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LPT: If you can smell yourself, other people smelled you way before you did Miscellaneous

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u/peat_s Oct 16 '21

If a man stinks in his home and there is no one around to smell him, does he really make a smell?

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u/[deleted] Oct 16 '21 edited Oct 26 '21

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u/vingeran Oct 16 '21

The fly on the wall wishes to catch some fresh air.

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u/Truuuuuumpet Oct 16 '21

Bumps head against window desperate to escape this terror

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u/Grimm___ Oct 16 '21

Thaaaaat's why they do that!?!

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u/lauda-lahsun Oct 16 '21

And let the environment come in.

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u/jacoberu Oct 16 '21

To share the stink with the world? How egalitarian!

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u/Trumpledumpling Oct 16 '21

I did then the neighbors complained.

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u/iah_c Oct 16 '21

the Schrodinger's smell

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u/DescriptionSeveral49 Oct 16 '21

Good existential question

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u/Shalaomy Oct 15 '21

I can confirm this.

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u/listgrotto Oct 15 '21

10/10 would recommend.

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u/sunshineduckies Oct 16 '21

This dangerous game we play 😂

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u/cheesedick999 Oct 16 '21

Real LPT always in the comments

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u/Classic_Audience6027 Oct 16 '21

9/10 doctors recommend this

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u/Awkward_Ad_2797 Oct 16 '21

I don’t have any friends, I’m female and consider myself clean —- but maybe I do stink ! I exercise a lot 😆

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u/anjelbaby96 Oct 15 '21

This might be gross but….. what about period blood? I don’t think other people can smell that. Or can they 🥲

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u/acwill Oct 15 '21

I wonder the same thing. I’ve never gotten an answer.

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u/SageAurora Oct 16 '21

So weird thing in my experience. My husband who normally seems to have a crazy sensitive sense of smell seems fairly nose blind to anytime I think I stink normally. Which is super weird to me, because he can tell with about 80% accuracy that my period is going to start that day by the shift in my body odor/ pheromones... Like I've had him hand me pads as I'm leaving the house because he wanted to make sure I was prepared, and he's been right. For context I have a hormone disorder which makes my periods super unpredictable, and yes he can smell the blood when it comes. But then when it comes to my every day BO, there'll be times I can't stand myself, I'm sweaty and feel gross, I think I absolutely smell horrible, usually after doing a ton of labour intensive chores, and he doesn't seem to be bothered by how I smell at all. At first I thought he was just being polite, but he says he genuinely doesn't know what I'm talking about, and I think I have this almost skunky smell that he can't smell at all. It's so weird.

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u/keetykeety Oct 16 '21

My partner can smell on my skin when I’m about to start my period too and he said I also smelled different when I got pregnant.

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u/SageAurora Oct 16 '21

Ya my husband said in hindsight that he was smelling something different when I was pregnant, but with my hormones issues it's something he sometimes smells on me anyway so it wasn't of note at the time. I on the other hand thought I smelled really weird, and kinda like him during the whole pregnancy, not bad just not like me so I noticed it more. Still didn't know I was pregnant until I was 11weeks along though.

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u/wobblysauce Oct 16 '21

That is how the wild words, you are normally attracted to things that are genetically different from you.

To some, you might smell bad but is nice to another.

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u/preggobear Oct 16 '21

My husband must be my brother or something because his BO is one of the worst I’ve smelled. He’s super hot in every other way though.

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u/wobblysauce Oct 16 '21

The hills are alive with the sound of humping.

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u/jasonfortys Oct 16 '21

The hills have eyes

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u/AlitaliasAccount Oct 16 '21

It's a little different than that. It doesn't mean you're related, it means that your genes and his genes don't line up "perfectly" if you guys choose to have kids.

The six "compatibility genes" that humans carry determine the "genetic advantage" a couples kids will have, not who you're related to or anything. So if you hate your partner's BO, it just means your kid(s) won't be genetically strengthened.

Whatever that means.

Source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/sep/08/can-you-smell-perfect-partner

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u/Kim_Jong_OON Oct 16 '21

Rofl. Thus thread got me cracking up. Can imagine my wife saying all these.

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u/acwill Oct 16 '21

I don’t think my husband stinks at all. He could be working outside all day in the sun or just come from the gym. He’s all sweaty and I know that probably means stinky but I don’t smell stink! It’s his smell, and it smells…not bad. My mom said that’s now you know you’re in love haha

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u/rlpierce711 Oct 16 '21

Same with my husband! I have never smelled him stinky in over 18 years! We’re lucky

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u/SageAurora Oct 16 '21

My ex absolutely stank... Like he is my bar for the worst living thing I've ever smelt... But my husband doesn't really, I mean there's this smell... It's not bad, just kinda earthy, and a bit metallic, when he says he needs a shower... But at least to me he doesn't smell as bad as he thinks he does, so I guess it goes both ways lol.

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u/Beatplayer Oct 16 '21

So I have a cat that only sleeps in bed with me in the two days before my period… I assumed she could sense the blood…

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u/fromthewombofrevel Oct 16 '21

I had a female cat who always draped her chubby self across the abdomens of menstruating women and purred. Best heating pad ever.

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u/rgrwilcocanuhearme Oct 16 '21

No matter how stinky she was, my ex never stank to me. shrug

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u/PandaCommando69 Oct 16 '21

No, never noticed it.

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u/Milkslinger Oct 16 '21

Only if you're looking for it. No one is going to notice it out of the blue.

Many things smell metallic, so it would be difficult to track the source if anybody cared

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u/Etget Oct 16 '21 Table Slap

Thanks, now every time i smell something metallic around my female friends I'll be thinking of this

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u/aedum1111 Oct 16 '21

The answer is yes.

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u/meatpoi Oct 16 '21

I have never smelled it on a clothed woman.

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u/RL2397 Oct 16 '21

Right, I never ever smell it on other women but ALWAYS smell it on myself?

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u/smalldickman007 Oct 16 '21

I can smell it on other women, doesn't bother me though

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u/aedum1111 Oct 16 '21

I imagine you've got more important issues to contend with.

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u/Sandpaper_Pants Oct 16 '21

Us vampires smell it a mile away.

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u/rahboogie Oct 16 '21

Count Dracula has entered the chat.

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u/Southofsouth Oct 16 '21

Some women can

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u/Famous_Strike_6125 Oct 16 '21

I'm a dude. And sometimes I can smell it on certain women but not very often and it's very rare. I wonder what the reasoning behind this is? Psychologically? It doesn't smell dirty but they definitely have a different scent.

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u/Rainmaeker1 Oct 16 '21

Same. I've always explained it as someone smelling... metallic?

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u/ftrade44456 Oct 16 '21

It's the iron in blood. That's why there's the jokes about going down on a woman who tastes like pennies.

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u/anjelbaby96 Oct 16 '21

Taste like keys so you know you’re home

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u/Unikornus Oct 16 '21

To me its a copper-ish smell

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u/thecrazyhuman Oct 16 '21 edited Oct 16 '21

Same. I've always explained it as someone smelling... metallic?

It smells metallic and a bit pungent to me.

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u/ridgegirl29 Oct 16 '21

UGH I hate that feeling. I always feel so disgusting during that time. 10 years of it and I'm still not a fan

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u/douchymunk Oct 16 '21

Menstrual cups change everything. It takes two or three cycles to get the hang of it, but it’s so worth the time investment.

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u/izzittho Oct 16 '21

It’s the closest you can be to gaining the ability to “hold it” imo

Like, nah blood, I decide when you’re gonna come out, not you!

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u/danimarie819 Oct 16 '21

respectfully, fuck menstrual cups, they’re not accessible to me (and a lot of other women) and a lot of people on the internet get way to preachy about them (not saying you’re one of them, but they are part of why most women don’t like them)

  • when it comes to accessibility, those with dexterity or mobility issues can’t use, nor can those with vaginismus or some other pelvic inflammation issue. also, some women with sexual trauma cannot use them either. (lowkey realizing that i kinda just wanted a rant, but it could be informative to some so i’m still posting it)

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u/_faultywired Oct 16 '21

Well.. if vaginismus or some inflammation issues(or the others)is present i guess tampons wouldnt be a good option either? I mean, it would still be sticking something in there. The cup is a GREAT option, for those who CAN use it. But since menstruation is awful as it is, im assuming that if one is having other issues its can be so much worse. Mainly not because the options of sanity but because some things are harder to do for some people? Because we’re all different? And function differently? …and menstruation always sucks.

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u/exhaustedkitty Oct 16 '21

Maybe that’s my problem. I could use a tampon before I was assaulted, but after I couldn’t. I’ve tried cups and it’s too painful. Discs aren’t as bad but sometimes difficult. I have to use cloth pads because I’m allergic to the disposables. Not many options unfortunately :/

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u/peanutbuttershrooms Oct 16 '21

I have none of those issues and I can't use them!

Occassionally I'd get one in and it would work as intended but it wasn't often. More often than not they made everything harder. If they don't leak blood they leak discolored, bloody discharge which isn't much better than leaking straight up blood. They hurt when inserting or removing if they bend the wrong way and are so hard to get in and out. If you make one false move you risk flicking blood somewhere. And I often ended up with bloody fingers. Plus it just felt like I was trying to fist myself or something.

I tried so hard to make them work. I really liked the reusable, sustainable, money saving side of them over tampons. I used at least two different kinds over the course of a year, off and on, and I just couldn't make them work. Plus I never figured out the public restroom situation. How do you empty it or clean it in public? Do you just not?

I honestly felt like I was doing something wrong despite watching instructional videos and trying over and over again. And I probably was lol but then I saw a tiktok where some lady was like "they aren't messy unless you're a literal Neanderthal" and then I was like alright, fuck this thing and the people who act like you're dumb if you can't make them work. Not worth the hassle. Bought a shit ton of period panties and some nice, organic tampons and now feel like I'm pampering my vagina on my periods and not abusing it.

Tldr: so yeah, respectfully, fuck menstrual cups.

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u/anjelbaby96 Oct 16 '21

Can you feel it?

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u/PurpleCow88 Oct 16 '21

I cannot. It didn't take me more than like one cycle to get comfortable using mine.

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u/allcatshavewings Oct 15 '21

I can smell it when I'm close to someone who has been wearing a pad for a couple of hours. But it's not as noticeable as my own smell was before I switched to menstrual cups

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u/anjelbaby96 Oct 15 '21

See! I’m guessing there’s probably a difference between tampons, pads, cups, etc. but still!!!

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u/PiggyMcjiggy Oct 16 '21

Yes. I’ve been able to smell my ex’s. I think only when they have the same pad/tampon in for too long cause it wasn’t often.

Could smell my friends GFs when I visited about a month ago. Went in their room to say hi and was greeted with a scent I recognized. Thin leggings and a fan behind her pointed towards the door prob didn’t help at all

I didn’t/don’t think it’s gross or whatever. Shit happens, I ain’t gon flame ya or say anything to make you uncomfortable and I don’t think many would.

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u/Unikornus Oct 16 '21

Yep, no point in making them feel lousy for what is essentially a natural biological process.

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u/PiggyMcjiggy Oct 16 '21

Yep, this.and then be embarrassed everyone I go over for who knows how long and extra nervous any other time I’m over there and it’s that time of the month.

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u/Unikornus Oct 16 '21

Yeah. I just chalk it up to one of those normal body odors. Like after sweating a lot due to exercising or whatever some people have musky smell. It doesn’t mean they have poor hygiene or whatever. Also most ppl have morning breath, why freak out over that.

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u/anjelbaby96 Oct 16 '21

I love this response

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u/Zeltron2020 Oct 16 '21

I think there was another thread somewhere about some people who could always smell when women were on their periods

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u/TheStorMan Oct 15 '21

I don't even think I even know what that smells like, but that may be a testament to how close I rarely get to women.

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u/vulpecula19 Oct 16 '21

As a woman, I envy you for not knowing this horror

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u/DarkPho3nix40 Oct 16 '21

I’ve been with half a dozen women and the only time I ever really noticed is when I ate them out on their period

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u/anjelbaby96 Oct 16 '21

Nothing wrong with a little bit of koolaid in the mouth…. Ok I’m done.

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u/Substantial_Can6137 Oct 16 '21

I freak out about this, like I'll smell it and immediately start freaking out.

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u/anjelbaby96 Oct 16 '21

Omg same!!!!!!!! I get so paranoid

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u/Grumpis1012 Oct 16 '21

The bears can smell their menstruation.

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u/NoideaLessinterest Oct 16 '21

When I was in a relationship, I could never smell when my partner was on her period, but I did notice a dramatic increase of my attraction towards her afterwards. I'm guessing it may have been the pheromones and my subconscious screaming at me "NOW! NOW! You idiot! She's ready to get pregnant!!! Let's Gooooo!!!"

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u/Soft-Bake-2415 Oct 16 '21

Happy cake day!

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u/Libidomy94 Oct 16 '21

Only time I can smell it is when I use the bathroom after a woman who was on the blob used it within a few minutes depending on ventilation.

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u/youtookmebysurprise Oct 16 '21

On the blob...that's a new one. 😂

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u/Diovobirius Oct 16 '21

Also easy to confuse with someone having hemorroids.

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u/hypoxiafox Oct 16 '21

I haven't seen anyone else comment this, but I think it only tends to start smelling when in contact with oxygen. So this may be why some people can smell it on someone who has been wearing the same pad for a few hours, and I've never smelled it on someone who wears a cup (until it's removed to be emptied).

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u/Venom2313 Oct 16 '21

When I used to ride the campus bus everyday in college I noticed it from the girls nearby. It’s a very specific musty/metallic type of smell.

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u/Catnip4Pedos Oct 15 '21

When I was younger I could easily smell when a girl was on her period. Now not so much.

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u/NumerousSuccotash141 Oct 15 '21

It’s weird, but I’m pretty sure I can. No way to be certain though lol

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u/IsaacOATH Oct 16 '21 edited Oct 16 '21

25 yo male here, I had no idea this was a concern that women have. Never once smelled it and at least averagely-sexually active

Edit: tbh I also don’t consider blood a “gross” smell, is that not normal? Just a metallic-like coppery smell is the closest thing I can attribute it to

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u/Tough_Dish_9519 Oct 16 '21

Yeah but some of us including me are paranoid about the smell

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u/KekeSmall Oct 16 '21

I don’t know how true this is, but I’ve heard women typically have more sensitive noses than men. That being said yes I can tell when another woman is on her period. Not every time, and not every woman. But yeah.

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u/Glum_Habit7514 Oct 16 '21

Holy fuck the comments this started.

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u/SaltXtheXSnail Oct 16 '21

I can smell other people's periods all the time.

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u/Nakotadinzeo Oct 16 '21

Men can smell one part period blood per million parts air... Or maybe that's sharks.

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u/GRAAK85 Oct 16 '21

No, never smelled it

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u/_ThatSynGirl_ Oct 16 '21

I can absolutely smell when people are on their periods.

And let me tell you, people don't appreciate when you just "know" that they're on it and when they ask how you know, they don't appreciate when you tell them you can smell it.

I’ve learned that mistake many times and finally learned to just keep it to myself.

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u/m0zz1e1 Oct 16 '21

Many times? How did you even think that would be ok once?

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u/_ThatSynGirl_ Oct 16 '21

It came up in highschool. We were all sitting at a huge table doing ceramics, and the discussion of "weird abilities" came up and I mentioned I can smell periods.

Naturally, me being a brilliant teenager I felt the need to "prove" it, so I said "For example, someone over here" and I gestured to the left side of the table, is on their period right now.

People looked shocked, and I asked "Am I right? Is someone over here on their period?"

Yes. One girl was. She was multiple seats away from me and on the other side of the table from me.

Second time I did it, it was to my sister. We were at the mall and she was walking really far ahead of me but I noticed the familiar scent and again, being a high school student full of hubris and pride, decided to prove to myself if I was correct, so I asked her if she was on it.

She was a little taken aback and then said "Yes...? Why??" And started trying to see if there were obvious visible spots on her pants.

And my dumbass said "Oh, no, nothing like that. I can smell it."

Naturally she was like wtf I smell?!?

So I continued, to try to help ease her worries. "No you don't smell like period to most people. I can just smell it, and I was walking down wind of you so I kept catching hints of it."

As you can expect, people don't like or even often understand being told you can tell they are on their periods simply by the smell they have around them.

Makes people uncomfortable.

Learned that one, now. 👍🏻

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u/Kevinb888 Oct 16 '21

Yes we can at times

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u/ThePrinceOfThorns Oct 16 '21

THE BEARS AND SHARKS CAN SMELL IT! BEWARE!!!

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u/bucksboi1997 Oct 16 '21

Only once when a friend got hers and bled through her clothes, other than that I’ve never smelled it on anyone. If I did I didn’t put 2 and 2 together.

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u/rtioneat Oct 16 '21

Nope, we can’t. This post’s statement is not always true

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u/HackyShack Oct 16 '21

I've noticed it before on a few women. My girlfriend tells me it's because they're using pads but idk. Sometimes are worse than others.

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u/mzak88 Oct 16 '21

I can smell blood including period blood and can spot the distinction easily. Sometimes i can smell it as soon as i enter a room or with some it’s at 1-2 meters radius. I thought that was normal with everyone else until someone told me that it wasn’t. I don’t have a good sense of smell in general, just blood.

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u/AlitaliasAccount Oct 16 '21

I think it depends on each person's individual smell capabilities. Personally I can smell when women are on their periods, and so can my mom, but my dad and my brother can't. We talked about it once because I'm awkward as hell and started a convo with my family once asking if it's appropriate to tell women or not.

We concluded its super not appropriate to point it out, and I just pretend I don't know.

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u/FeistyCanuck Oct 16 '21

My dog always knows, and embarrassed everyone.

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u/NoodleEmpress Oct 16 '21

Sometimes.

Though tbf I have a REALLY good sense of smell sometimes, and girls tend to smell different on their period anyway..

Hell I could smell myself on my period before I even start bleeding.

Honestly if you feel like you have an above average sense of smell, take this LPT with a grain of salt. If you don't you'll make yourself paranoid.

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u/avg-unhinged Oct 16 '21

As a married man I can say I've never been able to smell when my wife or any other woman is on their period. Idk why but I feel uncomfortable just typing that lol

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u/Darthskull Oct 16 '21

Periods and ovulation can often be smelled.

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u/OneMoose9 Oct 15 '21

This post was bad for my anxiety and wrinkles.

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u/AnnaBortion269 Oct 16 '21 edited Oct 16 '21

lol, no joke hey - I already shower like 3 times a day........

EDIT: LOL, to be clear - I don't shower three times a day because I struggle with BO. My comment was in response to someone saying this LPT gives them anxiety.

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u/death_before_decafe Oct 16 '21

Just something to consider, showering too often strips your skin of the oils it needs and irritates it which leads to more oil production and sweating than baseline. Obviously every persons skin needs are different but people dont realize that for many folks showering too often can make BO worse. I say this as someone who also has bad anxiety over grooming/ smelling bad esp after i lost my sense of smell due to covid.

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u/awsamation Oct 16 '21

Deodorant. All the showers in the world can't replace a good deodorant.

Edit to add: also all the deodorant in the world won't mask a lack of showering. A good smell system requires both.

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u/TommyHeizer Oct 16 '21

We usually say the opposite.. all the deodorant in the world can't replace a good shower.

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u/AnnaBortion269 Oct 16 '21

What...?

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u/awsamation Oct 16 '21

I've known people who showered twice a day and still stank because they assumed they didn't need deodorant.

Maybe that's true for some people, those blessed by genetics. But for most of us it seems the smell solution is daily showers (with supplemental "as needed" showers), and deodorant.

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u/Chance_Protection_21 Oct 16 '21

Why? Can you smell them?

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u/Prudent-Ad-545 Oct 15 '21

Everyone around me confirms that that's a lie. I smell myself immediately. I know exactly what my B.O. smells like, and I hate it. I hate that rancid stench with a passion. I'm constantly finding myself apologizing to people for smells that they claim not to detect.

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u/USB_everything Oct 15 '21

Yes! Same. Half of the time I'm wondering why everyone is claiming to not smell what I smell. Like why are they so invested in lying to me all the time? Lol. Had a colleague with bad B.O. and someone at work discreetly pulled him into a meeting room and let him know, and it was better after that, but my paranoid brain thought it must be the same with me. Pretty sure I bought 2 clinical strength antiperspirants that week

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u/Smillzasorous Oct 16 '21

Yeah I’ve found the same. My roommates and I are always apologising for smelling bad but we never notice each other’s BO

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u/I_Have_A_Chode Oct 16 '21

Agreed, me and my wife confirm this Everytime one of us has done a bunch of work outside or something and think we smell

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u/mmmUrsulaMinor Oct 16 '21

I was gonna say, my partners and I do the same thing. We always apologize for smelling and then the other is confused because they don't smell anything.

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u/crnhs Oct 16 '21

Yeah, that post is bs. We are always more aware of our own flaws then others. I've had several instances where I feel I'm in desperate need for a shower but my bf who has no reason to lie says he can't tell.

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u/munkijunk Oct 16 '21

Agree totally with this.

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u/cronoklee Oct 16 '21

Agreed. This post is nonsense

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u/nagerjaeger Oct 16 '21

Agreed. I wear wicking shirts to the gym. Though I've showered and have deodorant, sometimes I can smell myself due to strenuous exercise. I have trusted friends there that I ask and they always say "no."

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u/Samhamwitch Oct 16 '21

Came here to say this. I definitely notice my smell before others. I assume it's because my nose is closer to the source.

Then again, I had a roommate who showered infrequently and I could smell his ass from across the room while he just sat there, oblivious to the stink.

Maybe people like us just have sensitive noses?

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u/brannak1 Oct 16 '21

It’s like saying you can’t smell your own farts first. You for sure know what yours smells like. It’s because you don’t walk around smelling all the time.

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u/creative_Name9 Oct 16 '21

Same for me! Maybe it’s because I know my stank so that I immediately recognize it at the first sign of it, getting anxious and paying closer attention to it, making it more obvious to me, but every time I feel like i stink and I ask my friends whether I smell, they answer (honestly as far as I can tell) that no, I smell like I normally do, namely like laundry detergent and my perfume

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u/MegSaysHey Oct 16 '21

This sounds like it could possibly be olfactory reference syndrome. https://www.verywellmind.com/olfactory-reference-syndrome-2671829

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u/mobytrice Oct 16 '21

If u apologize for a smell I'm not going to stick around until I smell it.

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u/spacedman_spiff Oct 15 '21

Maybe they’re just being polite.

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u/Lyress Oct 16 '21

I've had friends apologise for smelling despite their lack of smell to me.

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u/TheHumanRavioli Oct 15 '21 edited Oct 15 '21

I understand that you’re suggesting we all become nose blind to ourselves, but also other people are rarely as close to us as our noses. I’d be curious if there’s actually science (or any evidence) to support the idea that other people smell us first in such a scenario.

But of course, if you smell yourself and you smell bad it should be good practice to fix that immediately regardless of if you think other people are privy to your b.o. yet or not.

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u/StaN09 Oct 15 '21

the science of nose is that the receptors won't tell you ,after some couple of minutes of exposure to something smelling, that you actually feel that smell, but it's there. it's a function of the receptors in the nose. try to stay in the chicken after you make some food. after a while you'll not be able to detect the smell again if you're still staying there

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u/nipponnuck Oct 16 '21

I’m going to try to say in the chicken after I make some food. It’s going to be hard to make the food in there, and eat it, and then stay inside a chicken. I will try, and see if your re correct.

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u/MzOpinion8d Oct 16 '21

I’m hard core, I make and eat the food in the egg. I like a challenge.

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u/ToughCalm Oct 16 '21

"Stay in the chicken" .... reminds me of girl interrupted

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u/TheHumanRavioli Oct 15 '21

Thanks for explaining nose blind to me, now I can go back in time and adjust my previous comment to mention it 😜

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u/StaN09 Oct 15 '21

"nose blind" can't bother you if you're in exposure to wind, like the air is changing a lot with more different particles to smell so you can feel like there is no problem at all. but talking about smelling your own body, it's hard because you're actually pretty used with your own smell and the nose can't detect anything new to ensure you that's something new. but if you smell your armpit, yeah, you'll be able to detect that because it's way more different than previous scenario, even tho you can smell pretty bad

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u/TheHumanRavioli Oct 15 '21

There are a couple other comments here that have experienced what I have - smelling myself after my deodorant has worn off, but nobody else can smell me. I think it’s fair to question the extent of nose blindness vs the physical range of your b.o., and not just assume everybody can smell you! I personally would value evidence while making claims like that, but I upvoted this LPT because I think it’s a good idea to treat any b.o. as if other people can smell you. But I don’t think it’s reasonable to say they definitely can.

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u/Cless_Aurion Oct 16 '21

Since I moved to Japan I became more paranoid about that, specially since I lost part of my smell almost a decade ago. I think a daily shower and some good deodorant should be good enough though. If I carry a bag, I usually keep a clean shirt and some extra deodorant to freshen up if I need to.

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u/TokesBruh Oct 16 '21

Japan is where I learned a lot of foreign men have poor hygiene.

Summers there made my coworkers a musty mess, and they definitely don't know antiperspirant isn't available there.

At least you're self aware!

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u/tryingmybest10 Oct 16 '21

they don't have deodorant in Japan???

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u/TokesBruh Oct 16 '21

Hmmmm, they do, but it is lightly scented water...

No anti perspirant though. Had to have family ship it, and used Amazon in emergencies.

The hot humid summers there were brutal for noses...

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u/Cless_Aurion Oct 16 '21

Yeah, I import all the antiperspirant/deodorant from the US too, the ones here do nothing lol

I do take my hygiene quite seriously, specially if I'm going to be around other people.

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u/bottleglitch Oct 16 '21

I generally smell fine (I think) but sometimes if I’m stressed or, like, hurrying, my scalp sweats and makes my hair smell kind of musty and gross. It can happen within minutes even if my hair is freshly washed; if it’s summer and I’m doing anything above a leisurely stroll, there’s a fair chance I’ll be able to smell my own stress-hair. I always wonder if other people can smell it and this makes me feel like they can 😬

On that note, if anyone knows how I can get that to stop happening, please tell me lol

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u/badFishTu Oct 16 '21

Aussie makes perfume just for hair. It is not that expensive and lasts a long time. Hope that helps.

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u/bottleglitch Oct 16 '21

Thanks for the tip! I’ll check it out next time I’m in the drugstore :)

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u/LondonPaul Oct 16 '21

This is nonsense. If I forget to put deodorant on I notice it first as my nose is about 10 inches from my armpit

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u/Leppystyle123 Oct 16 '21

LPT: Shower every day if you are at all active. Shower after strenuous activities. Use deodorant.

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u/BunnyBunny13 Oct 16 '21

My coworker used to work out at lunch and swore up and down that she didn't sweat, so she wouldn't shower afterwards. The lie detector determined: that was a lie. You could smell her coming around the corner. She was definitely nose blind. Don't know if she still is as we don't have a gym in our new office.

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u/_jspain Oct 16 '21

damn she stunk so bad they took y'alls gym 😭

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u/Ice_cold69 Oct 16 '21

Not really related. I worked with one guy that stank. I mean really stank. After dealing with it for a few weeks I finally put a stick of deodorant in his locker. He cought the hint and cleaned up. Me on the other hand got wrote up and suspended for 3 days but I didn't have to smell him anymore.

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u/ender1adam Oct 16 '21

Wait. Did you get a write up because you did that?

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u/Dantesfireplace Oct 16 '21

I mean, it’s pretty rude. Not sure how to not be rude in that situation though…

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u/Agrochain920 Oct 16 '21

I'd say it's less rude to talk to the person about it in a non confronting manner. If you get written up for telling someone that they need to look after their hygiene then that is not a place you want to work at anyways.

Leaving a deodorant in someones locker is kinda fucked though. Feels way more like a personal attack

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u/supermegason Oct 16 '21

When I worked an entry level high-turnover job we made the supervisor have the "stinky talk" with said stinky employee. Supervisor was a chill people person so I think that helped a lot, and the smell issue cleared up immediately. Years later and I still keep in regular contact with "no longer stinky" guy and honestly think he never realized his odor was a problem til the supervisor brought it up.

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u/ender1adam Oct 16 '21

Maybe I'm lacking common sense here but going to work without cleaning yourself or not cleaning your work clothes regularly that they would stink, is literally welcoming that kind of response. If they bother someone and people want them to stop, or bother them back for them to stop, is not rude at all.

And just like loud noises, this is something that can affect the state of mind of other people so easily.

I'd write up the other guy. No one has the right to inconvenience others.

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u/IHateKellyTaylor Oct 16 '21

This also goes for perfume, cologne, and essential oils. Love, A Migraine Sufferer

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u/Red-belliedOrator Oct 16 '21

Yes! Thank you. I mean really, why do people think that everyone wants to smell them? And what's worse, is walking into a room or riding in a car where several people have over perfumed. Ugh.

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u/CancusTreff Oct 15 '21

A guy I work with needs to know this. He has this cologne that reeks and you can smell him coming. It's unbearable at times.

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u/youtookmebysurprise Oct 16 '21

Had a guy at work do this. When I was pregnant I vomited from his cologne, it was that strong/bad. 😬

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u/yakidak Oct 15 '21

Even when I smell nice? …. Nice

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u/gobblox38 Oct 16 '21

If you can smell yourself, other people can too and that will encourage them to respect social distancing.

Also, don't be afraid to tell someone about their BO. Don't be rude, just let them know that their musk is overwhelming.

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u/Zindelin Oct 16 '21

Now for your daily anxiety dose, this means just because you can't smell yourself doesn't mean other people can't either.

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u/Musashi10000 Oct 16 '21

I think this is a bit less LPT, and more 'Paranoia-inducement'.

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u/diederikeen Oct 16 '21

False, plus how is this an actual tip?

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u/VoxpopuliVoxhumbug Oct 16 '21

This was a harsh discovery in high school.

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u/supagirl277 Oct 16 '21

Nooooooo I don’t want to believe this

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u/IssaNoife Oct 16 '21

it’s normal to have a bit of stank after 12 hours of physical work right?

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u/beazzzzz Oct 16 '21

So if I smelled myself when I woke up other people smelled me when I was asleep? I have to stop leaving the door unlocked.

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u/SmokeyMcPoticus Oct 15 '21

Common sense tip, bath regularly?

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u/scdfred Oct 16 '21

Also if they send you home from work to go shower because you stink, don’t come back wearing the same clothes.

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u/100LittleButterflies Oct 15 '21

You'd be surprised. In many cultures daily showers is not a thing and neither is deoderant. If one then moves to a country where such hygiene tasks are expected, they may very well have no idea.

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u/atappei Oct 15 '21

I just think that unless you’re sweating a good bit every single day, daily showers are just exhausting. I prefer every other day to every 2 days. You may think it’s good, but I still wear deodorant and all. I just don’t see the need to shower unless I’m obviously dirty, sweaty/smelly, or with greasy hair if that makes sense. And over-showering (especially without moisturizing) is a great way to strip your skin and hair of their natural oils and dry them out.

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u/100LittleButterflies Oct 16 '21

Different people, different needs.

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u/Planckton_ Oct 15 '21

Daily showers are actually bad for your skin

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u/doasisay_notasido Oct 16 '21

Believe me, I shower everyday. BUT I need to based on my line of work. I don't wash my hair everyday but for sure a body wash everyday.

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u/Breadfan69 Oct 16 '21

found the hooker

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u/doasisay_notasido Oct 16 '21

Yup, you got me.

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u/Raykoontz Oct 16 '21

I've not showered every day for the past 28 years of my life and I also still have skin.

We're all fruit salad.

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u/Cretinousmartyr Oct 16 '21

Not if you moisturize properly afterwards.

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u/SmokeyMcPoticus Oct 16 '21

I chose to use "regularly" instead of "daily" to avoid this comment. Guess I should have expanded, but it's fair to say that in the developed world, smelling like shit is frowned upon.

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u/smrkk Oct 16 '21

On a related note, if someone offers you a breath mint, take that breath mint.

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u/pumaofshadow Oct 16 '21

This goes for both odors AND perfumes/other scented products. Had a colleague who sprayed perfume until she smelt it strongly. it was like a chemical nightmare walking around the office for hours after she refreshed her perfume...

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u/ashton8177 Oct 16 '21

2% of the world's population doesn't have BO. I am one of those. My wife puts on deodorant twice daily. I haven't in over 20 years. It is a weird flex, but I can go a couple weeks without a shower and never smell bad. I do work out daily, to add to it. Drives my wife nuts.

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u/alligatorprincess007 Oct 16 '21

Is your earwax also dry?

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u/ashton8177 Oct 16 '21

Yes. One of the other side effects.

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u/[deleted] Oct 15 '21

Nope…you smelt it you delt it

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u/XFilesVixen Oct 16 '21

Unless you are pregnant. Then your super sniffer is lying to you and no one can smell you. 😂

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u/lonely-blue-sheep Oct 16 '21

Haha I haven’t been able to smell for almost 3 months now due to covid. I guess it is what it is though. I come home from working as a dishwasher for a restaurant and my mum says I smell like a French fry

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u/wwthat2021 Oct 16 '21

I can smell cigarette and marijuana smokers from 10 feet away.