A French company has devised a way to keep people close to their departed loved ones by bottling their unique scent as a perfume.
Many struggle to get over the death of a loved one, like Katia Apalategui’s mother held on to her late husband’s pillowcase to keep the precious smell of the man she loved.
This inspired the Apalategui to think of ways to capture and preserve a person’s individual scent so people would never have to long for a smell of their loved one again.
After years of developing her idea, Apalategui was put in touch with the university of Le Havre, which has developed a technique to reproduce human smell.
The process involves taking the person’s clothing and extracts the odor which represents approximately a hundred molecules and from that they can reconstruct it in the form of a perfume.
The link between the smell and memory is powerful and allows the product to offer comfort of the departed.
Apalategui’s son plans to launch the business by September with the help of a chemist.
It is Apalategui’s hopes the technology will not only be limited to the dead, but also used as a gift between lovers, or for children who are temporarily away from their parents.
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