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Want to know how the other half smells? Just buy a whiff


Want to know how the other half smells? Just buy a whiff

eBay offers a holiday experience out of thin air for those lucky or daft enough to afford it

Moiketsi Thipe

To those who see Jerusalem as the Holy Land but have never been, you could bring home the perfect souvenir without leaving your home. Holy Air offers sealed air in a can, promising that all of its “ingredients are homogenised to make up a mixture that cannot be duplicated anywhere else”. The only place to find an item this eccentric is on eBay (unless you’re in the Holy Land itself of course), and it seems they have quite a few of these cans on offer.A familiar smell can take us back to fond memories of trips across the globe, but a can of air offers something different:  scented memories of places you’ve never been to.
The cans’ ingredients are a “mixture” of Israeli destinations: 65% Jerusalem air, 18% Bethlehem air mixed with 2% desert air, 17% Nazareth air, and a touch of 13% Galilee air. In this small can you can smell the whole of Israel.
The cans go for $12 (about R161) each, with a $4.50 (R60) delivery fee. So questions (and belief) are beggared: why not spoil yourself with fresh air all the way from the Holy Land and save the expense of a plane ticket?
If you’re looking for a more sophisticated way of inhaling exotic air that doesn’t require a can opener, using Vitality Air is an alternative option. If you’re bored of the usual South African smell, Vitality offers the Canada Banff national park scent and the Lake Louise scent too.These scents are stored in spray cans and guarantee each user about 160 breaths per can. $32 (R432) for Banff air and $15 (R204) for South Korean Mount Jiri air seems a fair price if you really think about what it takes to make these cans. For starters, Vitality workers collect about 200,000 litres of air which takes about 40 hours to do. This air is then taken back to the factory where it is bottled for your breathing pleasure. No expiration date, no worries!Vitality Air have also made a very special can of air for those who can afford to go the extra mile – with a price tag  of $10,000 (R136,000).It’s for those who want their air to come with a diamond studded button that you have to depress every time you spray. This one-of-a-kind can had an extra $10,000 added on to the price after rapper 2 Chainz signed the can.If you’re in the mood for some fresh pine air and a timeless signature then get to eBay before you’re out of luck.
So, folks, it seems that the air in a can can magically transport you to another place, even if it’s just for just a few seconds. Mostly for those who just want a quick whiff of how the other half smells.

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