That Stank


Of all of the senses in a human body, smell has proven time and again to be one of the most powerful. That being said, it makes sense that marketing companies target our sense of smell so friggen much, especially when it comes to smelling each other.

Case in point:

(photos obviously not mine)



The truth of the matter is, however, that all these smells people are “supposed” to be attracted to are completely artificial. You may say “yeah, well duh”, but think about it for a second. Why are we being trained to hate smells that are completely natural? What’s so wrong with a little B.O.? People’s smells are supposed to attract each other naturally, without any sort of toxic chemical cover-up. Though studies on the existence of human pheromones report inconclusive results, evidence suggests that our natural smell is sexually attractive. And it makes sense, because a lot of other animals work the exact same way!

Personally, I think it’s all a marketing ploy. If they get you to hate your smell, you’ll be convinced you need to change it. And all you need to do is turn on the good ole telly to figure out how you’re supposed to do that. As always, the answer is to CONSUME!! Buy more products because you’re not good enough as it is!

Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy being clean, and I have nothing against a spritz of smell-good every now and then to spice things up. But I think it’s ridiculous that people shower, smear, and smother themselves with all sorts of overbearing scents just to “smell nice”. In addition, all that crap is SO toxic to your body…I mean hello, aluminum?! There’s enough of that in the chemical trails, thank you.

The reason I bring this up, dear readers, is because I, hitchhiking gypsy extraordinaire, can get extremely smelly while on the road. With no way to regularly get clean, it just happens! I wash up in public bathrooms as much as I can, but there’s only so much that face and pit-washing can do. Let’s face it – a lot of other travel kids are the same way, to no fault of their own. In all honesty, I’ve met a lot of travelers who are proud of their smell! And from what I’ve experienced on the road, I really have to agree. Smelling like YOU isn’t smelling “bad” – toss those toxic products and embrace your stank!




About claireaudient

North Carolina girl, born and raised, though now I consider Vermont to be home as well. I guess you could say I'm a migrant gypsy farmer, if you were prone to saying such things. I've played the whole society game; I've been to three different colleges, have an Associate's Degree (in Liberal Studies, or something like that), and have worked more restaurant jobs than I care to admit. Through a curious series of events, however, I've formed a different perspective on what life means to me. Instead of slaving away at a job I hate to eke out a mediocre life staring at a shiny screen, I'm living out my dream to travel while learning organic farming and sustainability practices. It's not always easy, but leaving the comforts of routine to experience the wonders of the universe was a choice I will never regret. <3

6 responses »

  1. I completely agree with the whole marketing ploy idea. It’s the same with hair products. They put unnatural chemicals into your hair which strips the hair of its natural oils. The shampoo and conditioner you buy at the supermarket tends to make your hair oily, knotty or stink after a few days which of course forces you to continually buy their product to continue this cycle. It’s all about money! I’ve been washing my hair the ‘no poo’ way for about 6 months now and my hair has never been better. It doesn’t smell at all and rarely gets oily (unless I give it a good dose of coconut oil every now and again).
    I really like your blog and gypsy life, I too hope to live on the road and enjoying all sorts of natural wonders soon (smells included)!

    • it’s so true! I wash my hair with water, maybe occasionally Dr. Bronner’s, and it’s cleaner and healthier than ever. Coconut oil and Moroccan oil are more than enough to give your hair the shine and nutrients it needs! And as for living on the road…DO IT, sister. All it takes is a decision, and the rest will fall into place as it’s meant to be. I’m stronger, happier, healthier, and more educated than when I lived within society’s box. There’s really nothing to be afraid of! If you ever have any questions, feel free to ask :) one love!

      • Thanks! I know I definitely don’t belong in society’s box that’s for sure. I will probably bombard you with questions in the near future, and stalk your blog a little haha :) safe travels and I look forward to reading more.

      • Well, you definitely have the right mindset! The hardest part is making the decision and actually taking that first step to leave it all behind…the rest is pure magic <3 please, stalk away! I'm ready for any questions you might have =]

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