Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Odour Toilette a Toxic Shock

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Odour Toilette a Toxic Shock

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THERE is no denying that the cultural tide has well and truly turned against the one-time fashionable pastime of smoking.

Gone are the days of the Marlboro man, the chain-smoking super sleuth and the silver screen's leading lady who would flash her elfin wrist as she asked her prospective leading man for a light.

Nowadays smoking is popularly regarded as about as socially acceptable as drinking from the toilet, and smokers are afforded all the rights and privileges of the leper of yesteryear.

Given that in this enlightened age, we know that smoking is about as good for you as wearing a Wham T-shirt into your nearest bikie club, this vilification is not without its merits.

Indeed, you could say that the medical and governmental authorities who decided to try to turn public opinion against a habit that was once widely regarded as cool have done a damned good job.

So I would like to ask this brains trust to take on the latest and greatest threat to public health and welfare.

I'm talking, of course, about that social ill that is the wearing of overpowering perfumes.

While most ladies, and a few gents, like to don a delicate smear of some subtle eau de toilette, there is a growing number of people getting about smothered in what appears to be some kind of toxic chemical agent that would be more at home in a freedom-hating terrorist's lab. There you are, innocently pushing your trolley along the aisle at Woolies, searching for discount plums, when some woman shuffles past, leaving behind her a stinky cloud of what smells like really cheap toilet air freshener.

This stuff is so powerful, so pungent that you're left light headed and feeling as if you've mistakenly made your way into one of those hippy incense shops.

What is going on here?

If I didn't know any better I'd say Pepe Le Pew is now whipping up the fragrances at some of these perfume companies.

This stuff is so toxic that copping a lungful of this foul vapour actually makes me miss the days of having to run the gauntlet of smokers outside the local shops. …

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