Credit: Joe Merrell


In the world of Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) research, there are those close encounter witnesses that report unknown fuming odors!

Los Angeles artist Joe Merrell has worked with perfumer Chris Gordon to create an eau de parfum called what else: “Abduction.”

The project started in 2016 with Saskia Wilson-Brown, founder and director of The Institute for Art and Olfaction, the two artisans working collaboratively to make several scents for Merrell’s art installation at Machine Project in Echo Park. One of these was based on what people report smelling during close encounter experiences.

Credit: Joe Merrell

Wearable fragrance

“There is very little research specifically related to scent and reported ufo/abduction phenomena,” Merrell told Inside Outer Space, “so I spent a great deal of time combing through books and talking to several people who report close encounters.”

Merrell adds, as is the case with other aspects of the UFO phenomenon, there was a fair amount of consistency in the reports.

“The challenge in this most recent iteration of the project was in making a perfume that stayed true to what was in the research and still worked on its own as a wearable fragrance,” Merrell said.

Credit: Joe Merrell

Sniff test

Merrell points to the research work of Antonio Rullán published in July 2000:  Odors from UFOs: Deducing Odorant Chemistry and Causation from Available Data. The paper examines scents associated with physical craft.

Courtesy: Joe Merrell

As for the scents most often described in relation to abduction experiences, Merrell says they include cinnamon with a distinct cloying aspect, yeast, as well as damp organic/earthiness, even burning cardboard or paper.

The perfume that has been produced is reportedly true enough that it invokes feelings of familiarity from those that have experienced alien abduction.





For more information on Merrell’s work, as well as a posted copy of Rullán’s Odors from UFOs paper, go to his website, The Eyes Are Always There at:

2 Responses to “UFO Abduction – the Perfume!”

  • nice article on ufo abduction the perfume!
    thanks for sharing

  • David Škarabela says:


    If the perfumes smells like cinnamon with a distinct cloying aspect, yeast, as well as damp organic/earthiness, even burning cardboard or paper, that´s exactly what I can smell when having an encounter. Good job on that! The burning aspect prevails in my experience.

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