Ever wondered what space – you know, the greater universe outside planet Earth – smells like?
Ever wanted to wear that smell?
Well, Nasa, along with expert perfumers, have answered your (slightly niche) calls, unveiling Eau De Space – a perfume, as the name likely gives away, designed to smell like space.
For clarity, this isn’t meant to compete with your fanciest Diptyque fragrance. We’re not sure this scent is particularly nice.
The perfume was initially created decades ago by Nasa themselves, who developed the smell of space to help prepare astronauts before they went out to orbit – the idea being that any surprise, including a strange smell, could derail their mission.
Now, years later, a team has picked that scent back up and launched a Kickstarter, with the aim of bringing the perfume to the masses.
Eau De Space has been developed by Steve Pearce, a chemist and the founder of Omega Ingredients, who partnered expert perfumers to bottle the smell of space… without actually having to hop in a rocket and escape the atmosphere.
So, the big question: what does space smell like?
Astronauts have described the smell as seared steak, raspberries, and rum – and that description matches up with the scent of Eau De Space.
See what we mean about this not necessarily being a replacement for your everyday perfume?
Bonus notes: it’s vegan, so we don’t think steak has actually been used in the making of the fragrance.
The Kickstarter launched with a goal of £1,591 to fulfil the minimum order quantity, but at the time of writing has already had 2,366 backers fronting up more than £70,000 total.
If you donate $15 (around £12) you’ll get sent your own bottle of Eau De Space, to be delivered in October 2020, and your money will be matched with a donation to support a STEM programme in schools. Nice.
‘Decades ago, NASA contracted specialists to developed the “smell of space” to help train astronauts before launch into orbit,’ reads the Kickstarter page. ‘NASA’s goal of simulating Space during training is to eliminate any surprises Astronauts might experience in Outer Space. Practice makes perfect, and it is Rocket Science.
‘The Smell of Space has been locked behind “Need to Know”, Astronaut only field training, and Red Tape for years. Through shear determination, grit, a lot of luck, and a couple of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, we got it out. We’ve all had Space Ice Cream…this takes it a step further.
‘We’ve partnered with award winning perfumers, some of the best in the world, and secured the rights to launch this product exclusively. Our team consists of top Fashion, Tech, Design, and Logistics experience–all with a desire to increase STEM through experiential education. “Eau de Space” is our first product launch under this important initiative, and we hope there will be many more.’
If you do fancy spritzing yourself with the scent of space, you can order your own Eau De Space through Kickstarter.
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