A French company will soon be offering custom made scents that will never let you forget.
A dab on the neck and wrists will have you sobbing. (via Thinkstock)
Just in case you never wanted to move on from your loss and be constantly surrounded by the power of your olfactory stimulated memories, there will soon be a place where you can have the smell of someone you've loved and lost bottled forever.
While not as shocking as the previously reported glass dildo filled with cremains, the idea of always being able to smell the dead is a deeply sad one. Katia Apalategui is the 52-year-old French woman who is making it possible, in conjunction with a chemist at Havre University. And if you think it's weird now, wait till you find out how it works.
First, you collect personal items from the deceased: clothes, bedsheets… basically anything they spent a lot of time touching. Then, a chemical process isolates all the human-derived organic molecules, separates them, and turns them into a sprayable fragrance. It's like B.O. in a bottle!
Apaletegui's idea is that the fragrance will provide "olfactory comfort." It's like when you smell someone's old underwear and cry, except somehow sadder and creepier. Then again, there is something sweet to the idea. Unlike the smell. That's probably not sweet.
She plans to launch the company in September along with her son, who's in business school. The product will cost €560, or about $600 USD. For that price, you'll be able to have this conversation over and over:
"That's a very interesting scent. What is it?"
"A dead person."