Luckily, the days of the unpleasant reeking unclean body odors of travelers is a thing of the past. At least on the trips that we make to, from, and around Europe and the US.
But travelers and shoppers and those around us still STINK!
In 2015 the stink is usually an unnatural sweet smell. So sweet and flowery that your nose begins to twitch and you often sneeze. The aromas are not nice! They make me ill.
I can remember while teaching seventh graders ( you remember those dirty little kids?) and watching some boys running to their hall lockers (after playing a rowdy game of four square or dodge ball at recess) and spraying lots of aerosol deodorant on their sweaty shirts and pants to camouflage their B.O.
I also remember about this time of year giving the annual Spring speech to those cute boys and girls reminding them to shower every day and begin using deodorant. So I guess you can blame me for the stench of deodorant on their sweat impregnated clothes.
I was really happy when aerosol (Right Guard in particular) deodorant was banned at our school ( kids were setting fire to the spray in the PE locker rooms or using the spray as a weapon). At least with the roll-ons they had to go into the restrooms to pollute the atmosphere and sweeten up their adolescent armpits.
Today we aren't just clean, but we have decided that isn't enough. Now we have to "smell" clean. Thereby lies the "stink."
My kind nephew recently brought a lovely and expensive bottle of real perfume to me as a "bread and butter" gift. Although I was thrilled to receive such a thoughtful gift, I wondered what I would do with it. I don't like any perfume! It all stinks to me! And the aroma clashes with ever other toiletry item that I use.
I shower everyday with a smelly soap.
I smear a smelly day cream on my face and body.
I brush my teeth with a minted toothpaste and rinse with an aromatic mouthwash.
I wash my hair with herbal or floral shampoo and condition with a spicy argan oil conditioner.
Then I style my hair with gel and/ or hair spray that makes me wish I didn't have to use them.
I pat on a face foundation that looks innocent, but it isn't. It is produced "in a scent" that is supposedly cleaner than my clean face.
Even the mascara and face blush and lipstick smell.
Then comes the real stinker--the deo to protect my underarms from B.O.
And if that isn't enough, my clean clothes reek of detergent and dryer sheets ( often two diSTINKt fragrances).
Last week I bought an expensive "no perfume" clothes detergent. What a joy it was to wash our clothes and have them have no smell at all! They were clean and not scented.
Now to find an all purpose house cleaner that cleans but doesn't stink up our house. (Flip will be so happy!) Even those homemade varieties with soda, vinegar, and dishwashing liquid are just masking the stench.
I want the "open the windows" "clean as springtime" freshness aroma.
Not the STINK!