Here’s some research that (thankfully!) no members of our V-BAL lab is working on right now.
To get to the root of body odor, you have to start with sweat. But human sweat by itself typically barely smells at all. “The problem is that bacteria living on our body like to eat some of the compounds that come out in our sweat,” says … Sarah Everts…. Eccrine glands, all over the body, and apocrine glands, found mostly in the armpit and genital areas, secrete various compounds that are consumed by bacteria, which in turn release molecules with a smell we recognize as body odor.