Breathe it in, ladies. That’s the smell of confidence — the smell of someone who’s not afraid to breeze past traditional aromas like cocoa, lavender or “ocean breeze” (whatever that is) and venture instead into the fragrance realm of the not-so-frequently-sniffed.
A true pioneer of perfumes is someone who says, “Hey, you know what? I like to smell like the animated masculinity of a 1987 video game superhero. Sometimes, with a hint of bacon .” Above everything, it’s the sign of a real innovator — proud, bold and fearless.
(Or maybe just someone really, really dorky. We’ll leave that for you to decide.)
Below, we’ve compiled some of the oddest and most nostril-tingling scents on the market — available for both men and women. Flip through the gallery to see the top 10.
Feeling nostalgic? This Play-Doh-scented cologne, Eau de Play-Doh, will bring you right back to your childhood days. The ultimate mood-lifter for a case of the Mondays -- or any day, really.
$20, Amazon .
And you thought your dog loved you the way you smell now.
This bacon-scented perfume traces its roots back to 1920s Paris, where a butcher named John Fargginay blended oils with bacon and created a delicious-smelling potion.
$36, Fargginay .
How does Mega Man smell? Manly, obviously. With a splash of citrus.
$3.99, Epic-Scents .
Nothing quite like the smell of a new book. Or old book. In general, books smell pretty good. Pour a little of this on yourself so you do, too.
$98, Steidl .
... to alarming levels of sultry scents.
Wearing this Batman cologne -- which includes mixes of black pepper, geranium and vanilla bean -- will knock the phrase "Where's Bane!?" into irrelevancy; when you smell this good, Gotham's villains come to you.
$12.95, Fragrancex .
It's a circus out there -- seriously.
Dzing, the "circus" perfume, has all the right ingredients to make you smell like you just walked out of the lion tamer's ring: saddle leather, sawdust and the sweet smell of cotton candy. Clowns not included.
$125, Lucky Scent .
A four-piece set. Choose which hero you want to smell like, or try a combination of all four. Note: Avoid stressful situations while wearing the "Hulk" scent.
$49.99, Amazon .
So you can smell like the bar before you go to the bar.
$21.99, Amazon .
Didn't have time to roll around in the mud before the big date? No problem -- a few splashes of this on the neck should do the trick just fine.
According to FragrantX, you can expect "crisp green notes and a mossy woody base" smell.
$25.73, FragranceX .
Would you wear any of these scents? Any good ones that we missed?
October 24, 2012