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Top 10 Amazing Facts About Your Body Odor

Jun 24, 2009
  1. Sweat Does Not Smell

    Body odor does not come from sweat itself because sweat is odorless. Your body produces two types of sweat: the eccrine sweat and apocrine sweat. The eccrine sweat represents a clear sweat, consisting mostly of water that does not smell and plays an important role in regulating our body temperature. The apocrine sweat that is produced by the glands is thicker and is located mainly near hair follicles, on the groin area, in the armpits and on the scalp. When bacteria contacts with apocrine sweat on the surface of the skin, the release of chemicals produces your body odor.


  2. Your Body Odor May Indicate a Health Problem

    Everyone has its individual body odor, but some types of smell may reveal certain health problems. It is known that if your sweat smells like bleach, it may indicate a kidney or liver disease, while fruity body odor often points to diabetes. Also a rare genetic disorder, called trimethylaminuria, makes a person produce fish-like body odor.



  3. Men's Body Odor is a Turn-on for Women

    Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, discovered that a compound found in male sweat can cause a number of emotional and physiological changes in women. The male chemical androstadienone in sweat was found to regulate menstrual cycle and increase the release of luteinizing hormone, which plays an important role in stimulating ovulation. The male underarm odor also activates certain brain areas, improving woman's mood and sexual arousal.


  4. Men and Women Choose Partners by Odor

    If you do not like your new partner's body odor, you may think twice before having long-term relationships with him or her. Scientists say that body odor is a significant factor in human sexual attraction. Men and women choose partners through their body odor and are attracted to partners with a different immune system to their own. This probably has an evolutionary benefit of maintaining diverse immune system for their children.


  5. Your Body Odor Tells About Your Diet

    Spicy foods like garlic, onion, curry and cumin contain compounds that can remain in sweat. If you ate large amount of these foods, the strong body odor they give can persist up to 24 hours after eating them.


  6. Women Smell like Onions while Men Smell like Cheese

    A curious study conducted by researchers at Firmenich, a company in Geneva revealed that women's body odor contained high levels of sulphur compound, which together with bacteria, feeding on sweat, produces chemical compound thiol that has a smell of onion. According to their findings, men's sweat was found to contain high levels of fatty acid, which when mixed with bacteria from the underarm, produces the smell, resembling cheese.


  7. Asian People Produce Less Body Odor

    Excessive sweating is a more common problem for Caucasians and Africans, who tend to have more hair follicles, where apocrine glands come from. East Asian people appear to have less and smaller apocrine glands, which explains why they might not need to use deodorants as often as populations of Africa and Europe.


  8. Your Body Odor is Unique as Fingerprint

    Your body produces one of its kind odor, irrespective of what you eat. Individual odortypes are genetically determined odors of each person, containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that give you an odor different from others, just like fingerprints or DNA sample. Scientists are working at creating special devices to identify individual odortypes to find criminals, terrorists or missing children.


  9. Kids Do Not Stink

    Smelly armpits are not a problem for kids. Normally children do not need to mask their body odor until puberty. The pungent body odor appears when a child enters adolescence between the ages 8 to 14 years. During puberty, the androgen hormones activate sweat glands, leading to production of body odor.


  10. Women Detect Body Odors Better than Men

    Women are better at recognizing body odors and appear to identify differences in odor quality. Scientists from the Monell Center say that it is easy for women to sniff out underarm odor even if it is masked with antiperspirants. Researchers claim that women's sensitivity to body odor is explained by its biological importance.


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