Published on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 00:00
It has been a long time coming, but someone has finally invented a pill that makes your farts smell like a bouquet of roses or a box of chocolates. It might sound like an extremely belated April Fool's article, but believe you us, this is not a prank, and the inventor claims that it actually works wonderfully.
65-year-old Christian Poincheval from France is the mastermind behind the pill. He says that he began developing the pill about six years ago, after a heavy dinner with some friends. “We had just come back from Switzerland and we were eating a lot with our friends and the smell from the flatulence was really terrible,” he revealed.
“When we were vegetarian, we noticed that our gas smelled like vegetables, like the odor from a cow pat, but when we started eating meat the smell of the flatulence became much disagreeable,” he added. “We couldn’t breathe so me and my friends decided something had to be done. We needed to invent something that made them smell nicer.”
Christian was actually serious about it and went to see a scientist to explore different ways of countering smelly farts. Together, they researched natural ingredients that would reduce flatulence and after months of experimentation, came up with the recipe for his pills.
He began selling the rose-scented pills in 2006, and recently added chocolate for this year's festive season. It contains vegetable coal, fennel, seaweed, plant resin, bilberry and cacao zest.
Christian claims that his pills sell like hot cakes, with at least a few hundred jars flying off the shelves every month. “I have all sorts of customers,” he said. “Some buy them because they have problems with flatulence and some buy them as a joke to send to their friends. Christmas always sees a surge in sales.”
The pills are sold on Pilulepet, at a price of €9.99 (SG$16.25) for a jar of 60, which is relatively affordable. Even if they don’t work as marketed, they still make great novelty Christmas gifts for that friend who has everything or that friend who seems to be suffering from chronic flatulence. Buy it here