“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things”
I too want to share one of my favorite things! My favourite smell in the entire world had got to be this.
Which almost makes me want another baby of my own to cuddle. (Almost, I say, eh, but no, two is enough…)
This sweet-smelling stage lasts for maybe about 6 months max. Babies smell good. Up till about 6 months. Then they just start to smell. And I think it kinda all goes downhill from there. I remember taking buses when a bunch of smelly schoolboys board the bus. You know, they have spent the morning in their non-airconditioned classrooms, in the heat of a Singapore afternoon. They just spent their recess period playing ball or catching. After school, they squeeze in some soccer before rushing up the bus to get home. And so they board the bus. And the stink permeates the entire bus. Oh. My. Goodness. And possibly this is something I am so NOT wanting to happen. To MY kids. I mean, it’s bad enough when it is someone else’s kid. I try to breathe as shallowly as possible for the remainder of my bus trip. So I don’t really know if I am close to passing out due to the shallow breathing or that funky smell, But for it to come home? For my two sweet babies to turn into smelly primary schoolgoers (and *gulp* smelly teens?!)? Yikes! I shudder at the thought.
And possibly the way is to inculcate good habits from young. Like now. It just takes a little while under the sun for Jay’s hair to become like this:
So it is important to teach kids from young the importance of good hygiene habits – for themselves, and for the benefit of future bus commuters as well! I recently learnt of some facts of body odour – which should help you too!
Facts of Body Odour
- While the perspiration looks offensive, in actual fact, one of the causes of that funky smell (in other words – BO!) is germs.
- So good hygiene habits (such as using an antibacterial soap) is the key to rid ourselves of BO.
- Other causes of BO may be genes or poor health, but by and large, germs is the main cause.
- So if we don’t bathe as much as we should, bacteria has the chance to accumulate on the surface of our skin. And living in a humid country as we do, where often we find ourselves perspiring the moment we step out of the bath (hands up those of you who’ve experienced this before!), and when we do perspire, the sweat from our pores mixes with the bacteria on our skin and like a chemist gone bad – poof! An unpleasant smell occurs!
The Solution to Body Odour
- BATHE! As often as required (meaning more baths when the weather turns hot) – and when bathing, use a bath towel or a loofah or a long-handled brush to clean the hard-to-reach areas.
- Use an antibacterial soap, which will work hard to get rid of the bacteria on the skin surface.
- Clothes which allow skin to “breathe” is best – so go for fabrics like cotton or other natural fibres.
Lifebuoy has a patented Active 5 technology that provides fast and effective 99.9% germ kill – including those germs that cause BO! (Oh and as an aside – did you know Lifebuoy was the one who first coined the phrase ‘BO’, meaning ‘bad’ or ‘body odour.’
The Lemon Fresh range is light and smelt pretty good – and after I used it on Jay, it got the thumbs up from me!
My sweet-smelling baby once again! Haha…