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Sensitive au pair issue

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PolarEspresso Mon 19-Dec-16 16:34:13

We have a nice au pair girl, but unfortunately she has awful body odour. I really need to tackle this issue but not sure how best to address it without upsetting her! Has anyone been in a similar situation?

PinkSwimGoggles Mon 19-Dec-16 16:37:02

you need to talk to her.
not easy, I know. but you need to do it.

Daisiesandgerberas Mon 19-Dec-16 16:48:14

There was another post about this recently & the consensus was that if you trust them in your home & to look after your children, you should be open with them about this. From memory some suggestions such as giving them some shower gel etc as a 'welcome' gift were mentioned. I wasn't on that thread.

If you search for it you may be able to find it or maybe some other MNers may locate it.

PolarEspresso Tue 20-Dec-16 17:07:58

Thanks for your replies. I did give shower gel and deodorant as part of a welcome gift initially. Not sure how to bring it up again!

Daisiesandgerberas Tue 20-Dec-16 18:50:16

Eeek, ok, that's awkward.

Can you ask her if she'd like some more, did she like it? Can you get her a body spray (a subtle hint that's close to deo!) for Christmas?

yoowhoo Tue 20-Dec-16 20:08:33

Is it all the time? I shower daily, use deodorant (including an anti sweat deodorant that you leave on overnight every few weeks), wear perfume and wash the shirts after every wash, but some days I just naturally sweat loads and by the end of the day I can tell that I smell really bad. I get really conscious about it and it makes me really down but I honestly couldn't do anymore if I tried! Some people naturally are a bit whiffy at times. I'd be really upset and feel awkward if my employee brought this up because I do try everything already to make it stop. Short from getting some sort of surgery (which I wouldn't do for something that's natural) there's not more I can do! As I say though, I'm not always like this, maybe once a fortnight or something I notice it! It used to be every day in school before I discovered driclor which is amazing and reduced my sweating loads!

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