Bacteria-embedded bodysuit to help combat body odour

  • Saturday 17, August 2019 09:26 PM
  • Bacteria-embedded bodysuit to help combat body odour
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Deodorant not enough to stop your body odour? A new futuristic-style bodysuit embedded with live bacteria could help combat those unpleasant smells.
The pale grey, long-sleeved "Skin II" has been inserted with healthy probiotic bacteria, which reduces the smell of BO whilst also helping the immune system and encouraging cell renewal, its designer said.

Bacteria is embedded into the fabric of the bodysuit in areas where you are most likely to sweat, including the armpits and upper back.

It is activated by contact with moisture on the body, so when you sweat, it colonises on the skin to become the dominant bacteria, making it less likely that you'll smell, designer Rosie Broadhead said.

Broadhead said sustainability of the bodysuit was another one of its benefits. By reducing body odour, you de facto reduce how often you have smelly clothes and therefore won't have to wash them so often. Tests on the bodysuit found that the bacteria was able to survive a 30 degree wash.

Broadhead worked with Belgian microbiologist Chris Callewaert of Ghent University to develop Skin II. He provided her with the healthy probiotic bacteria that are commonly found on skin, and has himself done extensive research on the causes of body odour.

The two plan to commercialise Skin II and Broadhead hopes to design a sportswear range with the same technology.

Broadhead added the technology may mean people could spray themselves with probiotics instead of deodorant in the future.