Start BG/ Iíve moved to a new floor in my work building and while I know the people on the new floor, I never interacted much with them. Move went smoothly and I am settled in. /End BG
Two days ago, I made a stop to the ladies room, stopped to refresh my water pitcher and came back to my desk where I put on some hand lotion. I started back on a project I was working on and a coworker that I sit next to (divided by a half wall) asked:
CW: Cookiehappy, do you smell perfume?
ME: Hmmm, no but it could be the lotion I just put on, is that what youíre smelling?
CW: Yes, thatís it! I canít stand perfumes with flowery scents Ė gives me a headache!!
ME: Oh, Iím sorry. Itís not perfume, itís lotion. Itís called ďcolored materialĒ. No worries, I wonít use this particular lotion when youíre here, I can use an oil with no scent.
CW: Good! Ugh, I can just sniff a small whiff and it sends my head reeling.
ME: Not a problem, I can use the oil.
Yesterday, I was finishing up a project and coworker says out of the blue:
CW: You know that lotion? I still see it on your desk. Please do not use it. I almost got an instant headache yesterday.
ME: Coworker, I am aware. I told you I wouldnít use it while youíre in the office.
(NOTE: we all have the option of working from home so there are no set days we work in the office at any given time together)
CW: What is that anyway? Iím sorry, I just have to make sure I donít get headaches. You see, I use non-scented lotions and hand creams.
I ignored her and picked up the phone as if I was dialing a number. I didnít want to get into another conversation with her about the lotion. I thought we handled it two days ago.
In case she comes back again with more to say, what should I say? I certainly do not want to give a rude answer (although I could conjure up a good rouser!).
Help and thanks in advance!