Should Those Who Smell Bad Be Told? Once while working in a large company, I saw that the new leader of our function had all kinds of lipstick on her teeth. No one told her. A colleague of mine said out loud, ‘she doesn’t have any friends.’ That was one of the saddest things I ever saw or heard. There are other similar situations where someone has salad in their teeth, zipper unzipped etc. Somehow the topic of body odor is especially sensitive because it speaks to a perceived personal failing, and that failing is that you do not wash properly nor are acquainted with personal care products that can manage the ‘stank’. Some people have sensitive skin or allergies. Others slept late, ran out of deodorant, or just having a bad day. In this article from the Australian Daily Mail, the issue is discussed in at least a semi-serious way. We are sensitive to the topic here at SwampButt Underwear and have garments that will help manage the sweat that leads to stank.
It’s one of those social taboos where everyone has come across at least one person who smells but dares not say anything directly to them — or even suspected that they themselves are emitting an odour so hideous it’d kill an entire colony of cockroaches.
Instead, it becomes a rant on Facebook or the topic of water cooler conversation — all the while the culprit is oblivious to the odour permeating from their body.
It can strike anywhere. On the train, on planes, at the gym, in the checkout queue, and even at work.
With a heightened sense of smell thanks to pregnancy hormones, I know I am in for a treat if the past few weeks are anything to go by.
And as the mercury creeps even higher it’s inevitable that I will be reaching for the breath mints in a desperate bid to trick my nose into smelling something other than someone else’s dry sweat.
But sometimes there is no escaping it.
Lillian Saleh is day editor for The Sunday Telegraph