After Gwyneth Paltrows vagina-scented candle, we questioned an expert whats going on in the world of fragrances
Last month, at the request of perfectly no one, Gwyneth Paltrow liberated a candle that can still smell the her vagina. She was promptly followed by Erykah Badu, who announced she was going to sell her own vagina-scented incense. (” The parties deserve it”, she said .)
We asked a perfumer, Christopher Gordon from the Perfumer’s Studio in Los Angeles, whether we can to make a candle that can still smell the a vagina; whether he’s ever construct one before; and which is what is going on in the world of perfume.
Can you actually make a vagina-scented incense ? strong>
Certainly, it’s possible to create those odors. We have thousands of materials make their own choices; some are vile, some exceedingly beautiful, some are very cheap, some very expensive. By combining those we can create virtually any scent- the issues is whether we are able to or not.
But is the smell of a vagina really strong enough to re develop? How would you even reek it in the first place ? strong>
It’s really association and commerce, sincerely. The marketplace for celebrity sweetnes has been slumping. Nobody wants to buy celebrity fragrance any more- so the only style they can do this now is to create some kind of sensation. A scalp scent is relatively easy to create but whether it is an accurate depiction of a specific person’s scent? I have my doubts.
If person demanded you to make a perfume that smells like their skin, how would you do it? Would you literally be smelling them ? strong>
Not certainly- we don’t usually get that up close and personal with the customers. We could try. Generally it’s association- skin normally smells of something, like a soap that’s been used or a laundry detergent. They all have musks in them, which is why we associate them with clean skin.
Some of the musks are more animal-like, others are creamier, milkier. Some are more like young skin or is old skin- so we would be looking at the materials and then the person in front of us, like if they’re blonde or dark-haired, young, age-old, and trying to recreate that.
So you are creating an impression of what they would want themselves to smell like , not what they actually smell like ? strong>
Have you ever been asked to re start someone’s vagina smell ? strong>
We haven’t been asked for that , no.
It’s completely unprecedented ? strong>
Historically, there is precedent. Initially these[ sexual] smells were taken away from swine. Civet from the civet “cat-o-nine-tail”; natural musk, which is banned; castoreum from the castoreum beaver; and ambergris, which comes from sperm whales. They are all animal products which have been used in perfumery for ages.
How does one get these fragrances ? strong>
We wouldn’t use these now as they are not terribly sustainable. But all of them comes here the back end of the animal, the sexual gland or reproduction gland. It’s what they use to commemorate their territory.
Beavers are culled occasionally in Canada so their sacs are worked after that. Ambergris is, well- no one actually knows- but it either comes out of the back end of whale or is regurgitated. But it is not usable where reference is firstly comes out of the whale. It are necessary for float around on the oceans and seas for a couple of years, then it gets cast up on the beach and you can use it.
So people have been wanting to smell these, er , intimate fragrances- animal ones at least- for some time ? strong>
Absolutely. That’s what perfumery is about. We bathe and we remove our natural aroma. So when we put on a smell we want it to have at least some component of that[ human perfume ]. We crave it to be carnal, but not dirty.
So this is just really taking that to its extreme mission ? strong>
It is. Yes. I think it’s just an extension with some commerce spin on it.