(Closed) How do some people not know they smell bad?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Are you speaking about the cologne again or the people with bad body odor?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

omg… i was at mcdonalds the other day. yeah i know… not really a place to find the best of the best people. but there was this guy behind us in line… and he smelled like poo. i kept having to hide my face and nose in my fiance’s chest just to get away from the smell.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I went on a natural deoderant kick where I was a bit more fragant than usual for awhile.  Every now and than I would get a whiff of BO but think it can’t be me.  Finally I asked my family and they said yes you stink!  Luckily it was only a week or two of funkiness.  But honestly since it is your own body odor you are pretty immune to it.  The only time I smelled it was when I smelled my clothes.  PU!  I switched back to deoderant with aluminum(which I was trying to avoid) and haven’t had a problem. 

 My feeling is that they themselves can’t smell it.  If they knew they would be embarassed and try to remedy the situation.  Perhaps pulling them aside and discreetly explaining the issue would help. 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I think people just get used to the way things smell. Like with cat owner, I can smell a cat box from a mile away, but lots of cat owners dont’ smell it in their own homes. I know too that after a couple days I don’t smell my car airfreshner anymore, but when Darling Husband gets in he always makes a comment about it being strong (I love yankee candle airfresherners).  So I would assume it’s the same with BO and stuff too. You just get used to your own stank.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Try teaching high school.  Some of them don’t shower.  And some of them spray an entire bottle of Axe on before school. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

They probably can’t smell it themselves. People become immune to smells.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

People become immune to smells they are around all the time.  And since you are obviously around yourself constantly – you typically become immune to your own smell (good or bad).

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Simply put, sensory adaptation. People get used to certain smells/scents/odors and eventually don’t notice them.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yeah people get immune to smells that are constant surrounding them. When I used to go clubbing I would barely even notice the smell of cigarette smoke, but the next day when I got home I could smell it very strongly on my clothes.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am very sensitive to smell and I always find a way to sniff myself.  It’s a very serious matter; no one wants to smell another person’s funk-tified self.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

@mwitter80: I totally agree!

For the record, I love dogs, but I can immediately tell when someone has a dog in their house, and they don’t vacuum often. Their whole house smells like dog! I think they just are used to it and can’t smell it themselves.

My parents used to have a wood stove and everyone at school told me I always had a woodsy smell to my clothes. I totally didn’t notice!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

What’s with all the smell/interview/BO posts OP?

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I for one, am way more allergic to perfume than I am to body odor.  I guess sometimes I think, “how can this person think they smell GOOD?!”  I don’t like to have to “smell” anyone- any strong smell.

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