A Deodorant That Makes You Smell Better The More You Sweat

What if you could smell better the more sweat? | Image courtesy of Dustin Gaffke.

What if you could smell better the more sweat? | Image courtesy of Dustin Gaffke.

There’s good news for those of you who want to take a lunch-break run but don’t want to stink up the office afterwards. Researchers have created a deodorant that makes you smell better the more you sweat, which makes it the perfect topic for this week’s #FitnessFriday.

Scientists at Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland, have developed a deodorant that releases its aroma when it comes into contact with moisture, like sweat. Basically, the more you sweat, the nicer, you’ll smell.

The researchers created this so-called ‘perfume system’ by tacking a pleasant fragrance onto an ionic liquid (salt in the form of liquid), which has no smell. The ‘perfumed ionic liquid’ releases its aroma when it comes into contact with water, allowing more of the perfume’s scent to be released onto a person’s skin.

The deodorant also has the ability to, well, deodorize. It can remove the unpleasant odors that come from sweat because the compounds that are responsible for sweat’s stank are attracted to the ionic liquid. When the stinky compounds attach themselves to the deodorant, they lose their potency.

Needless to say, the researchers saw the potential for their invention to sell, and they are already working with a perfume development company to come up with product ideas that could eventually be sold commercially. If you’re feeling brave, you can read the journal article, called Pro-fragrent ionic liquids with stable hemiacetal motifs: Water-triggered release of fragrances, here.

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