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Stifle your body odor with Deo Perfume Candy

Robin Wulffson MD's picture
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Almost everyone has found themselves confined in another or another small area with an individual reeking of body odor. Yecchh! Body odor, or BO, was personified by the Al Capp comics character BO (Bob Oscar) Plenty. The next time you encounter a BO Plenty, you can offer him or her a few pieces of Deo Perfume Candy to abolish the stench. You might also want the product for personal use.

The US nutrition and health company Beneo partnered with Bulgarian candy maker Alpi, to develop that is promoted as an edible deodorant. The Deo website notes that “the innovative technology behind Deo Perfume Candy is based on research by Japanese scientists. Their studies showed that when ingested, rose oil exudes aromatic compounds, such as geraniol, through the skin. When evaporating through the skin, geraniol aromatizes it with a beautiful rose fragrance.” One serving size (four pieces) of Deo Perfume Candy contains about 12 mg of geraniol. The strength and duration of the rose fragrance depends upon body weight and is enhanced by Isomalt (the sweetener of the sugar-free version of Deo Perfume Candy). Deo recommends one serving size to a person weighing 145 pounds. In this case, the fragrant effect will be experienced for six hours, as geraniol slowly evaporates through the skin.

For those skeptical about the ingestion of a substance to kill body odor, it should be noted that just about everyone has experienced the effect of an oral substance on body fluids. These substances include garlic, asparagus, and cumin. In addition, a similar product is under development by a Dutch Company: Swallowable Parfum. Although no longer available, a Japanese company developed a chewing gum called Otoko Kaoru, which translates as “man scent.”

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While this all sounds like something whipped up in Willy Wonka's dream factory, the science is nothing new. Anyone who's ever chowed down on garlic, asparagus or cumin know how easily different foods can effect body odor and fluids. Bags of Deo are currently available in shops located in shops in Spain, Germany, China, Korea, Armenia and are expected to soon be available in the US. However, for those who want instant gratification, $10 bags of the product can be purchased online on the Deo Perfume Candy website.

Many might falsely assume that other animals smell worse than humans, studies on both birds and other mammals have reported that significantly fewer volatile organic compounds emanate from the skin of these non-human species. For example, only a few carbolic acids have been detected on chicken feathers and giraffe hair. One would also assume that humans would smell more like chimpanzees and gorillas, due to their similarity. However, these primates release more oils, which are less pungent than human sweat; scientists feel that this is probably to safeguard their body fur.

Humans produce a more pungent body odor from their sweat than many other animals. We release odor from nearly every part of the body; furthermore, microscopic organisms that live on our skin also contribute to the odor. According to a paper accepted for publication in the journal Trends in Parasitology, human sweat attracts at least two species of mosquitoes. An understanding regarding how human odor attracts insects could lead to preventive methods for diseases such as malaria and yellow fever.

Reference: Deo Perfume Candy