As this hilariously overwrought 50′s ad shows, where women were prepared to douche themselves with skin corroding household disinfectant…in order to delete their natural scent which to this day is seen as abhorrent- how sad. How we smell to others matters a lot to us-still.You can imagine the Mad Men style meeting about this new proposal to sell this to women and capitalise on their fear of being “unfeminine”. Beauty marketers in particular find ways of creating fear of everything these days, so that natural normal functions are pathologised and require “treatment”…and guess who is going to sell you a high priced solution? I must say that I love being clean and fresh as much as the next person and the pleasure of washing with our handmade natural soaps but also like to smell like myself.Since the skin restores it’s own ph balance itself within 20 mins of washing, this is easy- if we allow it.
I love hairy chest scent as a client recently posted on a FB discussion about hair, but that is often destroyed in a trail of nasty Lynx or toxically scented toileties/deodorants.
In our culture today ( and since the dawn of time) we have been encouraged to smell like something else that is sold to us…and it sure is pleasurable- indeed why I have been fascinated by scent for 55 years. I guess I am fascinated by the scent of everything, from musty fungoid porcini mushrooms to the faecal scent of durian. But in personal terms I like the way I smell naturally, which in the summer is of hazelnuts, When I am not going out over a weekend I often enjoy not washing, simply to explore how I smell, particularly if I eat strong foods, herbs in a garden…my good friend Sushila made the most fabulous curry with fenugreek which is quite simply the essence of Indian cuisine- earthy, pungent aromatic, and in Ayurvedic medicinet to help prevent blackheads, pimples, wrinkles, etc., but is pharmacy in itself:http://health.india.com/diseases-conditions/15-health-benefits-of-methi/
However it’s effect on the body are salutary when eaten…the pungent odour makes it’s way out through your pores-indeed in London on the tube is an ever present defineable odour. I love it but many don’t. But nomatter it gives a fascinating insight as to how our body works, and left to it’s own devices produces your own personal body signature odour, which is not unpleasant, and after all pheremones are what we are drawn to in other people, impercebtibly. Another natural miracle- and you know what? We subliminally judge others by the way we smell-and the perfumes we are drawn to often mimic our natural scent
What I have turned to to kill bacteria that multiply in our “pits”, still allow natural perspiration, does not impose any synthetic odour and is entirely natural is our crystal deodorant
Unemployment in Britain is now apparently impacting on personal hygiene, which is one way to explure who you really are in smell terms…http://bit.ly/189elwQ