• Thu, Jan 24 2013

How Do You Tell A Friend She Smells Bad?

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  • Amanda Chatel

    Punk rockers think the smell of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle and champagne is “overbearing.”

    • http://SommelierinSneakers.blogspot.com/ SomminSneakers

      just champagne, please.

  • Paradoxymoron

    I would tell a good friend if they smelled, and I’d want to be told if I did. The nature of my relationships with my good friends is such that we would pretty much expect each other to tell us if there’s something wrong with our appearance/we smell bad. I often ask my friends if my breath smells, because I’m really paranoid about that. It’d definitely be more difficult with a newer friend or someone I didn’t know very well, though.

  • Fabel

    I’m weird, & I think my offended-ness would actually increase based off of how delicately the friend tried to phrase it. If she was just like, “Hey, why do you smell so bad?” I’d be more likely to be not offended at all? Although I guess these situations are more awkward because the stench is constantly present, from the time the friendship is new, to the time where it would be appropriate to say something.

  • AmbienceChaser

    Omg, please tell me! I can’t smell myself, and dudes are useless for this. I’d kill for a trustworthy girlfriend who would just tell me if I smelled.

  • Breezy

    I make it my daily goal for this conversation never to be had about me. Gum, spray, you name it. I just have a hard time understanding how people don’t know when they smell bad! Howwww?!

    • Amanda Chatel

      Well, if you’re used to your own smell, you wouldn’t know. It’s like when you can’t smell your perfume at the end of the day unless you really try hard and shove your nose up in your wrist/neck. (Although, neck would be hard.)

    • Breezy

      I get that if it’s a constant stinkiness. But if it’s an occasional thing, I feel like she would eventually catch a random whiff of herself and be like “Whoa. That needs attention.”

      To answer the original question, if it was someone I am close with I would just tell them. Probably in a jokey way so it feels less severe (“Girl your breath is kickin today!”) But I would still try to find a way to tell someone I didn’t feel comfortable just telling outright. Mentioning that there is a peculiar smell nearby and faking concern that it could be me is something I have done in the past. I’ll pop some gum and do a pit check, which usually leads them to do the same. And hopefully address their specific brand of funk. Voila!

  • Andrea

    I wouldn’t become friends with a person that stinks. Not stinking is not hard to do people! Shower, use soap, brush your teeth, use deorodant! WTF is so hard about THAT!!