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pheromones:anyone notice being more sexually attractive after discarding soaps?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 11, 2011 at 7:14 AM

Strange question, but I've noticed that since I ditched the soaps and shampoos a few weeks ago, I've gotten a massive amount of increased interest from the opposite sex, almost to the point of being annoying.Has anyone else had that or something similar happen?

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on February 29, 2012
at 06:25 PM

It's never even remotely been a problem for me, Wisper. I suspect the people you hang out with are different from the ones I hang out with. I don't think you have privileged knowledge about the preferences of all men. Indeed, I've probably been intimate with more men than you have. Further, I am not in the habit of acting embarrassed about my body or my choices when "scoring".

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on February 27, 2012
at 11:40 AM

I am absolutely convinced of the effect of pheromones on humans. I spent close to 15 years doing darkroom work, and the revolving doors to get in and out of the darkroom sort of capture the scent of the person who just passed through. It was sweaty, stressful work at times, and as a result of passing back and forth through those clouds of pheromones there were a ridiculous number of sexual tension filled awkward moments.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on February 27, 2012
at 11:39 AM

I am absolutely convinced of the effect of pheromones on humans. I spent close to 15 years doing darkroom work, and the revolving doors to get in and out of the darkroom sort of capture the scent of the person who was just passed through. It was sweaty, stressful work at times, and as a result of passing back and forth through those clouds of pheromones there were a ridiculous number of sexual tension filled awkward moments.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on February 26, 2012
at 11:26 AM

If you don't shave your armpits, keep your arms to your sides when you score - 90-99% of men have a strong aversion to under-arm hair. Don't shoot the messenger, although I'm in that 90%.

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(3024)

on February 26, 2012
at 09:57 AM

"I don't use my armpits to pick up produce." LOL Good advice if ever I heard it!!! plus 1

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 26, 2012
at 02:39 AM

Agree- while I'm not convinced about pheromones, I am convinced that your smell makes a big difference when it comes to the attraction! There's a reason why the ex-cleansing I attended this past week involved burning the ex's t-shirts- the smell is such a trademark!

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 26, 2012
at 02:24 AM

Normal non-antibacterial soap can be a good idea, especially if you work/live in areas of high germ concentration (hospitals, schools, public transit etc), because all it is doing is removing the grit from the top layer of your skin so your good bacteria can keep things in line. Anti-bacterial soap is never a good idea. Just keep relatively clean under your nails, don't touch your face too much, avoid putting your fingers in your mouth, and you should be good!

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on February 25, 2012
at 09:47 PM

As far as I know, it's true. For me, at least. :)

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 25, 2012
at 07:02 PM

So this is true? My mate doesn't mind my fresh sweat either. I was perplexed. Though i don't mind, as I rarely wear deodorant.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 25, 2012
at 07:00 PM

My response has been similar. But the minority of people who say I stink seem to forget that humans are still animals.

A0f2f0f632d42215944a798486bddde1

(1377)

on February 25, 2012
at 05:32 PM

Pheremones as they apply to other animals may not exist in mammals, but smell definitely plays a role in attraction. There was a study done where women's reaction to male sweat (e.g. attracted vs. unattracted) changed when they went on birth control, leading one to believe that hormones/smell/attraction are linked. http://www.steadyhealth.com/Women_on_Birth_Control_Pill_Attracted_to__Wrong__Sex_Partners_t181999.html

A0f2f0f632d42215944a798486bddde1

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on February 25, 2012
at 05:28 PM

Definitely re: diet. I had a friend who didn't shower much (although when he did he used soap), but he smoke and drank a LOT and that really affects your smell. I shower around 2x/week but with a clean diet my sweat smells almost sweet.

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

(383)

on April 30, 2011
at 03:33 AM

Same for me. It is quite pleasant

Medium avatar

(5639)

on April 29, 2011
at 03:59 PM

I can attest to that from personal experience. The midwest is not a a happy hunting ground, ladywise.

6a829b1a30785b9f3d0c608f9c8e9b10

(90)

on April 02, 2011
at 03:25 PM

Are you kidding, soap is sooooo bad for you. Didn't you know that?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 03, 2011
at 07:05 AM

I agree, it's a great way to gain a new perspective on life and the universe.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 03, 2011
at 07:05 AM

I agree, it's a great way to gain a better perspective on life and the universe.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 28, 2011
at 10:40 PM

Hah. :D I concur -- it's best when enjoyed fresh on the same day. Allowed to ferment a couple days, and it gets sorta rank.

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on January 28, 2011
at 05:59 PM

Man-smell is awesome when fresh. Old man-smell (to be distinguished from old-man-smell, the smell of the elderly) is a little icky.

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on January 28, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Mushrooms and peyote are fantastic psychiatric aids,when used with respect and care.Disregard the power of anything that affects the way your brain works, and you are asking to be eaten(figuratively or literally)

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on January 28, 2011
at 02:42 PM

There is no natural defense where I live,because Myrtle Beach is a tourist town.We get bugs from all over place.Three times a year, minimum,half my workplace will be out over a two week period.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on January 28, 2011
at 07:19 AM

I suspect Grok tended to only use them in specific situations, since becoming incapacitated out in the open tended to get you eaten.

A3ff262a2686d79789e09a26013901b3

(1208)

on January 28, 2011
at 05:44 AM

I think your the first one i've seen since i joined 4mo ago whose mentioned illicit paleo drugs. I did a quick search and found nothing. That is an interesting notion, since our ancestors certainly used them.

034c678bff434ab3781e3f1771018af9

(279)

on January 25, 2011
at 02:18 AM

I'm not sure you can build up a natural defense to the latest mutation of the flu virus or norovirus. Immunity only goes so far.

52dd4e2f233fffa5eb91e285896eb312

(80)

on January 22, 2011
at 07:57 PM

There is also the natural defense argument, which states that people who expose themselves to germs more often tend to build up stronger immunities, ironically making them more resistant to getting sick in the first place.

52dd4e2f233fffa5eb91e285896eb312

(80)

on January 22, 2011
at 07:56 PM

Actually, bittykitty, using too much sterilizer / sanitizer is pretty bad. I can't find the article I read on it, but excessive use can essentially burn / chap your hands, as well as killing potentially good bacteria that help protect you against disease. Will try to hunt down links to accompany.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 19, 2011
at 04:41 AM

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks man-smell is delicious! :D

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 18, 2011
at 09:47 PM

Kaz, I know what you mean. My sweaty husband is a wonderful smell. 8)

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(39831)

on January 18, 2011
at 06:29 PM

Here ya go: http://books.google.com/books?id=oZmk-XWeAn8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=doty+pheromones&source=bl&ots=fFza7NsLEc&sig=3k2xZbcLXOKCRwdjwMtxgXs06pE&hl=en&ei=rts1TYyJO4v4swPys8WBBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&sqi=2&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=doty%20pheromones&f=false http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/research/111110.html

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on January 18, 2011
at 03:34 AM

Links to a news article or a science hypothesis might be be a good thing to attach to an answer that says that a subject does not exist.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 13, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Yes; yes, I do. :D Granted, it's a specific man's pit, but it's quite nice.

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on January 13, 2011
at 05:58 PM

I scrub under my nails with a brush in the shower,I use soap on my dishes, and I wash my hands after using the rest room/handling raw meat.But I'm not paranoid about germs on everything.I don't use my armpits to pick up produce.Some people will actually wipe their children's hands with those bleach wipes the stores put out for grocery carts. That can't be good.

296b837795beec2ea6bfe5598e773a7e

(354)

on January 13, 2011
at 03:28 PM

you like the smell of man pits for real???

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on January 12, 2011
at 02:19 AM

Given some personal experiences- I'm going with not a myth, but not as potent far range as the media likes to make it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 11:50 PM

Well, for me, I know smell has a huge amount to do with how sexy I find a man. I love REAL MAN smells. Sweaty, dirty, worked hard kind of smells are the best.

34d0dfe6cb1a477bd2b5f984c2af29a9

(493)

on January 11, 2011
at 11:21 PM

It would be cool to add a link or something.

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on January 11, 2011
at 08:33 PM

LOL there are such moments.I work third shift in a grocery store on the weekends, and trust me, you don't want to be sexually attractive after the clubs close on a Saturday night and the drunks start coming in.Had to throw a few out on their butts last weekend.

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on January 11, 2011
at 07:03 PM

"...where it just isn't socially acceptable to be that attractive." LOL Love it!

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on January 11, 2011
at 06:49 PM

I lol'ed at your last sentence. Great stuff.

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on January 11, 2011
at 06:05 PM

I lost most of my weight post celiac(almost 60 pounds)..that was 2 years ago.Only been paleo for about a month.Can't figure out any other reason than maybe increased pheromones from not covering the smell up with other chemicals.Think I'll use some leftover body spray and see if it changes things,just as an experiment.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on January 11, 2011
at 05:11 PM

+1 for the kind words!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 02:49 PM

Aww, I don't think it's your personality! Your wandering about in the middle of Ohio somewhere. You need to find smarter women. :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 02:07 PM

I had the same, but going from obese to in shape will do that. I suspect it was my new confidence more than anything else.

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100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on January 11, 2011
at 06:03 PM

As a woman, I find just leaving hair under the arms is enough to get this effect. Even soap can't completely disrupt the ability of hair to retain the pheromone-containing oils and subtly infuse the air. As I said recently to a friend on the subject of underarm shaving, I do shave for some occasions when I'm going somewhere where it just isn't socially acceptable to be that attractive.

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on January 11, 2011
at 07:03 PM

"...where it just isn't socially acceptable to be that attractive." LOL Love it!

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on January 11, 2011
at 08:33 PM

LOL there are such moments.I work third shift in a grocery store on the weekends, and trust me, you don't want to be sexually attractive after the clubs close on a Saturday night and the drunks start coming in.Had to throw a few out on their butts last weekend.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on January 11, 2011
at 06:49 PM

I lol'ed at your last sentence. Great stuff.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 26, 2012
at 02:39 AM

Agree- while I'm not convinced about pheromones, I am convinced that your smell makes a big difference when it comes to the attraction! There's a reason why the ex-cleansing I attended this past week involved burning the ex's t-shirts- the smell is such a trademark!

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on February 26, 2012
at 11:26 AM

If you don't shave your armpits, keep your arms to your sides when you score - 90-99% of men have a strong aversion to under-arm hair. Don't shoot the messenger, although I'm in that 90%.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on February 29, 2012
at 06:25 PM

It's never even remotely been a problem for me, Wisper. I suspect the people you hang out with are different from the ones I hang out with. I don't think you have privileged knowledge about the preferences of all men. Indeed, I've probably been intimate with more men than you have. Further, I am not in the habit of acting embarrassed about my body or my choices when "scoring".

5
4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on January 11, 2011
at 12:42 PM

Mine happened shortly following my weight loss.

I find it hard to blame the new me, the no soap, or the new confidence.

But the effect is surely there.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 02:07 PM

I had the same, but going from obese to in shape will do that. I suspect it was my new confidence more than anything else.

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on January 11, 2011
at 06:05 PM

I lost most of my weight post celiac(almost 60 pounds)..that was 2 years ago.Only been paleo for about a month.Can't figure out any other reason than maybe increased pheromones from not covering the smell up with other chemicals.Think I'll use some leftover body spray and see if it changes things,just as an experiment.

4
518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 26, 2012
at 02:20 AM

My ex-polo-shirt-wearing-whole-grain-eating-boyfriend: "You stink, go have a shower. Why didn't you shave?"

My current-Frenchie-meat-eating-boyfriend: "Why did you shave? That deodorant stinks, I thought I threw out all the nasty scented things you had in the bathroom."

Different strokes, different folks! Also, probably a fairy substantial cultural aspect, as I was alluding to.

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74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 11, 2011
at 07:26 AM

I haven't been brave enough yet to ditch the 'poo, but I do know that one of my favorite smells in the entire world is my man's smelly pits. I love it; it's his unique man-smell, and it's irresistible.

Perhaps your pheromones are doing the same to attract the opposite sex? I definitely believe humans give off/respond to pheromones, even if unconsciously. :)

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 13, 2011
at 06:12 PM

Yes; yes, I do. :D Granted, it's a specific man's pit, but it's quite nice.

296b837795beec2ea6bfe5598e773a7e

(354)

on January 13, 2011
at 03:28 PM

you like the smell of man pits for real???

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 18, 2011
at 09:47 PM

Kaz, I know what you mean. My sweaty husband is a wonderful smell. 8)

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 19, 2011
at 04:41 AM

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks man-smell is delicious! :D

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on January 28, 2011
at 10:40 PM

Hah. :D I concur -- it's best when enjoyed fresh on the same day. Allowed to ferment a couple days, and it gets sorta rank.

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on January 28, 2011
at 05:59 PM

Man-smell is awesome when fresh. Old man-smell (to be distinguished from old-man-smell, the smell of the elderly) is a little icky.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 25, 2012
at 07:02 PM

So this is true? My mate doesn't mind my fresh sweat either. I was perplexed. Though i don't mind, as I rarely wear deodorant.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on February 25, 2012
at 09:47 PM

As far as I know, it's true. For me, at least. :)

3
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 28, 2011
at 05:36 AM

I believe pheromones definitely play a role.

I don't use soap and especially after I sweat I attract women. One of my female friends was grabbing at me when her boyfriend was in the other room. Talk about the chemical effect! This was after I was running around outside(was on magic mushrooms). I was sweating a lot especially because of one of the mushroom's side effects.

But hey, magic mushrooms are totally paleo = )

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on January 28, 2011
at 02:45 PM

Mushrooms and peyote are fantastic psychiatric aids,when used with respect and care.Disregard the power of anything that affects the way your brain works, and you are asking to be eaten(figuratively or literally)

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on January 28, 2011
at 07:19 AM

I suspect Grok tended to only use them in specific situations, since becoming incapacitated out in the open tended to get you eaten.

A3ff262a2686d79789e09a26013901b3

(1208)

on January 28, 2011
at 05:44 AM

I think your the first one i've seen since i joined 4mo ago whose mentioned illicit paleo drugs. I did a quick search and found nothing. That is an interesting notion, since our ancestors certainly used them.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 03, 2011
at 07:05 AM

I agree, it's a great way to gain a better perspective on life and the universe.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 03, 2011
at 07:05 AM

I agree, it's a great way to gain a new perspective on life and the universe.

3
531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on January 11, 2011
at 02:40 PM

No such problems for me. I've reduced soap use and eliminated deodorant but continue to use this Indian "Hair Soap" hand soap to wash my hair. Maybe I need to commit to 100% natural? Or perhaps it's my naturally repellant personality?

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on January 11, 2011
at 05:11 PM

+1 for the kind words!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 02:49 PM

Aww, I don't think it's your personality! Your wandering about in the middle of Ohio somewhere. You need to find smarter women. :)

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(5639)

on April 29, 2011
at 03:59 PM

I can attest to that from personal experience. The midwest is not a a happy hunting ground, ladywise.

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A895c96ac1ef1d2e5d8b59b4462c2b71

on January 11, 2011
at 01:43 PM

Yeah, but I think the diet has a lot to do with it as well in as much if you were still eating the SAD, the odor might not be as sweet so to speak.

That said, I use soap after heavy work outs, shampoo rarely. More often than not I use a bit of coconut oil - not much though.

A0f2f0f632d42215944a798486bddde1

(1377)

on February 25, 2012
at 05:28 PM

Definitely re: diet. I had a friend who didn't shower much (although when he did he used soap), but he smoke and drank a LOT and that really affects your smell. I shower around 2x/week but with a clean diet my sweat smells almost sweet.

3
66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

on January 11, 2011
at 01:14 PM

After I started lifting heavier I noticed it. I also started taking showers with no soap a few weeks ago but women had started showing increased interest before then. Needless to say, my gf's none too happy.

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Medium avatar

on January 11, 2011
at 10:16 PM

34d0dfe6cb1a477bd2b5f984c2af29a9

(493)

on January 11, 2011
at 11:21 PM

It would be cool to add a link or something.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 11, 2011
at 11:50 PM

Well, for me, I know smell has a huge amount to do with how sexy I find a man. I love REAL MAN smells. Sweaty, dirty, worked hard kind of smells are the best.

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on January 12, 2011
at 02:19 AM

Given some personal experiences- I'm going with not a myth, but not as potent far range as the media likes to make it.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on January 18, 2011
at 03:34 AM

Links to a news article or a science hypothesis might be be a good thing to attach to an answer that says that a subject does not exist.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on January 18, 2011
at 06:29 PM

Here ya go: http://books.google.com/books?id=oZmk-XWeAn8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=doty+pheromones&source=bl&ots=fFza7NsLEc&sig=3k2xZbcLXOKCRwdjwMtxgXs06pE&hl=en&ei=rts1TYyJO4v4swPys8WBBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&sqi=2&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=doty%20pheromones&f=false http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/research/111110.html

A0f2f0f632d42215944a798486bddde1

(1377)

on February 25, 2012
at 05:32 PM

Pheremones as they apply to other animals may not exist in mammals, but smell definitely plays a role in attraction. There was a study done where women's reaction to male sweat (e.g. attracted vs. unattracted) changed when they went on birth control, leading one to believe that hormones/smell/attraction are linked. http://www.steadyhealth.com/Women_on_Birth_Control_Pill_Attracted_to__Wrong__Sex_Partners_t181999.html

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on February 27, 2012
at 11:39 AM

I am absolutely convinced of the effect of pheromones on humans. I spent close to 15 years doing darkroom work, and the revolving doors to get in and out of the darkroom sort of capture the scent of the person who was just passed through. It was sweaty, stressful work at times, and as a result of passing back and forth through those clouds of pheromones there were a ridiculous number of sexual tension filled awkward moments.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on February 27, 2012
at 11:40 AM

I am absolutely convinced of the effect of pheromones on humans. I spent close to 15 years doing darkroom work, and the revolving doors to get in and out of the darkroom sort of capture the scent of the person who just passed through. It was sweaty, stressful work at times, and as a result of passing back and forth through those clouds of pheromones there were a ridiculous number of sexual tension filled awkward moments.

1
510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20898)

on February 26, 2012
at 02:26 AM

Well I tend to get lucky on days that I don't use soap. Then I tell my wife and she gets mad for rewarding me for not getting clean. I think there's something to it.

1
A6e2b231f69366ce825476c5a6dcfff6

(1967)

on February 25, 2012
at 06:27 PM

Since dropping soap I'v had a split effect. Many of my friends/coworkers ect. seem to be more attracted to me.

But, a minority of them keep telling me I stink. I notice that the people who tell me I stink regularly douse themselves with scented chemicals/antibacterials. No conclusions yet.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 25, 2012
at 07:00 PM

My response has been similar. But the minority of people who say I stink seem to forget that humans are still animals.

1
1a522c0faa831e1875b066fd10b8386c

on February 25, 2012
at 04:31 PM

I haven't used soap or shampoo for 3 weeks now, and yes I am getting extra attention at work from women and men.

1
03fa485bfd54734522755f47a5e6597e

(3944)

on April 29, 2011
at 04:03 PM

I never gave up soap entirely, but I started getting compliments on my scent for the first time in my life when I stopped using shampoo and deodorant/antiperspirant and replaced my deodorant "body bar" with a very plain soap. I'm also a big guy who's always sweated a lot. My guess is that all that stuff only served to clog the pores and keep the sweat where it could build up odor, while now the sweat flows freely and evaporates quickly like it's supposed to.

My clothes seem to stay cleaner now too, with no "pit stains."

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on April 30, 2011
at 03:33 AM

Same for me. It is quite pleasant

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on April 29, 2011
at 03:50 PM

My wife is slowly disowning me since I've gone the no soap, no deo, no poo route. I have to use some kind of musk improvement product at least once every 4 days or else I don't get any :(

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on January 18, 2011
at 03:32 AM

Facts, fallacies, fears, and frustrations with human pheromones

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ar.a.20125/full

I have definitely noticed that i have a different pull when i have been eating paleo and getting great whole body exercise.

I have no complaints.

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on January 13, 2011
at 06:24 AM

Do you all use soap to wash your hands at least?

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on January 13, 2011
at 05:58 PM

I scrub under my nails with a brush in the shower,I use soap on my dishes, and I wash my hands after using the rest room/handling raw meat.But I'm not paranoid about germs on everything.I don't use my armpits to pick up produce.Some people will actually wipe their children's hands with those bleach wipes the stores put out for grocery carts. That can't be good.

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on January 22, 2011
at 07:56 PM

Actually, bittykitty, using too much sterilizer / sanitizer is pretty bad. I can't find the article I read on it, but excessive use can essentially burn / chap your hands, as well as killing potentially good bacteria that help protect you against disease. Will try to hunt down links to accompany.

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on January 22, 2011
at 07:57 PM

There is also the natural defense argument, which states that people who expose themselves to germs more often tend to build up stronger immunities, ironically making them more resistant to getting sick in the first place.

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on January 25, 2011
at 02:18 AM

I'm not sure you can build up a natural defense to the latest mutation of the flu virus or norovirus. Immunity only goes so far.

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on January 28, 2011
at 02:42 PM

There is no natural defense where I live,because Myrtle Beach is a tourist town.We get bugs from all over place.Three times a year, minimum,half my workplace will be out over a two week period.

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on April 02, 2011
at 03:25 PM

Are you kidding, soap is sooooo bad for you. Didn't you know that?

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on February 26, 2012
at 09:57 AM

"I don't use my armpits to pick up produce." LOL Good advice if ever I heard it!!! plus 1

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on February 26, 2012
at 02:24 AM

Normal non-antibacterial soap can be a good idea, especially if you work/live in areas of high germ concentration (hospitals, schools, public transit etc), because all it is doing is removing the grit from the top layer of your skin so your good bacteria can keep things in line. Anti-bacterial soap is never a good idea. Just keep relatively clean under your nails, don't touch your face too much, avoid putting your fingers in your mouth, and you should be good!

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