According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK, 2% of women carry a specific gene that causes them NOT to produce body odor. (Probably because their sweat doesn’t produce the fatty acids that odor-producing bacteria thrive on.) The researchers also found that 76% of these women still wear deodorant even though they don’t need it. (Probably out of habit/social norms.)
But most interesting of all was the discovery that ear wax consistency is an indicator of whether or not you have the “stink” gene. If you have dry ear wax you’re probably odorless whereas moist ear wax means you’ll have stinky pits. So, before you potentially waste more money on an antiperspirant or deodorant, dig around in your ear and check out your wax.
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