I have a coworker with intermittent odor issues (cigarette smoke and stinky food) and am hoping for some new suggestions in dealing with them. Non-confrontational, passive methods preferred.
Background: She sits in the next cubical. Our walls are short, rising only about to our chins when seated, so we are all within view of each other (there are about 150 people on my floor). Her head is literally just 3' from mine. Now, I like this person very much and she does not have body odor or any other persistant
smell. The problem is that she only stinks a few times a day. She loves popcorn, and sits in her cube munching but the wafting fetid "popcorn breath" is strong and nauseating. It's enough to peel wallpaper. She also loves stinky lunches, favoring raw onions and cruciferous noshings such as broccoli soup or saurkraut. She's a heavy smoker and when she returns from her breaks 2 or 3 times a day, the cigarette stink is strong, far reaching, and long lasting. Now don't get me wrong; I enjoy the occasional smelly lunch myself and I don't judge her for smoking. I just want to be able to get through the day without my poor nose being assaulted to the point of nausea and lightheadedness.
I have tried the Oust fan, and found that though it's effective, it's not an ongoing option. When coworker came back a-stinkin' I'd discreetly turn on the Oust fan & put it under my monitor pointed at my face. Though I don't care for the scent (it gives me a headache) it did work to blast away the stink, but caused its own problems.... namely the girl across the aisle apparently hated it; so much that she started turning her own large high-power fan directly at my cube and spraying perfume into it. That was obnoxious. But she stopped when I got rid of the Oust. The Oust has been Ousted. So now I'm back at square one. I do have a couple of plants in my cube. Does anyone have suggestions for things such as a gadget or another specific type of plant that would help? Not static air fresheners (the kind that just continually put out scent like the plug-ins, glade thingies, or potpourri pots), I don't think they'd do anything for the overpowering sudden-onset odors. I'd prefer something I can do just when she starts to stink... does anyone have experience with those electronic air purifiers? Any specific models I should check out? Are there any pleasant flowering easy-care plants that would suck up the smell (that are not a type of lily), maybe if I turned a fan on it now & then? I'm considering refilling the oil bottle for my Oust fan with a more friendly scent like vanilla or apple or somesuch but I'm also hoping for a fallback in case obnoxious perfume girl hates that too. Talking to the stinker, moving to another cube, or reporting her to leadership is not an option. I'd like to keep this as polite, private, and passive as possible so that my personal space alone is odor-cleansed without offending anyone else. I've already viewed these MeFi threads
and didn't find much that was helpful. I appreciate any new thoughts!