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How Do I Tell A Friend That Their Armpits Smell?

How Do I Tell A Friend That Their Armpits Smell?

There is no doubt this is a tricky topic for everyone. We have all encountered that person or friend who has an odor problem. This has always been one of the hardest things for me to address. When someone smells bad, they can give off a negative impression of themselves because human memory and brain receptors are tied to the sensory.

 

Here is the risk of telling someone they smell

I am known for my candor and I am always completely honest when I give my opinion, but telling someone they smell is something they will never forget. Most people are self-conscious and this is deeply personal, so I don’t want to embarrass them or be remembered for being the person that delivered the most embarrassing news ever!  Not only that, but those people are usually aware that they have an odor problem and have been unable to find a solution.

 

I used what I call the “self- deflection” strategy

I had a part-time student working for me at a former company, I noticed that she smelled bad in her work space. Perhaps she was not showering properly, or wearing deodorant, so I decided to tell her about my own odor issues and use my deflection strategy to make the uncomfortable topic about me.  I mentioned that I often sweat during hot weather or stress, which made me smell more. This tactic made me relatable and sounded less like an attack on her. I also told her that I was concerned other people could tell when I smelled and I asked her if I smelled as I was having one of those days!

 

Telling someone they smell

Photo by Kelly Smith

 

I told her about “quick fixes” I read about online

I told her about blogs, articles, and websites that gave me tips on how to control my odor problem. This way, I wasn’t criticizing her personally and offering her a general guideline that she could choose to follow.
If you are in a similar situation right now, you can mention Decoded as we have many tips on what to do with body odor. You can even suggest our underarm bar if you use it and tout its benefits.


Either way, it’s best to start with your own odor problems and expand upon them with tips and tricks. I hope this was helpful and if you have any stories on how you handled a similar situation, comment below as I would love to hear about it!

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THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF DEODORANT SENSITIVITY

HERE IS WHY ONE ARMPIT SMELLS WORSE THAN THE OTHER

Why Your Natural Deodorant Stopped Working

Why Your Natural Deodorant Stopped Working

I just completed an Instagram live session and was met with this same question once again. People always ask me why they become immune to their deodorant and why it stops working after a certain period of time. Product immunity is something you hear a lot about in beauty so today I want to talk about whether this is truly the case.

 

Do Your Armpits Become Immune or Adapt to Your Deodorant?

A quick search online will show you many articles and blogs that claim you need to switch your skincare products often because you become immune to the ingredients. This is absurd and untrue. 

 

Your Body Has Changed, Don’t Blame The Product

If a product you use no longer works, it has to do with your body’s physiological changes, not an immunity to the product’s ingredients. For example when your facial cleanser stops working, your skin has changed in some way which means the product may no longer be suitable. Maybe your skin is oilier or dryer than it used to be, due to stress or hormones so you need a new product that addresses these needs. Therefore, if a deodorant no longer works for you, it is because the conditions of your armpits have changed.

 

more body odor than usual - here is why

Photo by Aiony Haust.

 

Bacteria Is Often the Main Issue

Above all else, an increased production of bacteria in your underarms is often the culprit. If all you do is use heavily scented bar soap under your armpits, you are not cleaning everything properly. Not only will there be bacteria from the day leftover, but there will also be deodorant buildup from the day before. Similar to hand washing, you need an antibacterial soap. Ensure that it has no alcohol in it, just like the antibacterial soap that I have created. You can see from our consumer testimonials how it changed their odor problem.

 

The Way You Wash Is Just As Important

People think they can quickly swipe some soap under their armpits and rinse off in a few seconds. However, what they don’t realize is that this is not enough to properly clean the underarm area. So here’s what you can do differently to make sure you are properly rinsing the area.

What you need to do is to get in there with an antibacterial bar soap and wash your armpits 20 times just like you would do with your hands. This will handle whatever changes your body has to improve the issue.

 

more body odor than usual - here is why

Photo by Pixabay.

 

What Else Can Cause More Body Odor Than Usual?

 

Stress

Many people sweat when they’re stressed, which causes bacterial buildup and odor. Try relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or biofeedback to control the way you react in high impact situations.

 

Diet

Caffeinated beverages and spicy food can make you sweat more or have more body odor than usual. Eliminating these foods may help.

 

Hot Weather

Try to stay in a cool environment when possible or find a shady area when you are outside.

 

Hormonal Changes

Whether you are going through pregnancy, menopause, or puberty, you will notice a fluctuation of changes occurring.

 

Clothing

Choose clothing that is suitable for your daily activity. Avoid synthetic fabrics and opt for natural fibers like cotton, wool, and silk so that your armpits can breathe.

 

See A Doctor If You Experience Any of the Following:

  • You suddenly begin to sweat much more or less than usual
  •  Sweating disrupts your daily routine
  • You experience night sweats for no apparent reason
  • You notice a change in your body odor when you are taking  new medications such as antidepressants

 

Listen To Your Body

The overall conclusion is that your armpits have not adapted or become immune to anything in the deodorant you use. Rather, your skin microbiome has changed with the passage of time. In fact, many things can change how your armpit behaves that range from menopause, to stress and hormones. Your body is constantly evolving and you need to be aware of them. Above all else, addressing the bacteria under the arm is key.

 

I hope this was helpful and please feel free to comment or ask for advice  in the comment section.

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THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF DEODORANT SENSITIVITY

HERE IS WHY ONE ARMPIT SMELLS WORSE THAN THE OTHER

Bath Bombs vs Bath Salts: The One You Should Be Using

Bath Bombs vs Bath Salts: The One You Should Be Using

This week, Mary decodes: Bath Bombs vs. Epsom Salt

There’s no better way to unwind and de-stress after a long week by taking a relaxing hot bath.

However, there are more benefits of taking a hot bath than just for relaxing. In my opinion using products that can actually help your skin and your body should matter more than a “tutti-frutti fizz” or colorful explosion – you know what I’m talking about.

I personally recommend using Epsom salts over bath bombs when it comes to reaping the most health benefits. Here’s why:

 

bath bombs - kaia naturals

Photo by Steve Huntington.

 

BAD SPEND: BATH BOMBS

Sure, bath bombs are definitely fun, watching it fizz and slowly explode in your water can be entertaining. However, if you actually want to get something out of your hot bath other than just ‘fun’, bath bombs are not the most beneficial.

 

INEXPENSIVE INGREDIENTS

Some bath bombs use inexpensive ingredients and fillers such as baking soda and citric acid. Although baking soda does have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it’s also very alkaline, which means it’s extremely drying and abrasive for your skin. You may notice your skin gets very dry and itchy afterwards.

 

ARTIFICIAL COLORS

Most commercially made bath bombs use artificial colors and food dyes. A 2013 Slovenian study found that your skin can actually absorb these toxic dyes, particularly through recently shaven skin and the mucous membranes. From there, the dyes are absorbed directly into your bloodstream, instead of being broken down in the gut or detoxed through the liver.

 

SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCE

Many bath bombs also use synthetic fragrance, which means manufacturers can hide more chemicals and toxic ingredients without have to disclose them. Chemicals such as phthalates, oxybenzone, BHT, Octinoxate, Musk Ketone, which are considered hormone disruptors, can be hidden in a synthetic fragrance.

 

GLITTER

The one thing I really hate to see in bath bombs is GLITTER. Sure it makes your bath look so pretty and Instagram worthy, but don’t forget – they’re tiny pieces of plastic that won’t biodegrade once it’s down the drain. I can’t see tiny pieces of glitter being healthy for “certain body parts” as well!

 

Suggestion for bath bomb users:

If you are in love with the experience you get from a bath bomb and love using them, look for ones made by green beauty brands that are free of synthetic fragrances, artificial colors and dyes. There are safer bath bombs available at The Detox Market.

TIP: To avoid drying out your skin, add a carrier oil like olive oil or jojoba oil to your bath water.

 

 

GOOD SPEND: Epsom salts

All Epsom salts contain the naturally occurring minerals of magnesium and sulphates, which are critical nutrients our body needs to function. They are poorly absorbed through our food, therefore most people are deficient in these nutrients. Luckily, these minerals are easily absorbed through the skin, which is why it’s even more beneficial to soak in a pure Epsom salt bath. It has been used for decades and ask any pharmacist, they will tell you there is nothing like an Epsom bath to make you feel better if you’re suffering from a cold or flu.

There are many medicinal properties and benefits of soaking in Epsom salts:

  • Helps boosts circulation throughout the body
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Relieves muscle and joint pain
  • Pull toxins from your pores
  • Helps to relax your mind
  • Helps relieve congestion during a cold or flu

 

What type of bath products do you like using? Leave a comment below to share your favorite bath products.

Photo by Toa Heftiba.

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