I was thinking self-conciously of my Samsara Creme Rituelle + SL Santal Blanc combo this morning. Scents are not made today to be worn the way they were at some points in the past. We didn't cram large amounts of people in small spaces, in very close proximity, for long periods of time. We also didn't work or study forced to be within 1-2 feet of others for long periods of time, where the physical environment doesn't provide proper ventilation or
The issue of second hand smoke in apartment buildings is currently in the papers here. I for one would jump at the chance to live in a smoke-free building. Or, like others suggest, a building where the building code prevented smoke from entering my flat. I can feel myself breathing in smoke, and occasionally get asthma, nausea, or wake up with my lungs feeling funky because of it - this from someone who had never experienced asthma for over 28 years, and then only downtown on the worst smog days.
When people are pushing themselves on to buses / streetcars / subway trains (some days I'm not up for the shove to get on, and I've watched 12 trains go by... not even at the peak of rush hour) fragrance is a problem.
Another thread mentioned nausea, and for anyone who has experienced morning sickness, or nausea due to illness, drug side effects, or withdrawal, s/he can probably vouch for strong scents being an issue. After one bad experience with Brisk Iced Tea and nausea 10 years ago, it still makes me queasy, even if I don't try to drink it (and I never have had more than a sip since then).
The city I grew up in did not allow animals (other than assistance animals), things like bicycles or open strollers, or food / beverages on public transit. The city I moved to for college only allowed drinks in proper travel cups. Pretty much anything goes here, other than smoking, which occasionally happens anyway.
While some of you may live and work in environment where scent can be louder, I think being considerate about your application goes a long way.
Many places in Canada have 'scent free' policies already, but I have yet to have anyone look at me funny or say anything - I am fairly discreet all the time, and especially so when I am going certain places... which include 'scent free' zones. I think the policies are partly in place so that severe cases can be addressed. Much like 'courtesy seating, maximum of 20 minutes per customer, minimum purchase may apply' signs in restaurants. I have only seen these enforced a couple of times - disruptive homeless people and some late-night loitering teenagers.
If there isn't a posted policy, you get problems like the guy who posted on here about meeting someone else in a bookstore cafe for a mini sniffa, spritzing multiple scents in a short period of time, and claiming discrimination based on sex (wouldn't happen to two women, but straight men wouldn't do that) when asked to leave.
Also... strangely and unfortunately, Delrae Bois de Paradis makes my throat close up even if applied lightly with a roll-on, and I have no known allergies.
As far as the bad body odour issue - yes, it is every bit as disruptive, but it isn't an act the way choosing how to apply your scent is, effective anti-perspirants have been linked to cancer, and sometimes bad breath or body odour is due to illness or medication and can't be helped, as a quick summary of the issues. My parents had to say something to an employee one time about body odour, and have kept the employee bathrooms stocked with deodorant since then and it seems to have been resolved. Hard situation though.
Ok, I said a lot... I love fragrance and also realise how much it can impact others. Plus I am sitting here during my office hours waiting for students to appear =)
Oh - and if anyone has any innovative ideas on how to address / deal with this, I would love to hear about them.