Sunday, March 16, 2008 smell like an old man

The Pope’s Cologne is a classic Old World cologne made from the private formula of Pope Pius IX (1792-1878). We obtained this formula from descendants of the commander of his Papal Guard and lifelong friend, General Charles Charette. We have followed this complex, exclusive formula meticulously, using the same essential oils that his perfumers used 150 years ago.

Come on now! Who really wants to smell like the pope? Do you want to walk through a crowd and have people turn their heads and say "Hmm... that guy might be the pope." (Well, maybe there are some Sede Vacantists who'd like you to think the "real pope" is out wandering around in exile. )

Further, this sort of product really isn't something your average male Catholic would be inclined to buy. Who is the target market? Semi-gay clerics? Graying widows who will apply this to their cats Leo and Pius?

And finally, by their own admission; this a 150 year-old formula. Is there anyone alive who really knows if they got the formula right? And if there is anyone alive, are their olfactory senses still keen enough to differentiate between an onion and an apple at this point in their lives?

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