It’s a given that when we’re headed for a night out or a date, we’d definitely want to look our best. That’s not all, we’d definitely want to smell our best as well cause, smelling like rancid milk, isn’t exactly going to impress your date. Smelling good is an integral part of impressing someone and to that end, we usually end up relying on perfumes and scents.
Most of the time, perfumes and fragrances take a more floral or spicy flavour. While there are thousands of perfume scents out there, most of them would fall under the floral and spicy range. However, there are a few scents and perfumes that try to be a little too “creative”. How creative? Here are five of the more weirder perfume scents we manage to dig up.
What many thought was originally an April Fools joke, turned out to be the real deal. Burger King Japan, announced back in 2015 that they were releasing a Burger King, Flame Grilled perfume that could only be bought on April 1st. Obviously many thought that it was an April Fools marketing stunt by the Burger chain. Turns out, they really did have the scent.
Priced at 5,000 yen (around RM184), the fragrance was supposed to smell like the frame grilled beef patties of Burger King, but according to some reviews, that wasn’t the case. Aside from the fragrance, the price also included a Whopper burger though not fries or drinks came with it. Not exactly great value considering The Verge said it smelled like “burnt-rubber skidmarks left by a box-fresh-MacBook-carrying courier scooter after it crashed into a bacon salt factory”. Guess that meant it smelt terrible.
Cheese (Eau de Stilton)
Don’t get us wrong, we love cheese. While some cheese are easy on the taste buds, there are others that are an acquired taste. So while we love eating cheese, having a cheese perfume is an entirely different matter. What sometimes makes some cheese so attractive to gourmands are their pungent aroma. Now focus on the word “pungent”. That’s not exactly what you want to be described smelling like.
For Stilton, the makers of Stilton cheese, they thought that maybe capturing the smell of their product into a perfume would be a good idea. If you’re familiar with Stilton, you know it has a unique smell that might work if you’re going to eat it, but not when you want to wear it.
The marketing copy for the perfume wasn’t exactly enticing either saying they wanted to”recreate the earthy and fruity aroma” of the pungent blue cheese “in an eminently wearable perfume”. Like we said, we doubt you’d want to be described as smelling “pungent”.
Blood, Sweat and Sperm (Etat Libre d’Orange – Secretions Magnifique)
If it wasn’t for the last word, we’d figured this would be a BTS song, but yes, you read that right. There’s a perfume that supposedly smells of blood, sweat and sperm. That combination sounds pretty horrible to us but apparently for Etat Libre d’Orange, it seemed like a good idea.
The particular perfume with this bizarre combination of scents is called Secretions Magnifique, and it was designed to call to mind the “pinnacle of sexual pleasure”. The perfume was definitely designed to be provocative all the way down to it’s ad copy which went:
“Like blood, sweat, sperm, saliva, Sécrétions Magnifiques is as real as an olfactory coitus that sends one into raptures, to the pinnacle of sensual pleasure, that extraordinary and unique moment when desire triumphs over reason. Masculine tenseness frees a rush of adrenalin in a cascade of high-pitched aldehydic notes. The sensation of freshness is gripping. Then the fragrance reveals a metallic side, precise and as sharp as unappeased desire. We are on a razor-edge… skin and sweat mingle, and tastes of musk and sandalwood. The slightly salty marine effect stirs, arouses, and sets your mouth watering. Tongues and sexes find one another, pleasure explodes and all goes wild. Confusion reigns supreme. A subversive, disturbing perfume. It’s love or hate at first sight. Sensuous jousting is rarely satisfied with half-measures. In between Don Juan and the woman who offers herself, arms are laid down. And who will be the first to surrender?”
Wow, just wow.
MacBook (Eau de MacBook Pro)
So apparently a new MacBook Pro, fresh out of the box has a certain unique smell. At least that’s what some people say, for us, it just smells like….nothing. However, back in 2012, perfumers Air Aroma somehow managed to capture that particular scent and recreate it.
The perfume, however, was not for general sale and was instead a special project for an art exhibit over in Australia. So what does a brand new MacBook Pro smells like? According to what was described of the perfume it had hints of plastic wrap, ink on cardboard, paper and plastic components, and the aluminium laptop.
While we’d give it to Burger King and Stilton for wanting to make perfume and scents that smell like their food products, it’s another matter when an actual perfume maker decides to do it. Demeter Fragrance is just one of those oddball perfumers, coming up with weird sounding scents that include “Funeral Home” that is supposed to evoke the feelings of being in a Funeral home.
However, from what’s described, that particular scent is still normal with flowery hints. Their Lobster Scent, however, is a whole other ball game. Designed to capture the scents of a cooked lobster, it seems the perfume has the combination of the sea, sweet meat, and a hint of drawn butter. That actually sounds pretty delicious but we doubt you’d want to smell like cooked seafood when you’re out on your next date.