By their smells you shall know them…

It’s amazing how the smell or scent coming from a person can create a strong perception of that person. It doesn’t matter where it’s emanating from. As long as you can perceive a certain smell when the person happens to pass by, it can end up shaping your thoughts or opinions towards him or her.

But then I’d like to categorize smells. There are two divisions; the scent and the stink.

Simply put, the scent is the pleasant one while the stink is the disgusting or unpleasant one. And when I think of it, I now understand the important role perfumes and deodorants play in our lives.

When a good perfume or deodorant hits your nose coming from a person, there’s this kind of high regard for the person, especially if it’s someone you’re meeting for the first time or someone who is always wearing perfumes in your office. Your regard may be that of respect for the person’s choice of scent, class of choice, or the person’s realization of the need to smell good.

But just as a good scent can create a good perception, a serious stink can kill it; especially if the person is what I call a ‘smell paradox.’

I’ve come across ‘smell paradoxes’ and it was a disheartening experience because the persons in questions had the good works – looks, poise, dress sense and all.

And what’s the smell paradox? Having a scent and a stink at the same time!

They wore a nice perfume or deodorant but forgot to take care of their breath, reeking feet, etc. Sometimes it’s not deliberate. I have female friends who love to eat good stuff (you know how some ladies can be sweet tooths with all the craving for chocolate and sweet junk) but they fail to realize that after eating these things, sediments get stuck in their mouths and in a short while begins to smell badly. Thus the lady comes around you and you sniff her scent with pleasure but when she opens her mouth to speak, you hold your breath in hidden disgust!

Don’t get me wrong, guys are not excluded in this case. They are most times guilty of the stink.

These are the accidental stinks. Then there are the permanent ones which range from bad body odour to halitosis. Permit me not to go there as long as there are prescribed remedies to right those.

I think it makes sense if one tries to control his smells and ensure they don’t go out of control – like a brother-in-law of mine whom I always chastise to stop wearing the same boxers for more than a day because he generates a stink in them that can make your skin cringe. Or taking time to drink enough water or rinse your mouth properly (with water and not soft drink!) after consuming a heavy meal of ‘fufu’ and ‘ogbono’ soup or wolfing down a box of chocolates or exotic snacks. And what about the individual that sweats a lot? Be sure to control your hygiene or you end up smelling like ‘stale palm wine’ or something rotten.

I remember back in the University when I was in my second year. I was in my room with my roommates when there was a knock on the door. We responded and two ladies came in to preach the gospel of salvation to us. They would have made so much sense that day if not for the stink. I didn’t identify it on time since different smells were in the air till they left and one of my roomies raised the issue.

‘Guys…did you notice the smell when those ladies came here?’

We acknowledged that there had been a smell. He dropped the bomb.

‘That my friends…was the smell of p***y!’

We were shocked and all manner of speculations started flying as my roomies began to suggest maybe the lady who brought the stink was dirty, or had just had sex before coming to preach. To cut the story short, we ended up discussing about stinking private parts and hygiene rather than the message brought before us.

I guess a stink can do a lot of damage.

There was a time we had a pretty lady join our office as contract staff. She came all the way from the USA and was foreign accented such that the only way you could know she was Nigerian was by her name. She was a classy dresser, used nice jewelry and perfume – good scent which made me have a high perception of her as a person…until the day I was about to use the toilet and she stepped out after use. I stepped in and ran out again, almost choking.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying fine chicks no dey shit. This was just a case of accidental stink and to make matters worse, her ‘load’ smeared the inside of the water closet. I wonder how she perched to achieve that.

Other chicks in the office use the toilet but many of them leave behind a fragrance that makes you worry less that a shit episode just took place there. Maybe they take their perfumes with them and apply and freshen up after doing the business. I don’t know how they do it. But Missy here didn’t. She left the place stinking to high heavens.

And as for the men, forget them. They’ll mess up toilets with gas and crap anytime, any day.

I try not to leave a bad impression when I do the doodoo. I carry my own handwash and an air freshener spray if I have one. If I don’t, I reserve the business till the end of the day – except it’s a serious emergency.

Better to leave a scent behind than a stink. Trust me…first impression may last long, but a stink impression lasts longer.

16 Screamer(s):

Anonymous said...

lol....body & mouth odor can be so reminds me of my mum's househelp,;her shit & urine stank like rotten meat! The few weeks she spent with me when i put to bed 2 years ago, was terrible! ONE MUST WAIT FOR ABOUT AN HOUR FOR THE STINK TO CLEAR![pls, am not exaggerating o!]..was very glad to see her go back o!though she helped me a lot sha.

Myne Whitman said...

Afronuts you will not kill me with laughter sha. But you tell the truth and it is for us all to take note.

2cute4u said...

I kept laughing but let me not forget the lesson behind the post.. Really nice.. So unlike you..To you know.. Preach..
An aside..
err, so anywhere you dey go na hand wash and all you dey carry follow body abi? Pray you don't meet me cause, then I must prove you wrong oh.. Lol

LMBO!!!! 2 Funny!

Lol @ the "stink"

But ur right...good hygiene is HIGHLY important!!!

Anonymous said...

Re: Bad breath I had it for about 18 years. I was Ms. unpopular. For a long time I was thinking my life was not worth living. I didn’t think to read about it on the web until one day a person I didn’t even know told me I had really bad breath and said she had it once too and told me to check online for a site called as it worked to cure her bad breath. I was thinking how nice she was as most people just hold their nose and walk away from me. Anyway I followed advice and after a week I noticed my tongue started turning red and the bad taste was gone from my mouth. I started noticing people had stopped holding their nose and trying to get away from me. A few months later I bumped into her again. I told her I used her advice and thought it worked, she asked me to breath out in to her face while she smelt it and she is like smiling and said my breaths is fresh now. I hugged her, I didn’t tell her what I was thinking just a few months earlier, but her and that site was a life saver to me. Don’t let bad breath ruin your life like it tried to do to me. Another site I found useful is it shows you how to test your breath without leaving home. When I asked my Doctor who is an EMT bacterial researcher about the site he said it’s the oral research laboratories and there are 3 websites publishing the monthly reports from Oraltech Labs. I said why didn’t he tell me before? He said I didn’t ask him, which was true. He said all bad breath sufferers should visit and or as his clients (including me) report very good oral health outcomes after following their advice. Anyway I Hope this helps you, Jenny Wilson, SD.

lol at `smell paradoxes`! It is sure better to leave smell than stink.

My cousin`s wife that I stayed with b4 I left for uni had to run out of the lavatory after I had finished and she screamed my name. Oh boy, I was embarrassed, did I eat beans or what. The lesson was learnt.

I usually forget to use perfume but I know I don`t stink- lol. I will text you with my US number cuz you dare not miss my birthday!

hahaha, oh my!

Parakeet said... funny. You're right though. I know part of the reasons I fell in love with my man was his scent.

There's a girl that sits right next to me in the office and she wreaks of all sorts. In the summer it's worse so I have to have air freshner on my desk.

Stinks can be a deal breaker for a lot of pple.

jhazmyn said... funny yet so true

blogoratti said...

Hmmmm...that's all i gotta say*

Lara said...

no comment

Nice Anon said...

Nothing is more euphoric than giving someone a hug and they smell so good. It makes you wanna stay hugged up. lol

Afronuts said...

@Nitty gritty….LMAO!!

@Myne…lol. Is this the first time I’m seeing u laff online?

@2cute4you…You got it! And I got you!

@Blowing blessings…Abi oh!

@Anonymous…Thanks for all the info!

@Standtall…LMAO! I can imagine…

@Parakeet…That’s very true! You know my wife has this scent that makes me wanna undress her…uugh @ the girl in ur office. I’ve got someone in my workplace like that too.

@jazmyn…say it loud!

@Blogoratti…I hope u’re not too stunned for words lol

@Lara…okay oh.

@Nice Anon…that’s very true. Check out my response to Parakeet!

Dee! said...

This is VERY TRUE! Tell them!
The essence of personal hygiene can not be over stressed!

The stench is even more annoying when the person applies perfume to a stinking body! YUCK!

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Anonymous said...

Ah you are so right.I remember when I met my husband, he used to smell so good with his perfume- 212 then which trips me, yes he still does and even when it isn't 212 he still smells good.sometimes i just hug him for the sake of taking in his smell. Oh yes, smells can have a lasting effect.