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no poo (bodywash) , will I smell?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

first off, is no poo just relegated to not using shampoo? or does no poo mean not using body soap as well ?

im really interested in only using soap for my underarms and genital area, but am deathly afraid of having an unwanted smell. will this happen? or does body odor only come from the underarms and genital area?

also, do i still use a wash cloth to wash away dead skin cells even when im not using soap?

let me/us know how you guys do it !

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 17, 2013
at 10:31 PM

That's a good n=1, but I haven't seen any objective evidence. Honestly, I haven't seen any objective evidence either that soap/shampoo is beneficial either, except that people who use them tend to look and smell better, or at least have a better chance of it, than those that don't. I know we're not all about CW here, but I'm leery of dismissing everything "Standard American" just because we dismiss the Standard American Diet.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on March 17, 2013
at 08:52 PM

This warrants repeating: no poo and no soap does NOT mean that you don't shower. You can go without shower, but that's a whole another topic.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on March 17, 2013
at 08:51 PM

I went poo, soap and deodorant -free because I started getting constant itching in my armpits, and some dandruff. Both have gone since, and the skin on my face has cleared as an added benefit.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 17, 2013
at 07:07 PM

Yes, I will hug you, even if you haven't showered with soap. ;) I hope that since you are doing it, it does work for you. I guess what I just don't get is: A: where is the advantage in going no soap no poo? and B. where is the danger or disadvantage in using non-toxic soap or shampoo?

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on March 17, 2013
at 06:59 PM

Agree to disagree? And hugs all around? No, I don't agree - soap and "stuff" is not necessary for cleanliness, period. I take care of my hygiene with regular and thorough showers, and use coconut oil mixed with baking soda as my deodorant. I'm sure no poo, no soap isn't for everyone and body odors and susceptibility to bad BO vary, but it works for me, and many others.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on March 17, 2013
at 06:57 PM

Well, that's what I do, but with baking soda, and it works for me. I have noticed a problem of dead-skin-build-up smell from a boyfriend I once had, when he decided to stop using soap in the shower. That's why I do still exfoliate on occasion. You just have to play it by ear, because there's variation in how much skin you slough off, and how effectively it sloughs OFF of you.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 17, 2013
at 06:51 PM

I am absolutely not trolling. (I did change my username pretty recently, though, so that is why you don't recognize it). Perhaps some people can make no-poo and no-shower work, but I don't think it's worth it. I don't see any benefit to not following standard basic hygiene, but many downsides. We will have to agree to disagree that soap and stuff is necessary for cleanliness.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on March 17, 2013
at 06:45 PM

If you didn't have 7k points I'd say you're trolling. Cleanliness doesn't require soap or poo, and neither are required for proper hygiene. I work in a Fortune 50 company in a professional environment, and have rather outspoken friends. I guarantee I'd have heard if smell was an issue.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on March 17, 2013
at 06:38 PM

My hair is longer than shoulder length and I've been doing no-poo for over a year, and I love it. My hair is nicer now than it was before. I tend to be on the dry side, though, so someone with more ample oil production would probably not be as pleased.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

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on March 17, 2013
at 06:32 PM

that was more harsh than mild! .:)...

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 17, 2013
at 06:30 PM

I realize my answer is not going to be popular among the no-pooers of the Paleo world. And that's okay. Everyone has their n=1 of course, but I would rather be clean and be around people who are clean. The civilized world requires us to adhere to certain expectations, one of which is maintaining a base level of hygiene, another of which is mandatory clothing. Both are Neolithic and neither are harmful. For those people who would rather go about naked or unbathed, they have communes where you can be among your own kind.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on March 17, 2013
at 06:25 PM

Ignorance above boggles the mind. I have been to very poor places in the world, and people there don't (generally) smell, regardless of lack of soap and especially deodorants. Also, I have been poo and soap free for over two years, and have specifically asked females I've been in intimate contact with whether I smell - I don't.

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Adb6852b4f2f42904da67708ffcd59f5

on March 17, 2013
at 07:12 PM

Yep, you will smell especially if you go gym or sweat a lot.

I experimented and didnt shower for a week while sweating a lot. And the results?...My armpits smelt after 3 days and I felt my body wasn't clean, it wasn't pleasant at all!

My advice is wash with water and apply some baking soda especially to closed areas or areas that rub against each other(e.g. armpits, inner thighs, hair). OR find a suitable shower gel.

Last thing you want is improper cleaning and sweat built up causing any yeast infections :|

Good Luck Mate :)

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on March 17, 2013
at 08:52 PM

This warrants repeating: no poo and no soap does NOT mean that you don't shower. You can go without shower, but that's a whole another topic.

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on March 18, 2013
at 04:23 AM

I have a friend who has not used shampoo for years and her hair ALWAYS looks greasy. She just does the water rinse and her young children too. Their hair looks okay most of the time.

I lived in the UK for a spell during the nineties, the no shampoo thing was popular among the grunge crowd but honestly their hair always looked a touch greasy. I vote shampoo every 3 days.

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59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on March 17, 2013
at 06:30 PM

People will tell you that you smell fine because they want to spare your feelings, but in reality you will be rank like a homeless person.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on March 17, 2013
at 06:32 PM

that was more harsh than mild! .:)...

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8f2d9842fdfec224a425c0f77c4ee34d

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on March 17, 2013
at 06:14 PM

Before I shower, I dry scrub my face and upper body to remove dead skin cells. I then rinse off in the shower, first hot then cold. I don't use any shampoo, soap, or scrubber (other than my hands) in the shower. I put an emphasis on getting every spot possible. Afterwards, I apply coconut oil and baking soda to armpits. I've been doing this for over a year and have never got any complaints from anyone.

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on March 18, 2013
at 12:25 AM

I have read that coconut oil can be use and as deodorant, which makes sense due to its anti bacterial and anti fungal properties.

http://www.healthextremist.com/coconut-oil-deodorant-homemade-diy/

I would use the first one and not the second one since it has corn starch in the second.

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5f6d15c9dd935b6fed3623caf984c14e

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on March 17, 2013
at 06:47 PM

guys you did not properly read my original question, i asked if i would smell IF i still used soap on my armpits and genital area

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on March 17, 2013
at 06:57 PM

Well, that's what I do, but with baking soda, and it works for me. I have noticed a problem of dead-skin-build-up smell from a boyfriend I once had, when he decided to stop using soap in the shower. That's why I do still exfoliate on occasion. You just have to play it by ear, because there's variation in how much skin you slough off, and how effectively it sloughs OFF of you.

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7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on March 17, 2013
at 06:36 PM

I shower a few times a week and wash my hair twice a week. When I shower, I use baking soda instead of soap, and usually just for the smelly regions. I also use homemade deodorant every day. If I need to exfoliate, I use baking soda all over my skin in the shower, but I don't do that very often. I have asked coworkers who I know would be blunt with me, and they say I don't smell. My husband also hasn't noticed a change in smelliness since I went from showering every day with body wash to showering a few times a week with baking soda.

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7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

on March 17, 2013
at 06:19 PM

you can go no poo for a few months and then realise it doesn't work unless you have very short hair, or you can just leave it alone and get on with your life

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on March 17, 2013
at 06:38 PM

My hair is longer than shoulder length and I've been doing no-poo for over a year, and I love it. My hair is nicer now than it was before. I tend to be on the dry side, though, so someone with more ample oil production would probably not be as pleased.

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 17, 2013
at 06:21 PM

Yes. Yes, you will smell, and I would hate to be stuck on a bus next to any of these diehard Paleoers who give the rest of us a bad image by going about with BO and swearing that it's just their "natural scent". Eating a clean diet doesn't mean your shit (and sweat and smegma) won't stank. Not being smelly is an unspoken social contract, and no one else cares if it's unnatural to smell acceptable or not.

Seriously, I was the smelly kid in elementary school, because my parents thought a once a week bath and no deodorant was okay for a kid. And that's before puberty. It just gets worse. You may not notice it (I sure didn't) but others will, and adults are often too "polite" to say anything but they will notice, avoid you, and possibly talk behind your back. You may not care about others who gossip, but it will impede your social life and possibly your career. It's unprofessional and rude.

For the love of all that smells nice, like kittens and flowers and trees and other natural things, continue to wash yourself like a civilized human. You can use a very natural and non-toxic soap. They do exist.

Sometimes the truth is harsh, but being told that it's not cool is better than alienating others because they just don't want to be around someone who assaults their sense of smell what is perceived as a careless, unhygienic way.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 17, 2013
at 10:31 PM

That's a good n=1, but I haven't seen any objective evidence. Honestly, I haven't seen any objective evidence either that soap/shampoo is beneficial either, except that people who use them tend to look and smell better, or at least have a better chance of it, than those that don't. I know we're not all about CW here, but I'm leery of dismissing everything "Standard American" just because we dismiss the Standard American Diet.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 17, 2013
at 07:07 PM

Yes, I will hug you, even if you haven't showered with soap. ;) I hope that since you are doing it, it does work for you. I guess what I just don't get is: A: where is the advantage in going no soap no poo? and B. where is the danger or disadvantage in using non-toxic soap or shampoo?

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on March 17, 2013
at 06:25 PM

Ignorance above boggles the mind. I have been to very poor places in the world, and people there don't (generally) smell, regardless of lack of soap and especially deodorants. Also, I have been poo and soap free for over two years, and have specifically asked females I've been in intimate contact with whether I smell - I don't.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on March 17, 2013
at 06:59 PM

Agree to disagree? And hugs all around? No, I don't agree - soap and "stuff" is not necessary for cleanliness, period. I take care of my hygiene with regular and thorough showers, and use coconut oil mixed with baking soda as my deodorant. I'm sure no poo, no soap isn't for everyone and body odors and susceptibility to bad BO vary, but it works for me, and many others.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on March 17, 2013
at 06:45 PM

If you didn't have 7k points I'd say you're trolling. Cleanliness doesn't require soap or poo, and neither are required for proper hygiene. I work in a Fortune 50 company in a professional environment, and have rather outspoken friends. I guarantee I'd have heard if smell was an issue.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on March 17, 2013
at 08:51 PM

I went poo, soap and deodorant -free because I started getting constant itching in my armpits, and some dandruff. Both have gone since, and the skin on my face has cleared as an added benefit.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 17, 2013
at 06:30 PM

I realize my answer is not going to be popular among the no-pooers of the Paleo world. And that's okay. Everyone has their n=1 of course, but I would rather be clean and be around people who are clean. The civilized world requires us to adhere to certain expectations, one of which is maintaining a base level of hygiene, another of which is mandatory clothing. Both are Neolithic and neither are harmful. For those people who would rather go about naked or unbathed, they have communes where you can be among your own kind.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 17, 2013
at 06:51 PM

I am absolutely not trolling. (I did change my username pretty recently, though, so that is why you don't recognize it). Perhaps some people can make no-poo and no-shower work, but I don't think it's worth it. I don't see any benefit to not following standard basic hygiene, but many downsides. We will have to agree to disagree that soap and stuff is necessary for cleanliness.

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