is an enzyme formula that prevents the formation of intestinal gas; since such gas is most frequently associated with beans, Beano.

And, unlike so MANY things that get advertised on the idiot box, it actually does work.

See ya!

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#15957
Gamers for Personal Hygiene 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
I don't disagree with you. There is nothing worse than being stuck next to someone who makes your nose sting and your eyes water because they stink. But be ready for some extremely offended people no matter how polite you are.

I'm very allergic to perfume of all varieties. (Some synthetic perfumes will actually trigger a migraine.) I used to work in a large room full of small cubicles, and some of my co-workers wore enough perfume or aftershave to make me fairly miserable. But when I mentioned it (generally, no names) at a staff meeting and asked if people could cut down on the amounts they used, I was met with open hostility by several people (none of them the actual offenders). Even though I had expressed it as a personal health concern, and not a complaint about how anyone smelled. My boss dismissed the matter as unimportant until a co-worker asked him (privately) what he would do if I showed up smelling of feces, or if I stopped showering -- he got the point, but nobody ever did anything about the heavy perfume users.

Personal odor is a very sensitive topic, no matter what the scent. Very often, we are the last ones to realize just how badly and/or strongly we smell (due to acclimitization?). Some people don't mind their own scent, so don't understand why anyone else would. Some people who don't bathe become quasi-political about it. ("This is how I smell. It's natural and honest. If you don't accept that, you don't accept me.") In the case of perfume wearers, they have actually put effort into smelling the way they do -- unfortunately, they become acclimated (or the perfume fries their nostrils) so they can't smell themselves, and they use more and more without realizing just how strong the scent is.

Here's a variant on the smelly gamer topic: What do you do (if anything) about a gamer who showers regularly, but is "gassy"? I've been at some gaming tables when someone cut loose with a "silent but deadly", and no one said anything. At what point do you ask a chronic offender if he can excuse himself before he passes wind? Is a stick of incense a clever solution, or an insult?

Same problem with perfumes. What people do not realize (Chemists - correct me if I'm wrong) is that when you smell something, you are actually receiving into your nostrils particles of the item in question. With perfume, you're receiving the alcohol, etc.. There are a few women at work whose perfume can be smelled from three rows away. This is absolutely rediculous. First off, while one shouldn't stink, there's no reason to wear perfume to work - you are there to work, not look for a mate. Secondly, how about making it so the perfume can only be smelled 3 INCHES from your body instead of thirty feet away!

What happens to me is the perfume irritates the back of my throat - a lot. The particles also cover my hard lens contacts (which I need to wear due to a medical condition - this is NOT a cosmetic choice). The perfume then stings and burns my eyes and I cannot get it out. What fun. I've complained several times but nothing was ever done about it. The only thing said was that perhaps *I* am overly sensitive to the perfume. Yeah...my friend was getting migranes due to the perfume but it's not the perfume wearer's fault - on no - its the fault of the person being PHYSICALLY ASSAULTED by the FOREIGN BODY that was uninvited.

Yippie!

Okay...so I have strong feelings about this issue. Keep your perfume to yourself or someone nibbling your neck. Unless its Poison (nice scent), I don't care to smell it. I have "private space" too (at least according to law).


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#15958
Gamers for Personal Hygiene 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
I'm with you on this one, John; fragrance is nice, "Attack Perfume" sucks!
The air!
Right out of my lungs!
Especially in the elevator at work!
I'd almost rather deal with a stink-o (almost)!

But it's not "PC" to mention this at work.
Well, TS, baby! Wash with soap and water, not perfume!

'Nuff said.

See ya!

Jim
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#15959
Gamers for Personal Hygiene 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
I sometimes refer to perfume use as a "Class 4: Chemical Atrocity."
The problem is I cannot remember which of the chemical weapons treaties that included gasses that had an odiferous attack.
All I remember is that it was a Class 4 weapon.
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#15960
Gamers for Personal Hygiene 8 Years, 3 Months ago  
I used to drive an airport shuttle van with Afghanis. Some of them bought their cologne in 55 gallon drums and applied it liberally. You could always tell who'd driven the van before when you stepped in.

I also occasionally had a female passenger that doused herself with perfume. Perfume makes my eyes water and my nose itch, and that's not so good when you're driving. I'd have to roll down the window for fresh air.

What happens is that the people that overuse cologne and perfume deaden their sense of smell to it, and probably haven't a clue about the radius of effect their perfume has.

Worse come to worse, one could always file a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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#15961
Gamers for Personal Hygiene 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
I'm so fortunate that my office has a "scent policy". It is a class A law office and one may be warned if you wear any kind of scent - perfume, cologne, dirty t-shirt... whatever.

The line is: it is better to not have a scent than to have a scent.

My grooming products (after shave, deoderant, shampoo) are all scent free. I use shaving soap and a brush for my face, so no scent there either.

I do wear cologne whne I am on a date or something though.

On that note:
I recieved some advice about cologne once. The rule for all colognes and perfumes is to apply a small amount directly to the skin. It was designed this way. Application to clothing is the wrong way to do it. Something to do with smell-swell mixing with impurities in the fibers of cloth and such.

Generally, I spritz one shot (Halston for thiose who wonder) into the palm of my hand then rinse my hands off in water (in the sink). I then rub my still wet hands about my chest and neck. Works great.

Also, if you smoke... or are going to a place with cigarette smoke ... just go scentless. Cigarette smoke smell is bad - smell-swell and cigarette smoke is 100 times worse.

The key to all this though - bathing.
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#15962
Gamers for Personal Hygiene 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
When I was growing up, the purpose of perfume (and cologne) was to entice someone you are already in close proximity to -- that is, someone who is already in hugging or dancing distance. (As such, I sometimes wonder if I can file a harassment charge against coworkers who are wearing too much.) Since it was applied strategically (rarely on the face, except for aftershave), the rule was that if you could smell it yourself you had used too much.

With the advent of "aromatherapy", however, everyone is trying to make sure they can smell their own favorite scent over everything else they encounter. It's like the volume wars we used to get into in college dormitories, or at the beach, only with competing chemicals. The solution to volume debates in public places was headphones -- the solution to ever-increasing volume in dorms (and townhouses) is for EVERYONE to adhere to a maximum limit on volume.

Carnivore mentioned mixing perfumes with cigarette smoke, and it bears mentioning that mixing perfumes with each other is also not the wisest move, but is almost impossible to avoid. When absolutely EVERYTHING is scented (soap, shampoo, bath powder, deodorant, aftershave, laundry detergent, fabric softener, ad nauseum), mixing scents is inevitable -- and sometimes the resulting hybrid is overpowering. It's almost like the Joker's plot in the Keaton/Nicholson "Batman" movie, where individual products were okay to use but certain combinations could kill you.
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#15963
Gamers for Personal Hygiene 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
The last con I went to, KublaCon, was probably the first time I can remember in a long time where no one smelled really bad that I came into contact with. I run a large event, and there are generally a few real stinkers, but not so much this time. Perhaps the message is getting out.

Just as annoying as the stinkers are some of the father-child who show up to play together... If the child is too young (physically, emotionally or intellectually) this can end up being a mess. The same holds true if the parent is too controlling. This seems to run about 50/50.

And while we're talking about bathing and smells, I have one other comment. Tic-tacs can be your friend.
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#15964
Gamers for Personal Hygiene 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
pf -

They've turned out to be MINE, both as a user and a DM!
My favorite is orange; what's yours?

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#15965
Gamers for Personal Hygiene 8 Years, 2 Months ago  
Orange as well. It's just too bad that they only sell them as one or two shot sizes in that little box.
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