Re: Re: Multiple chemical sensitivity
From: Racheli Gai (
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 08:07:40 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Becky,
Why are you assuming that you'd have to become an altogether fragrance free person? It seems to me that at most you'd need to avoid using perfumes and such when you're out in the community, but that doesn't mean that you can't use it for off site purposes,
or in  your own home, right?

As to your question: I don't think most people, cohousing friendly or otherwise, take the idea of fragrance-free environment in stride. However, my suspicion is that there is quite a large market out there of people who would embrace the concept at the outset, or who would be open
to education on the subject.

Racheli.  (I have what I consider to be a mild to moderate case of MCS).

On Jul 28, 2005, at 4:16 PM, Becky Weaver wrote:

There was a little bit of feedback about fragrances & multiple chemical sensitivity a few weeks ago. Our group, too (in site feasibility) has been discussing the pros & cons of being a fragrance-free community. For the folks in Oak Creek Commons - when did you designate yourselves fragrance-free? How did that impact your marketing attempts?

What level of sensitivity do your community members have (mild - moderate - severe)?

Have other groups out there dealt with this issue? I feel stressed about the options we appear to have - either refuse to accommodate an individual's health needs, or alienate potential buyers by making rules about personal hygiene.

I'm personally having trouble with the notion of becoming a fragrance-free person for the foreseeable future. Is this unusual? Do most cohousing-friendly people take a fragrance-free policy in stride? I'm trying to develop a sense of perspective.


Becky Weaver
Central Austin Cohousing

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