Ever wanted to smell like a sumo wrestler? No? Too bad, here we go.
The J-Scent collection strives to turn various uniquely Japanese experiences into a line of fragrances. With previous releases like "Hanamikaze" (which is meant to emulate the smell of the breeze at a cherry blossom festival) and "Hydrangea," they've been doing fairly well so far. But their new line -- "Ramune," "Yuzu," and "Sumo Wrestler" -- has raised a few eyebrows.
Before you go worrying they'll make you smell like soda and athletes, though, don't. The scents as described on their website actually sound pretty good.
The "Ramune" scent is a mix of herbs and flowers including lemon, mint, rose, and magnolia, meant to make people think of warm summer festival evenings. "Yuzu" includes (of course) the citrus it's named after, as well as orange and bergamot. And the dreaded "Sumo Wrestler" scent? Eucalyptus, anise, violet, and heliotrope, with undertones of musk, patchouli, and sandalwood. Not bad at all.
The new scents went on sale today, and are available for 3,500 yen per bottle. Check out their shop for these and other previous scents, as well as testers for those who would like to sample first.
Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.