We all know how embarrassing it can be when the smell from someone breaking wind lingers in a room.
And this could be the perfect Christmas gift for flatulent friends or relatives who tend to over-indulge during the festive season.
A French man claims to have developed a pill that not only eases indigestion but makes farts smell like chocolate or roses.
Christian Poincheval, 65, said he came up with the idea during a fart-plagued dinner with friends.
“We were at the table with friends and after a hearty meal, our farts were so smelly we nearly suffocated,” he said on his website.
“The winds were not very pleasant for our fellow diners. Something had to be done.”
Previously, the inventor has sold pills to scent farts with rose or violet, but now he has brought out a chocolate version just in time for Christmas.
A jar of 60 pf the pills sells for €9.99 – £7.90 – and offers benefits including ‘the reduction of gas and bloating’.
“It’s a nice present for the festive season,” he told newspaper Ouest France.
He started selling the pills, which are made from natural ingredients, direct to the public from his website pilulepet.com in 2006 and he says sales have been good.
He added: “Some buy them because they have problems with flatulence and some buy them as a joke to send to their friends. Christmas always sees a surge in sales.”
The pills are apparently made of “mixed vegetable charcoal, fennel, lithothamne (seaweed), propolis (plant resin) and blueberry.”