Of all the things I never expected to say as a parent, this is one of them: it is very important to my son that he smells good at all times.
Yep – my almost-eleven-year-old boy loves to spritz himself with body spray. And deodorant. Or anything that smells clean and fresh.
To anyone who knows us, this will come as no surprise. I’m a smell-conscious person. I love perfume and scented hand creams. I’m constantly reapplying both – much to the undoubted delight of my desk neighbours at work.
And it turns out, my son is exactly like his mum.
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Each time we go to the supermarket, he will hassle me for a new body wash, or spray.
We have so many memories of standing at perfume counters, spritzing different scents. The kid even knows that you need to sniff coffee beans in between sprays to clear the nasal passages so your nose can differentiate between the perfumes.
The lady at my favourite make up store knows to give him a little sample of the latest men’s cologne – even if he’s not with me.
I think it all comes down to the fact that we feel that good hygiene is a way to relax. At home, we light candles, we take bubble baths, and we moisturise afterwards. It makes us feel good, and comfortable. I know it sounds indulgent, but as Oprah would say, we’re just living our “best life.”