How to Tell If You Smell Bad

You likely know someone with persistent B.O. Hopefully, you’re not that person. But how would you know? The problem is that it’s very difficult to detect your own body odor because your olfactory systems are desensitized to your particular aromas. It’s the same with your home, office, or any other space that you frequent: You grow accustomed to the scent. It’s only after you leave and then return that you detect the odors anew.


But back to B.O. Everyone sweats, and eventually everyone will experience a bad odor day, but there are definitely people who sweat more or who have more body odor than others. But that doesn’t mean you have to be that guy, because there are a few ways you can attempt to detect your own body odor. Here’s how:


Trick your olfactory system: Reset your sense of smell by inhaling an odor that’s distinctly different from your own. Try this: sniff coffee or charcoal for a full minute. Then go back and take a whiff of your underarm. In a pinch, you could even smell the crook of your elbow, which contains few sweat glands.


Sniff the most pungent areas: Your armpits and groin are typically the stinkiest areas on your body. That’s because these areas are full of apocrine glands, which produce odor-emitting sweat after mixing with the bacteria on your skin.


Train Your Nose: Women are better at identifying B.O. than men. It’s likely because guys just aren’t as in-tune to the scents around them. You can improve your sense of smell by paying attention to the various aromas when you’re cooking or shopping for cologne. Think about the notes and what object or item they represent.