I have a thing about smells.
I have a very sensitive sense of smell, and can pick up bad smells when no one else can. I can’t stand the way certain things smell — baby powder and mildew, for example, completely disgust me (and no, my hostility towards baby powder does not reflect a hostility towards babies — I like babies very much, thank you). I have a daily routine of body washes, lotions and perfumes to keep my body smelling the way I like it. I brush my teeth three times a day and Listerine regularly to avoid bad breath (made more difficult by the fact that I love extremely spicy food). I don’t smoke, I would be unlikely to date a smoker, I hate going into smoky bars, and I especially hate waking up the next morning with smoke-smelling hair (when that’s the case, I immediately shower and change my pillow cases). I have to shower in the morning before I go anywhere — even if I showered the night before — and I have to shower immediately after working out. I shave my underarms every other day because hair traps smell, and yes, I wear deodorant (doubly if I’m going to the gym).
Yet I have friends who don’t shave and they smell just fine. I one close friend who has never worn deodorant a day in her life — and she’s a super-high-maintenance chick who is the epitome of unnecessary beautification and body-upkeep (we’re talking hair extensions, nose jobs, the whole nine). I’ve forgotten to wear deodorant once or twice, and it wasn’t an issue. So I know it’s not a necessity, but I don’t think I could ever bring myself not to wear it regularly.
What about you all? Are you as smell-obsessive as I am, or do you skip the deodorant?