(Closed) Seriously how do some people smell so bad? Ugh vent!!

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 32
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Sugar Beekeeper
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@highschoolhoneys:  There are many legitimate reasons not excuses as to why some people can’t do all of those things.  Many of them are well minded.

Post # 33
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Sugar Beekeeper
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I’ve noticed a smell on some people that I assume is related to their diet.  The thing I don’t understand though is that it’s only one gender I notice the smell with.  Can someone explain that to me?

Post # 34
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Buzzing Beekeeper
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@AB Bride:  lol, ok I’ll bite.  Who do you think smells better / cleaner… Men or Women ?

(Knowing that there is actually a logical explanation for this)

 

Post # 35
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@This Time Round:  Th women smell better.  I have never even had a whiff of a similar smell from any women, regardless of their culture.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Barbiestylez:  It doesn’t surprise me at all that some people who visit strip clubs smell bad. I doubt that those establishments attract the classiest (and cleanest) of clientele. 

 

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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@Barbiestylez:  this makes me fear i am one of those people.  i do shower every day and brush my teeth twice a day, but WHAT IF…??

Post # 38
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My boss stinks. Like this terrible smoky/ashy sweet smell. I can’t even compare it to something, it’s just such a strange, terrible smell. I figured out after 4 years that when she is following her diet and sticking to it is when it’s really bad. And not so noticeable when she comes in complaining that she’s been eating terrible lately. But, what do you do about that?! I can’t casually mention it. 

Post # 39
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

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@AB Bride:  Lol, I thought so.

First, part of it is metabolism… in so much as men’s gut process things differently than women (ya I was surprised when I read this originally)… this is also for example WHY men can drink alcohol with less issues than women can.  The natural “gut flora” found in men evidently is different… so there is some truth in the concept that their odours (sweat secretions & farts) are definitely stronger in men than women.

Second, women have a more acute sense of smell than men.  It stems back to our “Gathering” instinct.  Being able to remember where things are (sense of smell triggers memories) as well as identifying good and bad things that grow.

Also works in survival cause it tells women when something might be “off” or potentially dangerous and not good to eat / feed our young.

And lastly, because we have an acute sense of smell… we tend to be very particular about our own bodies and how they smell (ie none of us are too jazzed about “monthly” cycle odour) so we tend to figure out from a very young age that we need to take care of ourselves in that regard… plus for reproductive health, it is clearly laid out to us by our Mothers that it is an important thing to do.

Whereas… Men don’t process smells the same… so until someone in Puberty actually tells them they stink (their Mothers most often) and that they NEED to take care of their personal hygiene many don’t GET IT.

A Man that is Lazy or hasn’t been taught, is for sure going to be more RANK than someone who has been told.

And as a group (ie Hunting Trip) men can honestly go days before they begin to notice that they / their friends are smelly.

So ya, some of it for sure comes down to Gender & Genetics.

 

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee

I try not to judge in the case of a mental or physical illness. I also don’t judge elderly people for smelling (whether or bad or heavily of perfume) because they start losing their sense of smell, so they think they don’t have to bathe as often. As far as everyone else I just don’t understand! I literally cannot function unless I’m completely washed, deodorized, and have brushed my teeth. I mean I get sweaty just like the next guy if I am outside when it’s hot. I think I tend to sweat more than most people, but I never smell so much that people can smell it through my deodorant.

I picked a seat last week in my new class for the semester, and this girl came and sat down next to me. I look at her, and she’s covered in piercings-which I don’t mind, but they looked just dirty and infected like she did them herself-her hair is just SO greasy, like I get it if you skipped a wash and your roots are bad, but I’m talking about right down to the ends of her hair! I didn’t even know those could become greasy! She smells sooo bad too, and she was wearing a hoodie and leather jacket, and I could smell her through them. Now she sits next to me everyday! 🙁 

I know some people don’t believe in using deodorant for health reasons, but seriously if you need it you need it. I would prefer to be able to use just the Tom’s of Maine deodorant instead of antiperspirant, but I absolutely cannot without having giant pit stains and smelling terrible, so I don’t attempt to.

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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@Barbiestylez:  We had a new staff member start this week and her breath is RANK and I’m preggers so it just makes me want to throw up 🙁 I’ve had to tell her I’m claustrophobic to stop her from leaning over my shoulder when I’m showing her something.

Post # 42
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

As a middle school teacher, I run into stinky kids all of the time!  It gets worse in the spring once the weather gets warmer too…yuck!  Our school counselors keep deodarent and toothpaste in their offices for ones that just need a lot of direction in this area. 

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My office is in a poor, depressed area.  I don’t work with the local public but I do run errands occasionally at the nearby drugstores, grocery stores, dry cleaner, car wash, etc.  I have walked past many families at the market that smell very unclean.  They look unclean, with filthy hair & dirty dingy clothes.  Little girls will have long hair full of snarls that looks like it hasn’t been brushed in days.  It’s very sad because you you these children arent being taught the basics, the essentials, at home.  I just think to myself these kids are not getting a fair shot, how are going to do better for themselves than their parents?  Thats generally what all parents want for their kids.  And I know there is fault on the parents for this but I look at them and know that they are poor, they are uneducated themselves, they don’t look like the picture of health physically, and have probably had hard lives.  I feel sad for the whole family.  I treat them as kind with as much respect as anyone else.  Probably kinder, I think I’m quicker to smile other do little pleasantries.  Who am I to judge?  It doesn’t make me think of them as lesser people, it makes me think how fortunate I am.

Now when my Fiance comes home after a long night out with his buddies smelling like a barn it’s a different story!  And yes, guys do have a greater capacity for stink than girls!

Post # 44
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@Barbiestylez:  I have no idea! I just got back from a bootcamp and there were two guys that were so stinky. It was nauseating to say the least. One of the guys comes pretty frequently and I cannot remember a time when he didn’t smell.

I don’t get it, I just don’t. There are loads of deoderant options…layer that stuff on!

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@Barbiestylez:  I wonder the same thing at my job!!! I work with the general public and think the same thing at times. It’s disgusting. Also the amount of people with gross, dirty hands. In fact, I had just mentioned that to a coworker just a couple days ago when I had a customer who’s hands were filthy. Seriously, how does one not care that they’re hands look like that!! Yuck!

Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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@Barbiestylez:  Some people really have no clue they actually stink in the first place. Even you yourself may not know that you might stink too, even though you may not realise it! You know how it is, we can always smell the stench on others but not ourselves. We get used to our own body odour.

I can admit when I’m a bit ripe, heck, what should I expect when I’ve been wiping bums all day, emptying bedpans/bottles, giving showers and generally run off my ass and on top of that, it’s 40 degrees C outside and the hospital’s air conditioning is playing up. I never go anywhere straight after work, it’s straight home and into the shower for me.

I work at a hospital and I’ve come across some shockers but some of them really can’t help it and I don’t fault them for it, I just give them a hand, suggest a shower, a change of clothes, I’ll change their sheets and suggest some deodarant or talc powder.

On the train, there are stinkie tradies sitting in front of me but geez I gotta cut them some slack, they’ve been outside all day. I’ll just sit tight and hope they get off on the next stop.

Anyway, to answer your question, when I’m in the vicinity of someone who stinks, I don’t make a big deal about it because I’ve smelt worse at work.

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