Deo Perfume Candy sweets contain chemicals that body cant break down so are excreted through skin. Picture:

London - It is received wisdom that deodorants are applied to your armpits. Surely there is no other place for them?

You would be justified, then, in feeling more than a little bemused by a strange new invention – the edible deodorant, which keeps you “sweet smelling” for hours.

An American company called Deo Perfume Candy has created a type of sweet that releases a lingering rose scent through the pores of your skin.

Due to be launched in the UK early next year, one mouthful of the tangerine-flavoured sweets will apparently keep you smelling of roses for up to six hours.

They’ve already been a great success in America, despite their price – a small bag costs $10 (R87).

The sweets contain chemical compounds that cannot be broken down by the body and so are excreted through the skin.

The main ingredient, which provides the floral scent, is geraniol – a naturally occurring compound that is found in roses, lavender and vanilla.

Garlic also contains similar chemicals that cannot be broken down by the body, but mercifully the candy will leave you smelling rather sweeter than if you’d chomped down on a clove or three. – Daily Mail