Lupercalia

  • Lupercalia 2018

    Lupercalia 2018

  • 413 U.S. 15 / Miller vs. California Perfume Oil

    In 1974, a court ruling established a litmus test for obscenity in the United States. Does the First Amendment protect dirty birds? Yes, and no; it depends on where you are and what your neighbors perceive as naughty. The Court’s majority opinion stated that material could only be defined as obscene if

    “(a) the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest; [and] (b) the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law; and (c) the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value”
    If all three conditions are satisfied, voilà! — your work is obscene.

    But is it art?

    Although a work considered to have literary, artistic, political, or scientific value cannot, in theory, constitutionally be found to be obscene regardless of whether it appeals to prurient interest or is patently offensive, the question lies in how we can possibly determine with certainty whether or not a film, photograph, tale, or limerick has social value when philosophical and moral compasses vary so wildly from person to person and community to community.

    Is a perfume inspired by an 18th Century painting of a dildo obscene?

    What would your friends and neighbors say?

    413 U.S. 15 / MILLER VS CALIFORNIA
    Leather, cognac, fig, ripe berry, and cream, stuffed into a plain brown paper bag.

    Proceeds from the sale of this scent benefits the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

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  • A Rebus Perfume Oil

    Star jasmine, oppoponax, sweet oudh, tuberose absolute, ambrette seed, and oakmoss.

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  • A Silhouette Perfume Oil

    Yellowing parchment and lampblack, a drop of lilac, a smear of labdanum, and a splash of white musk.

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  • A View of Cascading Cherry Blossoms Perfume Oil

    A tumble of cherry blossoms falling into a pool of white musk and crushed strawberries.

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  • Absurd Suggestive Card Game Perfume Oil

    When you need a change of pace from Strip Twister: lemon candies, orange suckers, and strawberry sugar.

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  • Alabaster Vulva Perfume Oil

    White amber and sheer vanilla, orris butter, Italian bergamot, and narcissus.

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  • An Encounter of Three Perfume Oil

    Caramelized white sandalwood, tonka bean, and cassis liqueur.

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  • An Excerpt from Speculum Heroicum Principis Omnium Temporum Poëtarum Homeri Perfume Oil

    Brazilian vetiver, dark myrrh, peru balsam, laurel leaf, white sage, and cedar.

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  • An Oiran of the Yoshiwara and Her Customer Perfume Oil

    Kadu leaf, white lavender, plum and ume blossom, a drop of pale cedar and crystal musk.

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  • Aristocratic Prostitutes in Languid Repose Perfume Oil

    Poppy smoke, velvet jasmine, sweet three-year aged patchouli, and black plum.

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  • Body, Remember Perfume Oil

    Body, remember not only how much you were loved,
    not only the beds on which you lay,
    but also those desires for you
    that glowed plainly in the eyes,
    and trembled in the voice–and some
    chance obstacle made futile.
    Now that all of them belong to the past,
    it almost seems as if you had yielded
    to those desires–how they glowed,
    remember, in the eyes gazing at you;
    how they trembled in the voice, for you, remember, body.
    —Constantine Cavafy translated by Rae Dalven

    Profoundly sensual. The echo of caresses: raw black coconut, ambergris accord, ambrette seed, champaca flower, and sugar cane.

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  • Caressing the Wild Rabbit Perfume Oil

    White tea, honeycomb, vanilla orchid, and a drop of soft sandalwood.

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  • Cat Chasing Butterflies Perfume Oil

    Peach blossom and amber with almond cream and sweet musk.

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  • Cinq Perfume Oil

    Tea roses and shortbread.

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  • Cock Stamen Perfume Oil

    Red orchid, dragon’s blood resin, blood orange, black lily, honey amber, and cacao

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  • Couple Enjoying a Summer Breeze Perfume Oil

    White sage and patchouli with Himalayan cedarwood, sweet labdanum, and brown sugar.

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  • Courtesan with a Secret Lover Perfume Oil

    Green tea, plum blossom, white musk, jasmine blossom honey, and lemon peel.

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  • Dalliances by Candlelight Perfume Oil

    Beeswax, white patchouli, and honey.

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  • Deux Perfume Oil

    Red rose petals dusted with a trove of ancient spices.

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  • Dubious Ginseng Formula Perfume Oil

    Results not guaranteed. Ginseng root, crushed ginger, damiana essence, cubeb berries, and horny goat weed accord.

    (DO NOT DRINK)

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  • Edible G-String Perfume Oil

    Snap! Snap! Sugar crystals and tart candies with a splash of red musk.

    (DO NOT EAT)

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  • Exhausted Sailors Perfume Oil

    Salt-splashed silk, spiced cedar, hinoki wood, sea musk, a strand of kelp and a squeeze of lime.

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  • Fortuna Annonaria Perfume Oil

    The Fortunes of the Harvest

    A hymn for increasing fecundity, and to help nurture all the seeds that you plant in the coming year: patchouli, licorice root, tobacco, and sandalwood.

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  • Fortuna Balnearis Perfume Oil

    The Fortunes of Health and Well-Being

    A hymn for good health and protection of the vulnerable: orange blossom honey, vanilla husk, green stem sap, and a drop of King mandarin.

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  • Fortuna Barbata Perfume Oil

    The Fortunes of Adolescents

    A hymn to blossoming in wisdom and strength as you come of age: King mandarin and warm vegetal musk.

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  • Fortuna Belli Perfume Oil

    The Fortunes of War

    A hymn for triumph for those who do battle, whether it be with fists, ideas, or words: frankincense and dragon’s blood resin, saffron-threaded red musk, tomato leaf, tobacco absolute and tobacco leaf, and leather accord.

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  • Fortuna Bona Perfume Oil

    Good Fortune Incarnate

    A hymn to the successes, prosperity, good health, and blessings that are drawn to you when you possess honesty, bravery, and good character: Himalayan cedar and honey myrtle, cistus and clary sage, ambergris accord and white oudh.

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  • Fortuna Conservatrix Perfume Oil

    The Fortunes of Those Who Protect the Defenseless

    A hymn to give strength and good luck to those who safeguard others: black peppercorn, bitter almond, patchouli, and benzoin.

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  • Fortuna Dubia Perfume Oil

    Perilous Fortune

    A hymn to avert misfortune and danger: honey infused with protective herbs and hope preserved in pale amber.

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  • Fortuna Felix Perfume Oil

    The Joys of Good Fortune

    A hymn to laughter, joy, and merriment: blood orange and champaca bubbling with blonde tobacco, osmanthus, sweet clove, and vanilla.

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  • Fortuna Huiusce Diei Perfume Oil

    The Luck of the Day

    A hymn to seizing good fortune in the moment: orange blossom and wild bergamot sweetened with apricot.

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  • Fortuna Liberum Perfume Oil

    The Fortunes of Children

    A hymn to the safety and freedom of children that they may prosper in health and wild joy: sweet vanilla tousled with orange blossom, blood orange peel, and a squirt of strawberry juice.

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  • Fortuna Mala Perfume Oil

    Fickle Fortune

    A hymn to propitiate the gods of misfortune and honor the balance of forces in the universe: vetiver, patchouli, and black clove.

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  • Fortuna Muliebris Perfume Oil

    The Fortunes of Women

    A hymn for stability, health, strength, and fecundity: French lavender, white pear, and patchouli with clary sage, white tea, and sandalwood.

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  • Fortuna Obsequens Perfume Oil

    The Fortunes of Love and Beauty

    A hymn to romance and glamour, passion and virility, seduction and delight: red roses and blood musk enveloped in a haze of blackcurrant, red patchouli, leather accord, and black oudh.

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  • Fortuna Populi Romani Perfume Oil

    The Fortunes of the People

    A hymn to the fortunes of your community, the blessings of civic duty, and the strength of many voices becoming one.

    Smoked vanilla sandalwood and leather, golden oudh, ambrette seed, caramelized patchouli, a single thread of saffron, and a sprig of crushed juniper.

    Proceeds from the sale of each bottle of Fortuna Ropuli Romani benefit the ACLU, who helps to ensure that the voice of the people is uncensored, unsilenced, and heard.

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  • Fortuna Primigenia Perfume Oil

    The Fortunes that Govern Childbearing, the Fortunes of a Child at the Moment of Their Birth

    A hymn for blessing new mothers and newborn babies: white ambrette seed, motherwort, peony, jasmine tea, green tea leaf, Italian bergamot, and white cedar.

    (If you are pregnant or nursing, please do not use this oil, and please do not use this oil on infants or toddlers. It is best used in a scent locket, or to adorn clothing or amulets.)

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  • Fortuna Redux Perfume Oil

    The Fortunes of Returning Home After a Perilous Journey

    A hymn for safety while travelling: tobacco jasmine.

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  • Fortuna Respiciens Perfume Oil

    The Fortune That Changes Bad Luck to Good, Intervention in Times of Need

    A hymn for blessings: pomegranate juice, mint, and juniper berry.

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  • Fortuna Restitutrix Perfume Oil

    The Fortunes of Warriors: She Who Restores, She Who Brings the Soldiers Home

    A hymn for the safety and good fortune for soldiers, and a prayer to bring them home: leather, sweet clove, and olive blossom.

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  • Fortuna Tranquilla Perfume Oil

    The Fortune of the Seas

    A hymn to calming life’s storms and a blessing of serenity and level-headedness: champaca blossom and jasmine with a curl of lavender.

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  • Globe Perfume Oil

    A russet chypre slathered in vintage patchouli and black tea with golden amber, hiba wood, and iris root.

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  • Hojōjutsu Perfume Oil

    Red currant and rice milk with almond blossom and white tea.

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  • Hope/ Auspicio Perfume Oil

    Black oudh and carnation.

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  • Hyakki Yagyō Perfume Oil

    Demonic black musk, inky myrrh, black coconut, champaca blossom, and smoky clove bud.

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  • Kinoko Perfume Oil

    Mushroom musk, oakmoss, and rooibos leaf.

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  • Knee Bolster of Ono Perfume Oil

    Blue lilac, white sage, orris root, sweet pea, a smear of crushed blueberry, and tobacco leaf.

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  • L’Intention Fait Valoir les Bagatelles Perfume Oil

    Black tea, lavender buds, Italian bergamot, and Siamese benzoin.

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  • Lovers at the Entrance to a House of Pleasure Spied on by a Kamuro Through the Hanging Curtain Perfume Oil

    White gardenia, oakmoss, champaca blossom, magnolia leaf, vanilla orchid, and tobacco absolute.

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  • Memorials of Friendship Perfume Oil

    Peach-tinted pale musk with neroli, ambergris accord, and champaca absolute.

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  • Mirror of the Famous Generals of Japan Perfume Oil

    Leather, black pepper, cassis, khus, and black amber.

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  • Monk and Actor Perfume Oil

    Soft auburn musk, clove bud, honeyed patchouli, oakmoss absolute, cashmere labdanum, cedar, and mimosa blossom.

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  • Morning Glories in Bloom Perfume Oil

    Bamboo reeds and white chypre against a background of potted blossoms.

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  • Night Thoughts Perfume Oil

    Stars, you are unfortunate, I pity you,
    Beautiful as you are, shining in your glory,
    Who guide seafaring men through stress and peril
    And have no recompense from gods or mortals,
    Love you do not, nor do you know what love is.
    Hours that are aeons urgently conducting
    Your figures in a dance through the vast heaven,
    What journey have you ended in this moment,
    Since lingering in the arms of my beloved
    I lost all memory of you and midnight.
    —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Lilac, blue musk, dianthus, cedar, neroli, ozone, and luminous Eastern herbs.

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  • Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements Perfume Oil

    Polished tortoiseshell, ivory, and mahogany gleaming with amber cream.

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  • One Perfect Day Perfume Oil

    You did not need to creep into my heart
    The way you did. You could have smiled
    And knowing what you did, you have kept apart
    From all my inner soul. But you beguiled
    Deliberately.

    —Alice Dunbar-Nelson

    Honeyed tea rose, lavender water, red benzoin, bois de rose, and rose amber.

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  • Pink Fuzzy Handcuffs Perfume Oil

    It’s not quite as fun when you lose the key. Pink cotton candy, candied rose, and vanilla sugar.

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  • Quatre Perfume Oil

    Cacao-dusted red rose petals.

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  • Sapphics Perfume Oil

    All the night sleep came not upon my eyelids,
    Shed not dew, nor shook nor unclosed a feather,
    Yet with lips shut close and with eyes of iron
    Stood and beheld me.

    Then to me so lying awake a vision
    Came without sleep over the seas and touched me,
    Softly touched mine eyelids and lips; and I too,
    Full of the vision,

    Saw the white implacable Aphrodite,
    Saw the hair unbound and the feet unsandalled
    Shine as fire of sunset on western waters;
    Saw the reluctant

    Feet, the straining plumes of the doves that drew her,
    Looking always, looking with necks reverted,
    Back to Lesbos, back to the hills whereunder
    Shone Mitylene;

    Heard the flying feet of the Loves behind her
    Make a sudden thunder upon the waters,
    As the thunder flung from the strong unclosing
    Wings of a great wind.

    So the goddess fled from her place, with awful
    Sound of feet and thunder of wings around her;
    While behind a clamour of singing women
    Severed the twilight.

    Ah the singing, ah the delight, the passion!
    All the Loves wept, listening; sick with anguish,
    Stood the crowned nine Muses about Apollo;
    Fear was upon them,

    While the tenth sang wonderful things they knew not.
    Ah the tenth, the Lesbian! the nine were silent,
    None endured the sound of her song for weeping;
    Laurel by laurel,

    Faded all their crowns; but about her forehead,
    Round her woven tresses and ashen temples
    White as dead snow, paler than grass in summer,
    Ravaged with kisses,

    Shone a light of fire as a crown for ever.
    Yea, almost the implacable Aphrodite
    Paused, and almost wept; such a song was that song.
    Yea, by her name too

    Called her, saying, “Turn to me, O my Sappho;”
    Yet she turned her face from the Loves, she saw not
    Tears for laughter darken immortal eyelids,
    Heard not about her

    Fearful fitful wings of the doves departing,
    Saw not how the bosom of Aphrodite
    Shook with weeping, saw not her shaken raiment,
    Saw not her hands wrung;

    Saw the Lesbians kissing across their smitten
    Lutes with lips more sweet than the sound of lute-strings,
    Mouth to mouth and hand upon hand, her chosen,
    Fairer than all men;

    Only saw the beautiful lips and fingers,
    Full of songs and kisses and little whispers,
    Full of music; only beheld among them
    Soar, as a bird soars

    Newly fledged, her visible song, a marvel,
    Made of perfect sound and exceeding passion,
    Sweetly shapen, terrible, full of thunders,
    Clothed with the wind’s wings.

    Then rejoiced she, laughing with love, and scattered
    Roses, awful roses of holy blossom;
    Then the Loves thronged sadly with hidden faces
    Round Aphrodite,

    Then the Muses, stricken at heart, were silent;
    Yea, the gods waxed pale; such a song was that song.
    All reluctant, all with a fresh repulsion,
    Fled from before her.

    All withdrew long since, and the land was barren,
    Full of fruitless women and music only.
    Now perchance, when winds are assuaged at sunset,
    Lulled at the dewfall,

    By the grey sea-side, unassuaged, unheard of,
    Unbeloved, unseen in the ebb of twilight,
    Ghosts of outcast women return lamenting,
    Purged not in Lethe,

    Clothed about with flame and with tears, and singing
    Songs that move the heart of the shaken heaven,
    Songs that break the heart of the earth with pity,
    Hearing, to hear them.
    —Algernon Charles Swinburne

    Tonka, oakmoss, tolu balsam, grey amber, myrrh, and muguet.

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  • Scraps of Poetry Perfume Oil

    A citrus chypre with French lavender, yellow bergamot, and clove bud.

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  • Six Perfume Oil

    Red roses, black leather, and toasted almond.

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  • Smut Perfume Oil

    We are the smuttiest, fifteen years runnin’. Three swarthy, smutty musks sweetened with sugar and woozy with dark booze notes.

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  • Snake Skin Perfume Oil

    For he seemed to me again like a king,
    Like a king in exile, uncrowned in the underworld,
    Now due to be crowned again.

    A sinuous leather variant of BPALs Snake Oil.

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  • Snake’s Kiss Perfume Oil

    And truly I was afraid, I was most afraid,
    But even so, honoured still more
    That he should seek my hospitality
    From out the dark door of the secret earth.



    Snake Oil with sugar, honeycomb, and thick vanilla cream.

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  • Snow Scene with Cherry Blossoms Beside the Phallus Statue Perfume Oil

    Cherry blossoms cascading onto a snowdrift, white wisteria buds, and ume petals.

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  • Some Heraldry Perfume Oil

    Black leather accord, Australian sandalwood, ambrette seed, incense ash, and tobacco absolute.

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  • Swans on the River Perfume Oil

    Honeysuckle, white tuberose, gardenia petals, and wet green leaves.

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  • Tennis Match Perfume Oil

    Crushed grass, dandelion sap, green oakmoss, lettuce leaf, and white pepper.

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  • The Bird of Prey Perfume Oil

    Feathery brown musk and hay absolute with orris and leather.

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  • The Pearl in the Volcano Perfume Oil

    Rice milk, warm myrrh, red currant, red amber cream, and a trickle of vetiver.

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  • The Perfumed Garden Perfume Oil

    Under her neck my right hand
    Has served her for a cushion,
    And to draw her to me
    I have sent out my left hand,
    Which bore her up as a bed.

    The Perfumed Garden for the Soul’s Recreation. This scent is based on a venerable Tunisian perfume that was used to excite the senses, inspire sensuality and inflame passion. Myrrh and Moroccan jasmine with apple peel, Indian sandalwood, myrtle, quince, citron, and thyme poured over soft musk.

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  • The Pleasure of Aristocratic Women Perfume Oil

    Honeyed amber, teakwood, almond, and coconut.

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  • The Silk Strings of the Shamisen Perfume Oil

    Wisteria and white clove, green tea leaf, and frankincense.

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  • Trois Perfume Oil

    White rose, orris root, and ambergris accord.

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  • Twelve Ways to Play a Musical Instrument Perfume Oil

    Blue lilac, pink pepper, birch tar, juniper berry, and lemon peel.

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  • Twilight Grooming Scene Perfume Oil

    A vibrant green chypre with orange blossom, pine needles, and violet leaf.

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  • Un Perfume Oil

    Cherry-dipped rose candy.

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  • Visiting the Sumida River with a Geisha Perfume Oil

    Crystalline azure musk, orange blossom, water lily, hinoki wood, Texas cedar, and night-blooming jasmine.

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  • Vivid Enjoyment of the Memory of Rupture Perfume Oil

    Rice milk, white ginger, oakmoss, ti leaf, and cardamom pod.

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  • We Believe that Death is Not the End of Man Perfume Oil

    Black terebinth, tamil nadu sandalwood, frankincense, black chestnut, and myrrh.

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  • Woman Dragging Her Aroused Lover Across a Bridge Perfume Oil

    Sweet amber and rosewood, wet oak beams, smoky vanilla husk, ambrette seed, and hinoki wood.

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  • Womb Furie Perfume Oil

    In the middle of the flanks of women lies the womb, a female viscus, closely resembling an animal; for it is moved of itself hither and thither in the flanks, also upwards in a direct line to below the cartilage of the thorax and also obliquely to the right or to the left, either to the liver or spleen; and it likewise is subject to falling downwards, and, in a word, it is altogether erratic. It delights, also, in fragrant smells, and advances towards them; and it has an aversion to fetid smells, and flees from them; and on the whole the womb is like an animal within an animal.
    — Aretaeus the Cappadocian

    Oh, that wily womb! Hippocrates and his followers considered the womb a mobile creature, causing mayhem as it writhed its way through a woman’s body. Sometimes this ornery organ, due to lack of sexual activity, would create conflicts within a woman’s system or would become blocked itself, causing anxiety, nervousness, water retention, and sleeplessness. With the assistance of doctors, nursemaids, hand tools, or, occasionally, self-manipulation, this vexing condition could be alleviated through hysterical paroxysms.

    Or, as we call it nowadays: orgasm.

    An itch that needs to be scratched: Snake Oil and three types of honey.

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