Lifestyle & wellbeing to help with changes in body odour

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Personal hygiene
Stay on top of the showering. Take a lukewarm shower (avoid hot water to prevent further flushes) in the morning to wash away the bacteria feeding on your overnight sweat, concentrate on your groin, armpits and scalp (all sweat gland areas). Use specific feminine hygiene products, such as Femfresh. NHS Choices say that washing with water and a plain soap should be all you need to keep your vagina healthy.

Time to change your deodorant?
It may take a bit of trial and error before you find one that works for you. Try an antiperspirant deodorant such as our favourite Vichy Sensitive Deodorant, or aluminium-free products such as PitRok Crystal Deodorant. Before  applying deodorants, trust us here, you can make your own cleanser using baking powder to neutralise odour. Mix a tablespoon of baking powder to 2 teaspoons of water, apply to armpit, leave for 2-3 minutes and rinse – we have tried it at Hot Flush and it really works! (Not to be used if you’ve just shaved or have sensitive skin).

What you wear may help you to deal with body odour
Some man-made fabrics trap heat, making you sweat more, unlesss they're specially designed wicking fabrics. Ditch the nylon and lycra & avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes. Cotton undies, shirts and t-shirts will keep you cooler and repel moisture. Wear layers so that you can strip down as you get hotter and sweatier. Unwashed clothes retain the bacteria that cause sweat to smell, clean clothes each day are a must. If heavy sweating is a problem, wear dark colours, they’re less likely to show sweat marks.

Every breath you take needs to be fresh smelling

  • Using floss and antiseptic mouth wash deals with the cause rather than just masking smells. 
  • Try to get your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist every 6 months. 
  • Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist 
  • Chewing gum encourages saliva production and collects food debris that’s floating around your mouth that may cause bad breath.

Hot flushes, night sweats and anxiety cause you to sweat more. Make sure you stay hydrated, drinking roughly 8 glasses of water or caffeine-free herbal tea a day.

Do you think your feet smell?
If you’re sweating more the chances are your feet may smell more. Tips to help this include: 

  • Daily washing. Try using lavender oil, soaking in Epsom Salts or sprinkling feet with baking soda to absorb moisture.
  • Fresh socks, tights or shoe-liners.
  • Applying hand sanitiser (kills bacteria).

As every girl guide knows, be prepared
Sometimes we have to accept that prevention doesn’t always work and we may have to take swift action to deal with body odour. It’s a good idea to carry emergency supplies. The following should fit into a small, zip up bag: 

  • deodorant wipes
  • chewing gum
  • travel size toothbrush and paste
  • travel size anti-bacterial hand gel
  • change of top if you’re prone to heavy sweats.

You could also check out our blog Foam away your flushes in a flash.