#AskHappenings: How do I tell my friend she has body odour without offending her?

#AskHappenings: How do I tell my friend she has body odour without offending her?

Mfonobong Akpan

Hello Happenings,

I have a friend who has body odour but I don’t know how to tell her. I don’t want to come across as being rude. How best do you think I can help her? Would appreciate your prompt reply.

Concerned friend.


Dear Concerned Friend,

It’s simple, you just tell her! What if she had on a torn dress, wouldn’t you tell her? Being a sensitive issue, before you approach her, try getting some informed information about this condition. It could be medical, an hygiene issue or just the kind of beauty products she uses that the cause, which ever way, you have an idea of what it is and say before going to her. I understand you’re afraid of how she would react/feel, but if you are true friends as you claim, it is your duty as one to let her know in the kindest way possible that you want to help her and not mock her.

In all honesty, there is really no way to deliver the news without her getting a bit upset, but even if she gets angry, remember you’re doing her a great favor. She’ll get over the momentary bad feeling and be grateful to you for truly being her friend.

By the way, what’s the point of being friends when you can’t be frank and sincere with each other. You might just be risking your friendship with her if you don’t let her know and as soon as possible.

Good luck with your friend,


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