Then I had a baby and changed all my washing detergents to soap nuts and vinegar, and have since switched to eco ash balls. I started cleaning with home made natural cleaning agents. I changed all cosmetics to natural organic ones. I rid the house of toxins...
My baby, my house and I, we all smell great. Natural products have an odor too, so we're not 'perfume' free. But we're happy with the smells around us. Before the switch, I did have to burn incense and candles etc, because I was unhappy with the way our house smelled.
Now, every so often, I dig up a pre-'all natural' conditioner (living in tropical Africa means we have to bring all of our cosmetics from Europe, which means we have quite the stash). Just by opening a pot of cream or a bottle of shampoo (which were great quality salon-type products), I get nauseated. If I dare to use those products, the nausea remains for several days because my skin or hair will smell artificial, pungent.
When I do my laundry done at my in-laws house, with the mainstream detergents and the like, I get sick. My clothes really stink of chemical smells.
So are Africans right? Do white men smell? I believe they do. While they might not reek of dust and sweat and jungle moisture, they smell of artificial, unnatural fragrances... A whole batch of them. Once you've weaned of chemical smells, the cocktail of smells that linger in an average Western house feels like someone poured half the perfume section over the floor.
How numbed are our senses if we don't even smell that anymore? More so, even think that it really smells fresh and delicious.