Everts’ plunge into sweat is full of energy, and her open curiosity about our much-maligned bodily secretion leaks onto every page ... The book offers plenty of fascinating facts ... Everts is never too serious. She gamely gets her armpits professionally sniffed, and she joins naked, sweating audiences for sauna theater ... These stories amuse, but a more profound point lingers ... By highlighting history, Everts shows that any perceived problems of sweat are most often cultural, not biological.
Speaking with experts from disciplines such as forensics, chemistry, genetics and even fragrances, Everts takes readers on an entertaining journey into the world of perspiration, including the science behind it and the benefits of a good sweat ... As she tackles a subject that some people deem taboo or even gross, Everts incorporates interesting historical facts, market research and scientific discoveries, skillfully turning science into poetry. And her examples from real-life situations, including her own personal experiences, make The Joy of Sweat even more relatable.
A witty, informative, and quirky consideration of this bodily fluid ... Everts also discusses sweat glands, perfume, sweat mimics employed in the textile and jewelry industries, monitoring perspiration for health purposes, and Botox injections to temporarily quell hyperhidrosis. She asserts that society needs to stop 'stigmatizing sweat.' Perspiration is cooler than you’d ever imagine.