Something Smells

Good news, Joe Biden. Old Man Stink is actually a thing, and lord knows you stink to high heaven. As people get older a chemical makes your body seem a little ripe. See also: Hillary Clinton.

Does “old person smell” actually exist? Many use the unflattering term to describe the elderly – but apparently, the scent actually has a scientific explanation.

A study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found the change in smell can be because of a chemical compound called 2-nonenal. It’s caused by omega-7 fatty acids breaking down on the skin due to oxidisation. And apparently, the body produces more of these fatty acids as it ages.

As anti-oxidant defences begin to deteriorate at the age of 40, more 2-nonenal is present on the skin, which may have an impact on body odour.

Luckily for me, I smell like fresh cut flowers on even my worst day.