Armpit psychology: How to tell someone they have bad BO

bad bo

I have a friend who has really bad body odor. Let’s just call him Harry for the sake of this post. The worst thing about it is that he seems completely oblivious to the fact.


One day, Harry found a bottle of deodorant on his desk. Harry was naturally puzzled by the sudden appearance of an anti-perspirant on his desk. He did not recall buying it. He’s a firm believer in not using body hygiene products, not even soap. He’s not a big fan of showering too, for that matter.


He went and asked everyone in the office. Did anyone accidentally misplace their deodorant? Has anyone dropped a bottle of anti-perspirant somewhere?

armpit odor

All he got was averted gazes and downcast eyes.


Flummoxed by this response, he went back and thought for a bit before the proverbial light bulb went off over his head.


It did not belong to anyone else in the office. People got distinctly uncomfortable when he waltzed around asking if anyone lost their bottle of anti-perspirant. He also recalled a few incidences (it was actually more than a few, but he had selective memory) where people complained about odiferous smells but stopped when he got within earshot.

bad bo oblivious

Come to think of it, he also remembered people discreetly breathing out through their mouths, innocently putting a finger over their nostrils as if concentrating on his words and generally trying very hard to stay upwind of him whenever he was around, usually with greater intensity strongly correlated to his distance to the people in question.

sanex deodorant

He got the hint. He quickly slipped the bottle of Sanex dermo invisible Anti-Perspirant Deodorant into his bag and started using it every the morning. It was better than other deodorants as it respects and protects his skin instead of just deodorizing it. It minimizes white marks on his clothes too so no one would know he’s using it.


It was a happy ending.

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People stopped having sudden bouts of sinus problems and stuffing tissue into their nostrils and all’s well that ends well. Harry says the truth is out there.



Ending credits:


sniff armpit

Harry             Poh Huai Bin

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30 thoughts on “Armpit psychology: How to tell someone they have bad BO”

  1. KY: Haha! I disagree, I think it’s central to the entire writeup. πŸ™‚
    eiling: Cheers Eiling! Haha! Ya, it’s supposed to be the credits roll. πŸ˜‰
    aud: I believe that’s Audrey Ooi. πŸ™‚

  2. chefmel: Haha! It’s a good ending, I like that twist at the end. πŸ™‚
    cumidanciki: Yeah, even though I don’t have anything to show. Most people would go blind seing my potbelly. T_T
    Haha! πŸ™‚

  3. julian: Oh, I used to shave. However, the growth after that is VERY irritating (the short hairs that comes out). Hmm…perhaps I should try again! πŸ™‚
    Deodorant works better without hair too, so it goes on your skin instead of your hair.

  4. death breath— or pits… or the case of I smell ok to me… and deodorant or cologne AIN’T gonna cover that up. I love garlic, HB, but it dont love me. I sweat it out in my pores, and I also fart. It is ok to me, but is most unpleasant to those i associatet with. so I avoid it. still, an antibacterial soap, to eradicate little microbes is the best, but baring that… If you like the person… well… try to love or at least like them. I remember several years ago, a foremans pick up truck. It stunk. bad fashion. and he tied to cover it up with musk aftershave. tis a function of their body chemistry. but like I said, know your body, brush and FLOSS ( nothing smells worse than rotting meat, unless you are a vulture) short of that, dont worry about it. it is what it is. and axe, jade east, english leather, brut, ck1, or oleg, dkny or chanel # what ever is not gonna cover it up. Just brush and floss and use an anti bacterial soap. the best smell is no smell. but I like halston or canoe, ck1 or grey… and avoid eating things you sweat out… and dont be sniffing your pits, I’m sure you are OK. (says I as he sniffs his own pits) Tom

  5. eve: Haha! I had fun writing this. πŸ™‚
    tom: Yeah, I know what you mean about garlic. Can totally relate! πŸ™‚
    True, true, very good advice indeed. Anti-perspirant is just meant to make you stop sweating so much though.
    Heh! Cheers my friend. Be well and take care!

  6. jezze, again,… it tis 10 degres ( f) here ( thats the day time high) and getting colder. oh well. you get used to it after a while.. could be worse… a lot worse… its just different… three years ago i was playing golf, here… times change … adapt or well, die…sorry

  7. tom: True enough. Cold sounds good to me, I have a sunburnt from being out in the sun so much last weekend. πŸ™‚
    ah nel: Heh! That SO already has two different meanings! πŸ˜‰
    June: Haha! Ya me too, don’t know what I was thinking but thought it would be fun ending. πŸ™‚

  8. HB. this problem can be so bad for certain people that they get shots in doctor office for it. Over active hormones. They try all kind of sprays and powders but didn’t work well for them.

  9. Jeff: Heh! Thanks Jeff! I had fun writing this one too. I have another tattoo at the back that I prefer (prob coz I can’t see it unlike the others) – Celtic cross with Latin inscription. πŸ™‚

  10. I am always very conscious about this kinda thing. Y’know… Bad BO, bad breath and stinky feet. Actually, I don’t think I smell laa but paranoia always get the best of me ;p
    You should see the amount of breath mints, deodorants, perfumes I have in store haha! I’m very well equipped. You’ll be amazed! ;p
    Oh, ya, and shoe freshener too LOL~! >__

  11. Damn Dirty Angel: Haha! I hear you mate. It’s good to be hygenic. πŸ™‚
    kutucat: Hey thanks for the kind compliments! πŸ™‚
    Yup, I was trying to get out of the centered image photo trap. πŸ™‚

  12. Mizz Sharon: Haha! Yeah, that’s a great idea. πŸ˜‰
    After growth can be a bit prickly but I guess that means constant shaving. πŸ™‚

  13. ahlost: Thanks! πŸ™‚
    This is the phoenix, I have another one at the back – Celtic cross with Latin inscription. πŸ™‚


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