Elie's Expositions

A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Eau De Doh

I wrote several months ago about the 50th anniversary of one of my favorite childhood toys, Play Doh. Now the Hasbro company is marking this historic event with a new product, Play Doh Perfume. Especially targeted at "fun, highly-creative people", this scent should bring back childhood memories - that is, if your childhood memories include people running away from you holding their noses...

Seriously, though, it isn't that Play Doh is a bad scent - just not one I think most people would want to dab behind their ears before a night on the town. This all reminds me of a scene from one of the Doctor Dolittle books (think the original Hugh Lofting classics, not the Eddie Murphy travesty) in which the good doctor's dog Jip, whose olfactory abilities are legend, is consulted by a perfumery to rate the purity of their products. With typical doggy directness and lack of tact, Jip proceeds to describe unpleasant extraneous odors in each perfume sample, and concludes that none of the company's scents are worth wearing to begin with. When asked what perfume they should market instead, he suggests "mutton".

Hey, to a carnivore like me, that sounds pretty good! Note to self: Call Estee Lauder!


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