When I was in college in the 1960s, I had a class where one of my classmates was a retired Marine Corps drill sergeant. He noted that even at that late date, there were recruits who had to have it instilled into them that they did not go to bed without taking a shower! He also stated that even in the early 1960s there were still places in this country where the Saturday Night Bath was the norm. The census reports still note that there are still homes in this country that do not have indoor plumbling. I read a book entitled Old House, New House, and learned that the bathroom as we know it today was not available in many areas until the 1920s.
Authentic smauthentic, nobody wants authentic aroma. People want to talk to you and get a photo or two.
Take a bath use deodorant soap, when milling through the public. We had an event where a guy did a character called catfish. He actually rubbed stink bait on his outer garments. Real stink bait not that plastic stuff they sale in the wallyworld. Three people threw up and it made for a terrible evening. Did he look the part, oh you bet. Was it necessary to go to that extreme? Really?
Oh and some folks even today think that too many baths attacks your immune system, doesn't allow the oils in your skin to lubricate your skin enough to protect the skin against the natural elements etc... And there are some who believe it damages your hair to wash it daily.
Maybe we are supposed to have a little pungent odor about us and the way we mask it lets the undesirables get by to easy??? We humans have forgotten a lot about our common relationship/existence with nature, maybe for the bad in some cases? lol