Recently, my quest for decent designs of Lakhnave Kurtas (typical collar-less shirt belonging to Lakhnow, India) took me to a renowned dress designer of my area. Her gorgeous looking boutique fully marbled and packed with exquisite dresses was simply beyond description. That tall, long curly haired lady, with flashing almond eyes dressed in a lovely attire was looking stunningly beautiful. But the thing which drifted away her sophistication and enforced me to run off was nothing other than the pungent smell of sweat that was suffocating the entire ambience. After exchanging some formal words and going through some of her latest designs I instantly bid adieu.
After this particular incident I decided to share some pieces of opinion (not advice) with people who spend bundles of money on their looks and dresses but never bother to do away with the most embarrassing problem called, “Body Odour”.
Basically, sweat itself is quite beneficial for the growth and nourishment of human body. Doctors and health specialists suggest being involved in such activities, which result in perspiration as they maintain the temperature of human body and help in upholding our fluid level.
Though perspiration or sweating is quite necessary for our body, if one doesn’t manage to resist the bacteria that react with perspiration, it results in acrid smell, called ‘body odour’. It guarantees an undesirable effect on one’s social life. Even though colleagues and comrades don’t complain about it, it becomes as difficult to work or stay with such persons as to conquer Mount Everest.
Where the asphyxiating smell of sweat annoys every second person a lot of people do not bother to do away with it. Faseeh Ahmed, a student of B.com, says, “While returning from university sometimes it becomes a challenge for me to sit beside people in local bus. First it’s loaded due to rush hours and secondly the odour of sweat of people makes it almost impossible for me to breathe. I can’t understand why apparently “tip top” looking guys don’t manage to do away with body odour!”
Some of us might be surprised to know that sweat itself is odourless. The crisis begins when bacteria react with it. “Our body produces two kinds of sweat: Eccrine and Apocrine, out of which Apocrine is the perpetrator of body odour. It reacts with bacteria and produces the unpleasant smell. The amount of Apocrine glands vary from body to body. And obviously, people who have more apocrine glands have to suffer with body odour more than others,” said Dr Ishrat Abbass, a family physician.
How to get rid of body odour
Today markets are flooded with different kinds of perfumes, body sprays, antiperspirants and roll-ons to do away with body odour. But still there are a number of people who complain, “Despite using these products we can’t get rid of body odour.” This complaint exists because they aren’t properly conversant with an assortment of these afore-mentioned products and don’t know much about the appropriate use of them. So today let’s unravel this snag as well.
The Latin word “perfume” means “Through-Smoke”. In ancient days people used to burn incense and aromatic herbs during religious gatherings for pleasant fragrance. Later the French gave the name “Perfume” to the “pleasant smells” that drifted through the air.
A strange tendency that is found among a number of people to kill body odour is to apply perfume only. Applying perfume to the dress only can’t do the trick because it can’t resist against the bacteria. Rather sometimes it becomes worse when perfume and body-odour smell together. For better and long lasting results following products can be used.
Roll-ons and stick deodorants
Roll-ons and stick deodorants contain antiseptic perfumed substance in gel and congealed form respectively. The application of this substance (usually) to armpits creates resistance against bacteria that react with perspiration and cause body odour. A good deodorant can fight against body odour for more than 15 hours.
“No sweat-No odour” — a slogan that describes the antiperspirants precisely. Antiperspirants are the best armour against body odour. As the name suggests, anitperspirants stop the discharge of perspiration by blocking pores of the body. These powdery deodorants have the ability to fight against body odour for 20 plus hours.
Allowing the release of perspiration, body sprays do away with body odour by combating it with antiseptic agents, which kill the bacteria. These perfumed liquids are rich in fragrance but usually they aren’t as powerful as antiperspirants are.
A large number of people don’t use antiperspirant deodorant or body spray because during the 90s it was believed that they can cause breast cancer. However, latest research has rejected this myth.
Though perfumes don’t compete with body odour, still they are part and parcel and are being used widely all over the world along with deodorants and antiperspirants. Feminine perfumes usually are a combination of floral notes (flowery scents). And when they are combined with citrus notes they are said to be the best for summers. As far as men’s fragrances are concerned, usually they consist of tenacious, woody and spicy aromas. These beautifully bottled fragrances are being produced by a large number of companies.
Some important tips
While applying the aforementioned products, the following tips can be quite fruitful.
* Use body sprays, deodrants, etc. right after bath. Because at that time pores of the body are open which result in longer effect.
* Go for lighter fragrance during summer and stronger during winter and dry weather. These products should be kept away from direct heat and sunlight.
* For long lasting effect apply perfumes on pulse points (pulse points include: wrist, behind the ear, crook of the arm and knee, base of the throat.)
* Some experts also recommend spraying a little scent into the air and walking straight into it. It helps to diffuse the scent all over the body.
* Stronger fragrances are recommended for people with oily skin.
* Extremely heavy sweaters should use an antiperspirant/deodorant containing aluminium chloride.
* Antibacterial or deodorant soaps can also be used to get rid of body odour.
* While purchasing perfumes keep in mind that some of them take 15-30 minutes to develop truly.
Desi remedies for body odour
Though we are living in the 21st century, desi remedies are believed to be the best for a number of people who are reluctant using chemical products. Some of the most useful desi treatments of body odour include the following:
* Use of white vinegar to wash armpits is quite helpful in keeping the body smell free all day.
* Application of baking soda to armpits is also helpful in killing bacteria because it absorbs perspiration.
* Apple cider vinegar can be used as deodorant, which reduces body odour to a great extent.
* Blend tomato juice with fresh sage leaves and apply on the area 10 minutes before bathing.
* Adding a few cups of tomato juice in bathing water and soaking yourself for 10-15 minutes in it is quite fruitful resistance against body odour.
Today, where everyone is willing to spend bundles of money for his/her looks and attires, s/he should also manage to do away with the embarrassment called ‘body odour’. The application of body sprays, antiperspirants and perfumes, etc. not only do away with body odour rather they put a pleasant impact on one’s social life. A fresh and fragrant personality is bound to fetch the attention of others and sometimes creates an everlasting impression as well. Happy odour-free summer!