“Perfume hides the reek of mutation. A good stench keeps Chaos away! And you know who use a lot of perfume, don’t you? Yes, that’s right, the nobles!”
– An exchange between a pig farmer and a butcher at the Fuhrmarkt. Judging from the smell the farmer was not at risk of being accused of being in league with Chaos …
Contrary to popular myth many inhabitants of the Old World tries to keep themselves reasonably clean. Soap is readily available, and can be scented or plain. There are even public bathhouses in the major cities, such as The Marble Baths in Altdorf.
But of course, this being the Old World, there are other ideas as well, such as the one expressed by the pig farmer above. And who knows, it might be true. Stranger things are part of common day life in the Old World.