65-year-old inventor Christian Poincheval, from the French village of Gesvres, is becoming a household name around the world for his incredible creation, a pill that makes your farts smell nice. The capsules can be purchased online at his website pilulepet.com. The product is very affordable too, a 60 pack of pills costs about $23.
Poincheval even offers a variety of different scents that his customers can choose from, including chocolate, and ginger, as well as other flowers, herbs, and spices. The website even offers fart-reducing powder for pets.
Poincheval told the Telegraph that he came up with the idea in 2006 while eating at a restaurant with a few friends. After the meal, the group had a gas attack, which led to an embarrassing situation.
“Our farts were so smelly after the copious meal, we nearly suffocated. The people at the table next to us were not happy. Something had to be done,” he explained.
Poincheval then started thinking about how this problem could be remedied and quickly stumbled upon a rather obvious solution.
“When we were vegetarian we noticed that our gas smelt like vegetables, like the odor from a cow pat, but when we started eating meat, the smell of the flatulence became much disagreeable. We needed to invent something that made them smell nicer,” he said.
Poincheval says that in addition to saving people from potentially embarrassing situations, his pills are also healthy. He claims that his product reduces intestinal gas and bloating because it contains ingredients like vegetable coal, fennel, seaweed, plant resin, bilberry, and cacao zest.
Poincheval says that the pills are often given as joke gifts during holidays, but they are actually very useful.
“I have all sorts of customers. Some buy them because they have problems with flatulence and some buy them as a joke to send to their friends. Christmas always see a surge in sales,” he said.
The product’s website reads, “The Fart Pill is the result of lengthy research and trials and is on sale since 2007. Our fragrant variants also add a touch of humor for any occasion. Our numerous returning customers are no doubt the best proof.”
A Buzzfeed writer who experimented with the pills found that they caused discomfort in her stomach, constipation, and other small, temporary digestive problems. The writer also reported that most people didn’t seem to smell anything, although a few friends told her that they smelled the roses.
“If my criteria for success was whether or not the pills made my farts smell like violets, then they failed. But because there was no smell, I had no way of determining whether or not the pills were responsible or if it was a placebo effect. Maybe my mind was tricking my body into passing less stinky gas!” The journalist said.
“If there were a fancy occasion that I didn’t want to ruin with malodorous gases, I would take these pills because there isn’t any harm in taking them. But the need to take 6 pills after every meal definitely deters me from taking this regularly. Also, you shouldn’t ingest activated charcoal for more than 10 days,” she added.