Ellie Goulding ‘sweats like crazy’ during her workouts but rarely showers after

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While I once flirted with the idea of liking Ellie Goulding’s music, at this point, her voice really grates on my last nerve. I also find it sort of unnerving to see how drastically she’s changed her whole look and vibe, including whatever is happening with her lips. As she made the transition from “breathy local pop star” to “internationally known breathy pop star,” she also changed her body. She lost weight and went leaner and more athletic. As it turns out, she boxes to stay fit. Ellie talked about boxing and more with People Mag for their Most Beautiful Women in the world issue, and Ellie said something… odd? I mean, I find it odd. She claims she sometimes doesn’t shower after a sweaty boxing session. Hm. Some highlights from People:

Boxing: “I start my day training at the gym. Somehow I’m a natural at boxing. Who knew? I feel like constantly sweating is good for getting toxins out. I like to drink and do things that a lot of women do, and that helps counteract that. I hit hard. The idea of being physically strong and capable of defending myself gives me a real sense of empowerment, which is so different from the profound vulnerability I have when I’m by myself writing music.”

She sweats but doesn’t shower: “I sweat like crazy. Sometimes I don’t shower at all before going to the studio, even after I train. I feel like I never smell. I know some people wouldn’t want to do that, but I do, and I do fine. I think you can overshower, you can overwash your hair, and you can overwash your face. No one ever said you have to shower that much!”

When she washed her hair: “I don’t wash it every day,” she says. But when she does, “I try to do as little as possible to it—just use a hair oil so it’s not too dry and texturizing spray to give it volume.” As for caring for her skin, “I’ll use a Kiehl’s face wash in the shower,” she says. “Then I’ll do a toner. I swear by a few moisturizers, and I always use eye cream. I feel like I’m one of those people who always have tired eyes! I also won’t leave the house without putting on concealer and mascara and using an eyebrow pencil. I have nonexistent eyebrows, so I have to draw them on.”

Her studio-wear: “I don’t like to wear anything restrictive. So I wear a black tracksuit because I’m superstitious about wearing any color. I just don’t want anything to distract me. A lot of the time I leave my hair wet because I feel like I spend so much time getting it blow dried that any opportunity I can have to leave it wet and put some products in it and that’s kind of it.”

[From People]

I do feel like this is the new movement in hair-care, the whole don’t-wash-your-hair-too-often thing. Women really started talking about not washing their hair like five years ago, and now most celebrity women mention it in these kinds of interviews. Personally, I find the whole thing to be sort of gross… but that’s just me. I get not obsessively showering or washing your hair if you’re not doing anything strenuous or working up a sweat in general. But I do long, hard workouts and my hair/scalp is soaked in sweat and my gym clothes are always soaked through too. I know I smell, I know I look like the wrath of God, and I know that only a shower and shampoo will fix that. Still, not everyone is like me – I think I could get away with NOT showering after a workout if I just did a 40-minute session or something like that… although I’m sure I would still feel gross if I didn’t shower afterwards. As for leaving her hair wet… I’ve said this before, but I don’t even own a hairdryer. I do think that will damage your hair long-term and I’m a big believer in air-drying.

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  1. Maybe she should be with Ed Sheeren after all. Blecch.

    • Moll says:

      That is just rude. Nobody has said either she or Ed smell and Ed himself has said he showers twice a day as he is usually doing gigs. I’m pretty sure if Ellie ponged it would have leaked by now. She is always around people on her insta. I bet those of you being so judgemental probably take a shower once a week!

    • Sasha says:

      I NEVER showered at a gym. I used to work at one and while it was one of the better ones, I wouldn’t shower or attend the steam room for any amount of money.
      It’s a matter of cleanliness. Dry off your sweat, cool down and shower at home, people.

  2. LAK says:

    Sweaty, non-washing, dirty hair woman. Ewwwwwwwww.

    • Lucy says:

      yeah reading this made me gag, I get the not washing your hair daily, fine, I wash mine every other day, but for the love of God WASH YOUR BODY DAILY!!!!! Like how can you walk around with you’re sweaty ass juice and not care, disgusting.

      • Lucy says:

        EDIT: **YOUR** (I can’t believe my grammar nazi ass made that mistake)

      • Matomeda says:

        +1 so gross. So many moms come in unbathed to the children’s ecfe class I take with my daughter. It’s unfair to everyone squeezed in a small room. WE CAN SMELL YOU! 🤢

    • LAK says:

      Lucy, Amen.😊

      I bet this woman walks around in a fug of perfume and that’s why she thinks she doesn’t smell.

    • Dex and Destruction says:

      I’ve had long, thick hair most of my life and, as a kid, every time I walked back into the house after playing outside, my mother told me my hair smelled like wet dog. (Talk about a complex.)

      I’m in my mid-30s now and have finally started to occasionally skip a day of shampoo and conditioner. However, my hair starts to retaliate if I go any longer than that. To say I’ve been married to a life of blow dryers and product would be an understatement. Though I do air dry on occasion if I’m not going anywhere.

  3. Megan says:

    I have really dry skin and a few years ago my GP suggested I simply shower less to reduce the itchiness and it worked. At first I thought it was gross, but my skin and hair look so much better.

    • Chetta B. says:

      Washing your hair daily is unnecessary, wasteful and can be very harmful. Shampoo contains a lot of harsh, toxic chemicals. I shower every day but wash hair twice a week. And Miss Ellie needs to back away from the lip fillers!

      • shelley* says:

        I agree I shower everyday but don’t wash my hair daily, it would resemble a haystack if I did that.
        I’m interested in trying these low sulphate shampoos.

      • Megan says:

        Low sulphate shampoo makes a HUGE difference.

      • Becks says:

        I shower everyday but only was my hair 3 times a week. I workout almost everyday and I cannot go without rinsing my body. I’ve said it before, but badlands dry shampoo paste has been a game changer. It’s the best and I’ve tried many dry shampoos!

    • Down and Out says:

      I went blonder recently and had to make the switch to not washing my hair daily. It was tough at first & felt gross, but now it’s definitely improved my hair and lessened the dryness.

    • Matomeda says:

      Genuine question. Doesn’t it feel gross? I exercise daily too, and aside from dry sweat smell, being surrounded by moist, hot air but not washing my hair makes me feel really, really gross and I fixate on it and feel grumpy. I’ve tried. It’s not good for your hair, but I’m extra sensitive to smells and greasy texture. I just can’t do it. (Yes I know everyone feels differently. Just asking how to not have this happen because I’m probably doing something wrong 🙃)

      • Originaltessa says:

        This is me too. Showering is part of my well being. I don’t feel like myself if I’m dirty. Everything is better when I’m clean.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      Ha, I’m the same. Since I was a kid, my skin always got so dry and itchy after having a shower. I have reduced it to a minimum and my skin got so much better. Also, I only use shower oils for sensitive skin and shower with max. lukewarm water and that makes a huge difference, too. And since last year I have been using my own body lotion – I go to my local pharmacy and they mix it of me (it includes peanut oil, olive oil, lanoline and rose water – I found the recipe in a book on healthy living). This also helps with the dryness.
      It’s especially bad in winter and luckily better in summer. To be honest I prefer not showering so often over having an itchy skin that drives you crazy.

    • Ange says:

      I would hope you’d wash after a big workout though, at least for the sake of those around you!

  4. Alleycat says:

    I have really thick, dry hair, so I go a couple days in between washing. If I wash everyday, my hair would just break. I also can’t not use a hair dryer/straightener, because some of us aren’t lucky enough to have hair that dries even somewhat nicely. I thought Ellie didn’t want to be a celebrity anymore? I could have sworn I read that she was over this lifestyle?

  5. detritus says:

    For skin, overwashing is about surfactants removing oils from your skin and scalp, or using too much hot water and drying out the skin.
    Rinsing off after you work out wont contribute to this, it will just rinse off the sweat that with your dead skin cells is bacteria food.

    I bet anything Goulding has a fairly strong personal smell that she just hasn’t noticed.

    • Esmom says:

      I don’t know…some people smell and some people don’t. At the end of a group workout, most people around me do not smell. And believe me, I would notice as I have a weird sensitivity to smells. I can’t sleep sometimes after I’ve cooked with onions, for example, because the lingering smell keeps me up.

      Also, I have two teenage sons and one has had terrible BO since he was about 8 and the other one could probably get away without wearing deodorant. Still, I can’t imagine not showering after a really sweaty workout. I get not washing your hair every day, though. I recently was shocked to see how good my hair looked on day 4 without washing. Definitely better than day 1, when it tends to be sort of unmanageable.

      • Jess says:

        Ditto, Esmom. My boyfriend doesn’t need to shower after the gym while I’m grossing myself out halfway through my workout!

      • Pumpkin Pie says:

        Maybe they don’t smell because they already took a shower that day and were wearing deodorant. Deodorant makes a big difference.

      • Esmom says:

        PP, I work out in the early morning, most people have not showered yet and say they are headed home after to do so. Agree about deodorant, it’s pretty important!

      • detritus says:

        Possibly I have a sensitive nose, but most people have a smell, if it isn’t masked by perfume or cologne.
        It’s kind of weirdly gross talking about this, but I could smell a piece of clothing from my friends and tell you whose it was.

        Sometimes peoples personal smell is ‘louder’ than others, and this is what I think of with Ellie. Like she probably smells ok ,but its most likely not ‘nothing’.

        I do understand the low/no smell/no sweat thing. we went to Belize with my cousins, no AC at all ever, and they didn’t wear deodorant. One smelt really bad, the other, almost nothing. They don’t wear deodorant or antiperspirant at all though.

      • LAK says:

        Destritus: i have an intolerance to perfume as well as having a very sensitive nose. Everyone has a smell. Some are stronger than others. The food and drink contribute to a person’s smell too.

      • shannon says:

        Some people’s sweat smells immediately but that b.o. smell is from sweat drying on your clothes. Fresh sweat doesn’t smell usually. I bet she doesn’t smell when she leaves her workout, but I guarantee she does once that sweat dries in her clothes and if she’s working with people, which is not very considerate. Of course they don’t say anything to her, she is signing their paychecks.

    • Beth says:

      Going to a restaurant makes me smell like fries, onions, etc. and it’s gross. I have to shower and wash to clothes.
      We have to push the boys teen/tween into the shower because they don’t notice their own smell

      • Esmom says:

        Yeah, I d the same thing after restaurants. Thank goodness for no smoking rules now! Back in my 20s, after a night at the bars my clothes and hair would reek like an ashtray. So gross.

      • detritus says:

        I had to volunteer at bingo halls for a bit before they were mandated smoke free, and holy hell it was awful. I don’t know how any of you survived smoke in bars, everyone must have smelled horrible.

  6. Pumpkin Pie says:

    She can say all she wants that she “feels” she never smells. How about getting her sinuses checked ? I don’t believe for one second she doesn’t have BO.

    • Lafawnda says:

      Some people truly don’t recognize their own body odor. Someone super close to me is like this and it blows my mind b/c they reek! I have no problem telling them and they don’t get offended when I do but they don’t seem to care at all either way. I don’t get it.

    • Lex says:

      Some people really just don’t stink. They’re magic.
      I am not one of those people but I’ve had friends who just emit pleasantness rather than BO

  7. Anon says:

    I only shower every other day and wash my hair every 7 or 8 days. I’m one of those people who don’t sweat a lot. In fact, people tell me I smell good often. My hair never looks greasy. Washing your hair every day is a pretty new phenomenon. Many women used to go to the beauty parlor once a week to set their hair in curlers.

    • AreYouForReal? says:

      My former boss goes to the salon every Saturday and gets her hair blow dried professionally and it lasts her the whole week. And she works out every day. Some people can get away with it.

    • Katherine says:


    • Mandymc says:

      I shower about five times a week and wash my hair twice a week. I dont sweat much and don’t work out daily. Your body’s oil production adjusts. My hair is much healthier than when I used to wash it 4x a week.

      I remember reading that salma Hayek only washes her face once a day?

      • Pandy says:

        I only wash my face once a day as well. At night to get rid of make up. Then night cream and bed. I splash water on in the morning and then day cream etc. No need to wash twice as you really only need to wash dirt and make up off and I’m not accumulating that overnight. I don’t wash my hair every day either but I do shower- especially after the gym. I just feel better if I do. I think you can maybe run an errand or two but to spend a whole day stewing in your juices just feels gross.

    • Lady Rain says:

      Same here. I shower every other day and wash my hair once a week with conditioner and wash it twice a month with clarifying shampoo (I have 4c hair which tends to break easily). People have told me I have a pleasant smell even though I sometimes worry they’re lying lol.

      However, I always shower after every workout, I get pretty sweaty and feel too gross to just up and leave without getting a decent scrub in afterward.

  8. Originaltessa says:

    My sweat stinks. I need to shower every day full lather of soap. My hair texture allows me to shampoo every day which I appreciate and know is not possible for everyone. I am gross after a workout. Absolutely the first thing I do is throw my clothes in the laundry pile and shower.

    • Pumpkin Pie says:

      About stinky or not stinky sweat, I read somewhere it’s got to do with the bacteria that live on our skin – there are two kinds iirc. And that bacteria feed on dead skin cells and sweat and they “fart” sorry I can’t remember the term. And that fart is the “stink”.

    • Pumpkin Pie says:

      Sorry I thought you meant it stinks in general.

      • Originaltessa says:

        In a way it does. I’m not a terribly sweaty person so that’s a bonus, so I don’t smell all the time. But if I sweat, I smell. My sweat is smelly. Not like teenage boy BO, but just sharp and strong clean BO. If I don’t shower or off immediately, it’s just gross. My natural odor is not pleasant and I could never imagine not showering after sweating.

    • Lex says:

      Using antiperspirants can worsen the smell of your pit sweat too, ironically.
      As can your diet – greasy/meat heavy meals can make your smell worse.

      I stopped using antiperspirant and let my pit pores clear out all the gunk they’d been smothered in and now my natural BO is noticeably better with no other dietary changes. It still isn’t like a lovely smell or anything but its decidedly less gross. Natural deodorants (NON antiperspirant!) for the win!

  9. Beth says:

    Unfortunately my hair is greasy at the end of every day. Looks disgusting if I don’t wash it evey morning. My dermatologist said it fine to shower every day if I use moisturizer. I wouldn’t walk around sweaty and dirty. A person doesn’t always notice it they themself is smelly

    • Pumpkin Pie says:

      I rinse my hair with a mix of water and vinegar for a month now and I swear my scalp and hair feel so much cleaner. Before that my scalp felt greasy but my hair was really dry and frizzy. Now I rinse, gently towel dry, apply a small amount of oil plus some leave-in at the ends and I am happy. It works for me. I do it in the eve during the week or in the morning during the weekend.

  10. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    What has she done to her face?

    I wash my hair about 3 times a week, its quite thick so i can get away with it. But not showering after a workout or even daily is just gross. I can why she and Ed Sheeran got together, both have their heads up their ass.

    • Kitten says:

      Thank you. We’re all talking about BO and dirty hair and ignoring the fact that her lips now look like two slugs. Whyyyy? She was perfectly pretty and unique before. Sigh.

  11. Miss Kittles says:

    I dont shower after most of my workouts regardless how much I sweat. By the time I’m home I’m not sweaty anymore. Sometimes I stink, sometimes I don’t. Sweat is natural. Sweat doesn’t always mean dirty… Most people dont shower after having explosive diarrhea (TMI) which is way worse than a little sweat lol

  12. Diana says:

    I don’t shower after a workout either and don’t even wear deodorant- despite having healthy sweat glands! Some people just don’t smell.

    • Haa says:

      Same! You just have to know yourself- the only times I get stinky are when I’m stressed and my armpits sweat. All other sweat is fine. I also kickbox and only shower afterwards if it’s shower day or I have to go to something formal.

  13. ell says:

    what has she done to her face

  14. Tiny Martian says:

    If she is sweating out ‘toxins” such as alcohol as she states, then yes, her sweat does stink. It likely reeks of whatever she was drinking the night before.

    Not showering every day is fine if you aren’t getting all hot and sweaty. But leaving that film of sweat on your body after a workout as a breeding ground for bacteria is just nasty!

    • Esmom says:

      Ha, that reminds me of a story about a friend’s stepmom who got sent home from work (she worked at a perfume counter) because she reeked of garlic from dinner the night before. She was like “but I brushed my teeth!” She didn’t realize that the smell was coming from her pores and no amount of toothpaste could get rid of it.

  15. Barbcat says:

    Diet can affect your body odor. When I ate the typical standard American diet I would smell horrible if I didn’t put on deodorant. I noticed when I cut out sweets and grains (Primal diet) I stopped smelling. I can go all day without anything on and even do some exercise and have no noticeable body odor. It is not my lack of smell because when I ate like crap I could smell my BO.

    I noticed my 13 year old son who usually refuses to wear deo wasn’t smelly anymore and he said it wasn’t because he started remembering deo. So our diet worked on him too!

    I had a friend from China who said that she felt most Americans have strong body odor due to eating dairy, but I think it might be the amount of sweets and other junk foods like chips and tons of bread.

    • Embee says:

      I agree food has a LOT to do with it. When I was drinking gross amounts of coffee my sweat smelled like cat urine. So nasty. And I agree that sweets and especially animal fats cause a certain odor. I have recently been doing a nutritional cleanse program and my morning meal is a shake that is strawberry flavored and I can smell it on my skin during my noontime workout.

      I don’t have enough time to shower after my noon workouts so I go the rest of my day slightly funky. If I sweat a bunch I will grab a shower and be late from lunch but I can’t do that too often. Usually I jump in the shower before bed because I don’t want to sleep all sweaty, and then I do morning yoga/walk after which I usually just rinse. So 2 showers a day and wash my hair every other day or every third. I only dry my hair and flat iron on special occasions. I would look better if I did it more often but 1. it isn’t a priority and 2. I don’t want to damage my hair, which is easier as I am getting older.

    • LAK says:

      Diary definitely makes you stinky.

      I don’t eat diary for various reasons, but once in awhile i have a diary rich dessert eg ice cream and my breath stinks really bad for a few days afterwards no matter my very good dental and general hygiene.

    • detritus says:

      Well if pineapple can change the taste of certain things, I do not doubt diet has a role in scent.

    • Clara says:

      Your friend from China was correct dairy smells come through the skin much like a strong spicy meal does the next day. I can smell dairy on people and it is a nasty sour smell.

  16. HK9 says:

    This is not about over washing, this is about having a full on sweaty work out and not washing afterwards. I’ve done boxing workouts in the past, and I’m currently doing circuit-training where I sweat a lot. I will smell if I don’t shower after and and so will she. People just aren’t being honest with her about it. Some people don’t care about how they smell, but I do, and I won’t venture into a public place knowing that I smell bad.

    When I did hot yoga, and I was taking the subway home, I always quickly wiped down in the shower (and I didn’t always use soap I just needed fresh water) before I put on my clothes and left. Now that I drive, I shower when I get home.

  17. Giddy says:

    I think a lot of people who think they don’t stink when they don’t shower after a workout would be surprised by the opinions of their co-workers. I used to work with a woman who bragged about not smelling, when in actuality it was just awful. Finally one day as she was blathering on about her unique ability to sweat but never smell bad, our boss was walking through and said “Just because you can’t smell it is no reason to subject others because frankly, you stink.” And that was the end of that.

    • Gisele says:

      I was just about to write that exact same thing. People are unaware when they have bad breathe, body odour etc. With one exception, the women I know who don’t wash their hair more than once a week and rely on dry shampoo six days a week, do in fact, not smell fresh and their hair looks terrible most of the time. Sweat and pollution, combined with hair product isn’t a good combination and no amount of dry shampoo can counter that. It’s also not good for your scalp if your are just piling on the dry shampoo constantly. I get not wanting to wash your hair every single day, but the thought of sweating profusely and not bathing grosses me out.

    • Originaltessa says:

      I work with a few hipster 20 something’s and none of them shower regularly and seem to think that their natural musky rank is pleasant for others. As I’m the boss, I had to ask one male employee to shower. He seemed genuinely taken aback. I don’t think he actually knew how bad he smelled. The smell was so pungent and it lingered. If he drove one of my vehicles or used the restroom, you could tell he had been in there. I tried to be as kind as I could, but I felt like he and others were being unkind by sharing their stink with the world. I had to implement a bit of a company wide policy of hygiene and dress. My employees reflect my business. It’s so touchy in this day and age to tell anyone what to do, but I feel it’s within my rights as a business owner to ask my employees not to smell.

    • Gisele says:

      Good for your boss for setting her straight.

    • Matomeda says:

      I fully agree. No one thinks they smell. Go sit in any terminal in the airport. Sometimes I’m gasping for air and the person generating the smell is oblivious. I’ve been at houses where bedrooms reek like sweat. Some houses, go in and be overpowered by dog smell, but they don’t notice because they’re used to it. Food smells on clothes, etc. we’re apparently not a very hygienic species. I’m insane about opening windows, airing out rooms, washing curtains and bedding and bodies of everyone in the house. Sorry- I refuse to live in a fart/stink bubble. And no we don’t eat meat dairy etc (I’m vegetarian) but regardless- bodies create smells.

    • Amelie says:

      This is so true! This recently happened to me after I went to Olive Garden for lunch. I forgot how much garlic they use in their food and that night I went up to see my family since it was Easter Weekend. My dad, who hates garlic, kept complaining that I smelled like garlic as did my sister. I’m glad my family said something because I could not smell it on myself. I was so paranoid about smelling like garlic at church for Easter services I even washed out my mouth with soap the next morning! I love garlic but I don’t tend to eat that much of it in my cooking so I don’t think I usually smell after eating whatever I made. However I don’t think I’ll be going to Olive Garden again anytime soon.

    • Ange says:

      Yes, thank you! I would never subject others to my post-workout odours whether or not I think I smell because we all become rather immune to our own scents after a while. Even if you just sweat a little into your hair that ish is going to get rank after a while. Shower (or at the very least some kind of cleanse), dry shampoo (if it’s not a wash day) and clean clothes is the LEAST anyone should be doing when they’re working with others.

  18. Babs says:

    I shower every day and after a workout, it’s just about comfort to me, hot water rests the muscles. Healthy people usually don’t stink. Personnally I am not bothered with a reasonable natural body odor, it’s way better than tobacco smell or alcohol smell or even some déodorants smell.
    On the not washing hair fashion, I think in most cases it’s better to not wash it every day. I wash my hair like every four days in winter and every two-three days in summer. I can’t figure out how some people wash it once a month or so and claim it’s not dirty. After a week mine smells like a wet dog.

  19. Susan says:

    “I FEEL like I don’t smell” says it all. You stink, Ellie, go home.

  20. shelley* says:

    My Father was a notorious soap dodger, who didn’t believe in washing much at all. When he got dementia he stopped washing altogether but funnily enough he never had any sort of body odour.Even the ladies in the care home he was in, remarked on it.

    I myself shower every day and yet I still sometimes wonder, on a hot day, if one shower a day is enough.
    It reminds me a bit of that book by Patrick Suskind, Perfume. Its a good read.

    As for Ellie Goulding she advertises Pantene shampoo, rather ironically, I bet their chuffed that she doesn’t advocate washing your hair every day. And the advert shows her doing her boxing moves in the gym, to my eyes she looks like she couldn’t knock the skin off a rice pudding, my late cat threw a better right hook than she does.

  21. A says:

    Qwhite intresting 🤔

  22. Nastygirl85 says:

    I’m all for doing what feels best for your hair and body, but not showering after a workout can lead to a yeast infection.

    • Georgie says:

      Um not to be over-reactive here but honestly I would worry about a nasty infection too… extreme case – MRSA! Didn’t one of the professional football teams have to shut down their locker room and super clean due to a MRSA case? Was it the Saints?? How often do people get abrasions and cuts boxing?

  23. Katherine says:

    She said she *sometimes* doesn’t shower after working out. The way I ‘work out’ I also don’t have to shower right away a lot of the time. We don’t know her life. As for washing hair/face less often, I feel like some (a lot) people have been doing this all along but now it’s starting to be acceptable to talk about. I’ve never washed my hair more than once every three or four days – just because why the hell would I if it looks great and fresh? As long as the person is clean and don’t smell, they can shower as little as they like, geez

  24. QQ says:

    I work Out regularly and shower daily as you do living in FL ( though I know some people that shower less in Winter) but there is NO WAY IN HELL that pre or post natural hair (straightened chemically vs not) I would ever DREAM of washing my hair daily , work out or not… That’d be asking to have the possible driest hair in America

  25. Bridget says:

    Blech. When you sweat, it’s not just water – it’s salt and then it mixes with the dirt already on your body or what you pick up during the workout. Not to mention, gyms are gross and crawling with bacteria. Take a shower, even if you’re just rinsing your hair.

  26. Psu Doh Nihm says:

    My husband is outside all day and works out every day and he rarely wears deodorant because perfumes give me terrible headaches. He actually smells sort of like a sweet syrup when he sweats. I find it oddly attractive…

    But I would take someone with bo over someone drenched in perfumes any day.

    • Grant says:

      Not me. Something about ripe, pungent, human BO makes my stomach churn in the worst way. Lather on the Chanel No. 5, please!

      • Originaltessa says:

        My sister was pregnant and could no longer function at work because she said the smell of some coworkers greasy hair made her gag.

    • detritus says:

      Oh I love this!

      This is MHC compatability, where you can literally smell that his immune response is complimentary to your own.

      It’s really cool actually, but they did studies on women smelling sweaty shirts, and they tend to like the sweat smell of the complimentary mhc person.


  27. Psu Doh Nihm says:

    I have my hair washed and styled once a week. If it ever feels gross I use a dry shampoo on the roots to hold me over until my appointment. Rarely do I wash more than that. Sometimes I even go two weeks between washings.

    My hair went from being dry and brittle to long and shiny since washing less. I’ve been doing this for about four years and the difference is remarkable. I also no longer suffer from dandruff or dry scalp which plagued me for years.

  28. Grant says:

    Not showering after a workout is a wonderful way to get a staph infection and those are NOT fun.

  29. Kitten says:

    I use shower wipes if I sweat too much. Sorry but I don’t have time to fight with 20 women for one (out of five) showers in the gym locker room after my lunchtime workout.

  30. NtSoSclBtrfly says:

    “I sweat like crazy. Sometimes I don’t shower at all before going to the studio, even after I train. I feel like I never smell. I know some people wouldn’t want to do that, but I do, and I do fine.

    Umm, okay-uh, sure you do.

    Probably thinks she doesn’t have halitosis or that her farts don’t smell. Insufferable.

  31. Harla Jodet says:

    We have a weight room at my work so I work out on my lunch break and while I don’t work out super hard I still use wet wipes to clean up or else, yeah I’m a bit stinky. Now my husband can work outside all day, sweat like crazy and still smells great, go figure.

    While I don’t “need” to wash my hair daily, I have short hair and sleeping on it leaves me waking up looking like a haystack, so I at least water wash and use conditioner to get to lay down correctly on a daily basis. But I have to wonder why during the week my hair does crazy stuff during the night but on weekends I wake up looking like I just did my hair? So frustrating as it would have same time during the week not having to “do” my hair.

    • Originaltessa says:

      I’m the same way. My best hair days are on the weekend when I have nowhere to be, haha. Probably sleep better because your brain can relax a little bit dreading the next workday.

  32. JenB says:

    Ick. Nast. #Nope

  33. Clara says:

    reading this did gross me out but because people do smell, the worst smells for me are unwashed hair and milk, all you dairy eaters stink to me my nose is that sensitive.

    • JenB says:

      Even a freshly showered dairy-eater?

      • LAK says:


        It’s a sour smell.

        Diary is as bad as things like garlic or spice. The person’s skin smells of it. Washing doesn’t remove the smell. Depending on how much diary was eaten, it takes days or weeks of complete abstinence for the person to stop smelling of it.

        I’m a vegan, so i smell it, as do my Far Eastern friends because diary is not part of their diet.

  34. Chelly says:

    I kinda get not wanting to shower AT the gym although I would think her gym is super high-end & exclusive & not, say, some funky rinky-dinky gym like mine. I’ll walk home sweaty & gross, like I would after a run & apologize to someone I might run into on the way & say “don’t hug me, I’m gross just got out the gym” but i DO shower when I get there. I can’t just put my reg clothes on even if the “sweats” dried off. Some people have that whole sensitive, excessive dry skin thing but I mean c’mon. A little soap & a lot of water goes a long way…you may not think you smell but trust me most people would not agree. Even if I didn’t smell (after a short workout I likely wouldn’t) feeling fresh & clean for the rest of the day is much better than feeling gross, sticky, & paranoid that just maybe, I might smell

  35. Greta from Munich says:

    And here we go again….it’s just fine to do whatever you want to/with your body. It’s just her way of life. So mote it be. Amen.

  36. Egla says:

    There are a few days a month that I don’t shower. On those days I make sure to wash my armpits with soap, feet, intimate parts when I get home from outside. When I go to the gym no matter how much I sweat I shower. I wash my hair almost daily even though I have fine hair or because of that reason as everything I do it shows there. I use deodorant religiously as I know I need it as I sweat a LOT in my armpits during the day even if it’s winter (can you tell I get stressed at work). On weekends I may not wash my hair till sunday so it’s 2 days but I can get away with it IF I don’t go to the gym on saturday.
    I eat dairy a lot. My life wouldn’t be complete without cheese. I eat meat also. My sweat smells if left unwashed but not in a horrible way the first 2 days. But this last fall I eat a lot outside because I was on the road for work and I felt my BO changed all over. It was something strange and gross. It took me weeks of not eating outside anymore (it meant starving and going home late at night and eat there) to fix that. But yeah I can believe when someone says the thing about foods influencing our smell.
    As for her not washing maybe she doesn’t smell bad at all but sure as hell she has some kind of BO after a workout. I can always tell when someone is generally clean BUT has done something physical in the last two hours and hasn’t washed.

  37. NtSoSclBtrfly says:

    After piling on in a comment upthread, I was reminded of a Mysterious Universe podcast a year or two ago talking about a new product, AO Biome- ammonia oxidizing bacteria spray that reduced need for water/soap- a product for our future dystopian world- so I looked them up- they are now in clinical trials to treat hypertension ( AO bacteria give off nitric acid, a vasodilator , would reduce blood pressure). They are in various stages of development of clinical clinical trials for many applications- all things caused by inflammation- acne, psoriasis, cutaneous manifestations of allergies, nasal allergies and more: AOBiomedotcom.

    I am considering this for my acne bothered teens. A mist to the face instead of topical combination medications? Please and thank you. You can search Mysterious Universe archives for the podcast. This web link has relevant hyperlinks: http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2016/06/goodbye-showers-hello-daily-bacterial-spray/ Two of the hyperlinks: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/magazine/my-no-soap-no-shampoo-bacteria-rich-hygiene-experiment.html?_r=3 http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/beauty/face-body/i-havent-showered-in-12-years-says-aobiomes-david-whitlock/news-story/6b13ec77e9065a77e2514536d242362b

    All that said, I only co-wash ( conditioner scrub, no shampoo) twice a week, and some days only cleanse my face once with CeraVe, but I am in my early 50s, not an oily youth, so there is a decreased oil/smell factor. But I still bet she doesn’t realize she is stinkier than she thinks she is.

  38. Ss11 says:

    Stinky bitch who looks like Andy Dick in drag. Love it. Brits are not that taken with the idea of daily showers, no surprise.

    She is very rich and somehow happening, so she will always find someoneno matter how stinky she may be.

  39. Cortney says:

    While I love the whole women’s empowerment tone of this site, I sometimes become frustrated when I get to the comments and here’s why: Ed Sheeran’s physicality being scrutinized in a way that I imagine we would all hate to see any woman’s looks scrutinized… yes, I understand women deal with it constantly, but I feel like you can’t have it both ways. It seems really counterproductive to make remarks about his appearance in a way that, if he were a woman, would make most of us cringe. I don’t understand how that contributes to anything in a positive manner.