You could soon have a chance to bottle up the unique smell of your loved ones after they passed away. Katia Apalategui, a 52-year-old French insurance saleswoman conjured a new way to cope after mourning the loss of her father – to capture his scent in a perfume. She teamed up with researchers from the University of Le Havre in northwestern France to develop a technique to make this bit morbid idea possible.
The smell-ologists would collect a person’s clothing and extract the odor using an unspecified process, 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, more acceptable reasons, like to give to a partner or child during a time of separation.
Still unnamed morbid product will run you about $600 and should be available from September.