Organic Milk and B.O.

Last week Luke went four days without a bath. (Don’t judge me! It was Thanksgiving, and I’m in deadline hell.) Actually the reason I didn’t notice is because he wasn’t funky. Under normal circumstances after a day or so he would definitely need a bath AND deodorant. After the news about boys starting puberty early much like girls, I confess I freaked the hell out. Luke is already enough of a handful. Visions of him in puberty at eight gave me nightmares, so I decided to switch to organic milk and eggs. (I also briefly bought organic meat, but that is too much of a budget buster.) Organic milk costs roughly double what regular milk does. I try to get at Target as their Archer Farms is cheaper than Publix’s Greenwise. It’s been roughly a month, and I haven’t had to remind Luke to wash or put on deodorant in weeks. Keep in mind, he’s an active kid: He’s on the soccer team and has two long practices a week, plus a game on Saturday. The weekend before Thanksgiving he had three games, but no body odor. Obviously buying organic milk is no substitute for good hygiene, but it’s just stunning the difference it has made.

Now comes the burning question; What exactly is non-organic milk doing to our children that it can actually give them such strong body odor? If you google it the internet is full of stories just like mine. It really is depressing that something that is supposed to be good for kids could be so dangerous. I wish I could afford to go totally organic, but just milk and eggs is a huge financial strain. I just feel sorry for our kids for whom something so basic as good nutrition has become such a freaking minefield.

Underarm Discoloration

Dove Ultimate go sleeveless Pearl Finish Deodorant

Update: So, during my pregnancy I notice that Tom’s wasn’t cutting the funk anymore. With some trepidation I decided to try the Dove’s Go Sleeveless antiperspirant. It worked and didn’t darken my armpits. I’d show pictures, but that’s kind of gross. I like the light scent, and it has more staying power than the Tom’s even in this ridiculous summer heat we’re having in Georgia. When Kell was a new baby I didn’t get a chance to shower as often as I’d like and I never got offensive. For me that’s the true test of a deodorant’s power.

Yeah, I’m going there. Underarm discoloration is, well, it’s the pits. I’ve struggled with it forever until I…wait for it…stopped using antiperspirant. I know, it’s blasphemy to even suggest such a thing. Especially for someone like me who is extremely sensitive to smell. But I found out that the aluminum in antiperspirant was causing the discoloration. Of course, that’s just an aesthetic issue, though to me it always looked as though my underarms were dirty and I hate that, but it was hardly the end of the world. Then I started to wonder, if it turns my skin black what exactly is it doing to my body? That was it, no more antiperspirant.  Within weeks the discoloration was GONE. I love Tom’s of Maine, which fortunately is now available at Wal-Mart (Though not in the lemongrass scent which is my fave.)

Tom’s of Maine Natural Long-Lasting Deodorant Stick Lemongrass — 2.25 oz – Vitacost.