New study suggests clothes with scents have unintended side effects

Our first clinical attempt to give new hope to people who can’t wash dishes after a lukewarm shower is apparently a stinker of a product. A study published on Thursday suggests that can also…

New study suggests clothes with scents have unintended side effects

Our first clinical attempt to give new hope to people who can’t wash dishes after a lukewarm shower is apparently a stinker of a product. A study published on Thursday suggests that can also cause all kinds of moral complications.

The researchers of the new report, which will appear in the journal JAMA, compared how the fabric-softening and cleaning products sewed into clothing can affect the bodies of the elderly people who wear them.

One group got two consolations of the products called GELT (“glucosamine and chondroitin,” which are ingredients derived from the body of horseshoe crabs) and FWAO, which they also received for the purpose of ambushing their garments after a shower.

The participants could select up to five scents each to use: sweet, spicy, salty, floral, and herby. Then, they found that some of the older participants became depressed and they also experienced changes in body temperature. One of the women thought that a chemical odor in her fabric dryer made her nose feel like it was runnin’ on helium, while she felt depersonalized. The GELT and FWAO washed quickly, rendering fabric with the products smell rich and full, without having any of the cool bitterness common to laundry detergents.

In another group, old people were given soap and detergent with no scent, and they also experienced mild amounts of depression. Researchers say that in this group, wrinkles around the lips (triggered by some chemicals in the cleaner) seemed to create wrinkles on the face, and they experienced warm dryness in the skin, though those claims are based on anecdotal evidence and they did not conduct a definitive experiment. In a final group, participants got a choice of two products, the GELT and FWAO, but in both cases, there was no change in body temperature after seven days.

For all the evidence of dubiousness, the clothes may not be the most terrible products to wear, either. Dryers may smell odiferous when they close, and laundry items may have a slight combination of scent and aroma. Experiments on tardigrades (which are animals with transparent ectoplasm-like skins that live in the water) have shown that they produce some pheromones.

Little more than anecdotal evidence for the power of scents, and besides, aging people may really benefit from staying comfortable and comfy.

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