There is a certain someone that you love and respect. A very wonderful, outspoken, and intelligent person with great ideas whose company you absolutely enjoy…
That is until, the funk makes itself evident. Oh, NO!!! B.O.!!!
You are left speechless, confused, and slightly disgusted.
Body odor is a HELL NO! It is distracting, and not in a positive or constructive way.
I understand that many people are against the horrible ingredients in today’s antiperspirants. For goodness’ love, last weekend, I spent almost an hour dissecting deodorant and antiperspirant labels, and the large majority said “Ask a doctor if you have liver disease.” What the…? So, the product is okay if I am free of liver disease? Hmmmkay.
But, if I am perfectly healthy, will the use of this product contribute to the potential development of liver disease? Why are these companies NOT spelling out that the ingredients in these everyday products could eventually contribute to liver disease? And, if these products do NOT contribute to the potential development of liver disease then, why the warning?
Holy mackerel! Must I stink in order to keep my liver healthy?
Is this why my friend that I love and admire so much has chosen to provide the world with this very unpleasant and completely overpowering underarm smell?
All of a sudden, I’m much more understanding. That doesn’t make me any less sensitive to the stench emanating from an otherwise lovely creature.
Fortunately, there are a few:
1. Hold my breath and pray that the arms of my interlocutor will stay in the downward position.
2. Suggest a natural crystal deodorant (I bought and tried one this weekend and, to my surprise, it WORKED! I was not dry, but there were no smells emanating from my underarms, weeee!
3. Suggest the application of a paste made of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, the most ever-so-gentle and kind mixture. Again, this may not do anything to underarm wetness, but it will definitely kill the stench..
Here are the REAL challenges for the above mentioned alternatives:
#1 – Imposes no challenges to myself, other than forcing myself to grin and ignore the smell.
#2 and #3 – How in the world do I approach this person about this problem?!? Even if I am kinder than kind, it will still be a VERY uncomfortable situation. The last thing I want to do is let this person know that they stink (physically) and that they should do something about it, now!
So, let’s summarize:
Unfortunately, I have one workable solution (#1) but that does not change anything. Quite on the contrary, it enables the situation.
That is why I am asking for feedback and suggestions.
I am all for an all-natural, additive-free, healthy, sustainable life. I believe that there is a way to be ALL that, including proper B.O. control.
Suggestions are MORE than welcome :)