Here’s a partial list to give you an idea of common under arm bacteria and the interesting scent making molecules they produce. There are many more.
- Sulfur containing molecules result a common characteristic sweet sautéed onion-like aroma.
- 3-hydroxy-3-methylhexanoic acids for a nice a cumin spice-like odor.
- 3-methyl-2-hexenoic acid has been described as hircine, which means "of or characteristic of a goat."
- Androstenol for a musky scent and Androstenone which everyone interprets as a different scent.
A few words on the commercial approach to preventing stinkiness.
- Anti-Perspirants: Talics, Alcohols and Metals. Many millions of dollars have been spent to convenience us that dry arm pits are aesthetically desirable; the truth is anti-perspirants are designed to eliminate the moisture necessary for the bacteria to live. Not a bad thought if perspiration wasn’t so vital to detox our bodies and as a critical cooling mechanism. These days it's widely accepted that commercial anti-perspirants are not healthy.
- Odor Control: Alcohols, Solvents & Synthetic Scents: The idea is to kill the bacteria and then mask the scent with something so strong we never even knew we ever had a natural scent. The problem is the alcohols and synthetic scents are toxic to humans as well. And there’s a lot of very fancy internal plumbing near our under arms, accessible through our large under arm pours. We all know what we put under our arms goes directly into some very sensitive areas; especially with women.
We take a different approach. Naturally.
We're giving away three deodorants this week right here on the blog. If you'd like to enter simply tell us about your experience with deodorants or anti-persirants in the comments below. For example, What have you liked/disliked, have you tried a natural deodorant, did it work for you, what are you questions or hand-ups about natural deodorants, etc. We want to hear from you.
On Monday (Aug 24th) we'll randomly pick three winners from the comments below and announce it below in the comments (you'll be alerted by a disqus email about the comment). Good luck!