How Do I Tell A Friend That Their Armpits Smell?

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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!

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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