My memory recalls me living a carefree, daydreamer life as a child. Anything that would take me indoors, away from gazing at the vast skies and prairie, to me was unnecessary, including taking showers. Now to my surprise and a little funny, is the advent of a bacterial skin tonic AOBiome. This biotech startup in Cambridge Mass has invented a product that releases people from taking showers, washing hair and wearing deodorant. This could just be the answer to countless parent's problems bathing their children. According to Julia Scott, New York Times writer and Subject 26 in the AOBiome study, the "tonic looks, feels and tastes like water." The product, AO+ Refreshing Cosmetic Mist is made of billions of cultivated Nitrosomonas eutropha, ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB). AOB is a cleaner, deodorant, anti-flammatory and immune booster that turns sweat into nitrite and nitric oxide. Just think about that for a minute. Taking AOB with you in your purse and being able to spray those dirty-smelly people clean, you know who they are. They are ones that share the same space as you on public transportation, the gym and if you live in Colorado on your way to the dispensary.
AOB is alive and must be kept in the refrigerator. To remain stable they need to be kept cool. Misting the face, scalp and body twice a day was required by Scott. That's not much, if you ask me. As someone who travels internationally each year to remote areas in Africa, this could extend the time I spend without returning to the city.
AOB is termed as a "cosmetics" so that it could reach the public sooner. However as of today, they are out of stock. Scott mentions that, "James a serial entrepreneur with a doctorate in biotechnology has used AOB for a year and now only uses soap twice a week." Chairman of the company's board of directors, Jamie Heywood uses soap twice and month and shampoos three times a year. Now that is something I can buy into.