Christian Poincheval was enjoying a meal out with friends six years ago when he had his eureka moment and the idea for a new product popped into his head. What sparked his creativity? "After a hearty meal, we almost suffocated as our farts were smelly," the French inventor says, per Mashable. "The winds were not very pleasant for our fellow diners. I had to do something." Poincheval says he first visited a lab to investigate natural remedies for offending flatulence. After months of experiments, he had his invention: a line of pills Poincheval says help digestion and turn flatulence into "perfume" using 100% natural ingredients, the Telegraph reports.
Available here, the pills under the name Lutin Malin—or "Crafty Imp" in English—come in rose and violet scents. And just in time for the holidays, the "Father Christmas" fart pill "gives your farts the scent of chocolate." A jar of 60 pills, made from blueberries, seaweed, fennel, plant resin, and other ingredients, costs $12.50 and is the perfect Christmas gift for your smelly friends, Poincheval says. In fact, "there will be a real need for these pills over Christmas," he tells the Local. He even sells versions for dogs. Poincheval adds that the pills, which reportedly reduce bloating, are approved by French health officials. (It turns out sniffing farts is actually good for you.)