Ever wondered what human existence smells like? Now's your chance to get a big whiff.
Inspired by the upcoming film "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," which is based on Patrick Suskind's bestselling novel, perfumer Thierry Mugler and a perfumer from International Flavors & Fragrances decided to bring some of the story's nicer scents to life, or at least, to nose.
The movie, opening Dec. 27, tells the tale of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a young 18th century French perfumer who becomes obsessed with the intoxicating aroma of beautiful young women and seeks to capture their scents at any cost, even if that means murder.
IFF perfumer Christophe Laudamiel had already begun the undertaking after reading the book, so when Mugler approached the group with the same idea, Laudamiel, who has also created such award-winning fragrances as Elton John's Black Candle and scents for Abercrombie & Fitch and Ralph Lauren, was ready to go.