Tell Me Why

United States
November 12, 2010 4:46pm CST
People Do Not Use Deodorant... I was at a big Grocery store and could not wait to get out. So I am wondering why don't people use deodorant?? This is not my normal grocery store that I shop at but have gone there a few times and have noticed that this has happened too many times. It was like each aisle I passed up people just were not wearing deodorant and or are not using the right one. There was this one man that I almost passed out as I had to hold my breath for so long as I just could not stand it. His partner was embracing him and I wondered why she did not feel discomfort, at least she did not appear to. So tell me is this part of religion, nationality or preference?? That people do not use deodorant..
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@GardenGerty (102585)
• United States
12 Nov 10
My hubby does not use deodorant/antiperspirant because he believes it can have negative health consequences, but he showers, and he uses a body powder that has baking soda and medicated ingredients ( Gold Bond, Mexsana, store brands) and it seems to work for him. I could not stand it if it did not. The other thing is that many of the unhealthy things in our food give us a bad body odor. My first hubby worked training student truck drivers. He came home after two weeks one time complaining about the odor of his student. Let me tell you, my first husband could not smell things usually. All we could come up with on this student is that he drank a case of pop or so each day. That makes your body odor rank!! So, some people believe that deodorants and antiperspirants can cause cancer. Some poor people cannot afford food, let alone hygiene items. Some ethnicities are not as offended by body odor as people of the US are and do not use deodorants. Some diet items make people stink. I do not know what the particulars are at your grocery store.
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• United States
12 Nov 10
"My hubby does not use deodorant/antiperspirant because he believes it can have negative health consequences" I had forgotten until I just read your response, but I know someone that could not use antiperspirant or deodorant for health reasons. She would get cysts under her arms from them blocking her pores, even if she washed regularly and only wore them during the day when she was going to be out around others and washed them off as soon as she got home. She also just had to use soap and water and powder to keep from smelling, but fortunately it worked for her.
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• United States
12 Nov 10
Wow thank you both for replying. I did not know that people can get blocked pores from using products like this in their arm pits. Has to be hard though, but sounds like the people you both mentioned at least tried another method. Excellent idea, as it would be tough not to be able to use it and people be upset by the selling pits. I learned something new again today..
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@Nadinest1 (2040)
• Canada
12 Nov 10
My father use to use this saying: A skunk don't smell his own smell. I think sometimes that this is true. Another person will smell someone's else's body oder long before the person himself will, which is too bad for the rest of us. Maybe they don't take a shower very often either....even if they washed their arm pits everyday but still didn't use deodurant, it wouldn't be so bad, I don't think. I'm not sure if it is a religious thing....I wonder if it is? Maybe someone else will reply if it is. Interesting.
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• United States
12 Nov 10
I have often wondered this as some people can really smell up a room instantly. Me I have to use it regardless of the myths and or facts. I can instantly smell me in a split second so I have to make sure no one else can. Wonder if anyone can answer if it is a religious and or culture practice not to use it?
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• United States
13 Nov 10
I see and that is what I was striving for simply to find out if it was or not. As from what I understand some people also believe that if they use deodorant it causes cancer. I actually saw a program the other day where doctors say these are myths but that the companies these days are now making the deodorants with less chemicals to prevent such myths. Thanks for responding.
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• China
15 Dec 10
Right, A skund don't smell his own smell. It is said, each race has it's own smell, different from others. Maybe the person come from another country? Anyway, human also animal even civilized. haha.
• United States
12 Nov 10
Unfortunately, I used to work with this extremely kind, sensitive and very lovely lady, but she had a very serious problem - when she was nervous she would sweat profusely and there was no deodorant that could stop the smell. She showered every single day, put deodorant on multiple times per day (she brought it to work with her and put it on in the bathroom), and she even went to the doctor to see whether or not there was a prescription deodorant she could use that would work. I felt so bad for her, especially since there were some really mean people that were really rude to her and just came up to her and told her she smelled and should try using deodorant and taking a shower once in a while. Needless to say, this comment reduced her to tears, which was when she confided in me that she had tried everything and nothing worked. As far as I know, this is a fairly rare condition ... or at least to the degree that she had it ... but it does exist, although I forgot the medical name for it.
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@jalucia (1435)
• United States
12 Nov 10
I don't know if you still know this woman, but life has to be rough for her. If she would've confided in me I would have told her to discuss removing a lymph node/sweat gland from her armpit with her doctor. They do this when people frequently get boils in their armpits from a condition called hydranitis. It's a day surgery and not life threatening, at all.
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• United States
12 Nov 10
@purple that is so sad that this woman had to endure both the condition and the bad remarks. I am sure she had such a hard time no matter where she went. As I am one that cannot tolerate stench. Although I would not be rude though, I would have felt bad for her also. @julucia, wow I just looked that up and read a bit about it. If I had this sort of problem, I would look into something like this as the poor woman that purple above is speaking about must have gone through a great deal of negativity. Medical Science is amazing these days.
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• United States
12 Nov 10
Jalucia - That would have been good to know, because I am sure that it would have saved her a ton of problems. I wish that I would have known about it, so I could have given her such good advice. Hardworkinggurl - I really felt bad for her, especially since she was such a sweet, kind lady ... she would have literally given you the shirt off her back if she thought you really needed it. I must admit that at first it was a bit difficult to get past her condition, but eventually it didn't really bother me, because spending time with her was worth it and I hardly noticed it after a while.
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@imphavok (320)
• Canada
12 Nov 10
Some people don't like to use deodarant because the it has crap in it that is proven to promote cancer growth. The herbal deodarants are safe to use but sadly they don't work worth crap. I completely understand what you are saying and despite knowing I am increasing my cancer risk I still use deodarant. Smelly people make me sick to my tummy :(
• United States
12 Nov 10
I have had a few direct conversations at one time or another about the stories about probable cancer and I always end the conversation with well if I am risking cancer well at least I am not causing you to faint.
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• United States
13 Nov 10
I also believe this as well.
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• Indonesia
13 Nov 10
lol!what a funny thread it is People may no concern of their smell. I think, that's better situation. In my country, you can feel the worse of the worse of the worse situation than that. Go somewhere by public trans, waow, you can find much smells there. Some of them has established a 'natural-protection' from that, by producing the more strong smell. Perhaps, it is a part of preference, lol! Try to love and find philosophy about life there
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• United States
13 Nov 10
Yes it is quite funny and hilarious. Oh I have this really sensitive nose that says I gots to get outta here!! I cannot tolerate bad smells. I hope in my old age that I do not become lazy and or not be able to smell me if that were the case.
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@EKOBERNIE (264)
• United States
12 Nov 10
In some parts of the world people to not use deodorant. I worked with these 2 guys that was from Africa and these guys smelled so bad and I asked them why they smelled the way they do. He told me that they only used soap and nothing else but I could not go any further cause I felt bad did not want to hurt their feelings. They said they do not believe in deodorants and perfumes and stuff, they were natural and the soap they used did not smell like flowers or anything like that but just no smell to it. I know because we took showers at the end of our work. I know for a fact in some middle eastern countries they do not use deodorant.
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• United States
12 Nov 10
Wow that would be really hard for me to have to smell this every single day though. I wonder why they do not use deodorant which then brings me to religion and or culture. I mean understand there are preferences but I prefer to smell good.
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@jalucia (1435)
• United States
12 Nov 10
I don't know where you are located. But, if you are getting a musty smell every time you frequent a big business, and you are sure it's the people and not something else in the store, I would guess that it does have something to do with a set of beliefs that is prevalent in those that frequent the store - especially if the store is a culturally specific one. I have heard that middle easterners don't believe in using deodorant. I'm not sure how true it is. There are lots of people who believe that deodorant is harmful and choose not to use it, or opt for an all natural version.
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• United States
12 Nov 10
This is a Jewel and a major chain store who prides on cleanliness and qualtiy of the store. Oh believe me when I tell you the few times I have been to this store it is the stinky armpits. I do not want to generalize but it has always been the same type of culture. This is why I am wondering if it is against their culture, religion or simply lack of wanting to use the deodorant. I have heard of people not using because it does of the belief of cancer but then I think something should be used though. There is no way to sugar coat, perspiration. It aches my tummy something awful.
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@joystick (1680)
12 Nov 10
I think that some people can not smell that they stink of bo.It is horrid both in the winter as well as in the summer when you go past people and they stink.I also think that some people do not wash before they put the deodorant on,yuk.It is worse if you have to get a taxi and the driver stinks and it is summer time,small spaces with smelly people.Do some people not know what soap and water is.
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• United States
12 Nov 10
LOL, joy.. really I think about this often, as to why people can't tell they have bo.. Weird cause I would know in an instant if I stunk.. Too funny! Thanks for responding.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Nov 10
Deadened sense of smell?
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• United States
12 Nov 10
If it is not something against their religion or culture than I have to believe they can't smell it either. Oh I don't know, I know right off the bat if I were to smell like that.
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• United States
13 Nov 10
Only reason I ask if culture is because I have noticed certain ones who do have strong odor. I am one to always be respectful anyones belief and or ways. So my curiosity as always with the many diverse countries here on myLot is to get a better understanding. But I agree with you as well that too much of anything is not really a good thing and we should be cautious as to what we eat as if there is bo then imagine how the inside must feel and or look. Thanks for responding it really helps a lot and provided great input to the discussion.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Nov 10
expiry period - lol
@rameshchow (5284)
• India
17 Nov 10
We are well educated... n we know which brand is better for our needs... n Coming to forest n tribal people who have no electricity, no healthy food, no good infrastucture, no well education, no sophisticated resources... no weekly magazines to buy latest commodities... We r really luck know?
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• India
17 Nov 10
Don't miss understood my words...
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• United States
18 Nov 10
I understand what you say and things for some are much harder than for others. I sure hope people understand that good hygiene is important. We do not need special items to keep our bodies clean. But I understand that some people perhaps are not educated in this fashion, I just hope they understand that it is important. Thanks for stopping by.
• Philippines
13 Nov 10
i think people like that doesnt know how to used a deodorant.. LOL because sometimes people they dont know if he/she had a body odor. so they did not used the deodorant.
• United States
13 Nov 10
From what I understand people with bo do not notice that they have bad odor. I do not think I could ever get use to having personal bo or someone near to me to have it. My nose would not be able to tolerate. Whenever I encounter people with it I have to run.
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@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
13 Nov 10
Hi sweetie. If there is one thing i truly hate, it's someone smelly. I cannot think how they can go thru life without using something. We are all human, but some can think to use deodorant, at least. That is sssoooo nasty. TATA.
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• United States
13 Nov 10
Yeah I surely would hate to have to tell someone that they stink. But my poor nose and tummy would not be able to tolerate it. It is a shame some posters actually conveyed that some people actually can't tell they smell. I don't know I could instantly tell if I smelled, and certainly would not want to impinge on someone nose and or their stomachs.
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@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
13 Nov 10
Always walk with extra spray. You never know when you will need it.
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• United States
13 Nov 10
Absolutely it is like an American Express Card, I never leave my home with it out and it is truly priceless.
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• Mumbai, India
14 Nov 10
hehehhee, I don't think its necessary to use Deodorant and not everybody smells bad if not using any kind of deodorants or talcs. I have used deodorant rarely all my life and I don't like them. Some people just have the perfect body which does not smell bad even if they don't use deodorants, while some have bodies which will always keep giving bad smell even if they use them. Its not a part of culture or any religion in the world not to use them, but its just the preference of people whether they want to use them or not. I found deodorants harmful for skin as they cause the skin to darken and create spots due to chemical reactions. I prefer using talc than deodorants but I don't even use them often, only on special occasions. I prefer to be natural as I have been blessed with a good smelling body, People's body has a natural smell which they destroy with the use of deodorants and other cosmetics or talcs. So I think its not necessary to use deodorants for everyone, those who's bodies smell a lot can use it only if they are so conscious about using them. I think that the person was indeed lucky that his partner choose him or likes him inspite of his smelling body ;). Thats true love perhaps :D.
• United States
15 Nov 10
Truly it has to be true love as if you were there you could have smelled how badly this person smelled and have his arm and armpit around the woman's neck. Oh my gosh I tell you if it were my partner, I have to love him so dearly but would be trying to find some kind of resolution as the smell was so unbearable I thought I was going to pass out. But hey different strokes for different folks, I suppose.
• Mumbai, India
15 Nov 10
hehehehe Yeah correct, Different strokes for different folks. One cannot do much if he has a body which gives out bad odour, Who knows he might be using deodorants but they might be helpless to him.
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• United States
15 Nov 10
So true my friend and I need not dare get closer to find out, so I can only imagine while holding my breathe that it could be a combination of all that, but counted my blessings it was time for me to vacate the store as the stench was way too much.
• Philippines
13 Nov 10
Her partner did not feel an discomfort because she was used to the odor..lol. I think there is no such religion that tells there member not to wear deodorant. I guess it's the man preference not to wear deodorant maybe because he is confident with how he smells.lol
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• United States
13 Nov 10
Too funny as I stood watching her and as he had his armpits around her neck, all I could think about was whoa I would have been gagging as I could smell it from where I was standing. Not to mention her neck must have stunk after that but since it was so strong maybe it was the both them combined.
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• Philippines
13 Nov 10
Well maybe then, she really love that man because no matter how his armpit smells it wouldn't matter because the loving feeling is more important than the smelling feeling.lol
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• United States
13 Nov 10
I would have to imagine the love was stronger than the odor as I could not have been under that arm pit.
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@Strovek (870)
• Malaysia
13 Nov 10
Some of us are just allergic to the chemicals in the deodorant. What can we do but to make sure we keep our odor in check.
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• United States
13 Nov 10
GG in the first comment box posted how her husband deals with that says he uses natural ways, which I find helpful for those who are allergic. Hey I give credit to those who are at least conscious and try something as natural bo can be harmful to many people noses.
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@Strovek (870)
• Malaysia
13 Nov 10
That is true. We all have to take responsibility for our body. I also heard that our diet also influences hour BO.
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• United States
13 Nov 10
That has to be true also as my sister-in-law use to take garlic pills and she always smelled like garlic. Interesting, thanks for stopping by.
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@Danzylop (1120)
• Philippines
22 Mar 11
First reaction = Oh my Gosh. haha! Deodorant does not concern about anything that deal with religion. I havent read in the bible that Deo are loathsome or something. hahaha! All i know is that you'll be loathed if you sit beside a very beautiful girl (like hardworkingurl,, ^,..,^)and then you bring a deadly, explosive, underarm odor.
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• United States
22 Mar 11
Hi Danzylop Too cute! Yeah I can't take it when some have a bad odor. I have learned in this discussion that some people actually have health issues that no matter what they use and do they can't rid of the bad odor. Oh I don't know if I could personally stand it though. I would be drenching myself in so many different sweet smelling perfumes or something because my own nose would not be able to take it and would not want to destroy someone elses nose either. lol...
• United States
18 Oct 11
I can't think of anything far worse although there have been some competitive odors. I remember this one well where the girl-friend and he were embracing, all I could think of was OMG, I would have fainted.
@JLSTLMN (12)
• United States
22 Oct 11
I was going to let this one go by but decided to go ahead and offer another option as to why some people smell when they are in the store. Could the answer be hard work? My husband, an electrician, works 8 or more hours a day in an electric generation plant that has temperatures that, especially in the summer, go up to 115 degrees or more. On those days when he has been running around the plant and working hard, I know for a fact that he has a definite aroma when he gets off. Now, rather than stop at the store on his way home, he could come all the way home, take a shower, and then go back. But, it's much easier to just run in on the way home. It saves time and gas. My father was a contractor. He would work all day building houses, etc., and he would have a pretty ripe flavor when he got off some days. So, perhaps, you could do as I do when I am next to someone who could smell a bit better. I don't jump to conclusions about why they don't wear deodorant. I jump to the conclusion that they are a hard worker out earning money to support their family. Certainly more appealing than sitting home, smelling good, and living off government checks. I see those people at the store too--all dressed up, tons of gold jewelry, lots of perfume and paying for their groceries with food stamps. I'd much rather smell someone who has been working hard than the rich perfumed flavors of someone who works hard living off of other people's labor. But, that's just my opinion. Jennifer
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• United States
23 Oct 11
Hi JLSTLMN and thanks for responding. I live with a by day construction worker and actor by night. The specific person I was speaking about in this discussion which by the way was started 12 months ago was by far smelling due to hard work. We were at the grocery store and the person and his what seemed to be his girlfriend were getting ready to go on a picnic and was by far appearing to be working as they were dressed in summer wear and were talking about their picnicking. Anyways that was not the point and really I did learn that some people actually have health issues and sometimes can't tell they have such odors and or do much to prevent it. I for one am very sensitive to any type of smell and although I at times cannot stand it I am by far one who would hurt and or embarrass anyone. I questioned if it was part of any type of culture as I had heard that for some it is part of their culture not to wear deodorant. I enjoy myLot a great deal as members worldwide have and will inform us of what their habits, traditions and cultures oppose and do not. I did learn a great deal with this discussion. Thanks so much for responding.
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@cajimenez (452)
• Philippines
15 Nov 10
I think it's part of nationality and preference . Some people believed there's nothing wrong with their smell. I know somebody who have a bad case of body odor and she was aware of it. The problem is that she could not find a suitable deodorant. But she had found a suitable partner that would accept her scent.
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• United States
15 Nov 10
I suppose like hangs with like and well if it is a health issue I would certainly assist to no end as to finding some sort of solution. However, if it is out of laziness, I am afraid regardless of the love, that I have to love my nose as well and well they won't meet eye to eye.
@saqi78 (1405)
• Malaysia
14 Nov 10
Hi Hard worker Yeah, I have also such type of experience and I did the same as you, it is very difficult for me to breath in such type of environment. We have some store over here who use a kind of spray inside their store, once I went there, and suddenly came out, when I breath inside, it look liked some one hit inside my head and really I dont know why people can bear such kinds of smell. It is very good for every one to at least take bath every day specially in the morning and evening and use some good kind of deodorant, it ll not only keep you fresh but it ll improve your personality but on the other hand, you may be the most beautiful and handsome person on earth but if you are not neat and clean, no one ll ever accept you except the person who is like you...:) Have a nice day a head...:) Keep smiling, it ll improve your face value...:)
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• United States
15 Nov 10
So true saqui78 that like hangs with like. So I stand stating that since I am super hygienic, my partner must also be. Unless my partner had a medical health issue, which of course I would be scouring for information to try and resolve it, otherwise being lazy, oh oh he has to go.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
14 Nov 10
Hi hwg! I so agree with you! To me that is the one of the most disgusting things! I ride the bus and sometimes in the Summer I think I'm going to die from having to hold my breath for too long! Don't these people know that they stink? How can they not smell themselves? I worked with someone who we didn't know what to do about because nobody wanted to tell him that he smelled so bad that we all dreaded having to go into his office. He was an older man in his 70's and he had a much younger wife in her 30's and we couldn't figure out how she could be near him and she had a baby with him! How gross!
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• United States
15 Nov 10
Oh that does sound irritating and yucky to me too. As there is no way I could live with someone who smelled so bad and did nothing to try to resolve it. How on earth could this woman be able to tolerate it, unless it was something perhaps from health issues, but I will tell you something I would be scouring medicine and try to find resolution to my mates problem. As if it truly was laziness, oh no he has to go.