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cathlaur
September 20th, 2007, 10:51 AM
Okay, so is this how it is going to be for the rest of my life? Am I always going to smell like the pool? I shower, use shampoo, conditioner, soap down the body , use a body wash, cream up afterwards and a use good vanilla body spray. I STILL SMELL LIKE CHLORINE.

If anyone has some words of wisdom I would love to hear them.

Thanks

Katie

ALM
September 20th, 2007, 10:55 AM
Okay, so is this how it is going to be for the rest of my life? Am I always going to smell like the pool?


Yes.


Anna Lea

Blackbeard's Peg
September 20th, 2007, 10:55 AM
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Why complain? Chlorine is cheaper than cologne/purfume :)

imspoiled
September 20th, 2007, 11:14 AM
Learn to love it. It's easier & cheaper than trying to cover it up.

If you're really motivated, I've found that hitting the treadmill/bike/eliptical trainer and working up a good sweat after swimming helps.

cathlaur
September 20th, 2007, 11:26 AM
Drats

Thanks all :lmao:. I guess it could be worse. LOL. I am just glad I wear my hair short.

Katie

knelson
September 20th, 2007, 11:58 AM
The best solution is to swim in a pool that doesn't use chlorine :)

proberts
September 20th, 2007, 12:19 PM
I have come to love it..picked my daughter up after Water Polo practice yesterday..I said " You smell like Chlorine" she says " is that a bad thing? " I said.." smells like home " she goes happily " yeah "

david.margrave
September 20th, 2007, 12:53 PM
It could be the pool. The year-round outdoor pool I swim in 3x/week is not overly chlorinated. On the other hand I have swam in the pool at bally's health club which is very heavily chlorinated and like you say, I smell like chlorine even after washing up, and the next time I'm on a treadmill I seem to sweat chlorine.

ViveBene
September 20th, 2007, 01:07 PM
Am I always going to smell like the pool?

Katie

Well, as others have pointed out, prolly. I swim in different pools and in Lake Michigan, which can be quite pewy. After the worst pool (heavily chlorinated), I do a second shower at home and dump on the oils and unguents. My favorite is a French [avoiding brand name] shower gel with mint, pine, and rosemary -- it's a blast from the piney woods.

Right now I smell of pondweed, diesel fuel, and dead fish. So you've got some choices....

Regards,
VB

smontanaro
September 20th, 2007, 01:20 PM
Yeah, it's almost certainly the pool, it's equipment and/or the way they maintain levels. I split my swimming between Northwestern and the local LA Fitness. NU's pool is terrific, chemically speaking (though my wife still comments on the chlorine smell I exude after practice). The health club pool was closed for about a month earlier this summer while they solved problems with their maintenance. One thing they did was install an automatic chlorinator (or brominator). Previously levels were manually maintained. While it's still more chlorine-y than NU's pool it's much better now than before.

If you can spare the time, a short run or a sit in a sauna would help sweat the chemicals out of your pores. (Maybe a hotter shower too? Just guessing.)

Skip Montanaro

cathlaur
September 20th, 2007, 01:26 PM
Thanks everyone

Unfortunatley no sauna where I swim. The masters practice out of the local university. Guess I am just going to have to get used to. It has got to be better smelling than the greek salad dressing I spilt on my shirt at lunch today:doh:.

I guess I will just have to get used to it

Katie

blainesapprentice
September 20th, 2007, 01:35 PM
I hardly notice the smell anymore--but try this after you've showered--preferrably before putting on lotion of any sort--lick your arm and smell it...no matter how much scrubbing and hot water i use I still smell like chlorine...I sweat chlorine no matter how long i've been away from the pool.

I don't really mind except for occasions like last night when I am in this meeting for a collegiate honor society and all I could smell in this room of like 40ppl is the chlorine vapors coming from my skin and hair...that was fun

SwimStud
September 20th, 2007, 01:44 PM
Thanks everyone

Unfortunatley no sauna where I swim. The masters practice out of the local university. Guess I am just going to have to get used to. It has got to be better smelling than the greek salad dressing I spilt on my shirt at lunch today:doh:.

I guess I will just have to get used to it

Katie

What's wrong with Greek dressing?

cathlaur
September 20th, 2007, 02:01 PM
LOL nothing wrong with greek salad dressing when it is ON a salad. I smell funny and of course I am wearing a white shirt and the oil wont come out GEESH

That is okay. I smell like a pool with a hint of greek salad. Very appetizing.

Katie

matysekj
September 20th, 2007, 02:52 PM
Chlorine is like baby spit-up. The smell stays with you all day long. Learn to enjoy it.

globuggie
September 20th, 2007, 04:02 PM
Yes, you will smell like chlorine. The other day I was working out in the gym after not swimming for two days, and my sweat still smelled a little chloriney. But chances are, no one else will notice, unless you're hugging/kissing/etc.

SwimStud
September 20th, 2007, 04:05 PM
Yes, you will smell like chlorine. The other day I was working out in the gym after not swimming for two days, and my sweat still smelled a little chloriney. But chances are, no one else will notice, unless you're hugging/kissing/etc.

I agree, but I try to not get involved with hugging/kissing/etc while in the gym anyhow...

Slowswim
September 20th, 2007, 04:38 PM
The pool I used to swim in at work didn't use Chlorine. I think they said they used bromine. No smell but a horrible taste (very metalic) and some people don't tolerate it well. I got several rashes and lost almost all my body hair. I know several people that I work with and they love it and have no issues at all. Go figure.

I guy I was talking to about it said they use salt in a pool near here he lives and thnks that is the best.

swim4me
September 20th, 2007, 08:48 PM
I love to be sitting in a meeting at work and smelling the hint of chlorine on my arm. Reminds me of what I would rather be doing :notworking:
My daughter came home from college last weekend. She came in my room to cuddle after I had woken from a nap and said 'You smell like chlorine'. I asked if she liked it, and she said 'yes'.:fish2:

cathlaur
September 21st, 2007, 10:10 AM
Thanks everyone

So now I guess this is just going to be the "smell of the new me" I won't mind so much when I am not so sore and I have lost some inches and weight LOL. Once I see some real progress I will probably love the smell.

I guess it could be worse.

Katie

Allen Stark
September 21st, 2007, 07:29 PM
I love the smell of chlorine in the morning,it smells like VICTORY.

cathlaur
September 22nd, 2007, 10:07 AM
What a good way to put it Allen.

That is funny you say that. Yesterday when I was tired and it was 2pm and I so wanted it to be 3:30 so I could go home for the weekend. I all of a sudden could smell the chlorine. I thought wow I have the right to be tired and I am so glad I swam this morning. SO you are right.

Katie

ensignada
September 22nd, 2007, 12:05 PM
My favorite moment was when I picked my 7 yr old at school on a rainy drizzly day. I walked into the room and 2 of the kids said: it smells like a pool in here. Glad I can provide some ambiance.

swimshark
September 24th, 2007, 03:10 PM
Chlorine: a swimmer's perfume.

I like what Allen said, too.

Alison

islandsox
September 24th, 2007, 03:27 PM
Chlorine: a swimmer's perfume.

I like what Allen said, too.

Alison

Or for those lake swimmers: Nothing like smelling like trout almadine. And for us saltwater folks: seaweed is in a class of its own. I know.

Slowswim
September 24th, 2007, 03:48 PM
Or for those lake swimmers: Nothing like smelling like trout almadine. And for us saltwater folks: seaweed is in a class of its own. I know.

True, but its the Jellyfish, stingrays, and sharks that really put Saltwater over-the-top IMO.:party2:

islandsox
September 24th, 2007, 06:52 PM
True, but its the Jellyfish, stingrays, and sharks that really put Saltwater over-the-top IMO.:party2:

And I have the scars from jellyfish/sea lice to confirm that saltwater is over-the-top! I wonder what the coroner will think someday as to how I got those scars :rofl::rofl:.

Slowswim
September 25th, 2007, 09:18 AM
No scars for me yet, I have swam through a school of sting rays, been stung by jellyfish, and chased by a Manta Ray!:bolt:

cathlaur
September 25th, 2007, 09:57 AM
Okay you ocean swimmers WIN:bow:. I am now thinking that the smell of chlorine is really not sooooooooooo bad.

Geesh I guess I never really thought about all the dangers in the ocean.

Katie

Slowswim
September 25th, 2007, 10:31 AM
I started to really love OW swimming down in Florida (especially as my swimming improved). Now that I don't have regular access to the Gulf, I look forward to that black line and smell of chlorine.

What really scares me is boaters and jet skiers!