Is it just me, or is there anyone else who is discovering changes in their bodies as they get older? I know that things like getting a little saggy in places, and getting wrinkles, and getting gray hair are common, and to be expected. But what about things like being more sensitive to scents, like those in everyday products such as laundry detergent, fabric softener, even dishwashing detergent? Or to other additives in products that you use? What about your own “scent” changing?
I have been writing here for a while now about how I have been itching, and have tried everything I can think of to help with that. I have been to the doctor several times, and tried many MANY different medications, both prescription and over the counter, to try to get relief for that. But lately, I have noticed other things, and most notable among those other things, is that I “smell” different to myself.
Y’all tell me if you think that is weird, or even if it is just TMI, but like I said a while back when I was writing about my itchiness, if I don’t write about it, I will never find out if it is just me or if this is something that happens with everyone. While this may be another “taboo” topic because I have not heard anyone else talk about it, it may also just be “me”, but I will not know the difference unless it is discussed. Right?
I haven’t used perfumes or scented products for myself in more than 20 years, mostly because when I did, I got headaches. Over the years, that also came to include laundry detergents, candles, and most other household products. If there is an unscented option, that is the one I choose, and if there is not one, then I tend to just not use whatever product it is. More and more, any products I buy for myself tend to be sensitive skincare ones. I just can’t seem to tolerate products that have any chemically added scents.
So, tell me, ladies, what products do you avoid because of added scents? What reactions do you have to everyday products? And what changes have you experienced as you get older?