Seems those that bring you hair color in a box have gotten the message. You'll notice more fruity scents rather than something that smells like a toxic waste dump when using them. Apparently all part of an effort to make the time spent coloring your hair seem more like putting on make_up rather than doing something that requires you don a hazmat suit.
Another thing that's changed from when your mom used to color her grays away under the cover of darkness is the quality of the products available. It's been a long time since anyone has gotten even a whiff of any strong, offensive smelling products in salons. Those have long since disappeared or been replaced by gentler formulations that are free, or mostly free from ammonia, peroxide or other harsher chemicals.