Eau de Pope: Benedict Gets Own Cologne

One-of-a-kind scent features 'lime, verbena, and grass'
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2012 8:51 AM CDT
Eau de Pope: Benedict Gets Own Cologne
Pope Benedict XVI waves during his weekly audience at the Vatican, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

(Newser) – Holy water de cologne? Boutique perfume maker Silvana Casoli has created a special cologne for the famously well-dressed Pope Benedict XVI, featuring "hints of lime tree, verbena, and grass" based on the pope's love of nature, reports the Guardian. But don't try to find this unique blend at your local Macy's; it's made exclusively for the Bishop of Rome. "I would not ever repeat the same perfume for another customer," says Casoli.

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Casoli also makes one-of-a-kind fragrances for such celebrities as Sting, Madonna, and King Juan Carlos of Spain. The Vatican found out about her signature scents after she made a couple of blends for Catholics making the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, and local bishops forwarded the fragrances to Rome. But Casoli doesn't limit her endeavors to such pious perfumes—two other blends are called Nude and Cannabis. (Read more Pope Benedict XVI stories.)

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