Australian artists and self-described "body architect" Lucy McRae has teamed up with Harvard biologist Sheref Mansy to renew our experience of perfume with Swallowable Parfum. Going back to an archaic method of fragrancing, which was used for instance by Chinese courtesans, today's version of ingested scent benefits from added technological sophistication and a new visual dimension.
"A digestible scented capsule that breaks entirely new ground in the science of human instinct. Once absorbed, the capsule enables the skin to become a platform, an atomize, a biologically enhanced second skin synthesized directly from the natural processes of the body."...
"Fragrance molecules are excreted through the skin's surface during perspiration, leaving tiny golden droplets on the skin that emanate a unique odor. The potency of the scent is determined by each individual's acclimatization to temperatures, to stress, exercise, or sexual arousal."
What the brand promises also is that the swallower of scent will be able to "emit a genetically unique scent about who we are, and how we perform our identities."
Apart from the practical issues raised by a scent which emits color on the skin (and clothes?), this sounds like an interesting experience. People who are looking for a signature perfume or a non-perfume concept might be intrigued by it as well.
The fragrance will be available through the site swallowableparfum.com