Some things you just honestly can’t make up.
It’s been on the market for a while, but I’ve just stumbled upon the existence of Vulva, a cologne, based on the “genuine scent of a woman” (read: their vagina) for men.
A friend sent me a link to this YouTube video:
I did a little research, and apparently the cologne is an oily liquid different to the consistency of normal perfume oil – it’s more oily, like a water-based lube. LOL.
Also, according to the head of the company that produces Vulva, the cologne contains actual samples, all from the same woman (at least, in the case of Vulva Original. Different scents are being/have been developed).
After my initial reaction of WTF, I started getting curious about who would buy this product and who it is likely to be marketed to.
The YouTuber Alex Day suggests that it would be bachelors who are so arrogantly single that they like the idea of being able to get the whiff of a woman whenever they feel like it, without expending any effort to get to know the woman behind the scent.
I also think it might be a great present idea for “what do you get the bachelor who has everything?” at his bachelor party before getting married, kind of like last hurrah for his freedom – he can roll on Vulva whenever he wants and be promiscuous without overstepping the bounds of monogamy.
Plus, I could buy couples using something like Vulva to heighten intimate experiences. Just the thought of someone refreshing themselves with their little bottle of Vulva during the day is a truly comical image.
The head of the company that produces Vulva is actual quite thoughtful about why this product is being made:
Q: Why on earth did you create a scent from a woman’s bits?
Guido Lenssen: The sense of smell as a human being is important and very underrated. When you’re in restaurant, you always ask how does the food taste, but you never discuss the smell. When I am with my wife, I prefer her natural body smell to other smells like perfume. The intimacy of her scent is important. In the erotic market I realised you can buy billions of sex toys but they’re all about touching or seeing or hearing. I wanted to address this sense of smell on the market.
Now, do you guys think that the equivalent perfume for women, Mr Funky Spunk Perfume or something, would be successful? I did an internet search but couldn’t find anything similar, but I’m curious if anything like that exists. I suspect there isn’t, and it captures a subtle difference between the sexes and their approach to sex nicely.
Vulva is an interesting social commentary in a day and age where concepts like Friends With Benefits are becoming far more commonplace, where the notion that the physical and emotional aspects of sex can be kept completely separate and easily compartmentalized.
So, do you think Vulva revolutionary and speaking to our times, or a product that will be momentarily successful out of pure shock value? I’d love to know your thoughts on this one!