Turning Poo Into Perfume

In 1961, Piero Manzoni created created a piece of art called "Merda d'artista" which was composed of 30gr of net freshly preserved poo (his own) in a tin.

Fast forward fifty years later, and we have this: hipster extraordinaire and artist Jammie Nicholas has turned his own poo into perfume ... and selling 'em!

Enough of this shit. So, to your perfume – how’d the idea come about?
I was reading a book by the French writer Dominique Laporte called The History Of Shit, which analyses the theoretical and social implications of faeces, and its role as a building material for cosmetics. It suggested that pleasant smells were used to cover bad smells, so it could be suggested that a bad smell could be used to cover pleasant smells.

Isn’t that an incredibly obvious thing to base an art stunt like this around?
Well I did some research and spoke to perfumers and scientists involved with smell at molecular levels. I learnt that there are molecules that are common to both good and bad smells – for example, the smell of faeces and many white flowers, such as orange blossoms and juniper, are from the molecule Skatol. They’re just there in varying concentrations.

http://www.viceland.com/wp/2011/03/when-life-gives-you-shit-turn-it-into-perfume/ - via I Heart Chaos

Newest 4
Newest 4 Comments

I was a bit worried that the most important things we can find to do is read about shit. But now I see that it is being put to good use. I guess I'm allergic to a lot of perfumes because I choke and asphyxiate when I inhale them. But, interestingly, the smell of human shit doesn't cause any choking or asphyxiation. Maybe I'll order some and leave it in the lunch-room at work, and maybe the ladies will prefer it.
Abusive comment hidden. (Show it anyway.)
Login to comment.

Email This Post to a Friend
"Turning Poo Into Perfume"

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.


Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
Learn More