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What's That Smell?

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

Don't Sweat It!


A women smelling her armpit

Summer is in full swing with record temperatures across the nation. As such, people are sweating more and more as they look for ways to beat the heat. For some, hotter temperatures can mean unpleasant and embarrassing body odor, but it’s not caused by what you think.

Contrary to popular belief, human sweat has virtually no smell at all. There are some individuals who can sweat profusely and still not have body odor. It is only when the sweat interacts with bacteria that an odor develops.

A women wiping sweat from her forehead

Perspiration actually serves a very important purpose. As we engage in physical activity or find ourselves in hotter climates, sweat is secreted from the eccrine glands. These glands are all over our bodies. If you have sweaty palms, perspiration on your brow, or see beads of sweat on the backs of your arms – you’re sweating from the eccrine glands. This is perfectly normal – essential actually.

Once this sweat is on the surface of your skin, it begins to naturally evaporate. It is during the evaporation process that your body begins to cool, and it would be rare to notice any type of odor from sweat of this nature.

The other type of sweat gland is the apocrine gland. These sweat glands are connected to hair follicles, typically in the armpit and groin areas. Normally, men sweat more profusely in these areas because they tend to have more hair there. And therein lies the problem. More hair means an increased likelihood of bacteria.Once the sweat and bacteria meet, body odor develops.

While there are some factors that can make a person more susceptible to body odor – exercise, puberty, weather, weight, anxiety, etc. – there are steps to take if you don’t have extenuating circumstances but find this to be a problem.

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  1. Manage Your Stress. Some people who are prone to anxiety or feel overwhelmed can sweat more than usual.

  2. Make sure to clean skin daily, focusing especially on those areas of the body that are more prone to sweat and/or contain hair.

  3. Shower as soon as possible after exercise, or after spending time in excessive heat.

  4. Wear cotton clothing, as it is a more breathable fabric and will allow sweat to evaporate more easily.

  5. Shave or trim excessively hairy areas that are more prone to bacteria growth. This will help sweat evaporate more quickly.

  6. Be sure to wear clothes that are clean and dry to decrease the likelihood of bacteria growth.

  7. If possible, invest in wicking garments that will draw moisture away from the body.

  8. Use an antiperspirant, as opposed to a deodorant that will only mask the odor.

  9. Wear clothes that are looser fitting to allow more air circulation.

  10. Use a soap with natural ingredients that are designed to inhibit bacterial growth.

Yahwehs Naturals Charcoal & Tea Tree soap.

Here at Yahwehs Naturals, we recommend our Charcoal and Tea Tree soap for those who sweat excessively or are prone to body odor. The activated charcoal will detoxify the skin by helping to extract dirt, bacteria, and sweat that can clog pores and lead to bacterial growth. It absorbs excess oil and offers a thorough clean. The tea tree oil is antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial. While it is more thorough than many body washes, it is also natural, calming and healing. We have also added Shea butter for moisturizing and to help protect the skin.

Yahwehs Naturals Morning Espresso soap.

Other great choices are the Morning Espresso bar, with organic coffee and Shea butter or the Lemongrass Poppyseed bar with lemongrass essential oil, exfoliating poppyseeds, and Shea butter.

Yahwehs Naturals Lemongrass Poppyseed soap.

There is no reason to suffer with embarrassing body odor or allow it to keep you from activities that you enjoy. Try the new Charcoal and Tea Tree soap for yourself and experience the difference. We are here to serve all your skincare needs.

Natural, safe, effective skincare – the way God intended. That’s Yahwehs Naturals.

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