In the 17th & 18th century in Spring time farmers would recruit their labourers for the new season. Once a man had secured a position (if he didn’t have a wife) women would fee themselves to a man.  They were called “Bondagers” .  To make themselves more presentable to employers they would individually have an annual bath.

Many of the men married their Bondager ( basically to save paying them ).

Accommodation was also slightly better for married workers. They normally married within a few weeks of meeting and by this time their bathing had worn off so the women carried a posey to mask the smell.