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A company that makes the perfume of your natural body scent and sells it to you.
A novel business.
Let people know the true smell of their body.
Give it as a gift to your partner as a reminder of yourself when you're far away, etc.
See what people you attract when wearing the perfume of your natural body scent vs. not wearing any perfume at all or wearing a conventional perfume.
There's relatively little information on the natural scent of human body - what goes into the make of it, how it changes, how it affects others, etc. The possibility of profiting from this would incentivize research and provide more information about it.
How it works:
You go to the website of the proposed company and order a service of producing perfume of your body scent. The company sends you the equipment required to contribute to the production process.
For some time you'll have to shower and wash your hair with specialized odorless soap and shampoo to remove external scents and leave the natural scent of your body. The best would be to do the same with clothes you wear daily, sheets you sleep in, etc., the company could send a special detergent for washing clothes and bedding as well.
After the phase of neutralizing your body scent, you'd have to take samples of your own smell. This could be done by applying an ointment on your skin and hair to absorb natural volatile compounds. The process would be similar to keeping a hair mask/wearing compresses on your body overnight while you sleep. The company would send a manual with detailed instructions on how to do it properly.
In the morning you collect all the used ointment in a sample jar provided by the company. When the process of harvesting the scent is done (it could take days, depending on the quantity of sample material necessary to collect enough volatile compounds) you send the filled sample jar back. The technicians then distill the volatile compounds from the ointment, make a perfume out of them and send it to you.
This art project confirms the feasibility of the idea. The video also proves that there would be a demand for such a product.
Eliminating/decreasing malodorous notes of the body scent: While the most distinct notes of a natural human body scent come from the most sweaty parts of the body, like armpits, and are unpleasant to most people, many different endogenous volatile compounds can be found on different parts of the body varying in quantities and odor types/intensities.
By taking the scent samples from clean, shaved skin and those body parts that have less sweat glands it would be possible to decrease the amount of malodorous compounds and increase the chances of people liking the natural scent of the body.
However, excluding strong, sweat-like odors means you'd have to collect a lot of volatile compounds giving off weak scents that are hardly noticeable under normal circumstances. That's why the process of collecting a proper scent sample might be long, but worth the effort.
People that are in love or in long-distance relationships would be a good audience to sell this to.
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Produce body perfume including only fragrant or neutral smelling endogenous compounds
Povilas SMar 01, 2022
From this article. You can see a list (table 4) of volatile compounds found on human skin (upper back and forearms). While the article doesn't provide information on the type or pleasantness of smell of each compound, I did some quick research and some of the endogenous (not coming from external sources like cosmetics or hygiene products) compounds do smell neutral to good (e.g. 1-butanol; 3-hexanol; 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one) some of them are used in the food industry as flavorings.
The article also indicates that different subjects have a different make of compounds present on their skin.
Such analysis as the researches performed in the mentioned study could be done on the customers of a proposed company before making the perfume. Then only the neutral smelling or fragrant compounds would be used to produce the perfume. The quantities of specific compounds to be put into the perfume mix would be determined according to the quantities of those compounds naturally present on the skin (they'd only be multiplied by a certain magnitude).
Wearing such perfume would then let the person emphasize the pleasant notes of their natural smell.