Barry Ogden is known by everyone as B.O. He’s famous for all the wrong reasons... A man who could possibly be the most oblivious person on earth! Find out about Barry's lack of hygiene understanding & how Rexona can help you face people with B.O. whilst protecting you against body odour & sweating.
LUNCHTIME WORKOUT, THEN BACK TO WORK
A workout at lunchtime can leave you feeling invigorated and focused, and it can also leave you very sweaty and a little on the nose. So if someone does return to the office in need of a long shower, what is the right thing to do?
Barry Ogden on The Gym
Yeah I don’t make it to the gym that often these days, what with all the attention. I’d get swamped. Not by sweat, obviously… by the fans. Plus I used to hate coming back into the office after a session. Everyone would look at me funny. Like my biceps were poking out or something.
Sweating during exercise is a very natural process; it’s your body trying to keep you cool. While this is the case, sweat can often lead to B.O., and in an office, B.O. can often lead to general discomfort. If one of your colleagues needs to freshen up after their lunchtime workout, first congratulate them and then suggest they’ve earned an extra ten minutes for their lunchbreak to cool down and freshen up using the bathroom facilities and your office supply of antiperspirant deodorant (make sure you have Rexona!).
Three days of dancing in the sun, sleeping on the ground and limited shower facilities can leave even the most hygienic person feeling a little off. How do you make sure your friends stay on top of their hygiene and their odour with limited help?
Barry Ogden on The Festivals
I don’t know what it is about summer music festivals but they seem to be the height of my celebrity. It’s like someone tips off the crowd and everyone knows I’m coming from a mile away. All day you hear “B.O.!” here and “B.O.!” there… I mean how do these people even know my name?!
At a festival, bathroom facilities are often in low supply or surrounded by a 2km waiting line which can make it hard to stay on top of your hygiene. If you are with a friend who has skipped one too many showers, lock in 15 minutes with your whole group to wipe your face, brush your teeth and reapply deodorant. If everyone does it together, your friend won’t feel like the spotlight is on them.
You board the plane, find your seat, start to get comfortable and then realise the person sitting next to you has terrible B.O… and this leg of the flight is 14 hours long. So how do you tell them?
Barry Ogden on Aeroplanes
I must be one of the luckiest person when it comes to flying… Every time I step on an aeroplane I end up with a whole row to myself – sometimes even a whole cabin. You know I never asked for the VIP treatment. But I guess mum was right, I am special.
Confronting a stranger about body odour is tricky at the best of times, let alone when you’re going to spend the next 14 hours with them by your side. At the start of the flight strike up a conversation with your neighbour about how hard it is to stay feeling fresh on a flight. Share your tips such as using body wipes to clean your face and underarms, and reapplying deodorant afterwards. If this approach is too subtle, offer your neighbour one of your wipes after you’ve also freshened up, focusing on their benefit not your discomfort. If they see you do it, they won’t feel uncomfortable about joining in.
NERVOUS – MEETING THE PARENTS
Introducing your parents to your new boyfriend for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience, even more so for him. Clammy palms, uneasy speech and the biggest tell-tale sign of them all, sweat patches. If you can’t convince your partner he’ll survive the night, what should you tell him to help the nervous sweats?
Barry Ogden on Girlfriends
Yeah, I’m not gonna lie, I’ve had a few girlfriends. But I’ve never gone to meet the parents, actually. Come to think of it I’ve never gone anywhere after the first date, but that’s just one of the perils of fame I guess. It’s just too much for some people. They’re not prepared for me… for my presence.
It’s normal to experience sweating when you get nervous – especially if you’re meeting your partner’s parents for the first time! Nervous sweat can smell worse than normal sweat so remind your partner to use a stronger antiperspirant deodorant and give him full permission to escape your parentals and step outside for five minutes of fresh air – he’ll be able to relax and it’s a good excuse for him to take a break from the questions as well!
TRANSITIONS (DAY TO NIGHT) – FROM BEACH TO BAR / WORK TO BAR
Heading straight out after work can be a lot of fun and very convenient, but it also means you don’t have the opportunity to shower and freshen up. After a long day of work, a lot of people need to wash off the day’s sweat, so if you’re with someone who can’t make it through the night what should you say?
Barry Ogden on Girlfriends
Oh yeah, I love going out with the office ‘crew’. That’s what we call each other. I’m always organising drinks and parties. You know me, Barry Ogden… B.O… Party legend. Sometimes I’m that much more keen than everyone, no one else even turns up! Their loss!
Moving from day to night can be fun but it also restricts your options for freshening up and maintaining your personal hygiene over a long period of time. If you know you will be heading out with someone who is particularly prone to B.O., suggest a group strategy - everyone bring a spare pair of clothes to get changed into and then all take a trip to the bathroom where you can lead the way in freshening up and reapplying antiperspirant deodorant.
You’ve just moved into a new house, you sit down to chat with your new housemates and you notice one of them has really strong B.O. Two weeks later you realise this wasn’t a one-off, the B.O. is still there and it’s starting to linger around the house. What can you do to help out your housemate, and yourself?
Barry Ogden on Girlfriends
I once had a housemate who burned incense all over the place… Everywhere I went. It was weird. Thankfully they moved out not long after. Took me a couple of weeks to get it smelling like a bachelor pad again.
Bringing up hygiene with new housemates can be a tricky subject to broach but it is worth biting the bullet and getting it out of the way as soon as possible so you can all live comfortably together. Suggest you do the first shop and buy some communal toiletries for the bathroom including a body wash and a Rexona aerosol. Let your housemates know these products are there for everyone to use and leave them in a clear and obvious location. If this approach is not direct enough it is worth having a one-on-one chat with the housemate in question as chances are it will be affecting other areas of their life as well.