Chemical engineer David Whitlock has made a splash in the media as of late, due to his lack of “splash”—as in the man hasn’t bathed in 12 years. The reason behind such a choice? David is working to defend the bacteria that live on his skin—as it does on ours—but Whitlock also believes it’s in our best interest to keep certain microscopic creatures healthy over other bugs. In fact, he’s started a company (AOBiome) that sells formulas of living bacteria advertised as a way to clean your skin without washing.
We recently checked in with David to get more of his thoughts concerning his company, a life of non-bathing, bacterial cleansing, and any potential aromas that might come into play along the way.