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

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 47
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I too work with the public and being an employee for a library you get to interact with MANY types of people. There are a few people i can think of right now (regulars) that you can SMELL BEFORE YOU SEE THEM!!! These people do not shower because most of them are homeless, but are not allowed in homeless shelters. (I am assuming for drug reasons.) We recently have had people “grooming” in our bathrooms. What fun…

Post # 48
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

I teach high school. I know ALLLLLLLLLLL about B.O.!! And the smell of greasy, unwashed hair. 

Post # 49
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Honey Beekeeper

Also, some people have little to no sense of smell and that is a big part of their problem.  

There are, of course, those who  perspire excessively.  People like that may  need to use prescription antiperspirant, not deodorant. I’m not sure if they make something similar for shampoo, but sometimes the oils on the hair are a big part of the issue. 

Foul breath may be from smoking, infection, poor hygiene.  

Post # 50
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Barbiestylez:  eeeew! Are you referring to patrons of the strip club? Because if so, I’d feel so freaking sorry for the dancers. I can’t imagine being in such close proximity to someone you can smell 3-5 feet away. I rely on public transit in a city with a significant homeless population, so I have a good idea of the stench you’re talking about. Barf.

Post # 51
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@beetee123:  It’s difficult if you shouldn’t be using it for health reasons.  I think not using it for health reasons trumps ‘if you need it you need it’.

Post # 52
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Buzzing bee

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@AB Bride:  if you can’t use it for health reasons you should probably make sure to actually shower on a daily basis. 

Post # 53
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

So I worry about my sense of smell A LOT (thugh my fiance says I have the nose of a bloodhound, I smell much better than him).  I just don’t smell body odor on people usually!

But on ONE person (a dear friend and romantic interest) it was so overpowering I couldn’t get over it.  I talked to him about it and had him shower and he still smelled!  STILL!  the body odor was unbelievable.

Also a client showed up with terrible body odor too.

I’m the person who always brings a tiny thing of deodorant in her purse, a tiny toothpaste/travel toothbrush at my desk, a tiny bottle of listerine, and always pops mints before a meeting.  I have PARANOIA about smelling anything less than fresh, especially since I sweat more than the average person.  I can’t imagine how other people live without this concern.

 

Post # 54
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@Barbiestylez:  There’s a girl at my work who always smells like a dog. I know she has a dog, so my thought is that she let’s doggy sleep on her clothes. I have a dog, too, but I keep my clothes clean and I don’t (or so I hope) smell like him. Plus, he has baths so he doesn’t stink as much as some dogs do! 

Post # 55
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@beetee123:  I agree with that, as long as bathing is ok to do with the condition.  I was just surprised by your earlier comment.

Post # 56
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@Barbiestylez:  If you think a lot of people smell then the problem might be with you and not them. You might have hypersomia or dysosmia.

Post # 60
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Buzzing bee

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@AB Bride:  I am hoping that there are no unfortunate souls out there who have conditions that prevent them not only from using deodorant but also from bathing. As a university student and cashier in the past I have found that most times it is just laziness. Everyone wants to jump on the “they have an illness” train for everything when 9/10 people are just being lazy. Unless these mysterious issues are prevalent in a major part of the population. I am allergic to almost every product available, yet I somehow manage to bathe with soap, wear deodorant and take care of myself without compromising myself. 

Post # 61
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@beetee123:  I agree that most of the time it isn’t due to a physical health condition.  It does happen though.  Surgery, radiation, whatever.  They migth be in the minority, but you brought the issue up.

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