Can we please stop making perfume out of things that should not touch people’s skin? Seriously. I don’t want other people’s bodily fluids (even Lady Gaga’s) on my skin, unless it is a completely consensual episode agreed upon in advance. While not QUITE as disgusting as, Surplus, you know, the fragrance made from poop, the thought of perfume made out of urine is not appealing.
"Conceptual artist" Cherry Tree, whose real last name is actually Blansit, started collecting her urine in 2006 after every full moon. She told AOL’s Weird News: “I was fascinated by how the smell changes depending on what you eat. It smells really good after you eat a lot of honey and it smells terrible after eating chicken.”
It turns out her brother owns a liquor distillery, so she started adding sugar to the urine to ferment it. This turns it into alcohol and kills any germs that may be present. (I still wouldn’t squirt this on myself.) Tree doesn’t add any other scents to the juice; she merely relies upon her own diet to change the bouquet. One batch was apparently quite chocolately.
The good news is that she isn’t selling this stuff yet. She acknowledges that the logistics of production would be sort of a nightmare, and she would want to make people perfume out of their own urine rather than hers. That’s truly a bespoke beauty business.
Tree’s last quote to AOL? “I have a close relationship to urine. I’ve done it all my life.”
(Look, I made it through the whole thing without once making an eau de toilette joke.)