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Edible deodorant

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A Daily Mail article was brought to my attention about a newdeodorant that is being marketed by Deo Perfume but instead of applying it to yourarmpits, you eat it! The scientific rationale behind the new candy is that itworks in the same way that garlic does in the body. This is due to the factthat some compounds are not broken down by the body and so are excreted throughskin pores causing a person to exude a certain smell. The main ingredient usedin the candy is ‘Geraniol’; an alcohol that can be found in rose oil, palmarosaoil and citronella oil, which is also used as flavourings and in perfumes. It’sgenerally a pleasant, floral smell that could ‘keep you smelling sweet forhours!’

Asidefrom the fact that we should be dubious about other possible side effects, geraniolis also known to be an effective mosquito repellent but is also known toattract honey bees as a mark of nectar-bearing flowers. The real question is,will this really replace conventional deodorants and general washing? Probablynot, and it is uncertain how strong the effects of the candy will be. Perhapsit would be handy to pop a few into your rucksack if you were going to spend acouple weeks in the desert.

 

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