Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • goatfertility
    • By goatfertility 25th Mar 17, 12:48 PM
    • 38Posts
    • 13Thanks
    goatfertility
    Smelly hand lotion in the office...
    • #1
    • 25th Mar 17, 12:48 PM
    Smelly hand lotion in the office... 25th Mar 17 at 12:48 PM
    For about a year I've been working in the back office of a travel agent. Two weeks ago we had a new start and she sits right next to my desk. Every couple of hours, she insists on putting on really strong smelling hand cream. There must be a 10 meter radius around her desk that smells of it and it really lingers...

    Should I just put up and shut up. Or is there any way to politely address this issue (either to her direct, or the line manager) how might a phase it? I'm terrified of coming across as a complainer or or intolerant. But the smell is really strong and putrid.
Page 1
    • sangie595
    • By sangie595 25th Mar 17, 12:58 PM
    • 3,723 Posts
    • 6,098 Thanks
    sangie595
    • #2
    • 25th Mar 17, 12:58 PM
    • #2
    • 25th Mar 17, 12:58 PM
    You are having a really bad week, aren't you? Car kaput, place you move to not ready, and now your colleague is using hand cream.

    Couldn't you ask her, and just say that you don't want to be difficult but you find the smell a problem and could she possibly use a different type in the office?
    • stator
    • By stator 25th Mar 17, 1:01 PM
    • 5,808 Posts
    • 3,812 Thanks
    stator
    • #3
    • 25th Mar 17, 1:01 PM
    • #3
    • 25th Mar 17, 1:01 PM
    It's not an unreasonable request. I'd ask her to use a fragrence free lotion. You might even buy her some.
    Changing the world, one sarcastic comment at a time.
    • Mersey
    • By Mersey 25th Mar 17, 1:37 PM
    • 1,521 Posts
    • 719 Thanks
    Mersey
    • #4
    • 25th Mar 17, 1:37 PM
    • #4
    • 25th Mar 17, 1:37 PM
    Every couple of hours, she insists on putting on really strong smelling hand cream


    There must be a 10 meter radius around her desk that smells of it and it really lingers...

    But the smell is really strong and putrid.
    Originally posted by goatfertility


    She must be OCD. That's certainly excessive. How does she even type or pick up a phone without them slipping out of her hands?! If she's dehydrated perhaps buy her a large water bottle or spray some manly fragrance at regular intervals. She'll either realise or it will at least overpower the smell.
    Last edited by Mersey; 25-03-2017 at 1:40 PM.
    Please be polite to OPs and remember this is a site for Claimants and Appellants to seek redress against their bank, ex-boss or retailer. If they wanted morality or the view of the IoD or Bank they'd ask them.
    • TELLIT01
    • By TELLIT01 25th Mar 17, 2:41 PM
    • 3,874 Posts
    • 3,943 Thanks
    TELLIT01
    • #5
    • 25th Mar 17, 2:41 PM
    • #5
    • 25th Mar 17, 2:41 PM
    I sympathise as I can't stand strong scents either. I'd tell her straight out and ask her to use something unscented.
    • jonnyd281
    • By jonnyd281 25th Mar 17, 6:24 PM
    • 499 Posts
    • 360 Thanks
    jonnyd281
    • #6
    • 25th Mar 17, 6:24 PM
    • #6
    • 25th Mar 17, 6:24 PM
    Or maybe she has dermatitis or some other skin condition that requires her to use it.
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 25th Mar 17, 7:38 PM
    • 4,101 Posts
    • 10,995 Thanks
    Hermia
    • #7
    • 25th Mar 17, 7:38 PM
    • #7
    • 25th Mar 17, 7:38 PM
    She must be OCD. That's certainly excessive. How does she even type or pick up a phone without them slipping out of her hands?! If she's dehydrated perhaps buy her a large water bottle or spray some manly fragrance at regular intervals. She'll either realise or it will at least overpower the smell.
    Originally posted by Mersey
    Putting on cream every couple of hours is not excessive if you have a skin condition or really dry skin. I have to do this or my hands get really dry or sore. I wonder if the OP could say they find the smell overpowering and would she mind buying a less smelly cream next time. This seems a bit less confrontational than saying 'stop using that cream now' and if she is using it frequently she will probably get to the end of the tube soon.
    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 25th Mar 17, 7:46 PM
    • 1,229 Posts
    • 2,083 Thanks
    coffeehound
    • #8
    • 25th Mar 17, 7:46 PM
    • #8
    • 25th Mar 17, 7:46 PM
    Every couple of hours, she insists on putting on really strong smelling hand cream. There must be a 10 meter radius around her desk that smells of it and it really lingers...
    Originally posted by goatfertility
    What does it smell like exactly. Anyway, console yourself with the knowledge that hand cream is the worst thing about your work environment
    • sammyjammy
    • By sammyjammy 25th Mar 17, 7:54 PM
    • 4,171 Posts
    • 4,498 Thanks
    sammyjammy
    • #9
    • 25th Mar 17, 7:54 PM
    • #9
    • 25th Mar 17, 7:54 PM
    I use handcream every time I wash my hands at work due to the toxically drying soap, every couple of hours isn't excessive. Just ask her nicely if she can use her handcream elsewhere or swap it with something less pongy
    "You've been reading SOS when it's just your clock reading 5:05 "
    • xapprenticex
    • By xapprenticex 25th Mar 17, 8:41 PM
    • 1,194 Posts
    • 1,102 Thanks
    xapprenticex
    Lucy is that you? Its just coco scented, I thought you all liked it
    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 25th Mar 17, 10:23 PM
    • 1,171 Posts
    • 1,204 Thanks
    Fireflyaway
    Is the smell really nasty or just not to your taste? Seems a lot worse things to encounter than a bit of hand cream. I use to use a lot of hand cream as the soap at work was very drying but frequently had comments about the nice smell. Is it a medicated lotion? Maybe the person has a skin condition? I know it bothers you but that much? Maybe get an air freshener for your desk? Get your own hand cream to block the smell of your colleagues one? Maybe she will like it then buy some of her own?!
    • aife
    • By aife 27th Mar 17, 12:57 AM
    • 100 Posts
    • 65 Thanks
    aife
    start burning incense at your desk
    • RedfordML
    • By RedfordML 27th Mar 17, 11:46 AM
    • 673 Posts
    • 374 Thanks
    RedfordML
    For about a year I've been working in the back office of a travel agent. Two weeks ago we had a new start and she sits right next to my desk. Every couple of hours, she insists on putting on really strong smelling hand cream. There must be a 10 meter radius around her desk that smells of it and it really lingers...

    Should I just put up and shut up. Or is there any way to politely address this issue (either to her direct, or the line manager) how might a phase it? I'm terrified of coming across as a complainer or or intolerant. But the smell is really strong and putrid.
    Originally posted by goatfertility


    Having the time to write this at work, I think the employer might need to give you more tasks, you come across very bored??
    • xapprenticex
    • By xapprenticex 27th Mar 17, 8:41 PM
    • 1,194 Posts
    • 1,102 Thanks
    xapprenticex
    Having the time to write this at work, I think the employer might need to give you more tasks, you come across very bored??
    Originally posted by RedfordML
    Calm, you want to be a police officer but here you are declaring OP guilty of posting on forums during work hours without getting the full story of OP's circumstances.

    OP could be on lunch break, ours are 12:00 till 13:00
    OP could be on leave
    OP could be off sick
    OP could be sending messages while OP should be working
    • stuart30
    • By stuart30 28th Mar 17, 12:09 AM
    • 495 Posts
    • 218 Thanks
    stuart30
    Could you not just drop ya Guts when walking past...if she complains tell her "suck it down love...smell goes quicker like i have to with your hand cream"
    • xapprenticex
    • By xapprenticex 28th Mar 17, 11:58 PM
    • 1,194 Posts
    • 1,102 Thanks
    xapprenticex
    Could you not just drop ya Guts when walking past...
    Originally posted by stuart30
    good job, that cracked me up
    • Piscean1991
    • By Piscean1991 18th Apr 17, 11:43 PM
    • 449 Posts
    • 741 Thanks
    Piscean1991
    My migraines are triggered by strong smells. Perhaps just say to her that you're terribly sorry but strong smells bring on a headache in you and would she mind awfully using something unscented.

    In all fairness, it's not a management issue and I think if you took that to her line manager you'd be laughed out of the room.
    • vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv
    • By vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv 19th Apr 17, 10:35 AM
    • 910 Posts
    • 1,396 Thanks
    vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv
    get some mothballs
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

80Posts Today

1,916Users online

Martin's Twitter
  • Shana tova umetuka - a sweet Jewish New Year to all celebrating. I won't be online the rest of t'week, as I take the time to be with family

  • Dear Steve. Please note doing a poll to ask people's opinion does not in itself imply an opinion! https://t.co/UGvWlMURxy

  • Luciana is on the advisory board of @mmhpi (we have MPs from most parties) https://t.co/n99NAxGAAQ

  • Follow Martin