Here’s How To Beat That Manly Stink (a.k.a B.O.)

Please keep that funk in check.
ILLUSTRATOR Jasrelle Serrano

The wife has been stocking up on deodorant in the bathroom. Your mother has made a snide comment about it. Everyone’s been on your case, but you can’t take the hint. 

You most likely stink.

We can’t entirely blame you for not noticing that something’s amiss despite your religious six o'clock showers; according to research, a man’s sense of smell isn’t nearly as heightened compared to a woman’s, which is why men often have difficulty figuring out whether they smell or not. 

Here, a quick guide to keep that funk in check. 

1| Shower every day
As much as we’d like to think that this doesn’t need saying, we’re doing it anyway: Make it a point to hit the shower every single day.

Even when you’re in an air-conditioned office nine hours a day, intense pressure can make you sweat more than usual. Oh, and a PSA for gym buffs: Your apocrine glands will be working overtime at the gym, so for the love of God, do not skip the showers after a workout. 


2| Invest in a signature scent
Put down the body spray; you’re not in high school anymore. Nobody likes the overpowering reek of a cheap cologne bath, and when you’re already carrying a stale odor, this can only aggravate the offending smell. 

Instead, invest in a quality fragrance, and look for your “signature scent.” The fragrance should react well to your body’s natural chemistry. You want to be remembered for how good you smell, after all. Spritz on the chest, as well as your pulse points such as your neck and wrists. 

3| Pass on yesterday’s T-shirt
Just because you think yesterday’s tee passed the “sniff-and-stain test,” it doesn’t mean you can wear it today. Even if you think it looks clean, that day-old shirt is carrying yesterday’s bacteria and grime, and you would be turning the stink up another notch when it comes into contact with your sweat. There’s no other way around it; clean and fresh is the only way to go. 

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4| Don’t skip the powder
It’s not just the pits that can reek; body parts that can trap moisture (from clothing) are prone to breeding bacteria, and subsequently, odors. Aside from wearing clean socks, don’t forget to sprinkle on some antibacterial foot powder to keep the stench at bay.

This also applies to that region down there, if you’ve ever noticed a curious smell during summer or after a workout. Combat the funky smell with a jock itch powder or some good ol’ cornstarch. Baby powder works just as well, too. 

5| Switch deodorant
If the usual stuff just isn’t working for you, then it may be time to switch your deodorant. Try an aluminum or zinc-based antiperspirant or go for an over-the-counter, clinical-strength product. It also helps to look for a scented deodorant that won’t overpower your fragrance; a good tip would be to look for a deodorant that’s smells like your perfume so the scents won’t clash. 


6| Mind your mouth
While everyone may struggle with morning breath, this can usually be dealt with a quick mouth rinse or brushing session. Yet if you find your spouse courageously telling you that your breath stinks throughout the day, the first step is to identify the root cause. 

Bad breath is usually caused by food particles that remain in the mouth, as well as other reasons such as an empty stomach, smoking, eating garlic, or even when you have the cold.

Follow your dentist’s advice: Brush and floss after every meal and rinse with mouth wash. Invest in a tongue scraper, as well, which will remove bacteria, food particles, and decomposing cells.

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