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What is body odor?

Susan Evans
Dermatology
Body odor is what we smell like to other people. Some odors are considered to be pheromone based, meaning that these odors are considered to be attractive to some people. Odors that can be considered attractive are the smell of a mother’s milk to her baby and the unique smell of the baby to its mother. Studies have proven that the sense of smell between a mother and child is so accurate that they can pick one another out blindfolded.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Body odor is a distinctive -- and to most people, unpleasant -- smell that can occur when you perspire or sweat. Contrary to popular belief, perspiration itself is odorless. However, sweat can interact with naturally occurring bacteria and yeast on the skin that break down perspiration. This process creates the characteristic scent known as body odor. 

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