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Do any of you not shower?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Everytime i use my shower it dries me out really bad, im thinking of getting a filter installed, the water literally stinks of chemicals

In the meantime im thinking of just using a wet cloth (with spring water) to clean the smelly bits, underarms/between legs and forgo showering altogether

Anyone already do this? Do you stink?

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on May 13, 2013
at 04:50 PM

Ok the totally not showering isn't feasable for me, i like getting rinsed down after a decent workout & the wiping with a wet cloth just doesn't get rid of underarm BO, so im just showering after sweaty workouts with cold water, colder the better!

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on May 13, 2013
at 04:47 PM

They actually never used to dry me out, infact the water used to bead off me & my skin would keep its own moisture but recently its like it dries me out too much, by paleo standards im eating healthier than ever so not sure why

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on May 13, 2013
at 04:46 PM

Its cold shower or no shower for me ;)

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 11, 2013
at 11:15 PM

@diabeticbinger I wouldn't go that far! My friends have stuck with me through stinking and other bad behavior. Indeed, it's their kindness and loyalty that makes me not want to stink around them. But you're right that it could do other kinds of social damage.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on May 11, 2013
at 05:47 AM

yeah, I second AxialGentleman. you only need to stink once to lose all your friends immediately and forever. Moreover, you will be a pariah. Smell ya later.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on May 11, 2013
at 04:23 AM

yeah, I second AxialGentleman. you only need to stink once to lose all your friends instantaneously and forever. Moreover, you will be a pariah. Smell ya later.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 11, 2013
at 03:28 AM

This sounds like a fine idea to me. But do everyone around you a favor and get a trusted friend or partner to tell you if you smell. It's really easy to miss your own smell, and make lots of people around you uncomfortable.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 11, 2013
at 02:23 AM

I am pretty sure that you smell, but you and your wife just happen to like your smell - the familiarity, the pheromones, the fact that your scent is literally permeating everything you wear/touch/sit on - it just means that the two of you don't notice it. There is also such a thing as folie a deux, where two people share the same delusion or misconception. I'm not saying it's BAD, just that the fact that neither you nor your wife think you smell doesn't mean that you don't. If you want the truth, ask a 4 year old if you stink. Not your kid, someone else's.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 11, 2013
at 02:18 AM

All very good answers. Thanks for that! I approve, and I bet you smell great with all those yummy oils!

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on May 11, 2013
at 01:48 AM

install filter > using wet cloth > stinking

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on May 10, 2013
at 11:22 PM

also of note is that I do use body creams/oils. I oil pull which makes my mouth quite clean (no smelly breath). I also put coconut oil lotions/tanning oils on my body to hydrate and protect my skin because I enjoy lots of sun exposure. I recently started putting apricot kernel oil on my face and it seems to be helping my complexion.

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on May 10, 2013
at 11:19 PM

I really think that smell is something that manifests from the inside out, so eating a SAD diet with gluten caked up in your intestines preventing anything from getting absorbed probably makes for a more smelly exterior than a well functioning body fueled by vegetables, fruits, and meats. I really think that "covering up" with synthetic deodorant or perfume is more "smelly" than a little body odor from a healthy body.

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on May 10, 2013
at 11:16 PM

well I am aware that I do tend to get some odor. I am happily with my girlfriend of two+ years and she doesnt seem to mind. She lets me know if I really tend to smell but for the most part I dont think its problematic. I believe the deodorant helps and if I really workout hard or notice I smell then I just have a rinse or a bath. But showering is not a daily thing for me as of the last few months, and I feel better for it.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 10, 2013
at 11:01 PM

HA! You answered my question just as I posted it! I love frankincense too - earthy and delicious!

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 10, 2013
at 11:00 PM

But how do you know you don't smell? Most people would never tell you if you do. I have friends who REEK, but I would feel terrible calling out their hygiene to their face. Or is it okay for you to possibly not smell very good? I'm not being snarky - some people truly don't care if their odor offends and if that is true for you more power to you. It's good to have the courage of your convictions, as long as you aren't deluding yourself. If you don't wash regularly and you don't use some sort of deodorant product, you probably smell.

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

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on May 10, 2013
at 10:57 PM

i also use natural deodorant from tropical traditions that has organic frankincense scent and I love it as fragrance. I absolutely cannot stand synthetic fragrance in commercial deodorant. I as well cannot stand the smell of perfume. I would rather smell like shit than smell like some toxic fragrance in a deodorant or perfume.

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on May 10, 2013
at 10:54 PM

+1 for spring water. I basically live and breathe spring water. I wash my face with it and it feels delightfully hydrating.

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on May 10, 2013
at 10:53 PM

+1 for spring water. I basically live and breath spring water. I wash my face with it and it feels delightfully hydrating.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 10, 2013
at 08:10 PM

People who don't clean themselves and extoll the virtues of not showering, not using some form of deodorants, and not washing their hair inevitably stink - but they can't smell it themselves and most people around them are too polite to say anything. If you work with others or have any social contact at all, be considerate and wash up! Also, it is healthy to be clean. Not crazy antibacterial clean - but to clean your body from head to toe in a gentle way keeps many potential issues at bay. Being unclean is just as bad as being too clean, IMHO. Maybe the product you use is at fault?

Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

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on May 10, 2013
at 05:45 PM

makes perfect sense... Maybe check your tap water?

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on May 10, 2013
at 05:30 PM

Yeah i know what you mean about the clean feeling, but ive found in the past that i just forget about it if i continue about my day, i used to shower twice a day now i only shower after a sweaty workout, but even then im thinking about giving it a miss, i'll definitely miss cold showers tho. Also when i say it dries me out i mean it turns my skin WHITE & cracked, its not nice

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Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

on May 10, 2013
at 05:21 PM

Make Paleo work for your lifestyle... I have to have a shower in the morning before work, I like the dry and clean feeling I have after. I don't like to stink nor do I find it pleasant when others stink as well. I also wear and will continue to wear anti-per deodorant. To each there own :D

Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

(559)

on May 10, 2013
at 05:45 PM

makes perfect sense... Maybe check your tap water?

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on May 10, 2013
at 05:30 PM

Yeah i know what you mean about the clean feeling, but ive found in the past that i just forget about it if i continue about my day, i used to shower twice a day now i only shower after a sweaty workout, but even then im thinking about giving it a miss, i'll definitely miss cold showers tho. Also when i say it dries me out i mean it turns my skin WHITE & cracked, its not nice

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 10, 2013
at 08:10 PM

People who don't clean themselves and extoll the virtues of not showering, not using some form of deodorants, and not washing their hair inevitably stink - but they can't smell it themselves and most people around them are too polite to say anything. If you work with others or have any social contact at all, be considerate and wash up! Also, it is healthy to be clean. Not crazy antibacterial clean - but to clean your body from head to toe in a gentle way keeps many potential issues at bay. Being unclean is just as bad as being too clean, IMHO. Maybe the product you use is at fault?

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D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

(4029)

on May 11, 2013
at 01:54 AM

I might very well be a rare human. I now rarely shower. I Crossfit 2x a week and a do not smell. Not that I wouldn't notice, I certainly would, but my wife who has the most sensitive of noses, who smells things I think only a bloodhound can smell, who has gone through dozens of UNscented laundry detergent to find one that didn't actually smell, my wife has remarked in utter wonder that I almost never smell.

Dunno if I have somehow come upon the perfect skin microbiota or what, but I'm as shocked as my wife. Fact is, I don't NEVER smell, all day gardening in the summer will get a stink built up and I'll take a shower. It's about once every month or two when I end up showering.

Its possible rarely showering as I do now has had an affect on skin health. I personally think my skin has gotten healthier from my dietary and lifestyle changes around Paleo. My skin became less dry and flaky, less prone to sunburn, less prone to razor irritation, fewer hangnails.

You might want to look out for kind of wipes US soldiers used during their Afghanistant and Iraq deployments when they couldn't shower.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 11, 2013
at 02:23 AM

I am pretty sure that you smell, but you and your wife just happen to like your smell - the familiarity, the pheromones, the fact that your scent is literally permeating everything you wear/touch/sit on - it just means that the two of you don't notice it. There is also such a thing as folie a deux, where two people share the same delusion or misconception. I'm not saying it's BAD, just that the fact that neither you nor your wife think you smell doesn't mean that you don't. If you want the truth, ask a 4 year old if you stink. Not your kid, someone else's.

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77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on May 10, 2013
at 10:52 PM

I actually recently stopped showering. I love it. I occasionally take baths with dead sea salts. I do have a shower filter as well as a magic ball that dechlorinates bath water. But overall I find showering unnatural and unhealthy as all of the fluoride gets absorbed through your skin if your water is hot. Thus, I have basically stopped showering with the occasional bath in moderately warm water.

My suggestions are don't use hot water when showering, get a shower filter, but still overall reduce exposure to fluoridated water.

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on May 10, 2013
at 10:57 PM

i also use natural deodorant from tropical traditions that has organic frankincense scent and I love it as fragrance. I absolutely cannot stand synthetic fragrance in commercial deodorant. I as well cannot stand the smell of perfume. I would rather smell like shit than smell like some toxic fragrance in a deodorant or perfume.

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on May 10, 2013
at 10:54 PM

+1 for spring water. I basically live and breathe spring water. I wash my face with it and it feels delightfully hydrating.

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on May 10, 2013
at 11:16 PM

well I am aware that I do tend to get some odor. I am happily with my girlfriend of two+ years and she doesnt seem to mind. She lets me know if I really tend to smell but for the most part I dont think its problematic. I believe the deodorant helps and if I really workout hard or notice I smell then I just have a rinse or a bath. But showering is not a daily thing for me as of the last few months, and I feel better for it.

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on May 10, 2013
at 11:19 PM

I really think that smell is something that manifests from the inside out, so eating a SAD diet with gluten caked up in your intestines preventing anything from getting absorbed probably makes for a more smelly exterior than a well functioning body fueled by vegetables, fruits, and meats. I really think that "covering up" with synthetic deodorant or perfume is more "smelly" than a little body odor from a healthy body.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 11, 2013
at 02:18 AM

All very good answers. Thanks for that! I approve, and I bet you smell great with all those yummy oils!

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on May 10, 2013
at 10:53 PM

+1 for spring water. I basically live and breath spring water. I wash my face with it and it feels delightfully hydrating.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 10, 2013
at 11:01 PM

HA! You answered my question just as I posted it! I love frankincense too - earthy and delicious!

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 10, 2013
at 11:00 PM

But how do you know you don't smell? Most people would never tell you if you do. I have friends who REEK, but I would feel terrible calling out their hygiene to their face. Or is it okay for you to possibly not smell very good? I'm not being snarky - some people truly don't care if their odor offends and if that is true for you more power to you. It's good to have the courage of your convictions, as long as you aren't deluding yourself. If you don't wash regularly and you don't use some sort of deodorant product, you probably smell.

77188106a9c27a22ad47d0ef7318de7a

(922)

on May 10, 2013
at 11:22 PM

also of note is that I do use body creams/oils. I oil pull which makes my mouth quite clean (no smelly breath). I also put coconut oil lotions/tanning oils on my body to hydrate and protect my skin because I enjoy lots of sun exposure. I recently started putting apricot kernel oil on my face and it seems to be helping my complexion.

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Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on May 12, 2013
at 01:32 AM

Have you tried cold showers? Not that they're fun, but they definitely don't "smell like chemicals" and won't dry you out the same as a hot shower (at least from my experience).

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on May 13, 2013
at 04:46 PM

Its cold shower or no shower for me ;)

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C0fc5761ae3542f4a529156ae63c301e

(10)

on May 12, 2013
at 12:56 AM

I shower twice a day and my skin doesn't feel dry at all. In fact, girls tell me my skin feels soft and smooth???not something I really pay attention to myself, so I take their word.

You may want to examine your health and diet if you dry out so easily.

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0a6376917fcaee2c65fbf614543f62cb

on May 12, 2013
at 12:21 AM

There was a guy at my crossfit gym last summer that never showered. He called himself something like "a naturalist". He didn't think he stunk, his wife seemed to think he smelled fine. But, when he walked into the huge warehouse gym, everyone could smell his sticky pits and bits. It was disgusting. This was in a gym full of hot sweaty people, and everyone was disgusted by his odor. I like a freshly showered man myself.

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142d7e06e608cff536ab78e6ca78ce38

on May 11, 2013
at 08:43 AM

I have to shower twice a day, I live in the tropics and I just could not start my day or go to bed without showering. I guess its personal but i worked with a guy in China last year that didn't shower and he stunk sorry but he did and his wife couldn't smell it.

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68655ec9711d207d69a63ebf96b37573

on May 10, 2013
at 10:13 PM

I am in the same situation - I live in the Middle East and the tap water is desalinated sea water an very hard, and dries my skin too much if I shower regularly, even though I have a filter.

I shower ever 3 days (after workouts) Ewww, right? But I really hardly sweat at all, and wash underarms/neck/bits/feet twice every day, and change clothes often - nothing is work more than twice. I think that last part is really important - stale sweat smells BAD.

I was my hair every 4-5 days with bottled water. But I have dry hair too and wear hijab quite often (especially when my hair is getting skanky)

Helping with dry skin 1. bath, not shower, lukewarm water, special emollient in the bath 2. get a humidifier for your home and office 3. get a shower filter 4. moisturize daily

Says the girl with chunks of dry skin peeling off her forehead.

I guess it depends if you have a bf/gf. I would never get down without showering, and any potential partner that was stinky....well, it wouldnt get very far (this has actually happened. Refused 3rd date with a guy because of BO. That's what 15+ years of army living does to some men it seems(

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81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

on May 11, 2013
at 06:53 PM

It's kind of unusual for a shower a day to dry you out that much, you should probably get that checked out? Your water must have some pretty severe chemicals in it. I mean each to their own, but you are probably not going to smell as good as you would if you showered daily.

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on May 13, 2013
at 04:47 PM

They actually never used to dry me out, infact the water used to bead off me & my skin would keep its own moisture but recently its like it dries me out too much, by paleo standards im eating healthier than ever so not sure why

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