In the past, especially in the time of our ancestors, deodorants are nowhere to be found. And people are doing creative ways to shove away that unwanted body odor. In this article, we are going to tackle the most creative techniques people use back then to eliminate body odor.
- Ostrich Eggs
- Egyptians have been the staple
of creating “smell good” products such as perfume and breath mints. In fact,
they were among the first people to invent the deodorant. However, their
deodorant is a tad bit different from what we use today. Their purpose for the
product is to eliminate the smell of sweat by using a formula of ostrich eggs,
nuts, tamarisk, and tortoiseshell ground which is then mixed into fat.
- Porridge Balls
- Another thing was the porridge
balls. Where the Egyptians create flavored porridge mixed with incense and then
rolled into balls. These balls are then placed beneath the armpits to eliminate
sweat that causes body odor.
- Today, Carob is used as a
chocolate substitute. But before, they are used as a deodorant by our Egyptian
ancestors. The Mediterranean region is rich in Carob trees where Egyptians will
crush the pods and rub them all over their bodies to fight body odor.
- Scented Olive Oil
- In ancient Greece and Rome,
Olive has been the number one ingredient in perfumes. Back then, where
deodorants and perfumes still haven’t existed yet, they will use leaves, roots,
and flowers pressed in olive and then applied it to their skin to smell good.
- In the Medieval era, people
harvest musk from a small sac in a musk deer’s genitals to use as a perfume
ingredient. Of course, it smells like urine at first. What they did to achieve
that sweet and sensual aroma is they harvested the gland and then left to dry. Because
of this, musk became popular back then to the point where the musk deer have
found a place in the list of endangered animals during the 70s. Today,
musk-scented perfumes are now made from synthetic materials.
- Ambergris is a waxy substance
that came from a sperm whale’s intestines. When harvested fresh, it smells like
cow dung. What people do is they left it to age for some time until the smell
turns into a sweet and musky aroma. Fast forward today, ambergris-scented
perfumes are now made from synthetic materials just like musk. However, there
are still some that use natural ambergris but are only reserved for the
- Carbolic Acid
- During the time of the early 19th
and 20th hundreds, perfume brands will trick customers by telling
them they stink so that they will buy their products. However, the products
used before contains carbolic acid which is a harmful substance that can damage
the skin. There was a home recipe for a perfume back in 1903 where it contained
carbolic acid which caused a rage.
- Perfume Baths
- Ancient Greeks have found a way to smell good throughout the day, and this is by constantly bathing. Even in the high society before, people will do scented baths before applying perfume into their armpits to feel and smell fresh.