I wrote a few months back about starting to use baking soda for deodorant. It surprised me at how well it worked, how cheap & natural it was, and how easy to apply, etc. I was totally sold on it and even started telling other people about it. It isn’t an anti-perspirant, and I would occasionally need to wash & re-apply mid-day, but overall it worked great.
That is, until my little girl developed her extra-sensitive nose. I think she has inherited it from my dad, who complains about the faintest whiff of perfume applied within 12 hours.
As you know, I’m tandem nursing her and my newborn (who is 5 weeks today–oh my!). Well, a couple weeks ago, she started the adorable habit of holding her nose when she smells something she doesn’t like. Not pinching it closed, but either hovering her hand near her nose just putting her fingers on the bridge of her nose as if to filter the smell through her fingers.
I noticed not long ago that she was doing this while nursing. Either that or stuffing her blankie between her face and my arm pit. I was confused at first but then it became clear when she told me, “I smell a smell.”
Sheesh! Well, the baking soda deodorant may work well at a distance, but not up close and personal. I really don’t want my children’s subconscious memory of nursing being suffused with the stink of mommy’s B.O.
So today I went out and bought some new deodorant. I got “unscented” but of course there’s still some perfume smell there . . . But really, I’d settle for anything rather than have my daughter hold her nose during Mokies! It’s just too depressing.