(Closed) TMI. BO – where does it come from and when do you get it?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1414 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

For me the more I stress the more I…well, stink.


It must be something hormonal…..

Post # 5
3368 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Pit cancer… why did that make me giggle?

I hate wearing deodorant b/c it feels sticky when I try to wash it off and I never feel like I get clean.  I use a lot of essential oils, like ginger or rosemary, with anti-bacterial properties.  I’ll use deo if we’re going out.  And, yup, stress makes me stink!

(wait, why did I giggle?  now I feel weird.)

Post # 7
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I typically get BO around my TOM.  I think it’s because when I get my TOM, I sweat like no other for the first couple of days and my hormones are all wacky.  In general, it’s just a stinky situation. 


Post # 9
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Because I am studying for the boards and I obviously have more fun on the wedding bee procrastinating than actually studying allow me to make myself feel like I’m actually doing something medically-related and answer your question. 


Most deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminium which has been linked to BREAST cancer lol. But I like “pit” cancer.

Sweat comes from 2 places: 

1. Eccrine sweat glands- this is where the sweat comes from that cools you off while you are exercising or overheating in a sauna etc. 

2. Apocrine sweat glands: these sweat glands produce sweat in response to stress (mental/emotional/homonal) and are exclusively located in your armpits and groin area. The BO comes from bacteria that live on the surface of your skin (just harmlessly, normally living there not causing any problems). The bacteria come into contact with this special sweat that is produced in response to stress, creates BO. 

Voila! BO. Totally normal and universal. 

Post # 11
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@WillyNilly:  Ha! Thats an interesting question. Kind of makes me go all philosophical. Maybe it has some primal, instinctive, communication purpose. Like if you are stressed or afraid, other humans can smell it and know you are afraid. Or perhaps the quality of the odor sends a different signal to potential mates- like you were saying its different when you change your diet, or maybe if you are sick it changes, the quality of the odor reflects on how healthy you are …. 

But like many things in the human body I think it just “is”. Or, to be more accurate, I don’t know. :). 

I know that when patients come in with various diseases, they definitely smell different- for example someone with diabetes definitely has a particular smell, someone with post-nasal drip smells a certain way. 

When people wear a ton of scented things it not only takes away that symptom for me but it adds to the host of things that your body has to break down and process, many of which are endocrine disrupters- artificial fragrances, pthalates, preservatives, all of these things your body has to break down, some of those breakdown products are very toxic to your body . . .

Very good question!

Post # 12
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

+1 for the pitt cancer reference! LOL. I am deodorant/anti persperant phobic as well 😉

Sometimes I thought it was hormonally related, especially if you are taking hormonal meds. but I guess the body is all interconnected. So if your liver is clogged or your jacked up on pills, lotions, or have a disease, maybe it changes things.

Post # 14
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

have you tried using the crystal deodorant? it’s not an antiperspirant, just a deodorant and i believe they’re free of aluminums and what not, so they’re a “safe” alternative to the usual stuff. i use it sometimes and it works really well, maybe even better than my regular deodorant.

Post # 16
2009 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t get BO, but I get GROSS “Mountain Dew”

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