Move aside, Chanel No. 5. Scientists have now created a scent that’s even older than the iconic perfume, even if it only just wafted into human nostrils for the first time in more than 100 years.
That’s because the piney, earthy perfume derives its fragrance compounds from a Hawaiian hibiscus flower that vanished from the dryland forests of Maui in the early-1910s.
— With some help from Sissel Tolaas, the folks at Ginkgo BioWorks make a "de-extincted hibiscus perfume". Read more Jurassic Park for Perfume: Ginkgo Bioworks Reconstructs Scents From Extinct Plants at IEEE Spectrum.