Strange things happen in the Netherlands: Swallowable perfume will emit fragrance from the skin

Applying perfume to our skin? It may seem almost old-fashioned

Created by Amsterdam-based artist Lucy McRae along with synthetic biologist Sheref Mansy, Swallowable Parfum is essentially a capsule containing synthetic fragrant lipid molecules that mimic the structure of the fat molecules naturally found in the body. When those lipids get metabolized by the body’s enzymes, fragrant molecules are released and excreted through the skin’s surface through perspiration. The skin, then, serves as an atomizer for the tiny droplets of fragrance that are left behind, and the strength of the resulting scent is determined by the individual’s acclimatization to temperature, stress, exercise or sexual arousal. The video above explains the premise in visual detail.

McRae and Mansy are currently still in the research phase of the creation of Swallowable Parfum.