Sense of smell is one of the closest senses tied to memory. Just one sniff of your grandma's perfume or dad's shirt, and all the memories of earlier days come flooding back. But what happens when those closest to you pass away and you can no longer seek out the scent of your loved ones for comfort?
Katia Apalategui, a 52-year-old French insurance saleswoman, conjured up a new way to cope after mourning the loss of her father: A perfume scented just like him. According to The Guardian, the process, which extracts the person's odor from a piece of clothing, doesn't just rely on his or her signature perfume scent but instead collects the smell of the loved one's skin, hair, and body for a truly unique fragrance.
Apalategui plans to launch the perfume company in September that will offer grieving families at funeral homes the opportunity to create their own sentimental fragrance for $600. Although the focus right now is on bottling the scent of the deceased, she's hoping to extend the service to those who want to capture the scent of their living loved ones in the future.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.