Awareness of own smell
The awareness of one's smell can be done using any of the following detection systems.
- Semiconductor gas sensor
- Fluorescent imaging sensor
- Portable and multiplexed bioelectronic sensor
- Microchemical sensors for odor detection - chemiresistor & microprocessor
- Breath analyzer- Vlatile detection sensor (Available commercially)
- Sweat analyser - both volatile and non-volatile detection sensor
- Mobile phone with gas detection sensors
- Absorbent article that change color on exposure sweat
Depends who is your person-
Close friends and family : Tell them :) We tell them a lots of things. Of course how you say to them depends on your chemistry with individuals.
Office Colleagues : Its tough. Sending them unknown notes is anti HR :). You can always talk in private asking if they have any issue or problem. Again very very careful.
The best way is to personally tell that person politely in private so that he/she can do something to improve it. There are cases where the person himself is not aware of his unpleasant smell but it bothers all others around him. In such cases we must counsel those person privately to make him aware of his unpleasant smell. There are many types of treatment available nowadays.
A sensitive subject requiring a feedback with tact and empathy. Malodour can come from the mouth, where the whole mouth cavity including the tongue has to be considered. For body odour there is genetic pre-dispositions that require the affected individuals to review their own cleaning and deodorant usage habits.
I agree with most of the comments above. Have a conversation in private and discuss business implications. Delicate manner is required. I would start the conversation if any "personal issues" at home that are affecting them? Not an easy discussion but had to do it once about 20 years ago and was fortunate enough that the person I had the conversation was open and did not realize his/her smell.
This is just one example of a experience someone near me had.... He have usually really bad mouth smell probably because he has Barret syndrome. A coworker ofered him a mint candy and he refused it and the coworker told him: please, take it, it is not for you, it is for me.....
They had confidence so it was funy, but......may not be the best way, but sometime funny things makes serius issues easier to manage.