Having experienced waste-free for over 10 years, I found that the lifestyle provides countless advantages overtime: improved standard of living, better health, huge money💰and time⏰savings, closer connection to nature🌿and loved ones, increased faith and sense of purpose, environmental optimism🌎, creativity boost, not having to take trash🗑out (duh)... the list is endless.
But there is a downside... In eliminating toxic products from our home, it seems that my olfactory senses got detoxified and therefore heightened 👃
While it's definitely an advantage being able to quickly detect a fire and to enjoy odors associated with a walk in the forest🍄, a stroll on the beach🌊, a kiss on a newborn's👶head, to their fullest, having a renewed sense of smell can be a problem: Scents that I couldn't perceive before, have become a nuisance.
I once had to change hotel rooms3⃣times, before finding a neutral-smelling one; a different time, I had to stay in a room with a dirty socks smell -I smelled it on my clothes 'til laundry day. I also stayed in a capsule airport hotel where swapping rooms wasn't an option, I had to take a sleeping pill💊to (pass out and) forget the pounding headache caused by the @Febreze that had been sprayed all over the (tiny) space with no windows -it took days to shake off the pain🤕caused by that torture alone! Same, when given homemade soaps by fans (I now refuse). I have to change seats if the person next to me wears cologne, uses scented shampoo, or eats popcorn. I don't use EO or coconut🥥oil on my body: the smell is too strong. If a jogger🏃runs past me or I walk by a dryer vent, I can name the brand of the laundry detergent used. If I take a taxi, perfume left on the seatbelt by a previous passenger bothers me. But most annoying is riding an @Uber: The "fresheners" used go straight to my head: I end up riding, my head out the window, like a dog🐶! I once read that the chemicals used in common household products reduce one's sense of smell, so would eliminating them enhance it? Have you too experienced the disadvantages of a heightened/renewed sense of smell due to waste-free living?