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Food-scented perfumes seem to be a rising trend in the fragrance world. Even more bizarre is a new candy marketed as edible deodorant.

The technology behind Deo Perfume Candy is based on research by Japanese scientists.

“Their studies showed that when ingested, rose oil exudes aromatic compounds, such as geraniol, through the skin. When evaporating through the skin, geraniol aromatizes it with a beautiful rose fragrance.”

One serving size (four pieces) contains 12 mg of geraniol. While the strength and duration of the perfume depends on body weight, developers say one serving size eaten by a person weighing 145 pounds could last up to six hours.

Below we present 5 of the weirdest food perfumes currently on the market.

5) Tamale

The most recent addition to the zany food perfume collection is Tamale, the newest perfume line from Zoils Oils and the brainchild of Zorayda Ortiz, a Pilsen-based perfumer.

According to DNAinfo Chicago, the scent is intended to pay tribute to the Lower West Side neighborhood’s culture, history and cuisine.

“I could go wild and try to create a ‘pollo’ one or an ‘al pastor’ one,” Ortiz told DNA of the scent, which she hopes will debut in the spring.

4) Bacon Perfume

FriendsEAT Editor-in-Chief, Blanca Valbuena, notes that Fargginay has developed a cologne that men have dreamed of throughout the ages: Bacon Cologne.

The product website says that the original Eau de parfum was developed in France by a Parisian butcher that found a formula that would soothe his clients. The formula was lost…and now it is back.

3) Cologne of Whopper

Several years ago, Burger King debuted a men’s body spray named “Flame.” The $4-a-bottle aroma was billed as “The scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat.” Daring men can purchase the fragrance at Rickey’s retailers in New York.

2) Pork Barrel Barbeque Cologne

“Que, an intoxicating bouquet of spices, smoke, meat, and sweet summer sweat, is the latest development in wearable scents and is quickly becoming a hit among meat lovers, grill masters, and backyard BBQ’ers.

“Recognizing the absence of a barbeque-scented cologne and perfume, Pork Barrel BBQ worked with a team of craftsmen and fine perfumers to create the perfect barbeque aroma. Until now, no fragrance manufacturer has ever succeeded in bottling the intoxicating scents associated with barbeque and its mixture of spices, smoke and meat.”

1) “Eau de Pizza Hut” Perfume

As part of a Facebook marketing ploy by Pizza Hut, the company decided to launch its own perfume.

“The limited edition perfume was designed to commemorate Pizza Hut Canada reaching 100,000 Facebook fans. Only 110 bottles were produced and shared with lucky Facebook fans who won a bottle by being among the first to share their desire for Pizza Hut perfume.”

The new fragrance from Pizza Hut Canada vaunts an aroma of freshly baked, hand-tossed dough. “When our ad team at GRIP brought the idea to us, we absolutely loved it,” says Beverley D’Cruz, Marketing and Product Development Director, Pizza Hut Canada.

“What better way to celebrate our Facebook fans than by providing them with a way to enjoy the fresh smell of Pizza Hut pizza whenever they want!”

Other Wild Food Scents

Christopher Brosius, a New York perfumer, has been described as one of the most innovative perfumers of the 21st Century.

Christopher has won awards; his work is in museums and he claims countless people in all civilized parts of the globe enjoy the unique scents he creates.

“Much to my surprise, at least in a small way I have changed how people think of perfume: what it is and how it’s used.”

Note some of the scents Christopher has created. They sell for $40 a bottle.


California Roll

Cucumber Roll

Cucumber Sandwich

French Bread


Tortilla Chip

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Spence Cooper
Inquisitive foodie with a professional investigative background and strong belief in the organic farm to table movement. Author of Bad Seeds: A FriendsEAT Guide to GMO's. Buy Now!
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