Understanding Body Odor

This is a topic that might make some people uncomfortable: Body Odor. The last thing we want to admit is that we have a little funk but sometimes it is in our best interest to acknowledge when it is there. Having body odor can affect many aspects of our lives from how we’re treated at our jobs to our personal relationships. Smelling fresh can make or break a first impression and there are some easy ways to avoid body odor and even prevent it.

Body odor is caused by bacteria breaking down sweat and is linked to the apocrine glands. These glands are found in the ear, armpits, eyelids, breasts and genital areas. Apocrine glands in the ears help to form earwax and in breasts, they secret fat to produce breast milk. These areas do not produce sweat, however. Apocrine glands in the skin and eyelids do produce sweat, though. The location of these glands are the ones mainly responsible for causing body odor because the sweat they produce is high in protein, which bacteria breaks down. When there is too much sweat, the bacteria can’t break down the protein fast enough and that is when smell starts to form.  

There are many causes of excess sweat that range from what you eat to what medications you take. Red meat, fish, spices that release sulfuric acid that the body breaks down, and cruciferous vegetables are all foods that can cause you to produce excess sweat. Aside from food, weight and medical conditions like diabetes and hyperhidrosis can also produce body odor. Certain medications can have the similar side effects as well.

When it comes to prevention there are so many options and finding the best one for you depends on your personal needs. Prescription deodorant is a useful tool in body odor control. Deodorant makes skin more acidic and in turn that makes it harder for bacteria to thrive. Antiperspirants will block sweat glands to prevent sweating. Along with deodorants and antiperspirants, keeping your body thoroughly clean will minimize your chances of developing body odor. It is also recommended to keep armpits free from thick amounts of hair. This hair traps bacteria and sweat and will only add to your chances of having an odor.

While it less of a focus socially, having foot odor can be problematic to your relationships as well. Foot odor is caused when sweat produced on the bottom of the feet do not escape and seep into socks and shoes, heating up while the feet are covered up. You won’t notice any foot odor until you remove your shoes. Foot odor can be prevented by changing your socks regularly and not wearing the same pair more than one day in a row without washing. If you can avoid it, do not wear shoes with plastic lining on the inside more than one day in a row as shoes to not dry overnight. You can also request special deodorants and antiperspirants for your feet that can control foot odor.

House 99

Alright, here’s a name we’re all familiar with: David Beckham. Whether you’re familiar with his work as a British soccer player or his marriage to a Spice Girl, this name is easily recognizable. On top of his already impressive resume, you can now add creating a men’s grooming line to the list. This isn’t the first time he’s stepped foot into the world of fashion, having been involved in a line of cologne commercials. He’s partnered with L’Oréal Luxe to create this new line of men’s grooming products under the brand of House 99.

The House 99 line will include 13 hair, skin, beard, and tattoo products. Among these products, you’ll also find facial moisturizers and hair and beard balms. Beckham has been deeply involved in the creation of this line from the formula, design, and packaging. Each product will include holistic ingredients such as quinoa and spirulina that are protein-rich and have health-boosting beauty properties.

The line was created with his routine and want for quality products in mind. Beckham has often changed his own look over the years and this line will also reflect the changes men make to their own appearance. David wasn’t along in the creation of this line. His wife, Victoria also had a hand in it. Her input comes in for the beard oils as a response to David’s own facial hair that she says needs to be softer and smell better.

The partnership itself is unusual in that companies like L’Oréal generally partner with pre-established brands. It will be the first time in many years they have gone with a partnership like this. The name comes from Beckham wanting to make his customers feel at home while experimenting with their looks using his products. The 99 stands to represent the year his married his wife, had a kid and won three championships with Manchester United (1992). In the official press release, Beckham mentioned he would also be offering his grooming and styling tips to those in his “house” (a.k.a. tribe).

Here’s what Beckham wrote about his new grooming line via W Magazine:

“I’m so excited to finally share House 99 with everyone around the world! For me, grooming is not only about how you look, but how you feel. It’s about being comfortable, trying new things and shaping your next look. I created House 99 to give people the inspiration as well as the right products to experiment and feel completely at home doing so. House 99 is here to support men, to give them the tools they need to create whatever look they are going for. Welcome to the house.”

This product line will be available in the U.K. on February 1st, exclusively sold at Harvey Nichols stores. After that, it will roll out nationwide and then expand to 19 other retailers starting March 1st. You can start looking for it to available stateside starting March 4th. The line already as a decent social media following, having debuted on Instagram. You can keep up to date on news for the release of this line there as well.

Crack a Cold One with Your Grooming Products

Do you feel like you don’t have enough beer in your day? There’s a solution for that that doesn’t include spending your time and money at a bar or drinking at home. Instead, you can have a beer during your morning or evening shower. I’m not talking about an actual drink, though. There are products on the market now made with beer components and they are actually good for you! The science behind it has concluded that the barley, hops, and yeast all contain protein and vitamin B that add fullness and shine to hair. On top of looking great, you’ll also smell great too! These products come in scents you’re probably already using with the additional option for non-scented products.

I’m sure most beer connoisseurs have heard of Carlsberg. If you haven’t, Carlsberg controls over 8% of the global beer market. In the last year or so this company has decided that, instead of just beer, they were going to dive into the world of grooming products. As of now, their line only extends to shampoo, conditioner, and body wash but it is made with the same recipe as their beer formula, just with some modifications so you aren’t pouring a bottle of beer over your head every wash. Each container of your choice in product is supposed to contain 0.5liters of actual Carlsberg beer. If you’re interested in purchasing some of these products, they can be bought from their website located here.

Damn Handsome Old-School is another brand throwing its name into the ring with their all natural products. This brand was started by a husband and wife team who loved beer and found themselves in one of the largest brewing cities once they relocated to Portland, Oregon. The couple found that, during the brewing process, there was a lot of waste that included the oats, hops, and barley and those could be refashioned into all natural grooming products. On top of not letting good things go to waste, this company also does good by giving soap to those in need with every purchase. More about this company and their products can be found on their website.

BRÖÖ is another brand founded by a husband and wife team. They too saw the potential in the natural waste created during the brewing process of beer and decided to use it. They offer a wide range of grooming products from hair care to skin care. They offer products for both men and women as well. On top of product listings, their website offers a list of the ingredients used in those products so you always know what you’re putting on your body. This brand also offers a promise that for every purchase, they will donate to clean water initiative around the world.

Craftsman Soap Co was founded by Evan Worthington after he started making soap for himself and his family. It was during a soap making session with his sister that the idea of making soap infused with beer came to fruition. It took months of hard work but he was able to create his signature products with the perfect recipes and techniques, giving him the perfect opportunity to start up his own soap company. Now, if you opt to purchase anything from their online store you won’t find shampoos, conditioners, and liquid soaps. Instead, you’ll find bar soaps, oils, and shaving products.

Treating Hair Loss

Hair loss is common in most people and can be more noticeable for some than others. It can be caused by genetics, hormones, poor diet, or stress. While some men embrace the hair loss by opting for a shaved look, others seek out treatments to act as a cure. However, with so many products on the market designed to act as a said cure, it can be hard to determine what will actually work. That is because not all products work for all men, it all depends on the person. When choosing your hair loss solution, consider your situation and what your needs are in terms of a product. Below are some of the scientifically proven, effective hair loss treatment supplements.

Viviscal
This product was developed based on the idea that the diet consumed by the Inuits, people indigenous to the Arctic regions of North America and Greenland, attributed to their excellent skin and hair. The diets they consume are rich in amino acids. This product line isn’t just an oral supplement. It includes shampoos and an ideology for lifestyle changes. 25 years of research have suggested that taking this supplement with a vitamin balanced and protein-rich diet can provide effective results.

TRX2
The team that developed this product met at Oxford and aptly named their resulting company Oxford Biolabs. This company is highly regarded in the world of hair loss treatment. Their newest product,  TRX2, is the latest and possibly most effective treatment. TRX2 mimics the effects of Minoxidil 100% naturally, using potassium chloride and L-carnitine-L-tartrate. While those terms might seem intimidating, they are actually naturally produced by the body already.

Minoxidl
You might also recognize this as Rogaine. When this product was initially developed, it was meant to treat high blood pressure but researchers noticed it also seemed to stimulate hair growth. Applied as a shampoo, Rogaine relies on the body’s natural production of sulfotransferase to stimulate more hair growth. Unfortunately, if your body does not produce sulfotransferase, this product won’t work for you.

Biotin
Biotin is also known as Vitamin B7 or as Vitamin H and can be purchased in store that supplies vitamins. While there isn’t a specific link between Vitamin B7 and hair growth, there is one for Vitamin H. Vitamin H helps the body produce keratin, which is what hair, nails, and skin are made of. There is no recommended dosage, nor can you overdose on these like you can with Vitamin B. Biotin is water soluble and more amounts of it are flushed from the body through urine.

Selenium
Selenium is a natural way to boost hair growth. While you can take it in supplement form, you can also get it from Liver, garlic, whole grains, and fish.

Hair Surge
This shampoo features ketoconazole, caffeine, and saw palmetto as its key ingredients.  Caffeine has been proven to boost hair growth and prevent hair loss, especially in mice that have been exposed to radiation. This finding has led researchers to study how this can help people undergoing radiation treatment for cancer. Saw palmetto is less studied but it is shown to mimic the effects of hair growth pharmaceuticals.

When looking for the right product to help with your hair loss, keep in mind your stress level, diet, and lifestyle. If any of these seem like they might be concerning, they might be involved in the contribution to the hair loss. Do your research as there are many sources out there to help you determine the right product for you.