There is a madness in youth to use deodorant to hide foul smell. There are two aspects related to body smell. And since deodorant is available, some of them start neglecting personal hygiene (If you want to verify, go and check hostels).
1) Foul smell is an early sign of upcoming sickness. Prolonged foul smell is a sign of major illness on the way. Instead of hiding it, take actions to correct it. Change your diet. Change your routine. Do exercise. Sleep well. Remain stress-free.
2) Smell plays critical role in social bonding. For example, Mother-child relation. The bond between a mother and her child are much deeper than just emotional heart strings. Pheromones(A pheromone (from Ancient Greek φέρω phero “to bear” and hormone, from Ancient Greek ὁρμή “impetus”) is a secreted or excreted chemical factor that triggers a social response in members of the same species.) are exchanged in the womb, through breastfeeding, and through other means of physical contact which create a lifelong bond between mothers and their children.
This is not limited to mother-child relation. Your chemicals help you create social bonding with others.
When we start using artificial chemical to hide real smell, we hide our innate personality. We create a obstacle between long lasting relations. We kill our ability to sense different smells as we always live under the influence of one same artificial smell of deodorant.
This does not mean I do not see utility of perfumes. Natural perfumes has their own utility (different topic) which is not a daily use substance.
In our culture where we deny natural body smell, covering it up and washing it away constantly, it turns out that we are fighting against nature. The smells and pheromones that we release and that ultimately get processed by other people’s nervous systems transmit fairly complex information. Although we try our best to suppress our own natural scent, the chemicals get released anyway, communicating with those around us. The brains of our neighbors take in and process this information, all without influence from the I-function. Our brains know what’s good for us even though we’re not aware of it-helping us choose mates to conceive and raise successful offspring. In conclusion, the sense of smell, probably the most unappreciated sense, plays a strong hand in the perpetuation of the human race. It helps make sure offspring are viable even from before the act of conception on through early postnatal development. So appreciate the olfactory system, it helped you get here.
Think about it. Take care.
Smell: The Sense Responsible for the Miracle of Life
The bond between mother and child is one that develops almost instantly after birth, basically as soon as the mother and child get in close enough contact to smell one another. That’s right, smell. The sense of smell is one that goes underrated in our human society based primarily on sight and sound, but it is one that has great influence over a lot of our behaviors. That mother and child never would have had that chance to bond if it weren’t for smell because the mother wouldn’t have been pregnant in the first place; smell is one of the necessary senses in finding a mate. Smell plays a roll from initial attraction of possible mates, through pregnancy, up to birth and development of the baby.
Our olfactory systems can respond to chemicals that we either are aware of as odors, or the chemicals can go unnoticed by our I-functions. Those chemicals that we are aware of as scents start on receptors on the sensory cells in the nose, which pass the signal on to the olfactory bulb, located under the frontal lobe in the brain. Only then does the signal get passed on to the cortex (1). The unconscious response to certain chemicals is most likely processed through the vomeronasal organ (VNO), which is located on either side of the nasal septum. Pheromones are odorless chemicals, processed through the olfactory system, that influence sexual behavior and attractiveness (2). So these colorless, odorless molecules are released in everyone’s natural body odors, hoping that the right mate will process them, fueling attraction.
A man and a woman sit next to each other on a couch at a house party. They chat, all the while unconsciously absorbing one another’s pheromones. The woman spent the afternoon with her nursing sister and niece. Exposure to the compounds released by the mother and infant, caused an unconscious increase in sexual desire for the woman (3). The couple discovers a mutual attraction. One thing lead to another, some time passes, and the woman finds out that she is pregnant. This theoretical situation might not have gone anywhere had this couple not found attraction in smell. Finding attraction through someone else’s pheromones is evolutionarily beneficial, because humans usually smell best and appeal most to others who have certain genetic immunities to diseases that is most different from the others’ own genetic make-up (4). Therefore, this resulting pregnancy has a higher chance to have stronger genetic resistance to disease.
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