Cordelia Fiterre (cordelia_sue) wrote in thequestionclub,
Cordelia Fiterre

Question about gifts

I have a friend who has given me several body care products from Archipelago Botanicals, and they specialize in products containing mud. I love clay and mud products, and in general their stuff is really nice. They're not quite as natural as I tend to prefer, but that's not a huge issue for me. What is an issue is the smell. They use a very nice scent in general, but it's a perfume, not essential oils. I've always been adverse to chemical scents, but ever since I got involved in aromatherapy, I've been especially sensitive to chemical perfumes. Sometimes they just bother me in that I can discern the chemical aspects and that makes me sad, sometimes they even make me feel a bit ill. They don't overscent the product, it's just that it's chemical.

Again, other than that, they're lovely products. My friend swears by them and thinks they're the greatest thing ever and is certainly not aware of the scent issue with me. She doesn't have a lot of money, and I know it's an indulgence for her to give me these, as they're not particularly inexpensive. I am grateful for the spirit behind the gifts, I'm just torn as to whether I should say something about the scent issue. I don't want to come off sounding picky and elitist, or disparaging of her gifts, but at the same time it kills me that she's buying this stuff at such a high price and I just don't care for it.

So, my question is, should I say anything, or just let it go? If I should say something, how could I say it? I'm not terribly comfortable re-gifting the products due to the scent. I make a lot of 100% natural products scented with essential oils, and re-gifting them would feel like an endorsement of the products that I simply can't offer. Ideas?

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