What if perspiration actually made us smell better? Thanks to researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, that possibility has arrived. They’ve created a new fragrance delivery system that releases more aroma when it comes in contact with moisture – so you’ll essentially smell better the more you sweat.
This new perfume delivery system attaches a fragrance onto an ionic liquid (a salt in the form of a liquid). It can also remove the not-so-great smelling odors that come with sweat. The compounds that make sweat smell bad are also attracted to the ionic liquid.
The commercial potential for smell-more-good perfume system is huge. Project leader Dr Nimal Gunaratne, from the Queen’s University Belfast Ionic Liquid Laboratories (QUILL) Research Centre, said, “This is an exciting breakthrough that uses newly discovered ionic liquid systems to release material in a controlled manner. Not only does it have great commercial potential, and could be used in perfumes and cosmetic creams, but it could also be used in others area of science, such as the slow release of certain substances of interest.”
We’re looking forward to the day when we can dab on a little perfume and head out into the world, sweat and all, without worrying about whether our fragrance of choice might be able to stand up to our stinky pits.
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