Body Odor Alert

Dear Clover,5 years ago

I have a friend whom I love and get along with famously. She isn't short for money as her and her husband both work, they have no children and usually drive new cars. I'm kind of embarrassed going out in the public with her though.
One of the first times we went out, she smelled. She smelled bad. She mentioned to me that she was sorry about the odor, but her water heater was on the fritz so she wasn't able to bathe for a few days. I understood that, but a year later it just can't still be on the fritz.
She just doesn't bathe and tries to cover up the odor with heavy doses of perfume, baby powder, whatever she can come up with.
I've asked her if she wanted to shower at my place, bought her gift baskets of fruity soaps and even asked her outright one day why she didn't seem to be showering on a regular basis.
She insisted she showers every other day, so I asked if she thought her deodorant might not be working or if she had a medical sweat gland problem. Same answer; insisting she showers on a regular basis. I wasn't going to argue with her and have tried to miss her phone calls and visits because frankly, I can't stand the odor any more. Anyone, someone, please help, what can I do besides stop being friends?

Stench Wench

Friendships » Hygiene

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Dear Stench Wench,5 years ago

Since you have tried everything you possibly can, the only choices you have left are to limit your contact to phone calls, wear a nose plug, or end the friendship. I’m not quite sure why you want to remain friends since she has made no effort to take your suggestions or conversations seriously and has flat out lied to you. However, it’s evident you are bothered enough to question the friendship and ask for help.

Each time you avoid her or her phone calls, you take one more step toward ending the friendship. That indicates you already know what direction to take, but you want to do it amicably. She should be sensing this by now, but is probably ignoring it, just like everything else. Normally, I would have a face-to-face conversation, but in this situation, I think an email will suffice. You have been nothing but kind, patient, loving, respectful, and helpful to her so she has no one to blame but herself.


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