Sweetly Scented Garments
The Otoko Kaoru (good-smelling man) Fragrant Shirt was released for sale in Japan and attracted a lot of attention from retailers, who snapped up the first run of these sweetly scented garments. I mean, who doesn’t want to go through their day and get home smelling like a bed of roses?
“Fashion is in the air, borne upon the wind. You sense it, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. With scented clothing, you never need to search for the source of style; it emanates from you.” ~ Coco Chanel
Microcapsules Are Embedded
Rose-scented micro-capsules are embedded in the shirt’s collar and if they’re rubbed or put under pressure, they explode, releasing a liquid that evaporates into the air. The scent is designed to be subtle, rather than overpowering and is only smelled when the fragrant shirt’s worn.
Chew A Scent Makes A Mint
The fragranced shirts cost about $35.00, but the fragrance fades after about 10 washes. It then becomes just a regular shirt. Part of the buzz around this product is due to the original Otoko Kaoru gum made by Kracie. The rose and menthol fragrance of the gum was said to be absorbed through the mouth and digestive tract, after which your skin allegedly secretes the delectable scent.
Limited Edition Fragrant Shirt
Launched in 2006, the limited-edition gum proved so popular that it sold out and had to be slowly re-released region by region to prevent shortages. Kracie ceased producing the gum in August 2010 to work with textile manufacturer, Shikibo to produce the shirt. If all goes well with the fragrant shirt, they’re planning to produce a polo shirt and pajamas with the same properties. Hopefully this scented apparel will make its way to Canada, because I’m sure we all know someone who could ‘benefit’ from one!
About Scented Clothing
Scented clothing refers to garments that have been treated with fragrances or scented substances. These scents can be added during the manufacturing process or applied to the fabric after production. The concept of scented clothing is primarily used for:
Some garments are infused with essential oils or other fragrances to promote relaxation, well-being, or stress relief. The idea is that the scent released from the clothing can have a calming or mood-enhancing effect on the wearer.
In some cases, clothing might be treated with scents to help mask or repel undesirable odors. For instance, sportswear or activewear could be infused with scents to minimize the persistence of sweat odors.
Fashion and Personal Preference:
Some clothing brands may introduce scents as part of their unique selling propositions, creating signature scents that accompany their clothing lines. This is more for fashion or personal preference than any functional purpose.
The methods of infusing scents into clothing vary. It can involve treating fabric with scent-infused solutions, applying microencapsulated fragrance beads to textiles, or integrating scent directly into the fabric during the manufacturing process.
However, it’s important to note that scented clothing might have limitations and considerations:
Duration of Scent:
The longevity of the scent in the clothing can vary. Some scents might fade with each wash or over time.
Allergies and Sensitivities:
Some individuals may have allergies or sensitivities to fragrances. Direct contact with scented clothing could potentially cause skin irritations or allergic reactions.
Care and Maintenance:
Washing scented clothing may alter or reduce the intensity of the fragrance.
As the fashion and textile industry continually evolves, new technologies and innovations may have emerged in the realm of scented clothing since then. Always refer to specific product information or the latest research for the most current details regarding scented garments.