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Old 08-06-2018, 09:39 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I run into some people (mostly strangers but also a few at work) who seem to have a certain smell to them. I don't think it is something you can wash off or mask with perfume or deodorant.

It is a similar smell they all share and yes, it is unpleasant (at least to me) but they don't seem to notice it or are bothered by it. I'm sure these people have friends and family too so how are those people able to cope it being around them?

Do you know the smell I am talking about?
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Old 08-06-2018, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles County
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Just come out and say which ethnic group you think smells.
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Old 08-06-2018, 10:30 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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There is no specific ethnic group. It seems to be trans-racial.
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Old 08-06-2018, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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It is a similar smell they all share and yes, it is unpleasant (at least to me) but they don't seem to notice it or are bothered by it.
You've probably seen the commercials for air freshener that talk about being "noseblind". When a person is around a smell constantly, their brain just generally stops registering it as important. People can't smell their own BO, or the fact that their house smells like dog, or even their own brand of laundry detergent.

There's really no nice way to tell someone they stink, but if it's at work, you could talk to HR about how to do it professionally.
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Old 08-06-2018, 11:56 AM
 
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I know asparagus makes your pee smell funny. And vice versa.
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I know asparagus makes your pee smell funny. And vice versa.
What do you mean? Does pee make your asparagus smell funny?
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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I know asparagus makes your pee smell funny. And vice versa.
Nicci6, will you please move in next door to me? You crack me up!
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:41 PM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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A lot of times it could be what people eat, that and some people don't use deodorant. As an example, if you eat a lot of garlic that will affect how you smell for sure.
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:48 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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Clothes that have been washed in a washer with mildew in the rim or lines or not moved to the dryer promptly after washing tend to get a mildew odor. It is not that noticeable when you put the clothes on, but after the body warms them up, it's an odor detectable from several feet away, and it can be easily mistaken for body odor.
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Old 08-06-2018, 12:57 PM
 
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I run into some people (mostly strangers but also a few at work) who seem to have a certain smell to them. I don't think it is something you can wash off or mask with perfume or deodorant.

It is a similar smell they all share and yes, it is unpleasant (at least to me) but they don't seem to notice it or are bothered by it. I'm sure these people have friends and family too so how are those people able to cope it being around them?

Do you know the smell I am talking about?
Yes I think I do. It is a combination of old body oil (rancid), dead skin cells (rotting). People who wear their shirts and blouses many times without washing them because they don't look dirty, their clothes will smell of it and so will their living quarters. Same with bed sheets, pillow cases, dresses, jeans, oft-worn jackets or sweaters and so on. Hanging these smelly clothes in the closet can pass this smell into the clean clothes. Moral of the story is wash after 2 wears.
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