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Question posted by C
My boyfriend constantly smells of sage, and that is just his natural odor. He has had that smell probably since high school. No one is really sure why. His armpits smell like normal smelly armpits though, but in general, his whole body secretes the smell of sage. Any insight on this?
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Question posted by K
I have stopped from using commercial deo for about a year and noticed that after using it again it worked just like the first day. I also noticed that commercial deo makes my armpit odor really bad. i dont smell bad when im not using commercial deo but i still use it to make sure i wont stink in public. should i throw my deo now and stop unilisver from bacoming richer...
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Question posted by Armine
Left armpit more odorous, Also left breast slightly larger than right. And more sensitive to touch. Is it possible odor indicates a medical concern?
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Question posted by t
After giving birth to my son every deodorant smell so strong on me I believe I have a bacterial infection contracted from the hospital I gave birth in its been a year now what type of medication can I ask a doctor to prescribe to fix this this is ruining my life I lost my job and ever my kids sneeze around me please help
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Question posted by myself
Very interesting topic. Your research could affect the live quality of millions. In my case I quit using desodorants 20 years ago. Since then i noticed that only my right armpit became smelly after a day or two, while my left armpit always remained fresh, having a shower every second day. Inspired by your Q&A I rubbed concentrated citric acid on my right pit and it protected me perfectly from becoming smelly. Just don't try directly after shaving, thats a bad idea. I solved 1 teaspoon of food grade citric acid on about 2 teaspoons of water and rubbed it on with kitchen paper. The effect seems to last for about a week (still having a shower every second day). I hope it is still effective in winter when due to the thicker clothes and water resistant coats the body smell intensifies. Are you doing research on that aspect as well?
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Question posted by Tanya L
Dear Dr. Armpit! I have not just smelly armpits, but smelly feet as well! I have a condition called pitted keratolysis. So bunch of bacteria drilled it's way into the skin of my soles and I presume, eating away at my epidermis! I noticed that cotton socks and leather shoes tend to cause less stinky odor. I was wondering, how the microbial communities on my feet differ from those on my armpits? Thanks!
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Question posted by t
After giving birth to my son every deodorant or antiperspirant I put on smells so strong on me to the point where I offend people with my strong deodorant smell and every unscented deodorant makes me smell worse what is wrong with me ?
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Question posted by Caitlyn
I'm allergic to pot. I don't do it, and I keep it away from myself to avoid the allergic reaction that it causes. However sometimes (usually) when I'm really stressed or unhappy, I start suffering light allergy symptoms, and people around me will point out that suddenly my armpits reek of pot. Often the change is gradual enough that I don't notice unless I stick my nose down there and sniff. Taking a shower helps a bit, but after scrubbing thoroughly, sometimes my armpits still reek. Normally I don't use products on my armpits. Usually people like my natural smell, but I do use raw scent amber when I'm going dancing (not often the last few years). Lately, when the pot smell creeps in, I've been using small amounts of lavender or tea tree oil to help bring it under control so that I don't have an allergic reaction to my own body. Do you have any idea what causes that particular smell, and if there is a a way to prevent it happening? If I try searching on google I find a handful of other people asking the same thing (who also don't smoke) being told by stoners that its from smoking too much pot. Which is clearly and blatantly untrue in my case since I can't even have the raw plant near me, let alone the smoke. Any light you can shed would be greatly appreciated, and if you haven't encountered it before I would even be willing to try to get you armpit samples. I really want to know why this happens so that maybe I can prevent it.
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Question posted by Isabel
http://rawfoodchesham.com/2012/11/14/raw-deodorant-smell-as-sweet-as-maple-syrup-bin-that-other-rubbish-or-just-use-it-on-a-very-important-date-but-not-everyday/
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Question posted by Sadan Yagci
I've been doing some experiments with autonomic responses. One of them led to a discovery that the body instinctively wants to clean skin and hair with massage-like rubbing and water-only. I've always had stinky armpits, even after trying to wash it out and cover it up, since I was young. However, this solves that smell problem. I'd like to get your opinion on this.
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Question posted by KM
I have always been very smelly. I also am unable to use commercial deoderant because it irritates my skin to the point of painful boils. Even natural / homemade deodorants with baking soda irritate my skin too much. For some health reasons, I had to radically change my diet (basically I went paleo). I noticed that my smell changed dramatically and I sweat much less! Now I do not wear deodorant on a regular basis, which for casual interaction is generally fine (I think?), unless I eat something that is not longer within my diet. However, there is still some light smell that remains even after washing. I also found that coffee / caffeine was the WORST offender for my body odor. I also suspect based on the things I've had to cut out that dietary nickel may be the component of my restricted foods that exacerbates the odor.
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Question posted by TDKNYC
Science says, "oder causing bacteria" I've held a long time secret in this .... it's called get rid of the bacteria and notice the smell is gone! I've had a long time battle as, no deoderants seem to keep me protected thru the day, even tho I shower, scrub with soap and a wash cloth and use deoderant daily sometimes twice daily. So.... especially in polyester shirts it is hard to protect. BUT!!! Here's MY SECRET WEAPON and it works... even instead of deoderant or in addition to as needed while out..... go to the ladies room and apply antibacterial gel and rub it in under your armpits. I like bath and body works juniper breeze scent best. This is easy to store in your pocket or purse and you will NEVER EVER smell again! You're welcome. Please share with the world! :) TDK-NYC
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Question posted by rebecca
Anyone know why my armpit order smells like onions? And the weird thing is I hate onions and never eat them
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Question posted by Georgia
Have you done any research on diet related to arm pit smell? Can tell you personally diet makes a big difference in most people. There is also a nervous factor. Nerveousness is a different issue as it creates smelly arm pits for most no matter what! Lots of fruits & vegies help feed or starve smelly bugs. Seems the more junk food the stinkier the pits. Have seen this in many folks.
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Question posted by Pdx, OR
Dear Chris, I am very interested in learning more about your research, as I have tried what seems like everything in every way to minimize, reduce and eliminate my body odor. Introducing good bacteria sounds promising, and you mentioned in your Ted talk that the outcome of the transplant is determined by the source of that good bacteria and whether or not it comes from a family member for someone unrelated. If possible, can you include my contact information in your database for future updates/further conversation? Thank you for providing some hope on this taboo topic!!! Hartstrom@gmail.com
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Question posted by Trisha
Have you researched the effects of sun on these bacteria? I have found that most times the clothing is more stinky than the person wearing it. Hanging our stinky clothes out in the sun is the only way I've found to get rid of the smell. Most detergents just mask the smell with perfume, and we can't go that road because of contact dermatitis.
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Question posted by Stacey Bower
While my son was at an academy for young men, he came to the conclusion that those who ate their vegetables were less odorous than those who did not. Do you think diet plays a role in underarm odor?
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Question posted by Morena
I find that when I eat a mostly plant based diet, my body odor is less, if non existent. If I eat beef or pork more than 2 days in a row, I can't stand to smell myself and am embarrassed to be around anyone else.
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Question posted by JC
Hi! I am really curious because my husband has barely ANY stinky-human smell at all. The lack of smell in the armpit area is particularly intriguing. Even after 4 days of no showering, the armpit has nary a trace of stinky armpit smell. His clothes, even when dirty, don't really smell (like, ahem, mine do). Why are some people not-so-stinky?
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