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…and people are starting to smell.

Body odor, it’s part of human nature, and in our society, it’s a plague.

Billions of dollars each year are spent covering UP one’s natural scent.

We should be glad for that.

But, it wasn’t always that way.

In primitive times, body odors were often sexual attractants.  Pheromones and all that stuff.

In the middle ages and most of the way through the 18th Century, the farm animals lived in the same house as the family.  Smells were nearly impossible to distinguish, and any odor could be blamed on the dog, the hog, or the cow.

There was no dating in the Elizabethan Era, most marriages were still arranged in all segments of society.  But, that doesn’t mean men didn’t go on the prowl, and women didn’t want to be caught.

The Elizabethan era was deodorant free, men didn’t wear cologne, and to keep the sweat from running down their sides and arms, they had handkerchiefs under their doublets in their armpits. The sleeves of the doublet were attached with a ribbon or cord, and left ample room for the hanky.

Romeo's Doublet

Chivalry wasn’t completely dead, and when they really wanted to impress a member of the opposite sex, the men would whip one out and wave it under the nose of the young lass in question.

Reach for the hanky

Historians do not agree on whether the fainting was from the attention or the smell.

I’m glad we live in a time with soap, deodorant, cologne, and perfume.

Summer’s a commin’ boys, wash UP, clean UP, and spray UP!

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