6 Spots On Your Body That Hide The Most Bacteria

6 Spots On Your Body That Hide The Most Bacteria

This week, Mary decodes: The 6 body parts that hide the most bacteria.

Did you know? Thousands of bacteria species grow in the cracks, crevices and creases of our body. Research studies have shown that two types of bacteria, Corynebacteria (the pungent type that makes you smell) and Staphlococcaceae (the least smelly bacteria) flourish in moist areas of the body and prefer areas of high humidity.


At a Glance

These moist areas include the navel (belly button), underarms, groin area, top of your buttocks, the sole of the foot, behind the knees and inner elbows.  

Many of these areas are often overlooked while bathing, therefore take extra precaution as these areas are prone to trapping odorous bacteria.



The underarms are the part of the body most commonly associated with body odor.

This area of the body is packed with apocrine sweat glands, which develop in areas dense with hair follicles.

Sweat on its own doesn’t actually have any odor. Sweat + bacteria = odor. The sweat produced by apocrine glands is thicker, contains more proteins and fats, which produces an unpleasant odor. Read more on how using the underarm bar can combat odor in the underarm area here.



Our belly buttons are probably one of the most ignored parts of the body. After birth, they don’t really serve any purpose. This hollow area of the body ends up trapping dirt, sweat, bacteria and germs. According to a 2011 study done at the Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the belly button has 2,368 bacterial species. As a result, it needs some extra attention to keep it clean.



Similarly to underarms, the groin area is home to apocrine sweat glands. In addition to this, the area is rarely exposed to open air and often covered in synthetic fabric, which can encourage the production of moisture and bacteria.



In one day, each foot can produce a pint of sweat! It is no wonder that it is such a stinky area on the body. Although sweat itself doesn’t smell, the combination of sweat and bacteria can create a very unpleasant odor. Most people spent the whole day wearing shoes which can encourage both sweating and bacteria growth.



Whether or not we like to admit it, this area of the body both produces and collects sweat rather easily. It is certainly not the most comfortable place to sweat and people generally experience this issue the most when they are working out or on a hot summer day.



You probably never thought about your inner elbows or behind the knees to be areas that may cause odor. However, even these overlooked crevices can collect a lot of moisture, making it an ideal breeding ground for odorous bacteria.


How to combat bacteria in these 6 areas



Pay more attention to these 6 areas when you are bathing and use a natural antibacterial soap to cleanse.  A natural antibacterial soap will help eliminate bacteria on the skin and help control odor, so that you can stay fresher throughout the day.



With clothing, underwear and even your socks, choose natural fibres like organic cotton or bamboo, which will allow your skin to breathe. Synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester will trap moisture and increase bacteria growth. 



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How To Eliminate the Source of Your Body Odor

How To Eliminate the Source of Your Body Odor

The Problem

Most people think that body odor is caused by the sweat under their arms, but this isn’t true! The smell is actually caused by the bacteria that live and grow under your arms. Consider this as good news, as there is a really easy way to help mitigate this problem.


The Solution

Use an antibacterial soap under your arms before applying deodorant. Doing this creates an environment that odor-causing bacteria can’t live. By controlling the bacteria, you will be able to control the odor. We developed the deodorant booster bar, which is formulated with apple cider vinegar and charcoal which are known as an all-natural antibacterial. Use this bar in the shower before applying your deodorant to give your underarms a clean and protected barrier from any bacteria. Now you’ll be sure to have your natural deodorant work better and last longer!

Why Natural Charcoal Deodorant Makes a Great Gift?

Tis the season for giving! This year, try something new and give the gift of a DETOX to the ones you love… like a natural deodorant gift! Sure, shiny, glittery presents are great, but when was the last time you gave someone a gift that actually made a lasting impact on their life and overall health? This year, each team member at kaia naturals chose one person on their holiday gift list to give the takesumi detox® charcoal deodorant.

Here’s why natural deodorant makes a great holiday gift:

Jacqueline, Customer Service Coordinator

“As the newest member to the kaia naturals team, I have not yet made the switch to natural deodorant. I decided to give the takesumi detox® to my best friend so we can experience the detox together! One charcoal underarm detox kit for myself, and one for my BFF. It’ll be all that we need to start our switch!”


Marissa, Operations Manager

“I am giving the takesumi detox® natural charcoal deodorant to my mom this year. As a breast cancer survivor, I want her to do everything she can to mitigate her chances of getting cancer again. Although there is no definite evidence that aluminum in antiperspirants causes cancer, it is highly suspect that it might. I don’t want her taking any chances.”


Aloisa, Digital Marketing Coordinator

“My brother and I both use natural deodorant. I use the takesumi detox® charcoal deodorant in juicy bamboo and he uses a different brand. He complains that after a sweaty basketball run, he tends to really stink. I’m convinced that he’ll love our charcoal deo since charcoal is proven to help control odor.”


Yvonne, PR Manager

“My pilates instructor is an avid green beauty user and loves all natural products. She has experienced rashes from a few other natural deodorants. But since the takesumi detox® charcoal deodorant doesn’t have any baking soda in the formula, it is less likely for her to rash.”


Michelle, PR Intern

“I’m giving this natural deodorant gift to my sister because she already loves it!! So I might as well replenish her stock. I’ll drop in the deodorant booster bar into her stocking as an added bonus. She’s going to love how squeaky clean her underarms will feel + she’ll have an added layer of odor-control for the day.”


No matter who is on your list this year, we bet they could benefit from the gift of a natural detox with kaia naturals’ the takesumi detox® charcoal deodorant. Make sure you explain its health benefits before you offended them for gifting them a deodorant. Just say. “Don’t worry, you don’t smell. I simply care for your well-being.” 😉

Who would you give a natural deodorant to?


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