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Ok, i know this is a really really stupid question, but i have a problem with my physical smell. First off im not talking about my vaginal scent, but just my smell in general. I dont feel like wearing purfume so id appreciate it if someone could tell me if theres some kind of soap or shampoo thats really good? I've tried a lot, but the scent doesnt really stay. Thanks a lot and once again i apologize for the insane stupidity of this question.
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It's not stupid

The important part is to remember to keep clean ... Hygiene is really important. Showering at least once a day (maybe two if you have PE or something) is a must. If you have sensitive skin, using soaps like Dove and Ivory are good b/c they don't use perfumes (i don't think ...). And deodorant is a must too. Other than that ... I really don't know where this smell could be coming from. You know each person gives off their own natural smell right ... ?

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Some Dove soap's fragranced, some isn't. Go for the blue or green kind and you should be fine. I find that my own scent varies by my general health. I usually don't mind myself at all, but when I'm sick, I don't like how I smell. However, I tend to notice smells a lot more than most people, and I think we generally tend to be a lot more aware of our own odours than those of others.
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You also should think about your diet, if you eat different things you will smell differently. Like if you eat and drink alot of things that are hard on your body you won't smell as good. Like junkfood, meat, coffee, alchol, and some other stuff. Also smoking won't help.

The best thing to do is stick to a healthy balanced diet, shower regularly, use deoderant and drink lots of water.

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It sounds like this is bugging you a lot. I'd recommend the things that those above have said (frequent showering, a good mild soap) but I'd like to add the following.

Everybody does have a natural body smell, and as Duff mentioned, it has a lot to do with what you eat and what other substances go into and onto your body. Don't feel like you *have* to use a deodorant if you don't want to, but if your scent bothers you, it might make you feel more comfortable. If you choose one with an antiperspirant (it'll say on the label) it will also help you to not sweat as much. However, applying these chemicals to your body every day can be irritating, and some of us don't find it pleasant at all. It's sort of a trade-off.

(And by the way, Christine, it's not a stupid question at all.)

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