Bianca Knows Best ... And Helps a Stinker 

Dear Bianca,

I hang out with a lot of artsy Midtown types, and I've become pals with a guy I'll call Bob. Bob is really smart, has a great hipster fashion sense (hello skinny jeans!), and shares my taste in local indie and punk music.

But Bob stinks. Really bad. I don't know if he ever showers, but I know he doesn't wear deodorant because he's told me. He brags about how all-natural he is by avoiding chemical-laden deodorant sticks. My other friends make fun of his rank smell behind Bob's back, but I really can't stoop to that level.

Since Bob is a fairly new friend, I don't feel comfortable saying something to his face about the stench, but it's really hard to be around him for very long without gagging. How can I break the news to Bob without hurting his feelings?

-- Holding My Nose

Dear Holding Your Nose,

There's really no proper way to tell someone they smell like ass. You either choose to remain silent and put up with the stench or you tell the truth and hurt someone's feelings. In this case, I think it's worth a few hurt feelings.

After all, Bob's other friends are talking behind his back. If that news makes it back to him, it'll hurt worse than you telling Bob that he stinks to his face.

You should gently mention to him, perhaps when he's bragging about his lack of deodorant, that perhaps he should consider using an all-natural organic deodorant. Though it's not super-potent, it's better than nothing. If cost is an issue, he can even make his own deodorant using equal parts baking soda, cornstarch, and coconut oil.

But then, Bob may already be aware of his smelliness, and he might even like it. Some hippie types take pleasure in their natural smells. I once had a roommate who only showered once a week, if that. He was super smelly, and some of our friends dubbed him Icky Ricky.

When confronted, Ricky still refused to shower. He'd say, "I like my funk." My boyfriend and I actually to lay down the law and force him into the shower before we'd let him stay on our couch. If that's the case with Bob, there's not much you can do, except carry a can of air freshener wherever you go. Or keep holding your nose.

Got a problem? E-mail Bianca at bphillips@memphisflyer.com.

Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Blogs

News Blog

Sierra Club Protests Trump's EPA Choice

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Memphis Comedy Bad, Bad Men Premieres on Amazon Video

Hungry Memphis

Cafe Brooks Debuts, etc.

News Blog

Redbirds Rebrand

News Blog

Memphis Pets of the Week (Jan. 19-25)

News Blog

Rape Kit Backlog Testing to Finish This Year

From My Seat

Inauguration Day: Then and Now

Politics Beat Blog

Cohen Won't Attend Trump Inauguration

ADVERTISEMENT

More by Bianca Phillips

Readers also liked…

  • Memphis’ Central Park

    The Memphis Zoo/Overton Park controversy is really about the right of Memphians to craft their environment.
    • Feb 4, 2016
  • A Letter to the Memphis City Council

    The council gets an “F” for its performance on the Greensward decision.
    • Mar 10, 2016
  • Pay the Band

    Why we should be supporting proposed national music initiatives in Congress.
    • Aug 10, 2015
ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2017

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation