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Need ideas about causes and solutions for strong and unusual body odor

I have a new boyfriend who I like A LOT and am very attracted to. Right after a shower, he smells normal and good. But anytime he starts to sweat, his body gives off a strong and terrible odor. Looking for thoughts about the cause and possible solutions. [more inside]
posted by Sock of Silliness on Nov 5, 2013 - 29 answers

 

why does one armpit smell when the other doesn't?

i'm generally not a stinky girl but when i do get stinky, it's always just my right armpit. my friend m is the same way, except her left armpit. we're both right-handed, i sleep on my left side, she sleeps on both sides about evenly. what's the deal? i googled first but all the forums where this was asked had people just talking about what causes b.o. and not answering the question. is it sweat glands? bacteria? what can we do to destink our respective stinky pits?
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2013 - 12 answers

Please help me de-stink my shirts.

How do I get a lingering stealthy BO smell out of my shirts? [more inside]
posted by Heretical on Dec 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Housemate has B.O. and we are unsure as how to approach this subject with him.

How to approach housemate with pungent B.O? [more inside]
posted by ruhroh on Sep 10, 2012 - 18 answers

Why doesn't this spray deodorant work?

On my doctor's orders, I switched deodorants, and now my armpits stink. Please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 - 28 answers

What could cause sudden super strong arm pit odor?

What could cause sudden super strong arm pit odor that goes away the next morning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2011 - 11 answers

Rank ignorance.

Do human beings as a species, homo sapiens sapiens, have a strong body odor in their natural state? Anthropologists, biologists, informed laypeople, any way to get at the truth? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Feb 4, 2011 - 25 answers

Can she tell if I smell?

Can I trust my spouse's sense of smell to tell me I have B.O.? [more inside]
posted by Ortho on Jan 25, 2011 - 24 answers

Something about this situation stinks.

My 19-year-old brother and housemate stinks. He's smelled funky for years, and it's not getting better. How can I either get him cleaned up or trick myself into not caring? [more inside]
posted by VelveteenBabbitt on Jan 20, 2011 - 48 answers

Is my tech running shirt too smelly to save?

My usual method of de-stinking my tech running shirt isn't working. What have you found works? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 13, 2010 - 18 answers

It's said that guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days... literally?!

What can we do about our stinky house guest? We thought we could tough it out, but it has gotten out of hand. [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Jul 16, 2010 - 44 answers

I smell bad. :( Or part of me does

Ladyparts question: Almost a week ago I had a LEEP done. I need some advice on dealing with a specific part of the aftermath. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2010 - 9 answers

Happy to sweat, but not to stink

Is there an effective aluminum-free deodorant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2009 - 35 answers

Help me smell pretty in halter tops!

Why do I have body odor when I wear sleeveless things, and how can I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by birdlady on Jun 29, 2009 - 20 answers

Has drinking coffee changed the way I smell?

Has drinking coffee changed the way I smell? [more inside]
posted by mai on Apr 23, 2009 - 16 answers

Will being Surer make me un-Sure?

If I start using deodorant will I start producing unpleasant BO? [more inside]
posted by simplethings on Mar 16, 2009 - 17 answers

Deodorant Questions

Tell me about deodorant. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2009 - 42 answers

Copper holy grail for embarrassing skin infections (and wrinkles, too)?

Seeking info on the effectiveness of Cupron textiles, which are supposed to have wrinkle- and microbe- fighting properties due to being plated or impregnated with copper. Anybody have personal experiences with the pillowcases, bed sheets, towels, socks, etc, or can offer informed critiques of the company's studies? [more inside]
posted by cybercoitus interruptus on Mar 3, 2009 - 1 answer

I stink

How do I deal with late-day b.o.? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2009 - 31 answers

Raise your hand if you're sure

My 6 yr old son has mature male body odor. Has anyone encountered this? I'm not exactly worried, but, I just wonder if it's normative to be this smelly at such an early age. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2008 - 12 answers

Back off, will ya? You smell like canned tamales.

As someone who takes public transportation every day, I spend a lot of time thinking about body odor. Can you tell me the chemical or bacterial reason that certain types of funk smell they way they do? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Oct 2, 2008 - 7 answers

Twentysomethings and B.O.

Young people and body odor - did I miss the memo? [more inside]
posted by joseph_elmhurst on Apr 7, 2008 - 48 answers

Vitamins stink - do I?

Vitamin supplements stink. Do I stink too? [more inside]
posted by loiseau on Jun 21, 2007 - 17 answers

Sweating up the Dry-Clean-Only

Sweat-a-filter: Dry cleaning isn't working! How can I permanently remove body odor from dry-clean-only clothes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2006 - 10 answers

How do I handle a co-worker's body odor if I'm not her supervisor?

A older woman who works in our office has horrible, horrible body odor. It gets worse as the week goes on, until by Friday its very difficult to stand anywhere near her. I am not her supervisor, and her department is "between supervisors" at the moment, however she frequently needs to stop into my office in order to do her job. Its going to be Friday tomorrow, and I'm dreading her daily visit to my office. What (if anything) should I do?
posted by anastasiav on Jun 23, 2005 - 49 answers

What can I do about my friend's bad breath and body odor?

I have a friend who stinks. He has horrible breath (he's a chain-smoker), and his clothes and body reek. I'm not sure what to do. It's so bad that many people have commented that it's hard to be around him. But other than the smell, he's a great guy. He's also lonely, and can't get a date. His life would be so much better if he had better hygiene. So what do I do about this? Tell him face-to-face? Send an anonymous email? Do nothing? If I do bring it up, how do I do it sensitively? Added to the problems, he's very poor. He can't even afford a phone. My guess is that part of the problem is that he's trying to save money on laundry. Still, soap is cheap. I'm trying to obey the Golden Rule, but it's hard. If I was the smelly one, I would want to be told, I guess. But I would be SO humiliated! He's in his early 40s. Really smart and literate.
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2004 - 18 answers

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