delle wrote:One day, mid-week, I entered the NP Shade to my waiting entourage, and dramatically announced my readiness to go, which involved a throwing up of my arms as double exclamation-marks.
Someone - I believe it was Mr. Delle, who ALWAYS has my back, bless his soul - happened to mention "What the hell is that under you arm there?"
HALF the stick of deodorant had adhered itself to my underarm. A big unsightly blob of stinkless. In my flurry and excitement of the moment, apparently my underarms had gone numb, because I didn't feel a thing.
I just use Secret gel anti-perspirant and various bathing strategies. I try to keep my toiletries (especially lip balm and solid coconut oil) out of direct sun/away from the sunny side of the tent. I don't remember if gel antiperspirant runs outside the container in the heat, but even if it does, it can still be smoothed on with the fingers. Almost any toiletry that could leak, explode or run gets ziplocked before I travel. There are many changes in elevation between here and home. I think my shampoo and one or two other things have popped open once or twice over the years.
Most people smell either good or neutral or even like nothing at all on the playa. The dryness and the dust help.
Despite the fact that most of us are less clean than we are in the default world, I've met only ONE person in the last few years who smelled bad on the playa (they're not on this board, btw). I think it was a combination of abject distaste for hygiene and conspicuously high levels of physical activity. I didn't suffer until I was hugged. Count up how many hugs you get out there in a week, if you're moderately social (and don't mind hugs). Probably several dozen at least
So, most of us smell fine. Bring some options, but don't be scared.