Have you ever encountered someone whose body stench bothered you and you were unsure of how to handle it?
Everybody knows friends, neighbors, coworkers, and classmates that smell bad.
It might be difficult to tell someone you’re in frequent touch with like this, but here’s a tactful way to do it:
Choose a private setting
When addressing someone’s body odour, avoid doing it in front of others, even if you are all friends. If you address them in front of others, it will be seen as an attack or ridicule. Take them aside and express that you have something to discuss.
Start with positivity
Soften the message by framing it within a caring context. Begin by acknowledging their positive qualities. Say, “You’re an amazing person, and I appreciate this and that about you. However, I’ve noticed a change in your body odour, and you don’t smell quite good.”
Gift hygiene items
Instead of an awkward conversation, give them deodorant, mouthwash, or perfume as gifts. They might pick up on the hint. If questioned, mention you had extra during grocery shopping and thought of sharing.
Casually share hygiene tips
Initiate a conversation about good hygiene by saying things like, “Did you know not scraping your tongue can cause bad breath?” or “Wearing a sweaty shirt again isn’t advisable” or “I have a friend selling affordable perfumes” or “Leaving clothes in the sun helps prevent damp odours”
Remember, approaching someone about their body odour requires care and consideration.