Written By: Rebecca D'Souza
Perfume and cologne are some of those little pleasures in life that can give you an instant pick-me-up when you are having a bad day. A spritz of your favourite scent can really make all the difference to your mood.
Retail Digital originally set out to find the finest fragrances on the market. In our quest to bring you the best we have been inspired and in some cases disgusted and disturbed by some of the creations that we have found. From bacon-scented cologne to perfumes inspired by semen and blood, we take a look at some of the weirdest scents on the market to avoid.
Eau de nasty - Lady Gaga
It looks like Lady Gaga has poured blood, sweat and semen into her new signature scent...quite literally. The wacky singer, who famously wore a dress made from meat to the MTV awards, wants her debut scent to include a distinctive array of bodily fluids. “[Blood and semen] is in the perfume but it doesn’t smell like that – you just get the after feeling of sex from the semen and the blood is primal,” she said. Surprisingly Gaga is not the first to use semen as an inspiration for perfume.
The blood in the perfume, which has not been officially named, has actually been derived from Lady Gaga herself. “It was taken out of my own blood sample so it’s a sense of having me on your skin,” she added. When asked what the perfume would smell like Gaga answered, “an expensive hooker”.
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British artist, Jammie Nicholas, has released a ‘perfume’ made from his own excrement. The scent, which is called Surplus and carries the tagline ‘Made from the excesses of the body’ retails at £40. “I was reading a book by the French writer Dominique Laporte called The History Of Shit, which analyses the theoretical and social implications of faeces, and its role as a building material for cosmetics,” says Nicholas. “It suggested that pleasant smells were used to cover bad smells, so it could be suggested that a bad smell could be used to cover pleasant smells.” Lovely!
Bacon Cologne – Fargginay
Fargginay have released a perfume/cologne that smells of bacon. Bacon Cologne (pronounced ba-cone) is an amalgamation of 11 essential oils, flowers, herbs and the essence of bacon. Bacon is definitely one of those Sunday morning guilty pleasures but Retail Digital remains convinced that even the most avid carnivore will not be in a hurry to douse themselves in the scent of pig.
Paper Passion – Karl Lagerfeld
Do you love the smell of a new book? If you do, you are in good company as Karl Lagerfeld is set to release a perfume which is inspired by the smell of ink and paper. An avid reader, Karl Lagerfeld allegedly owns a book collection of over 300,000 books in his impressive personal library. He has teamed up with the company that publishes his photography books, Steidl, and German perfumer Geza Schön for his Paper Passion fragrance.
La Brew – Tetley
Tea giant Tetley is set to launch a tea-scented perfume called La Brew after research found tea to be one of the UK’s favourite scents. The new perfume will be fronted by Tetley’s Tea Folk, Tina, who will be pictured dressed as Marilyn Monroe wearing a white skirt blowing around her waist.