When did scented candles, solid air fresheners, scented oil lamps, and other forms of indoor air pollution become so popular? I tried to visit BD Kitchen Co. in Baton Rouge last weekend, only to flee after just 30 seconds: I couldn’t take the overwhelming, multi-layered candle stink. It looked like a nicely stocked kitchenware store with a demonstration kitchen, but I’ll never cross the threshold again. The entire interior was dominated by the reek flowing from a Tyler Candle display. Who wants to shop in a cooking store that smells like a funeral home or florists’ shop or elderly lady’s apartment? Blech.
I also had a near-asthma-attack encounter with lavender-scented Renuzit in the ladies’ room at Gretna’s Pho Bang. If a room is 3′ by 5′, it does not need a gigantic, gymnasium-sized solid air freshener.
Seriously, people. If you’re trying to sell food or food-related merchandise, please back away from the Scentsy, Yankee Candles, Tyler, Lampe Berger, and other forms of perfumed funk. Combined with the olfactory overload thrown off by people’s perfume, bath products, hair care products, and clothing detergents/fabric softeners, it’s a wonder anyone can breathe at all.
End of rant.