What I do know is that it is not supposed to have the overwhelming sent of dryer sheets. I walked over to a co-workers cubicle today (if you are reading this you know who you are...) to answer a simple question. As I was chatting with him I couldn't help but noticed a strong odor what smelled like clean laundry. Really, really clean laundry.
I was about to walk away but I had to find out what the scent was, so I asked.
"Oh," he replied, "it's my reed diffusor, you like?"
Now there are few things that I do in life that I would describe as "especially girly". Baking gourmet cupcakes is one. My love of all things scented - candles, air fresheners, oil heaters - is another. I have candles scattered around my apartment. I light them all the time. I like the smell and have been told by some that I have an unhealthy attraction to fire - but that's another blog post.
But I really don't understand why people need air fresheners at work. There is nothing at work that I feel like I need to mask with the scent of freesia, patchoulli, or pine needles.
And I know that what I think smells nice may not smell nice to a co-worker. And when stink like that gets trapped in cubicles it practically explodes out each time the person leaves, sending waves of scent rippling over us like the cloud of ash from a recent volcanic explosion.
So the next time you want to make your cubicle more "homey", get a bobble head like a normal office worker...
~The Office Scribe