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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