So, my company recently re-organized, and I'm in a new department. I am now on a team with Carla, whom I'd only known before by sight and scent. That's not a typo: Carla is famous for her heavy perfume.
Now, I don't really know why nothing has ever been done, or even if anything has ever been tried, but Carla's perfume is really egregious. The scent is fine, I suppose, but it's just SO MUCH and really heavy. You always know if she's coming or if she's just been by - that's how much there is. I've also been treated to her "refreshing" herself in the bathroom: all of that spritzing caused me to have a sneezing fit, and she sighed heavily and told me to stop being a drama queen. (Yes, she really did - thank G-d she stalked out because I probably would have said something non-e-hell-approved.)
I'd been pondering saying something to our boss, or possibly to HR, or thinking I should just deal with it, mostly because it bothers me, but it's not an extreme bother, so... Well, what do you know, our boss called ME in this morning to discuss MY PERFUME. He looked incredibly uncomfortable, but said that Carla (Yes, Carla!) had complained about my perfume.
Now, I do wear perfume, but I learned a trick years ago that keeps the amount I wear light and all-day constant: spritzing the underwear (the theory is that you never wear too much AND your body heat keeps re-activating the scent all day long). I have no idea if the theory really works this way, but I have had people ask me what perfume I'm wearing after a long day and have NEVER been told I wear too much. And no, it's not like I'm just surrounded by people afraid to tell me that - my mother would in a heartbeat because she has a sensitivity, and she's never said a word.
My boss was acting really weird and cagey, but after some questioning, it turns out that Carla's "problem" is that my perfume CLASHES with hers, and the resulting scent is making her sick, so I need to stop wearing my perfume. When I remarked that my "problem" is Carla's perfume, period, and that I knew I wasn't alone, he said, "Oh, come on, you know what she's like."
I said, "Are you kidding?" I think he realized what he said, but now he's asking me to just not wear perfume because if I go to HR it becomes "this big thing," as he puts it, "and then Carla will be all bent out of shape."
I can't believe how silly this all is. If she wasn't marinating in her own scent, I'd stop wearing my own - I know people can be very sensitive. But this isn't anything like that! Do I talk to my boss again? Carla? HR? And if I do, what do I say, because this sounds so very ridiculous!