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Reference Question of the Week – 7/12/09

   July 18th, 2009

bad smellAs I returned to the desk after helping a patron, I overheard my coworker's side of the end of a phone conversation. I could tell it was something odd, and when she hung up, she turned to me and said:

This patron is looking for a company in the area that will make perfume from her sweat.


A few quick searches led us to websites talking about perfumes made from bodily fluids (link if you dare). However, we couldn't find any company (local or otherwise) that made custom perfumes, for individuals, from their own sweat.

And after we thought about it, we kind of wonder how much sweat would be needed, and how a person would collect it.

By trying a different approach, we did find some local companies that produce custom fragrances. However, we left it to the patron to contact them with her request.

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4 Responses to “Reference Question of the Week – 7/12/09”

  1. Chris Says:

    Gross. Your associated picture was perfect.

  2. Jessica Says:

    I don’t get it. If you want to smell like your own sweat, can’t you just… get sweaty? What a question!

  3. ccr in MA Says:

    Surely that’s the question of the month, not just the week?

  4. Brian Herzog Says:

    @Chris: I wonder if they let you create your own label, like Jones?

    @Jessica: from what I can gather, the logic is that if they base a perfume from your natural body chemicals, then the scent will work with your body instead of against it. However, I often apply logic and structure to situations where none exists.

    @ccr: I am very glad a coworker got this question – I don’t think anyone would have believed me.