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(Some Guy)   Guy reflects on the six months he has been living soap and shampoo-free. "My wife now mentions more than ever before that "you smell good." OK, I had to post that only because some might worry on that score...."   (freetheanimal.com) divider line
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2009-12-31 2:00:08 PM  
"My wife now mentions more than ever before that "you smell good."

Not everybody understands sarcasm.
 
2009-12-31 2:09:41 PM  
"My wife now mentions more than ever before that "you smell good."

He forgot to add: "and plenty."
 
2009-12-31 2:14:58 PM  
What's his Fark handle?
 
2009-12-31 2:15:30 PM  
My dad hasn't used shampoo in over 40 years.

At 74 he has all of his salt and pepper hair... never looks greasy.

/He swears by it.
 
rmz
2009-12-31 2:29:25 PM  
Maybe your wife has gotten used to you smelling like moldy nutsack, dude, but I guarantee you that everyone else that encounters you each day doesn't think that.

/DNRTFA
 
2009-12-31 4:45:28 PM  

bingethinker: "My wife now mentions more than ever before that "you smell good."


Translation: "You don't stink today!"
 
2009-12-31 4:52:57 PM  
I wonder if he drives a cab in Bel Air...
 
2009-12-31 4:56:32 PM  

awfulperson: I wonder if he drives a cab in Bel Air...


I wonder if he has a job period.
 
2009-12-31 5:00:13 PM  
Husband in question?

Link (new window)
 
2009-12-31 5:00:13 PM  
hmmm...

I might cut down on the amount of soap and shampoo by pre lathering, but going cold turkey? No way.
 
2009-12-31 5:03:35 PM  
Um. So why do bums smell so bad? Some magic bum perfume?
 
2009-12-31 5:04:07 PM  
This will be a fun bunch of posts. I actually believe him. if you bath and wash your hair with just water EVERY DAY, (can't skip a day) you will be clean. Your natural body oils should not smell bad unless you are sick.


I was doing this, more or less for years with good results.(I occasionaly used soap on my armpits only when I did a lot of work and had some extra sweat).

But lately I developed a really bad case of psoriasis on my scalp, so I have to use medicated shampoo now.
 
2009-12-31 5:05:32 PM  
Yeah right I can think of a good log in Quote 2009-12-31 05:03:35 PM
Um. So why do bums smell so bad? Some magic bum perfume?


bathing with water and not bathing at all are two different things.
 
2009-12-31 5:05:33 PM  

Yeah right I can think of a good log in: Um. So why do bums smell so bad? Some magic bum perfume?


Eau De Night Train.
 
2009-12-31 5:05:53 PM  

Impudent Domain: This will be a fun bunch of posts. I actually believe him. if you bath and wash your hair with just water EVERY DAY, (can't skip a day) you will be clean. Your natural body oils should not smell bad unless you are sick.


I was doing this, more or less for years with good results.(I occasionaly used soap on my armpits only when I did a lot of work and had some extra sweat).

But lately I developed a really bad case of psoriasis on my scalp, so I have to use medicated shampoo now.


AGREES!

Link (new window)
 
2009-12-31 5:06:39 PM  
Shampoo i could live without, when my hair gets dirty I just cut it off..... soap? I got to have soap....
 
2009-12-31 5:06:40 PM  
There's a town near where I live that has a processing plant that reeks. The people that live there don't notice it. It stinks. It really does. I'm betting this guy is just as bad.
 
2009-12-31 5:07:30 PM  

Yeah right I can think of a good log in: Um. So why do bums smell so bad? Some magic bum perfume?


Lack of ever showering and never changing clothes? Poor health and eating habits?

The guy in TFA stated that he stopped using shampoo and soap. He didn't stop showering. I just might have to try this for a while, seeing as how I'm currently unemployed and all.
 
2009-12-31 5:10:52 PM  
FTA You'll save a lot of money

Soap isn't one of my larger expenses. A bar of soap lasts about a week (I'm guessing) and maybe costs a buck. I typically get Suave shampoo so that's probably even less.
 
2009-12-31 5:12:29 PM  
I wonder they have lots of cats. Smell is relative.
 
2009-12-31 5:13:25 PM  
Cab driver in Portland?
 
2009-12-31 5:13:36 PM  
ProTip: when you're poor, Dawn dishwashing detergent works great on hair and pits.

/Still use it on camping trips
 
2009-12-31 5:15:51 PM  

AnyName: FTA You'll save a lot of money

Soap isn't one of my larger expenses. A bar of soap lasts about a week (I'm guessing) and maybe costs a buck. I typically get Suave shampoo so that's probably even less.


A week? How much soap do you use? If you shower every day a bar of soap probably lasts at least a month.
 
2009-12-31 5:18:17 PM  
I went over 6 months without using shampoo, instead I just rinsed my hair with water. I am a very active person riding my bike over 100 miles a week. No matter how sweaty I would become during a ride, a quick rinse is all it would take to eliminate the sweat and oils that built up in my hair.

After I reached the 6 month period my scalp started to itch and I broke down and shampooed it. I now routinely go a week to 10 days without using shampoo, but have not gone a full 6 months.

If I shampoo my hair everyday it gets dry and stands up on end.

I would suggest everyone try going at least a week without shampooing.
 
2009-12-31 5:18:54 PM  
What is he, Hasidic?


You don't understand till you are on a crowded subway train in the summer. The bums smell better. And both want your money.
 
2009-12-31 5:19:13 PM  

octopied: A week? How much soap do you use? If you shower every day a bar of soap probably lasts at least a month.


He has rough skin.

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2009-12-31 5:20:44 PM  
I know a vegetarian dude who never uses refined products, instead uses some kind of crystal thing as deodorant.

He's rail skinny and you can smell him if you're downwind.
 
2009-12-31 5:22:57 PM  
Usually twice a day. It's Dove and I've got a water softener so the soap bar gets a little squishy. I'm also guessing since I don't monitor my soap use that closely since I'm not insane. I buy the mega packs at Sam's club and just grab a new bar when the old one is almost gone (mashing the smaller on into the new one). Since I was goofing on it not costing much I figured erring on the side of using more would be safer around here :-).
 
2009-12-31 5:23:12 PM  

fusillade762:
The guy in TFA stated that he stopped using shampoo and soap. He didn't stop showering. I just might have to try this for a while, seeing as how I'm currently unemployed and all.


I admit. I'm curious, too. But given that he said it takes a few weeks to "normalize", anyone with a job would probably find that those first few weeks would be unbearable for themselves, and more than likely, for their co-workers. If was unemployed, I think I'd probably give it a shot, too.
 
2009-12-31 5:26:18 PM  
Hmm...soap is always nice to have after sex. I pity his wife.
 
2009-12-31 5:28:03 PM  
Makes sense. Your body has natural bacteria that helps break down the stink. Soap kill em off.
 
2009-12-31 5:29:29 PM  
When I turned a certain age my skin became painfully dry. Everything, even Aveeno oatmeal wash made me itch. My dermatologist told me to use a special shampoo on my hair and stop using soap on my body. She assured me that I would not stink. She also said if I can't mentally get over the no soap thing to put a little dishwashing liquid in the bath and swish around...but only do that every other day. Well, I modified it. I use soap on my underarms, private bits and feet. Nothing but water on the rest. Then I use deodorant. The doctor was right. I don't smell and my skin feels much better. I tried the no shampoo thing for a few days. I felt so very nasty. How anyone goes two weeks to give their hair time to stabilize is beyond me. Yuck.

I comfort myself by remembering that my Cherokee ancestors washed in streams and did not use soap. It's only corporate brainwashing that makes me feel guilt/nastiness for not using harsh, body oil stripping products.
 
2009-12-31 5:30:17 PM  
I've gone for stretches without shampoo and did just fine (then again I have short hair), and my complexion (which is prone to acne) is actually clearest if I don't use anything but water on my face, but no soap on the pits and crotch is just a bit too far, IMHO.
 
2009-12-31 5:32:10 PM  
Stopped using shampoo about two years ago, my hair is never greasy now. I still do a rigorous hair and scalp scrub every day under hot water to clean the dirt, and on the whole, my hair is far cleaner than the hair of my friends who make fun of me for not using shampoo.

Sure, their hair is impeccably clean and grease free for the hour and a half immediately following their showers, and it smells overwhelmingly and disgustingly like the fake flavoring that is in their shampoo (which, for some inexplicable reason, they think smells "good"), but by the end of the day, their hair is furiously greasy and nasty looking and mine is almost as clean as it was at the start of the day.

The two friends who most often makes fun of my hygienic practice are the ones who always looks greasy at the end of the day and frequently smell like a high school gym. They lather themselves with antiperspirant that smells like shoe deodorizers, staining the armpits of all their shirts with the aluminum, and one of them showers twice a day with excessively strong shampoo. No wonder she's so greasy at the end of the day. It's a vicious cycle that she's absolutely oblivious to.
 
2009-12-31 5:32:34 PM  

BobNesta420: fusillade762:
The guy in TFA stated that he stopped using shampoo and soap. He didn't stop showering. I just might have to try this for a while, seeing as how I'm currently unemployed and all.

I admit. I'm curious, too. But given that he said it takes a few weeks to "normalize", anyone with a job would probably find that those first few weeks would be unbearable for themselves, and more than likely, for their co-workers. If was unemployed, I think I'd probably give it a shot, too.


That's what I thought, too.

That said, an ex of mine told me of a dude she used to date years ago that did the same thing. She said it was absolutely awful for about a month but then everything normalised. No bad smells or anything as long as he showered every day.

/she had a remarkable sense of smell
//used to say my sweat was the best aphrodisiac for her
/it might be worth it to give this a try
 
2009-12-31 5:33:30 PM  

Mija:
I comfort myself by remembering that my Cherokee ancestors washed in streams and did not use soap. It's only corporate brainwashing that makes me feel guilt/nastiness for not using harsh, body oil stripping products.


Your ancestors probably stunk like hell.
 
2009-12-31 5:34:22 PM  

Mija: I tried the no shampoo thing for a few days. I felt so very nasty. How anyone goes two weeks to give their hair time to stabilize is beyond me. Yuck.


I just want to clarify, I am not putting anyone down if they don't use shampoo. If it works for you then more power to you.
 
2009-12-31 5:35:17 PM  
for those of you that DNRTFA, he's still showering and washing his hands with soap Just no soap or shampoo in the shower.

Seems like that should work OK. Those douchebags that smell like ass from 100 yards away with the corduroy pants, tie-dye shirts and dreadlocks don't shower AT ALL. They also don't wash his clothes, which it sounds like he's doing.
 
2009-12-31 5:35:58 PM  
wow, i should have previewed
 
2009-12-31 5:36:56 PM  
Next thing you know this guy is going to take after the chinchillas and just take dust baths. All kidding aside; When I was stationed in Turkey during Desert Storm every day I would get covered with a fine layer of dust. At the end of my shift I would take a shower and wash away the dust. I didn't need to use soap or shampoo(granted I was sporting a buzz cut)and my skin never felt cleaner or healthier.
 
2009-12-31 5:43:01 PM  

Yeah right I can think of a good log in: So why do bums smell so bad? Some magic bum perfume?


From what it sounds like, these people still shower and bathe on a regular basis. They just forgo soap. OTOH, bums don't shower at all.

I'm also sure that these people continue to wash their clothes with soap and water regularly. Again, something that bums don't do, so their stink comes from living in their own filth.
 
2009-12-31 5:46:41 PM  
Actually, you're not supposed to use shampoo everyday.
 
2009-12-31 5:52:21 PM  
I think I'd need to have soap at least a monthly basis, otherwise that stuff about bears coming to kill me in the forest would come true.

I have found that a good rinsing and rub down in the ocean works like magic on beach camping trips, though. The salt kills all the human-stank, and it leaves you smelling a bit like kelp.
 
2009-12-31 5:54:45 PM  
I thought it was the feces of the bacteria that lives off the sweat that stank?

/no shampoo
//bald
 
2009-12-31 5:55:42 PM  
I stopped using shampoo over a year ago and my hair has never felt better, and I have long hair (past my shoulders)

My wife and I stopped buying soap, and started making our own. Our favourite has fresh ground cinnamon in it for both scent and scrub.

Less chemicals makes for a happier body.
 
2009-12-31 5:56:59 PM  
What use would grils [sic] have for shampoo? Don't you just scrub 'em with a metal brush to knock off the meat particles?
 
2009-12-31 5:58:46 PM  
How to go no poo (pops) with baking soda and vinegar
 
2009-12-31 5:59:36 PM  

OlafTheBent: My dad hasn't used shampoo in over 40 years.

At 74 he has all of his salt and pepper hair... never looks greasy.

/He swears by it.


My grandpa, who died at 82 in 1982, never washed his hair. He would rinse it in vinegar sometimes, and he massaged olive oil into his scalp. (Yet somehow never smelled like salad.) And up to his death he had beautiful thick white hair that was always soft and shiny, but not oily. He grew up in Sicily, maybe that's just what they did there a hundred years ago.

I have very thick wavy long hair. If I shampoo it more than once a week it becomes very dry and impossible to manage. But if you have short hair, of course you have to wash your scalp pretty much every day, at least with water, as he mentioned, because the oils will build up otherwise.
 
2009-12-31 6:00:54 PM  

Twisted Fate: Mija:
I comfort myself by remembering that my Cherokee ancestors washed in streams and did not use soap. It's only corporate brainwashing that makes me feel guilt/nastiness for not using harsh, body oil stripping products.

Your ancestors probably stunk like hell.


Everybody's ancestors stunk like hell by modern standards. It wasn't very long ago people got rid of their waste in cities by throwing it out the window.
 
2009-12-31 6:01:09 PM  

andrew131: Actually, you're not supposed to use shampoo everyday.


But the bottle say "Wash, rinse, repeat"??? So you're supposed to use it TWICE a day.

And yes, I do everything my shampoo bottle tells me.
 
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