You don't have to SMELL like a badass was developed after one too many days when I returned to my car after work to find that my roller derby gear had been stewing all day and was pretty scary. I wound up driving around in a car that smelled like a sweaty skating rink. Don't get me wrong- I washed my gear. All. The. Time.
I definitely needed to solve this stank problem before I totally trashed my pads by washing so often (and grossed out my widow). Research and trial and error began and I eventually developed a formula that involves 11 different essential oils. They all have various anti bacterial and anti viral properties and are less likely to be allergenic. I took my formula to practices and asked for folks to try it. Refs and skaters who tried it loved it! It works to take out the stank but is not perfumy or chemical filled. All it takes is a few sprays onto your pads, inside your wrist guards, gaskets and helmet lining, let them dry and the yucky b.o./old fritos odor is gone. You will still want to wash your gear occasionally, but so far I've found that I can go at least 36 uses between washes during warm weather when I use this spray consistantly after every practice.
It's great to skate like a badass, but you definitely don't have to smell like one anymore.