Clean: An Unsanitised History of Washing

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Napoleon once wrote in a love letter to Josephine 'I return to Paris in five days. Stop washing.' To smell like a human was not always the misdemeanour it is today. Body odour was in fact an important factor of sex and courtship, considered by some to be a powerful aphrodisiac, as we see in Napoleon's letter. Contrary to what we like to think, no bodily odour is innately disgusting, instead it is our noses which adapt to fit our beliefs. The Romans would bathe in company and daily. Later, Europe underwent four centuries ...

Clean: An Unsanitised History of Washing 2009, Profile Books Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9781846681011

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Clean: An Unsanitised History of Washing 2008, Profile Books Ltd, London

ISBN-13: 9781846680953

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