A Perfume That Smells Like Roses—But Is Actually Made from Yeast

A rose is a rose is a rose, except when it's actually a yeast. A company called Gingko BioWorks in Boston is partnering with French fragrance company Robertet to create a genetically-modified yeast that makes the rose oil used in perfumes. » 3/05/15 2:00am 3/05/15 2:00am

Dogs Recall Their Owners' Scent Like You Remember Your Mom's Perfume

Ever worry that your puppy is just in it for the kibble? Well, be reassured: A new study suggests that your dog remembers your scent just the way you can't catch a whiff of fresh-baked cookies without thinking of your grandma. (Or Shalimar, depending on the type of grandma you had.) » 3/19/14 5:19pm 3/19/14 5:19pm

The Most Unsettling Perfume Ads, Including Two Directed by David Lynch

David Lynch directs a sensuous commercial for Opium Perfume, in which extreme closeups of eyes and other body parts deconstruct the body you're supposed to be desiring. Weirdly, Lynch's perfume ads are far from being the most unnerving or strange of all the classic scent commercials. » 3/12/14 6:00pm 3/12/14 6:00pm

Disney Villain Perfume Line is Drop Dead Gorgeous

If Disney ever does get into the fancy perfumery business they had better use these brilliant little bottles for packaging. Gaston: a musky cologne with a hint of whisky, tobacco and stag fur. Ursula: a brine infused scent with a touch of sea grass. We could do this all day... » 1/09/14 10:57am 1/09/14 10:57am

Zombie-scented perfumes make you smell less attractive to the undead

Usually a person dabs on a bit of perfume in hopes of attracting someone else's attention, but could a zombie-scented perfume repel the affections of the flesh-craving dead? Demeter Fragrance Library, purveyors of all sorts of offbeat scents, have come up with a pair of undead-themed perfumes that could come in handy… » 3/09/13 3:00pm 3/09/13 3:00pm

Dead Writers Perfume smells exactly how it should

Imagine a scent inspired by the dead writers of our past. What would it smell like? It would most likely include black tea, vetiver, clove, musk, vanilla, heliotrope, and tobacco. Which is exactly what's inside J.T. Siems Sweet Tea Apothecary's new perfume, Dead Writers, a scent that should evoke, "the feeling of… » 3/03/13 3:00pm 3/03/13 3:00pm

Spritz this perfume on your e-reader to make it smell like a paper book

For those who complain that ebooks lack the olfactory experience of opening a freshly printed book, Passion Paper has conveniently bottled the scent of ink on paper. It's meant for a person to wear, but you could easily spray a little on near your screen before you settle down with a good ebook. » 6/03/12 8:45am 6/03/12 8:45am

Now You Can Find Out What Cthulhu Smells Like

Everybody wants a sniff of the gods of the deep, and that's why Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs has created a bunch of perfumes inspired by HP Lovecraft. Including - yes - a Cthulhu scent. Here's how they describe it: » 9/16/09 12:00pm 9/16/09 12:00pm

Trek Perfume Smell Test Invokes High School And Dragon Farts

We took the new Star Trek scents out for a spin, and let io9 readers comment on whether or not Red Shirt, Pon Farr and Tiberius would make them break their Vulcan mating cycles. » 5/06/09 2:30pm 5/06/09 2:30pm