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Bottling the Scent of the Recently Deceased

After her husband passed away, Katia Apalategui's mother held on to her late husband's pillowcase to keep his unique scent.

"This gave me the idea of bottling a dead person's unique scent so that grieving relatives can keep their loved one's memory alive," said Apalategui to The Telegraph. "We take the person's clothing and extract about 100 molecules [sic] of their unique bodily odour. Then in a distillation process that takes four days we reconstruct it in the form of perfume."

Apalategui worked with scientists at Le Havre University to develop the technique to reproduce a person's distinct odor. That odor, she added, could provide "olfactory comfort" that Apalategui claimed is more effective than photos of the deceased.

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