Do you have bad body odor? Do you know someone else who does?

Here at, you can get the information you need to eliminate body odor or help a friend with offensive body odor by anonymously emailing them a message. Below is the information you need to understand why you and others sometimes stink and what you can do about it. And in the sidebar to the right, you can send off an email letting someone else know they stink — and they never have to know it came from you!

Causes of body odor

It is a misconception that body odor is actually the scent of perspiration. The type of body odor we're all familiar with when working up a sweat is due to the presence of anaerobic bacteria, which thrives when your body is deprived of oxygen (for example, when engaging in an activity that causes you to perspire). The odor becomes noticeable when sweat and bacteria come in contact with one another.

How to get rid of body odor

Eliminate body odor with natural deodorant!

Here's a recipe for an all-natural deodorant:
Combine equal parts baking soda and cornstarch. Add some baby powder or a few drops of pure lavender essential oil for fragrance and store in a tightly closed jar. Use a powder puff to apply to your underarms. A cheap and effective treatment for body odor!

If you suffer from underarm body odor, the obvious solution is to get your hands on some deodorant or antiperspirant — over-the-counter products that are available at any pharmacy, grocery store or convenience store. Fancier deodorants are sold in the fragrance and cosmetics section of department stores. Deodorant helps by eliminating body odor with a key ingredient — alcohol — which makes your skin acidic and deters the growth of bacteria. The presence of fragrance in most deodorants helps to mask body odor. Antiperspirants, on the other hand, help reduce body odor by blocking sweat ducts with its key ingredient, aluminum salts. If you find that your skin is irritated by deodorants or antiperspirants, you might want to try a natural deodorant with an herbal or crystal formula.

Sometimes, the source of body odor and sweating is caused by other factors. Drinking caffeine, alcohol and hot drinks can lead to excessive sweat. If you've ever eaten particularly spicy food, you know how it can make you sweat. Some medications can also increase sweating. If you notice an unusual body odor — such as a fruity smell or ammonia odor, see a doctor. These may be signs of a medical condition needing attention.

If you have chronic body odor

Excessive sweating can lead to a body odor problem that's difficult to control. If this sounds familiar, you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis can be controlled by a prescription antiperspirant — see your doctor if you think you may have hyperhidrosis.

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