SO WHAT’S WRONG WITH TRYING TO SMELL NICE?
Nothing in itself. But the chemicals that are used to propagate fragrance can be quite toxic to some people. This isn’t a matter of taste or unpleasantness; people who suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) become physically sick, often to the point of being incapacitated, when exposed to artificial fragrances. A minimal amount of exposure is enough to hurt. For instance, a trace of scented laundry detergent in a room can force an MCS sufferer in the room to flee—or get very sick.
WHY SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT MCS SUFFERERS?
First of all—out of politeness. MCS is a disability like any other, and simple accommodations to MCS sufferers are possible. Just as you would not trip a blind person, you can avoid hurting MCS sufferers by not using scented products. The worst are perfumes and air…
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