Of all of the senses in a human body, smell has proven time and again to be one of the most powerful. That being said, it makes sense that marketing companies target our sense of smell so friggen much, especially when it comes to smelling each other.
Case in point:
(photos obviously not mine)
The truth of the matter is, however, that all these smells people are “supposed” to be attracted to are completely artificial. You may say “yeah, well duh”, but think about it for a second. Why are we being trained to hate smells that are completely natural? What’s so wrong with a little B.O.? People’s smells are supposed to attract each other naturally, without any sort of toxic chemical cover-up. Though studies on the existence of human pheromones report inconclusive results, evidence suggests that our natural smell is sexually attractive. And it makes sense, because a lot of other animals work the exact same way!
Personally, I think it’s all a marketing ploy. If they get you to hate your smell, you’ll be convinced you need to change it. And all you need to do is turn on the good ole telly to figure out how you’re supposed to do that. As always, the answer is to CONSUME!! Buy more products because you’re not good enough as it is!
Don’t get me wrong – I enjoy being clean, and I have nothing against a spritz of smell-good every now and then to spice things up. But I think it’s ridiculous that people shower, smear, and smother themselves with all sorts of overbearing scents just to “smell nice”. In addition, all that crap is SO toxic to your body…I mean hello, aluminum?! There’s enough of that in the chemical trails, thank you.
The reason I bring this up, dear readers, is because I, hitchhiking gypsy extraordinaire, can get extremely smelly while on the road. With no way to regularly get clean, it just happens! I wash up in public bathrooms as much as I can, but there’s only so much that face and pit-washing can do. Let’s face it – a lot of other travel kids are the same way, to no fault of their own. In all honesty, I’ve met a lot of travelers who are proud of their smell! And from what I’ve experienced on the road, I really have to agree. Smelling like YOU isn’t smelling “bad” – toss those toxic products and embrace your stank!