Great Packaging: The Perfumed Stink Bomb

When I was in high school, some jerk would bust a stink bomb in the hallways about once a week. For hours, the insufferable smell of sulphur would gag everyone within 100 yards while some kid snickered anonymously. The stink bombs were actually little glass vials full of a smelly chemical, often ammonium sulfide. Break the thin glass by tossing it against the ground and the smell is everywhere.

But this is brilliant: home fragrance in the form of stink bombs. A French candle company that dates back to the 17th century, Cire Trudon, is now selling a ten-pack of perfumed vials ($41 a pack at Aedes de Venustas in New York). They come in three different scents: Roi Soleil (pine and citrus), Spiritus Sancti (a church-themed fragrance like alters and amber-burning censers), and Nazareth (clove, cinnamon and orange)—each of which are also offered as candles and room sprays.

I can’t vouch for the quality of the fragrances, but the delivery mechanism is awfully clever.

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