It's again colder than any sane person should tolerate
outside. The combination of cold and blowing wind is causing me - as every winter - to get painfully dry, cracked skin; it's just a little earlier than usual this year.
This is a problem. Not in that I care much about how my skin looks, mind you, but in that I'm more than a bit obsessive-compulsive about hand-washing, and cracked, open wounds on the hands tend to sting like a bastard under soap and water. Band-aids are useless; they only keep the area moist and unable to heal. I thus turned, for the first time in a long time, to try a liquid bandage
It works, more or less, as it's supposed to - but there's one thing about it I can't stand: the smell. According to the label, it's oil of cloves, which does nothing to mask the underlying solvent aroma. As far as I can tell, it's only there to make the whole thing seem a little more medicinal and less like paint thinner. I recall, back when I suffered from asthma, that one inhaled prescription (I'm not sure if it was Ventolin or Beclovent) was similarly camphor-scented for no apparent reason. Ditto menthol, in many topical ointments where it isn't actually an active ingredient.
Do customers expect a "medicinal" smell, and feel cheated without it? Is that the only reason for unnecessary scents? I'd be a lot happier to not walk around smelling like a spice rack, just for having a two-inch-long patch of hardened plastic 'bandage' on my index finger. (I'd even be happy with menthol or camphor, for that matter. Oil of cloves is just...odd.)