RE: multiple chemical sensitivity, fragrances
From: Magenta Raine (
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2005 19:37:26 -0700 (PDT)
I once lived in an apartment where the gal next door came pounding on my
door saying the spices I was using for my pasta dinner were making her
sick.  I looked at her in aghast saying it's just basil and thyme! Close
your window...  that was before I became sensitive myself (after getting
fibromyalgia). I wanted gardenias at my wedding, but my mom who was always
sensitive was going through chemo at the time for cancer, so, no gardenias.
so, we can all be more thoughtful. If you can't have gardenias, maybe there
is some other fragrant flower that would not make the neighbor sick? I know
that even if I enjoy star jasmine as I'm out walking, I know it would be
too powerful for me to breathe all the time in my own yard. 


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> [Original Message]
> From: james f. palmer <zooey [at]>
> To: <cohousing-l [at]>
> Date: 7/31/2005 6:05:30 PM
> Subject: [C-L]_ multiple chemical sensitivity, fragrances
> Lynn shared with us her concerns with fragrances.  I think that it is 
> very appropriate that some communities (e.g., EcoVillage apparently) 
> be founded to create a more comfortable (and healthy) community for 
> her (and others who have similar concerns). However, I do not see 
> that this is furthered by wanting all cohousing communities to be 
> fragrance free.  What am I to make of your request that we remove all 
> gardenias from our presence--some of my fondest memories are of the 
> gardenia bush by our front steps when I was a boy.  Must the world be 
> sterilized of such joys because a few people object (or have a health 
> reaction)?  While there are many fragrances that I find 
> objectionable, I think that I would find a fragrance free environment 
> even more so.  Is it not appropriate that they simply gather together 
> to form fragrance free (in this case) communities rather than ask it 
> of us all?  Or are gardenias endangering the health of us all (as 
> cigarettes apparently do)?
> Jim Palmer, Essex Junction, VT
> Lynn Nadeau wrote:
> >At the very least, it would be great if coho common spaces could all be
> >fragrance free, in terms of incense, potpourri, smelly cleaning products,
> >gardenias and stargazer lilies too.
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