A French Company Will Turn Your Dead Relatives Into Perfume
One French woman wants to make sure that even when your loved one dies, his or her scent remains with you indefinitely. Katia Apalategui, a 52-year-old who works in insurance sales, is teaming up with researchers from the University of Le Havre in northwestern France to develop a technique to bottle a person’s unique scent into a perfume, she told The Guardian.
The smell-ologists would collect a person’s clothing and extract the odor using an unspecified process, according to The Guardian, collecting around 100 molecules that would then be used to create a specific eau de dead-loved-one. It could also be used to create perfumes for other, less ghostly reasons, like to give to a partner or child during a time of separation. The product is scheduled to launch around September and cost around $600.
Creepy as it might seem to be able to bottle your favorite departed relatives and spritz them anywhere years after their death, smell is a powerful reminder. Studies have found smells to evoke stronger, more emotional memories than even words. So go ahead and give yourself license to take a big whiff of Grandma. It probably wouldn't be the first time you tried a perfume made of something gross.
[h/t: Popular Science]