The Chemistry of Odor

  • What Causes New Furniture Smell?

    The only thing that can spoil the excitement of having new furniture in your home is the odor that new furniture emits. Furniture pieces usually undergo multiple chemical treatments during their manufacturing phase. They are painted, varnished, polished – in short a lot of chemicals are involved in furniture manufacturing for achieving that lustrous finish. Use of primers, anti-termite treatment, paints, flame retardant chemicals that have a concentrated amount of VOC, all contribute to the new furniture smell. The nasty    (more...)

  • Decoding the Smell of Foot Odor- Causes and Remedies

    Many people have to deal with the problem of smelly feet or foot odor on a day to day basis. Foot odor is not only unpleasant but leads to serious hygiene issues as well which can be embarrassing at times. This problem is more common in people who wear shoes daily for longer durations of time. Climatic changes do have an effect on smelly feet, and the problem is not restricted to a particular gender, though it is more common in men. Most people describe it as ammonia, vinegar or a cheese-like smell that is primarily driven b    (more...)

  • The Chemistry of Body Odor (BO)


    What Causes Body Odor? Body odor is unpleasant and most of us look for ways to get rid of this bad smell. However, before trying to look for options that can help us eliminate body smell, it is important to understand what exactly causes this malodor and if it poses any risk to our health. Medically termed as bromhidrosis, osmidrosis or ozochrotia, body odor is caused when bacteria that live on the skin break down protein into certain acids. A common misconception is that the smell given off by the body is of the bacteria i    (more...)