Making Scents of this Topic
Posted by Marie-Bernadette on August 16, 1998 at 12:13:45:
In response to indelicate question!!, written by Elizabeth.K on August 16, 1998 at 10:13:25
I have always wondered what people in the past used as an equivalent to deoderant! Does anybody know?
From what I have gathered here and there, the reason women wore a chemise (shift) and men wore shirts was to keep sweat and body odor away from the outer garments. These undergarments were usually made of cotton or linen by the 18th C. (as opposed to wool in earlier times) and could be easily washed, thereby cutting down on odor, and sometimes they were dried on beds of lavender to scent them. The outer clothes were not usually washed, just brushed and aired and spot cleaned.
In addition to under garments, they used various perfumes, scented lotions and pomades and washed with perfumed soaps and scented waters. I don't get the impression that they applied a de-odorant directly under the arms as we do today.
- Smell-o-vision BarbaraK 13:35:41 8/16/98 (4)
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