I stopped using shampoo and conditioners about three years ago, excepting a small period of time when I tried some fancy detergent-free hair "cleanser" salon product for a few months last year, but for at least six months I've been once again no-'poo, water only. Likewise, for almost a year I've been using minimal soap in the shower, only in the (ahem) areas and that's a goat milk soap which I've thought has always smelled extremely mild and neutral. And for almost five years I've used only the crystal stick type of deodorant. Obviously I'm going for the "neutral scent" effect, which seems to be a pretty common result among paleo-folk who've made similar lifestyle changes.
But today I was told that I stink. I feel really bad about it, because now I am starting to worry that I've never smelled "neutral" and have only thought I was getting away with paleo-bathing habits on the basis of other people's politeness. It's made me reconsider all the various ways I might be acquiring a stench.
Unfortunately I don't have a lot of specific data to work with, but my best guess at the moment is that this is a recent phenomenon, and there have been some recent (minor) changes I've noticed. For one, my digestion has not been so good for the past couple of months: I've been having more rumbling stomach noises and more gas throughout the day, as well as being less "regular". Also, my sinuses have been worse for the same time period, and I've been more "mucusy" in general. Neither of these changes are obviously related to any changes in diet or exercise or any other obvious state of health; whatever is causing these changes is mostly invisible to me (so far).
I'm starting to wonder if this all might be related to having a diet high in saturated fats. I know that there is the phenomenon of the "ethnic smell" that people don't talk about in polite company - whereby folks who eat a particular ethnic (in contrast to mainstream America) cuisine regularly are thought to smell different than others, and presumably this is due to large concentrations of certain foods "working their way out" of the person's system. It occurs to me that perhaps this is what is happening here; perhaps the daily bacon breakfasts have caught up with me and I've crossed some biochemical fat saturation threshold and now I'm paying the price. I have no idea if this makes any scientific sense, but it's all I can think of, and I wanted to know if anyone else here has had anything similar happen in terms of symptoms and smell.
Also, how the hell do you correct your body odor if you don't notice it? Is there someplace I can go where someone will smell me over a period of time so I can make adjustments and find out if they're working? Aaaargh!