So I just got my Mother Dirt in the mail. I've mentioned it here before but that was before I had the goods. I had ordered my first suply in March, but my building didn't inform me the package had arrived until a month later. The bacteria can only survive for 3 weeks unrefrigerated. Since then the culture has gotten cheaper, and so I was able to order a months supply for only $65. I'll recap for those who don't know. Once upon a time there was a biologist that was studying the microbiome on horse skin. While getting a sample one day he watched a horse sniff all over a field until it found a particular patch of dirt, and then rolled in that patch vigorously. Being a scientist he took samples to ascertain "what in hell". He found a strain of bacteria that eats ammonia (nicknamed AOB for Ammonia Oxidizing Bacteria), which you know as the reason sweaty people stink. Taking into consideration the new found evidence that our skin plays host to a plethora of bacteria, almost all of it beneficial to our skin, the scientist fella started culturing and experimenting. We've know for a couple of years now that the bacteria on our skin are incredibly varied and exist in a vast community. The micro-biome on your elbow is distinct from the species on your wrist. For the most part they exist in a symbiotic relationship with us, eating dead cells and other bad things, and excreting oils that help us stay soft. Only we aren't the best of hosts. Soap doesn't harm these bacteria much, but the preservatives inside it do. Our cleaning routine of smearing the (highly specialized) bacteria all over our bodies helps little, as does super hot water. And a vigorous shower schedule is hell on the poor little guys. Most dermatologists recommend short showers in lukewarm water every 2-3 days. Air, or pat dry, instead of wiping the bacteria all over. And you don't need shampoo. The whole shampoo fallacy exemplifies the point. Studies show your hair looks fine if you use regular soap, but instead we use special soap that strips the oil from our hair. But your hair needs oil or it will become brittle, so we add oil back into our hair. The top level of skin cells are called the horny layer and their job is to keep moisture on the live cells beneath them. So what do we do? Exfoliate (a term that means "rip your skin off") and then apply moisturizer. It's like washing your car with a sandblaster and then waxing over the stripped paint. So Mother Dirt is just a spray containing these bacteria, the ones that used to live on our skin and have been devastated by our obsession with smelling pretty. I just got mine on Friday, and I've been using it since. Once a day I get naked in the kitchen, and spray myself down with a little bottle from the fridge. I was worried the refrigerated spray would be unpleasantly cold, but it's actually quite nice. Just like getting sprayed with a plant mister. I don't have a concrete sensation of the smell of the mist, but I could probably distinguish it from tap water. I think it smells more like rain than anything else, but that's kind of an obvious answer seeing as it's water suspended in the air. So far there's very little change. No one has told me that I smell like ass, but I don't know if it's because the Mother Dirt is working or because everyone is too polite to tell me. There are obvious reasons to take a shower of course. Being dirty, or vigorous sex, but for my day to day abolutions I think I'm replacing my shower routine. More as it develops.