You Can Now Literally Bottle a Person's Scent

Kind of creepy...kind of cool?

Smell is powerful. It can transport you back in time to a specific moment or remind you of a person or place that you haven't seen/been to in years. As anyone who has stopped in their tracks mid-stride as they're overtaken by a familiar smell, we cling to certain aromas, often unknowingly, for their sentimental qualities. Now, you can do much more than that.

Katia Apalategui, 52-year-old insurance saleswoman, and French researchers from the Université du Havre have developed a method to capture a person's scent and bottle it up.

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After years of watching her mother embrace her deceased husband's pillowcase, preserving his smell and attempting to cope with his death, Katia Apalategui wanted to find a way to help others longing for a familiar fragrance. Finally, she teamed up with scientists from du Havre and brought her dreams to life.

"We take the person's clothing and extract the odour—which represents about a hundred molecules—and we reconstruct it in the form of a perfume in four days," the university's Geraldine Savary told The Guardian.

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While this innovation is truly groundbreaking for those dealing with loss, Apaltegui also sees the perfume as a great gift between partners or for people living apart from their loved ones.

*adds to wishlist*

Apaltegui hopes to launch the company in September with the help of a chemist and her son. Each perfume will retail for about $600. A small price to pay for a whole lot of comfort.

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