"Eau de Toilet": Artist Made Perfume Out of Own Urine

"Signature scent" doesn't get any more personal than this, folks! If you love to hear the unusual things artists do in the name of art, "urine" for a treat:

Conceptual artist Cherry Tree has a scent of mystery about her. And the smell of urine. Her urine. And it's intentional.

For the last five years, Tree, who splits time between Missouri and Spain, has been turning her own urine into perfume.

"I am very much into recycling," Tree, born Charity Blansit, told AOL Weird News. "And urine is something I've thought needs to be recycled, since it's something that gets eliminated." [...]

"I was fascinated by how the smell changes depending on what you eat," she said. "For instance, it smells really good after you eat a lot of honey and it smells terrible after eating chicken."

David Moye of AOL News has the full story: Link | Cherry Tree's blog - via Fark


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Learn some facts. Here are some common animal sources used to make perfume:

- Ambergris: Ambergris is a solid, waxy, flammable substance of a dull gray or blackish color produced in the digestive system of and regurgitated or excreted by sperm whales.

- Castoreum: Within the zoological realm, castoreum is the yellowish secretion of the castor sac in combination with the beaver's urine, used during scent marking of territory.

- African Civet: The perineal gland secretion has been the basic ingredient for many perfumes for hundreds of years and is still being used today although on the decline since the creation of synthetic musk.

- Hyraceum: Hyraceum is the petrified and rock-like excrement composed of both urine and feces excreted by the Cape Hyrax, commonly referred to as the Dassie.

- Honeycomb: From the honeycomb of the honeybee.

- Deer musk: Deer musk is a substance with a persistent odor obtained from a gland of the male musk deer situated between its back/rectal area.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perfume#Animal_sources
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