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Good news for those who suffer from body odor and love perfume. There’s now a way to rid oneself of the former while pumping up the effects of the latter. All in one product? Yes.
A new paper from the Chemical Communications journal reveals findings from a very refreshing study. A team of scientists from the Queen’s University in Belfast have invented a new perfume that stays relatively dormant until activated by moisture. Once a person begins to sweat, the perfume grows more powerful while eliminating rising body odor from the sweat. This simple solution sounds too good to be true for those who are used to showering and reapplying deodorant and/or perfume after an exercise sesson.
How does it work?
This newly invented perfume spray arrives in the form of an ionic liquid, which means that it’s a salt that exists in a liquid state. This ionic liquid is odorless until it comes into contact with the moisture of sweat, and then the ionic liquid releases the perfume scent. This ionic liquid also traps the smelly particles of sweat (thiol particles) and causes the stink to dissipate. So the miracle spray acts as both perfume and antiperspirant.
To get a bit more technical: In its initial state, the ionic liquid combined with the perfume (in alcohol form) forms a hemiacetal. This compound remains odorless until it touches water from sweat. Then a hydrogen molecule replaces the alcohol, which releases the fragrance to do its sweet thing.
The study’s researchers — H.Q. Nimal Gunaratne, Kenneth Seddon, and Peter Nockemann, from the Queen’s University Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL) — hope to release their new product as a commercial perfume. The product would certainly be a lucrative one, but there are other implications for this study.
Gunaratne believes these types of ionic liquids “could also be used in others area of science, such as the slow release of certain substances of interest.” These other uses could include infinite possibilities in the field of medicine, although Gunaratne and pals aren’t giving away their game plan just yet. For now, we shall look forward to the sweat-activated perfume of the future.
Source: Chemical Communications