Are you looking for a way to help that special man in your life smell wonderful while, at the same time, sending a not-so-subtle message that you think he’s pathologically self-absorbed?
Well, it just came to my attention over the weekend that now there is a way that you can!
“What is it?” you ask.
Well, it’s Narcissist cologne.
That’s right, Narcissist cologne.
The January 2013 Mensa Bulletin features a profile, on page 18, of Kim Taylor, its creator. In the article, Kim describes how, while living in Paris and traveling the French countryside, she was inspired to create a cologne.
As for the cologne’s name, she says:
“The image for the brand comes from the classical character Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water. A men’s cologne just seemed like a good vehicle for a comical depiction of the classic narcissist, who just happens to be male. It’s tongue-in-cheek, but it comes from years of experience dealing with people, learning languages, and trying to make sense of it all. Sometimes the simple answer is: Narcissist.”
Even more comical: there is now a Narcissist fragrance for dogs.
The full fancy French name of the cologne for men is Narcissist: Eau de Toilette pour Homme.
The full name of the cologne for dogs is Narcissist: Eau de Toilette pour Chien.
For those concerned about sexism, Taylor says that she is considering a women’s fragrance, as well.
The description on the About page of the cologne’s website says:
“Narcissist pour homme is developed especially for the man whose ego is unsurpassed…in other words…homme vainglorious, half-awake in his limited awareness, self-absorbed victim of flattery, ruled by pleasure, drenched in scent, basking in hedonism.Give the gift of self-love.”
Taylor also sells a Narcissist t-shirt through the main site.
The cologne has a Facebook page, as well, which blends promotion of the product with humor and education about narcissism.
I think this is, overall, a brilliant idea. Ponerologic topics are intense so sometimes you just need some comic relief. They can also put people on the defensive and humor can help relax those barriers to learning and understanding.
With just under 1000 likes on Narcissist’s Facebook page as of this writing, it appears that, even as she helps make the world smell a little better, Taylor is making people laugh and, at the same time, actually spreading some knowledge and encouraging people to learn more about this quite serious character trait.
Perhaps the best part is that Taylor seems to truly care about the ethics involved in this issue and to be a strong advocate for compassionate and just interactions. An article in the Savannah Morning News quotes Taylor as saying:
“My themes seem to return to the message of fair play. I’d like to be remembered for that message and for never letting anyone off the hook who doesn’t play fair.”
And, about that, she isn’t just kidding. She is the author of Play Fair! The Art of Relationship and Friendship and the company through which she runs her cologne business is called Fair Play Products.
I must say that when I started this site to help educate people about the science of “evil” and the role of pathological conditions in our systems, I never dreamed I’d be writing about men’s cologne, much less cologne for dogs. But count this as yet another of those fun, unforeseeable twists in the road that you encounter whenever you boldly journey into a subject as vast and complex as ponerology. And kudos to Kim Taylor for using a creative and fun approach to try to contribute to improving the world at what is actually quite a key leverage point.
It was all I could do to refrain from titling this article “Woman Makes Scents of Narcissism”
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