My grandfather died eight years ago. Since then, I’ve been scouring the internet to find a cologne that smells of whiskey, a damp attic, and World War II. I even checked Sephora. No dice.
But now, thanks to French entrepreneur Katia Apaletegui, I can honor my papa by wearing my grandfather’s musky, old-timer scent every time I walk out the door, further hurting my chances at getting laid.
Here’s how the company works: you gather all your deceased loved ones personal items (i.e papa’s bed sheets, clothing, Penthouse magazines, etc.) and a chemist at the Université de Havre runs these items through a process that separates the human-originating odors, becoming the basis for the fragrance.
The aim of the fragrance is to help people cope with the loss of a loved one. Says Apaletegui, she wants to provide people with “olfactory comfort,” and since smell is most strongly tied to memory, this may have a shot at taking off.
She plans to launch the company in September with her son, who currently attends business school. The cost of the fragrance will be around $600. A small price to pay for a lifetime of continued memories and a constantly irritated gag reflex.
[H/T Daily Dot]