Here’s why everyone is talking about ‘perfume mask’ on TikTok

You might have heard people on TikTok discussing a “perfume mask” — and the truth is just as weird as it sounds.

If you’re dying to know what it is — and what it has to do with a gorilla and Bruno Mars — we’ve got all the answers. 

What is the so-called “perfume mask” video? 

The TikTok creator Stephen Cody Simpson uploaded a bizarre video recorded in his car in February. It racked up 5.9 million views as users tried to discern its meaning. 

“When you accidentally put on her perfumed mask at the gas station,” Simpson said in the video caption. 

Simpson smelled a leopard print face mask. Shook his head. Then banged his chest as Bruno Mars crooned “Gorilla” from his song of the same name. Simpson then proceeded to thrust and grind his hips from the driver’s seat as he held onto the steering wheel.

“I should’ve listened to everybody who told me not to look up the video,” one user wrote.

“Maybe the internet should be illegal,” someone joked

“Maybe Thanos was right,” another said.

The “perfume mask” video sent a shockwave through TikTok. 


when you accidentally put on her perfumed mask at the gas station !!!😈 #DoritosFlatLife #PepsiHalftimeChallenge #PupPeroniShuffle #fyp #gorilla

♬ Gorilla – Bruno Mars

TikToker @delunar.eclipse went viral when he pondered the meaning of the “perfume mask” video. 

“I’m still trying to wrap my head around what this man was trying to do? Was he turned on by her perfume scent? Why did it cause him to go into heat?” he asked. 

Meanwhile, @madvan16 created a skit where she played Simpson’s girlfriend in the car while he was filming the video. Naturally, the girlfriend character is repulsed, confused and eventually leaves. 

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