"Star Trek" fragrances boldly go where no cologne has gone before
Maryland-based Genki Wear will release three Star Trek-themed fragrances on April 24, just in time for the May 8 release of J.J. Abrams' new film chronicling the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members: "Tiberius" and "Red Shirt" colognes for men, and "Pon Farr" perfume for women.
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The world of fragrance is about to boldly go where few have ventured before: the Trekosphere.
Hoping to profit from the May 8 release of J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek film, chronicling the beginnings of Captain James T. Kirk and the USS Enterprise, Maryland-based Genki Wear will release three Star Trek-themed scents on April 24.
John McGonigle, president of Genki, said the two men's colognes and one women's perfume will retail for about $30.
Soon, Trekkies will be able to channel their inner Starfleet commander — or inner William Shatner — with "Tiberius," based on Kirk's character. The scent which carries the tag line "Boldly Go," is described by Genki Wear as having a "warm vanilla, white musk and sandalwood" base.
For those living like the next workday could be their last, there's "Red Shirt." This cologne, with the tag line, "Because tomorrow may never come," is in honor of the unnamed Enterprise officers who don't typically survive past the TV show's first scene. It's described as having a "leather and gray musk" aroma.
But it's the "Pon Farr" perfume that may require a double take. That's right, it's for the ladies. Perhaps a great gift for mom for letting you crash in the basement for 50-some-odd years? Maybe not. It actually refers to the Vulcan mating ritual which occurs every seven years. So maybe this one's only for special occasions?
John Tenuto, merchandise editor of TrekMovie.com, the largest independent Star Trek news site, said fans have responded positively to the fragrances.
But some Trekkies still have doubts.
"I predict incredibly stinky Trek conventions in the near future," one online comment said.
Others simply made fun of the idea: "No Worf scent? You know, peaty, with a hint of lilac."
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