Exploring the origins of the universe through perfume sounds rather ambitious, but Italian brand Nu-Be seems has confidently risen to the challenge. Originated as a branch of Parma-based perfume hub Fluid Ounce, Nu-Be has created scents that interpret the elements at the origin of the universe. The emotional powers of perfume are used to evoke Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium (the elements at the origin of the primordial explosion), Carbon and Oxygen (the biological ingredients of the world), which form the first part of their 'periodic table in the making'. In Nu-Be's interpretation, Hydrogen is a playful concoction including sensual spices, woods and vanilla notes; Helium has a more meditative attitude, which develops through Iris and Italian Bergamot; while Lithium is a more contrasting mix of woods and musk combined with rose and saffron. Carbon is a sophisticated element identified with cold spices such as cardamom, ginger and black pepper, and Oxygen is a light, regenerating scent of wood with hinted spicy notes. Each perfume comes encased in a gray polystyrene case that needs to be snapped open in order to access the glass bottle inside - a primordial gesture that evokes the disclosure of a fossil.