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Sweat Doesn't Smell - Find Out What Does

BUFF® Staff / 5-13-2016

Would you believe us if we told you that sweat doesn't stink?

No, we're not saying that your armpits and your sweaty gym socks don't stink (trust us, they do). But it's not actually the sweat that causes the odor.

The smell actually comes from bacteria and fungi that grows in a warm, moist environment—like your sweaty underarms or your favorite running shoes. Over time, as more bacteria and fungi grow, the smell gets worse, as anyone who has ever open a bag full of sweaty clothes that haven't been washed in a couple of weeks can attest. But if there were no bacteria or fungi, there would be no smell. That may seem like a fine distinction, but it's an important one.

A company called Polygiene® has created a technology that can prevent the smelly bacteria and fungi that cause body odor from growing on your clothes. They apply it to textiles during the final stage of the manufacturing process, and it prevents fabrics from smelling bad when they get sweaty. To do this Polygiene uses low concentrations of silver salt (silver chloride), which has antimicrobial properties and is naturally present in water and soil, to safely eliminate the ability for bacteria and fungi to grow.

Importantly, Polygiene doesn't affect the natural bacteria that live on your skin and help keep you healthy—it just prevents your clothes from getting stinky when you sweat in them.

And Polygiene lasts longer than most clothes do. It's integrated right into the fabric, and can't be washed out. So the anti-odor properties are pretty much permanent.

Polygiene is also good for the environment. When your clothes don't get smelly, it means you don't have to wash them as often, which reduces your carbon footprint. It also means you don't have to pack as much clothing in your luggage when you go on a trip, which can also help reduce carbon emissions. In addition, clothing treated with Polygiene can be recycled as usual.

Researchers say that 90 percent of people have reported that a sweat-related odor has led to reduced self-confidence. And 30 percent of people say that they've had clothes that smelled so bad they had to throw them away.

But people who wear clothing treated with Polygiene say that they are able to keep re-wearing their workout clothes for weeks without washing them and without a bad odor.

At BUFF®, we know you don't want to stink, and hey, we don't want to smell it. That's why we treat many of our products with Polygiene®.
So whether you're hiking in a UV BUFF®, doing yoga in a UV Headband, skiing in a Polar BUFF®, or motorcycling in a Microfiber Balaclava, you can be sure that your Buff® headgear will keep smelling as great as the day you bought it.

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