Perspiration is the body's natural way of cooling itself. Body odour forms about six hours after we sweat. Wear cotton clothes during summers. They help perspiration to evaporate.
Bathing and scrubbing helps to clear germs, dirt and odour. All parts of the body must be washed well, specially the neck, armpits and feet. These are the areas where germs accumulate and cause body odour. Adding cologne to the water before taking bath leaves the body fragrant. Shower gels and body shampoos, containing natural ingredients, like sandalwood, rose and khus have a cooling and refreshing effect. They have germicidal and antiseptic benefits.
The use of anti-perspirants and deodorants also helps. However, be sure to choose a mild deodorant, as strong built-in anti-perspirants can cause skin irritation or sensitive reactions. It is always better to try them out on a small area, on the inner arm, first. If the skin tingles or burns for more than a minute, you should not use it. Some people find the use of talcum powders quite adequate. They absorb perspiration and maintain freshness for some time.
Climate also plays a part in choosing the right perfume. In hot and humid conditions, it is better to go for light, lemony and fresh fragrances. The effect of perfumes intensifies in hot and humid weather. A heavy perfume can be quite overpowering. Lemon, rose, lavender or sandalwood are light and refreshing.
You can be generous with the use of colognes, even splashing them on. Colognes and Eau de toilette constitute mainly of water, with only two to five percent perfume. They are lighter and leave a light lingering fragrance.
Colognes can be added to bath water. Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) helps to prevent body odour. You can make a paste of baking soda and water and apply on areas like armpits. You can also add lemon juice to this paste. Leave on for 10 minutes and wash it off with water.
Apple cider vinegar is also a good option to get rid of body odour. Soak cotton wool pads in it and apply under arms and on feet.
Add one teaspoon of alum to your bath water. Crush some mint leaves and add them too.
Add two drops of Tea Tree Oil to two tablespoons of water or rose water. Apply this under the arms with cotton wool.
To remove odour from the hair, add lemon juice and a half cup of rose water to a mug of water and use it as a last rinse.
As an emergency measure, pour cologne on clean cloth. Wrap cloth around your hair brush and brush hair with it. This removes oil and dirt and adds fragrance.