Dane, my 4 year old, was sitting on his Grandma’s lap and enthusiastically said, “Grandma, you smell so good!” She replies, “Well thank you Dane. Does your Mommy smell good?” As Dane put his fingers on his nose he squints his eyes and calmly says, “no, my Mommy Stinks.”
I know he is only four but it’s still hard not to get offended when anybody says that you stink! I asked him the next day, “Dane, where does Mommy stink? Do I stink right here.” as I point at my mouth. He said gently, “no, right here and here and here and……” WTF, I get the point, I stink everywhere!
My Mom tried to tell him that Mommy sweats a lot because of her job and exercise but it’s not like that would change his mind. If I stink, I stink. This got me to rethink my schooling, why do we stink when we work out and what can I do to reduce my stank!
Then my fat ego kicked in and I told myself WAIT I’m a lady I don’t stink so something is wrong with that kids smeller! It’s not ME that stinks, it’s my clothes that is holding in the oils from my sweat!
So, take a wiff of this:
Moisture wicking fabric s are hydrophobic because it moves moisture away from your skin. The oils in our skin are also hydrophobic and they are much harder to remove from another hydrophobic surface than something that absorbs water like cotton or wool.
Here’s the stinker… your skin’s oils contain lipids, fatty acids, cholesterol and ammonia (BTW, a high-protein and low-carbohydrate diet is what usually leads to a strong ammonia smell in your sweat) a fantastic feast for stink-producing bacterial
In Conclusion, if you are more worried about smell than dryness, wear more natural fibers. I personally love Lululemon, but that’s an unhealthy obsession; a topic for another blog and for which I should seek professional help.
So after all this, right before I published this blog I walked up to Dane again and asked him if I stink? He said, “you smell gross.”
At this response I came to the conclusion that it is, in fact, my clothes b/c I had not sweated yet! I asked him, “What does gross smell like?” He smirks and says, “Peaches”
So my original question is appropriate, To stink or not to stink, tis in the nose of the beholder!
Please comment below about your stink, your opinion, questions or even your own story!
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