By the way, two smells are really distinctive in my experience.
That of dead people (the real ones not the socially dead) after a few days and that of young males, especially when they happen to be the reason for the smell of the former ones.
In the words of that great old man of filthy humour, Mel Brooks:
I wonder if HN's users have some insights to share?
FWIW, for me personally it's not a strong or bad smell, and it's pretty neutral. So, I don't think anyone needs feel self-conscious about it!
Sensation fades rapidly. I have little doubt younger friends and colleagues get more of it, alas.
And I’ve never been a smoker — I tried smoking a pipe in college, but could never keep the damn thing lit. And cigarettes just made me gag and tasted horrible. Of course, I knew plenty of smokers and my mom was a heavy smoker for many years, so I knew what the smell was like. That didn’t bother me so much, but the act of trying to smoke did.
So far as I can tell, I just now smell like my grandpa used to when I was a kid.
Anyway, I’m not sure what to make of this situation. It still bugs me, from time to time.
Not washing with soap ever: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/aug/05/i-dont-...
Consider if you are stressed, have not slept, are hungover or ill. Often you smell pretty pungent.
I imagine that over the years we have excessively washed (with soap, certainly need to go under water) to cover poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of exercise and general detritus from our cities.
Then ended up forgetting how important our smells are.
If you are being truthful: I am really sorry, I have had sleep apnea it's not pleasant, exacerbated by a thick neck would you believe. Though once I stopped smoking cigarettes it stopped. I will not give advice because I don't know your situation.
If you are not being serious given what I have said in my comment: :)