To Stink or Not To Stink

18 Apr

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

Or, you can just go topless and not have to worry with fabrics!

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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8 Responses to “To Stink or Not To Stink”

  1. alienredqueen April 19, 2012 at 1:09 AM #

    Kids are brutally honest. Strangely enough, my husband is more bothered by good smells like perfumes and lotions than by bad smells like baby diapers and cat boxes. :/

  2. Kerry @HowToHomeschoolMyChild April 20, 2012 at 9:13 PM #

    I used to not worry if I stunk or not. Then, I started menopause. Oh no…I sweat for no apparent reason and then I can actually smell my stink. I feel like I need to take a bath on a regular basis. OK…probably too much honesty 🙂

    I might need to try Lululemon…

  3. Julie April 21, 2012 at 8:44 PM #

    Visiting from the Blog Party. I agree with both comments before me. I have a husband that complains on any smell (good or bad) on me and of course the grandkids love to find my one chin whisker:)

  4. Karen April 21, 2012 at 11:06 PM #

    I’ve always worried about my stink since I sweat like an old man and had to adopt the prescription strength deodorant to make sure I keep it to a minimum! I love the underarmour heat gear because it wicks away the sweat! I can’t wait until I can buy something from lululemon!

  5. erikaervinfitness April 22, 2012 at 6:11 PM #

    Hi Julie, too funny about your one whisker. think of it as a natural way to entertain the Grandkiddos.

  6. teresa gregurek April 22, 2012 at 11:27 PM #

    Liquid chlorophyll is a product I use that helps with body odor and other things as well. I was taught in nsp classes to teach others to use this for smelly feet and odors. It also helps to balance body’s ph, helps anemia, is a good antioxidant to help immune system. You add some to your water to drink, it gives it a mint taste. Also, we have nature’s fresh enzyme spray which I use as natural deoderant.
    I sell these thru my business- herbs to go.

    • erikaervinfitness April 23, 2012 at 1:40 AM #

      Oh my goodness. I haven’t heard about that stuff in years! Seriously I used to use it like 15 years ago! I loved it! It’s green right? Can you send me a link?

      I found it helped with hangovers too for some reason.

  7. Teresa Gregurek April 24, 2012 at 2:44 AM #

    Yes, it is green, My web site is
    For product list and ordering

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