I think my nose is broken
My sniffer doesn’t work right
I think it might have happened when I started
working at that place
A shop with candles, fragrances, body care items
and things like that.
I’m not talking about essential oils
I’m saying fragrance oils
Brewed up synthetically in labs and vats
from petroleum distillates
You could smell what was warming in the oil lamps
from many yards away.
The store used to light fragrance warmers
all through open mall hours; night and day
It was an indoor mall.
And then there were the garbage runs
that the stock people took care of.
…the damaged bottles still leaking all sorts of smells
both pleasant or not, but more often way too strong.
Watch out for the imitation food and flower scents
that bring out the insect attention.
The rolling bins got pushed into the area
where there were the trash compactors.
All in that wing of the indoor mall
these disposals they had to share
And most everyone working knew when
the fresh (raw) fish and buffet place had been there.
The behind the scenes of retail at a home fragrance and body care shop
One of many throughout the continent…and some across the pond.
Be kinder to your nose (and environment) and choose things made with essential oils instead.