Monday, November 1, 2010

You smell bad

Embarrassed you didn't shower this morning? Calm down.

The NY Times introduces us to people who are defying our so-called "culture of clean" by not only skipping showers but also saying no to deodorant and shampoo.

That's not entirely a bad thing, the article notes. Consider this excerpt:

Resist the urge to recoil at this swath of society: They may be on to something. Of late, researchers have discovered that just as the gut contains good bacteria that help it run more efficiently, so does our skin brim with beneficial germs that we might not want to wash down the drain.

On the deodorant front, some people believe in a link between deodorant and Alzheimer's, though there's conflicting research on the topic.

Let's turn the discussion to dating. As one half of a loving relationship, do you get any say in your partner's personal hygiene habits?