When you walk into a room, what do you smell?
Well, for many of us, it’s the perfume we wear every day, which contains our most intimate feelings and emotions.
But that perfume could soon change, as perfumes from a handful of unique bottles could transform an entire room.
The fragrances are known as perfumer’s bottles.
Each one has been specially crafted by a single perfume artist, so each bottle is unique.
The idea is that the perfume can be created for the individual or the group who lives in the room, says Sarah Taylor, from the University of Warwick.
“We can really capture the feelings that go through your head and get into the moment you’re feeling, and we can do it without having to have an expensive bottle.”
The scent can be added to a wall, attached to a lamp or a wall decor, and hidden away.
“The idea is not just to make the perfume smell, but to make it feel and smell different,” she says.
“It could be as simple as the smell of a bottle being left on a wall.”
Sarah and her team from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) are making perfumes that are meant to be shared, as well as unique.
These include one made from a bottle of rose, which can be hidden in a drawer.
The scent of rose The first of these perfumes, which Sarah has developed and named Rose, was created by Sophie O’Connor.
She describes the scent as “a little bit of an olfactory trip”.
She says it’s “a scent of roses, just the way roses smell”.
Sophie O.C. (pictured) says the scent of the perfume “is like a trip you could take on a hike through a forest, the smell is very pleasant, like a rose garden.”
The perfume is intended for sharing.
She has also created two perfumes made from the fragrance of a lamp, and one made of a perfume from a wall.
Sarah says it can be applied to a variety of surfaces, including a lamp to create a unique feel and scent.
“You can put a lamp in a room and it will just add a nice little touch to the room,” she explains.
Sarah hopes that by creating these perfoms, people will also be inspired to share their own personal scent.
These perfumes can be bought online or from a shop.
Sarah has also made a few other perfumes in her own workshop.
“One of the things that we love is the use of fragrance, so when you buy something from us, you’re really paying for something that is a little bit different,” says Sarah.
Sarah’s perfumes are not available to the public yet.
They can be purchased online or at shops, or at the RSPCA.
Sarah will also sell perfume samples online, which are available to anyone.
“So we’re not just making a perfume that’s available to all people, we’re also selling it to those that want to try it, and give it a try,” she tells the BBC.
“That’s the way we want to keep it going.”
BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56061836 “The thing is, we want the product to be available to everyone, and not just the rich, the privileged, the famous, but anyone,” Sarah adds.
“If people want to use it, we’d love them to.”
For Sarah, the idea for Rose came from “the idea that people could buy perfume and make it their own.”
Sarah says that a lot of people have had a hard time fitting in.
“I think it’s one of the biggest challenges of social isolation,” she said.
“There’s lots of people that I know, that I work with, that are extremely lonely, they have very little connection with anyone.”
Sarah believes that the success of Rose will make people “feel better about themselves”.
“We’re going to do a lot to try to help people to realise that, that it’s OK to express yourself, and to be who you are,” she adds.
Sarah is hoping that the perfumes will help people “be more confident” about their own sexuality, and “better fit in”.
Sarah says her perfumes have inspired her to do more research into the research of the human body.
“What’s really interesting is that our understanding of the body is really not what’s in the bottle, it might be in the wall, or on a shelf, but what’s actually in the body are these chemicals that have evolved in the human genome, and that’s the key to understanding the human condition,” she explained.
“When people realise that their body really does have the same genetic blueprint as their skin, then it’s very difficult for people to hide that they don’t feel the same emotions.”
Sarah is now working on a book about her experiences as a trans person