Twelve Lashes from Krampus
In 2017, we attended the Gnigler Krampuslauf, and it was life-changing. I can remember every single moment of the experience: the smell of spiced hot wine, sausages, and sleet… the needles of the cold on my hands, the sparkle of rapture on my daughter’s face, the eerie amber light that cascaded down on everything. I can remember the smell of wet fake fur and the sensation of the birch branches on my legs, the tugs on my hair, the otherworldliness of it all. There was something absolutely primal and raw present that night; echoes of a thousand years of ritual trembled in the air, buoyed on the gasps and laughter of the crowd.
2018 marks the twelfth year that we have been creating Krampus-themed perfumes for Yule, and to celebrate, we’re laying out the spanks – one for each year. The photos from this series were taken by Brian ‘Doc’ Constantine during our trip to Austria to attend the Gnigler Krampuslauf – tiny flickers of the passion and the raw, brutal exultation of that night, and all the nights like it that extend back into the darkness of our collective past. Perchta and her beautiful monstrosities are also represented here, as we do equal honor to the Lady of Beasts and her howling host.
Eighth Lash Perfume OilOut of Stock
Matted fur, oakmoss, and clove.
Eleventh Lash Perfume OilOut of Stock
Snow and black leather.
Fifth Lash Perfume OilOut of Stock
Red musk, black amber, red leather, teakwood, smoked lavender, and plum.
First Lash Perfume OilOut of Stock
Austrian black amber, woodsmoke, frankincense, and terebinth.
Fourth Lash Perfume OilOut of Stock
Black rose, Baltic amber, leather, white sandalwood, black pepper, and vetiver.
Ninth Lash Perfume OilOut of Stock
Clove, honey, and helichrysum.
Perchta 2018 Perfume OilOut of Stock
Perchta, the Shining One, is the Lady of the Beasts, an incarnation of the goddess Holda. She, too, leads the Wild Hunt, and is the protectress of wild animals, and appears to mortals as either a white-clad, white-skinned, white-haired beauty, or as a brutish, bestial hag. She is called Berhte Mit Dem Fuoze; one of her feet is shaped like a beast’s, which gives away her superhuman nature no matter how she is disguised. She is also called Perchta the Belly-Slitter, for, at Yuletide, she castigates the wicked, slovenly, and idle, and rewards those that are generous, good-natured, and kind. The Belly-Slitter enforced community taboos, punishing those that spun during holy days and those who failed to partake in sacred feasts, thus jeopardizing the next year’s harvest. Her punishments can be a bit over-the-top, though: they include disemboweling the transgressor and filling the empty cavity with refuse.
Her scent is a blend of wild musk, snow, and alpine flora: Nigritella lithopolitanica, balsam fir, aconite, crocus, touch-me-not, edelweiss, iced sugar crystals, Iris variegate, and violet.
Schiachperchten Perfume OilOut of Stock
The Brutal Ones: dark chocolate, black pepper, and green cardamom.
Schönperchten Perfume OilOut of Stock
The Shining Ones: snow-spattered lavender, bourbon vanilla, white mint, and white amber.
Second Lash Perfume OilOut of Stock
Birch tar, tobacco, bergamot, ochre musk, and petitgrain.
Seventh Lash Perfume OilOut of Stock
Labdanum and birch tar with leather, orris root, copal, and bergamot.
Sixth Lash Perfume OilOut of Stock
Red leather, chocolate, and black pepper.
Tenth Lash Perfume OilOut of Stock
Bitter almond, cacao, black cherry, patchouli, and labdanum.
Third Lash Perfume OilOut of Stock
White fir, olibanum, thyme, and leather.
Twelfth Lash Perfume OilOut of Stock
Blackened patchouli, sweet vetiver, labdanum, and honey.