Swallowable Parfum

Posted: March 13, 2012

Swallowable Parfum is a capsule that, when ingested, releases perfumed scents through its host's pores. So instead of spritzing dewy showers of juniper and orange blossom onto your body, you'll be able to sweat aromatic beads of the sweet blooms out of it. Still in research phases, Swallowable Parfum is the postmodern seedling of artist Lucy McRae and biologist Sheref Mansy. The idea is that, when a perfume pill is digested, it will excrete its fragrance molecules through the skin as by-products during perspiration, creating a pleasing, odiferous aura around its swallower.

McRae conceived the concept while watching a documentary exploring the human body as our next frontier for technological advancement. Swallowable Parfum, we guess, seeks to restructure the biological process and, in turn, the social implications of sweating like a whore in church. Imagine the not-too-distant future, wherein instead of gagging and complaining, "Ewww, it smells like B.O." you'll take a hearty whiff and declare, "Mmm, it smells like B.O."

Swallowable Parfum's specific fragrances and fragrance potency will present differently based on individuals' unique biology--that is, their acclimatization to temperatures, stress, exercise, or sexual arousal. Soon, martial arts gyms will operate amidst a cloud of honey and cinnamon, final exam rooms will emit wafts of pineapple spice, and third world buses will be a Shangri-La of plumeria. Best of all, you'll be able to determine how close she is to sleeping with you based on how close the scent of vanilla musk is to making you vomit.

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