Beauty products are all about multi-tasking these days. Lipstick with SPF. Eye cream with attached undereye concealer. The next big thing that may be hitting your cosmetics counter? Candy that turns into perfume.
An American ingredients company and a Bulgarian candy company got together to make candy that will make you smell like roses. It’s a different mechanism than what happens when you eat a Reese’s peanut butter cup and everyone knows you just ate it. This candy, called Deo Perfume Candy, contains geraniol, the source of the scent. It works just like garlic; you eat it and there’s a chemical there that can’t be digested, so it leaks out through your pores.
Geraniol is an ingredient found naturally in a lot of essential oils, like rose oil, citronella, and lemon. It has a rosy scent and is commonly used in perfumes. Oh, and it has been shown to repel mosquitos (bonus!) and potentially attract honey bees (eek!).
Unfortunately, the candy will not taste like chocolate and make you smell like Chanel No.5. It will taste like roses. Rose-flavored candy was all the rage in Victorian times, and apparently it tastes pretty good. We’re skeptical, but who knows. There’s no information about what form the candy will take. The Japanese, who are always at the forefront of weird things, have apparently been making geraniol flavored gum, and the rose scent lasts several hours.
How long before celebrities start making their own perfume candy?