People used these things to smell better in the past
- Ostrich eggs.One formula out of ancient Egypt called for ostrich egg, nuts, tamarisk, and tortoise shell ground into a paste with fat.
- Porridge balls.In ancient Egypt, they flavored porridge with incense and rolled it into balls to stick beneath their armpits.
- Carob.Carob trees are native to the Mediterranean region, and affluent Egyptians would crush the pods and rub them over their bodies to counteract their natural funk.
- Scented olive oil.Perfume makers in Greece and Rome would steep aromatics--such as leaves, roots, and flowers--in oil pressed from olives.
- Perfume baths.Some people in Greece’s high society took scented baths before applying perfume beneath their armpits.
- Ambergris.This is a waxy substance that forms when indigestible matter clumps together in the intestines of sperm whales.
- Musk.Musk comes from a small sac that hangs in front of a male musk deer’s genitals, and it smells like urine when the deer secretes it. To achieve the desired aroma--sweet, earthy, and sensual--the gland must be harvested and left to dry.
- Carbolic Acid.One home deodorant recipe from 1903 included carbolic acid, which burns on contact with the skin.