Want to Smell Like a Tamal? There’s a Perfume for That

Here’s something you don’t see every day. A perfume that smells like a tamal. Yup, that is what one Latina is trying to capture as a way to “capture the culture” of Chicago’s famed Pilsen neighborhood.


CREDIT: weheartit.com

Here is what DNAInfo.com Chicago had to say about Zorayda “Z” Ortiz and her latest tamal-inspired scent:

Part of new line from Zoils Oils perfume called “Tamale,” the scent is an idea Zorayda “Z” Ortiz came up with in an attempt to capture the culture of the Pilsen neighborhood.

“I could go wild and try to create a “pollo” one or an “al pastor” one,” she said referring to a chicken or pork tamale scented oil.

The perfume line, “La Dieciocho” (The 18th), which she hopes to debut in the spring, makes reference to Pilsen’s busy 18th Street.

We could be a bit nit-picky and remind people that if you really want to be authentic, you would call the line “Tamal” or “Tamales,” as some of our readers reminded us when we originally posted the DNAInfo story. Here is what some of theme had to say about the story on our Facebook page:

I don’t know, I think I would feel hungry and then ticked off .

Idiotic. What’s next, try to capture American culture and create McD Big Mac perfume or BK Whopper cologne?

Pink tacos y tamales- orale!

She is a beautiful beam of sunshine but the whole hipster theme running through pilsen makes for things like…i dunno tamale perfume

honestly, Im glad hipsters are in Pilsen, at least they embrace our culture and try to uphold it. A lot of our “people” are either part of this dumb ass YOLO lifestyle, getting drunk, selling drugs and overall remain uneducated. Ortiz’s endeavor is extremely admirable and hell I endorse it. I wish there were more entrepreneurs like her instead of all these damn haters talking shit about “hipsters this. hipsters that” What are you “complainers” doing to promote the culture?

Working, paying taxes, being involved in the community by volunteering with the youth, getting involved with politics, trying to save youth centers, n making sure the tamale man, the elote lady, n the paletero continue to make ends meet n stay in our neighborhood. Pilsen is more than bangers n whatever the hell YOLO is.

Actually sounds interesting. preferably, id rock wear her dia de Los muertos line

Tamal… not “tamalE”

I’d be worried about my fiancé taking a bite out of my neck. Hmmm, on second thought…where can I get some? Lol.

After having to smell tamales the for the last two weeks, I don’t think I can stomach it daily. Of all the things my neighborhood is going through I’d hope other things would make the news, but unless a hipster gets robbed, it’s not newsworthy
I’m sorry, but to really know our culture means to know the correct spelling of a common food like tamales. The singular is T A M A L, not Tamale. When have you ever heard your grandma say “queires un tamale mijo?” Smh. Come on, it’s somewhat excusable for hipsters that don’t know any better, but our own people? Speaking of which, quiero un tamal. The perfume, umm kinda gross, stick to grandmas kitchen for the same

Hugo Cházez Is Not Dead… Yet

There are very few polarizing figures in modern Latin America and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is clearly one of them. To some (especially those who run with oil companies), he is despised. To others (mostly those who believe in rights for the poor), he is revered. The last few weeks have been a online swirl of online rumors and reports that claim that Chávez is either dead or alive, or dead again, or alive again after going through cancer surgery in Cuba in early December.

Venezuela Chavez What Is Next

One outlet had the cojones to report with all due certainty that Chávez is dead. Argentina’s El Informador Público published a story yesterday saying that Chávez died in Havana on January 2, but that the decision to publicly announce his death is being delayed because to quell the internal issues in Venezuela. The opposition is ready to push for new elections in the next 30 days, especially since Chávez must be sworn in by January 10, according to its interpretation of the Venezuelan constitution. And if he is dead, then you can imagine.

Additionally, a YouTube video was posted from “Exclusive World News,” allegedly showing a picture of a dead Chávez. If the rumors have to be shared, you might as well have a picture, yes? Proving once again that you can find anything on the Internet.

In the meantime, Chávez’s vice president, Nicolás Maduro, told the Telegraph yesterday that Chávez could get sworn in after the January 10 date, and that the opposition is just missing the point. Maduro admits that Chávez is still battling major health challenges, but he spoke with certainty that Chávez was still alive.

Reports from Venezuela also show serious concern from supporters that Chávez is fighting for his life. Here is what The Guardian said yesterday:

…supporters wait anxiously for any scrap of news from Havana, Cuba, where their president is fighting for his life after emergency cancer surgery.

“We are all very confused. We have no idea what to expect. I pray for his recovery but I am expecting the worst,” said Joaquín Cavarcas, as he scanned the Ciudad CCS newspaper for the latest update.

Yesterday the Associated Press reported the following:

Venezuelan lawmakers will meet Saturday in a session that could shed light on what steps may be taken if President Hugo Chavez is too sick to be sworn in for a new term next week.

Legislators will choose a president, two vice presidents and other leaders of the National Assembly, which is controlled by a pro-Chavez majority. Whoever is elected National Assembly president could end up being the interim president of Venezuela if Chavez is unable to be inaugurated on Thursday as scheduled.

Brewing disagreements over how to handle a possible transition of power also could be aired at the session, coming just five days before the scheduled inauguration day specified in the constitution. Chavez’s health crisis has raised contentious questions ahead of the swearing-in, including whether the inauguration could legally be postponed.

The government revealed this week that Chavez is fighting a severe lung infection and receiving treatment for “respiratory deficiency” more than three weeks after undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba. The announcement suggests a deepening crisis for the 58-year-old president and has fed speculation that he likely is not well enough to travel to Caracas for the inauguration.