Yuletide with Lilith

Last year, we took Lilith to Paris, Salzburg, and Berlin and we had a wonderful time. Travelling with my daughter is one of the greatest joys of my life, and I will never forget a moment of it.

  • Berliner Dom Antics Perfume Oil

    Ted: “One of Lilith’s and my favorite pastimes is climbing up tall buildings and scaring Beth. This photo was taken at the Cathedral in Berlin and the whole time, Beth was yelling “Be careful!” and “I can’t look!””

    Frosted gingerbread and frosted patchouli.

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  • Carry Me Perfume Oil

    Ted: “Carrying Lilith on my shoulders has become an inside joke for us. She will say “Carry me!”, and I will say “Boy, are you lazy!” – and her response is always, “It’s your fault because you carry me all the time.”

    I have carried her on my shoulders through Atlanta, Chicago, New Orleans, Portland, Seattle, New York, DC, Baltimore, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Yosemite, Mammoth, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Salzburg, Frankfurt, Mexico City, Havana… I have carried her for her whole life, and I will carry her for as long as I am able.”

    When my shoulders cannot carry her anymore, my heart still will.

    Vanilla cookies and a splash of lavender fougere.

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  • Heart-Shaped Beanie on the Metro Perfume Oil

    Ted: “Sometimes, all I want to do is to hold her and enjoy her warmth. I love her, and she is the best part of me.”

    Sugared rose and orange blossom.

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  • Kapitelplatz Chess Match Perfume Oil

    Ted: “A little known fact about me is that I love chess and have played it all my life. Here, Lilith and I were discussing a move that one of the players made and we both agree that it was a mistake. This photo was taken in Salzburg at the Kapitelplatz in the shadow of the Festung Hohensalzburg.

    While Beth was taking this photo, a huge mound of snow fell on her head. It was the best laugh of the day. Lilith was rolling.”

    Snow-covered Snake Oil and huge wooden chess pieces.

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  • Paris Gargoyles Perfume Oil

    Ted: “Trust me when I say it would be embarrassing to tell you how long we posed in this position while we waiting for Brian, Jade and Beth to come downstairs, but sometimes the joke is THAT IMPORTANT!”

    Sweet russet musk, auburn oudh, teakwood, and cement.

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  • Peugeot Punch Perfume Oil

    Ted: “Our first night in Paris and a little jetlagged, we went out walking in the rain to search for a market because Lilith and I wanted bread and cheese. We found the Rue de Courcelles lit up and looking beautiful. You’ve heard of the game Slug Bug? Well, this evening was also the beginning of our new favorite game: Peugeot Punch. It seemed like every other car was a Peugeot and damn, my arms were sore.”

    The Christmas lights of the 17th arrondissement glittering in the rain: white musk and ambergris sparkling violet and blue.

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  • Sad Ted Behind the Wall Perfume Oil

    Ted: “The Berlin wall was a startling and scary reminder of how cruel humans can be. Beth and I sat near this piece of the wall trying to explain to Lilith that in this very spot, there was a wall that separated a country and families from each other. Lilith listened quietly to us and did not say a word. I hope she understood. To lighten the mood, I pretend to be on the wrong side of the wall.”

    Rain-splashed strawberries.

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  • Salzburg Krampuslauf Perfume Oil

    Ted: “Salzburg
    20 degrees
    We are waiting for the krampuslauf to begin.
    Lilith wanted a photo of the three of us.
    I love them them with all my heart and soul.”

    Lavender musk, a bit of Dorian, a smidge of Snake Oil, birchwood, leather, and snow.

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  • Schere, Stein, Papier! Perfume Oil

    Ted: “In this Berlin café, schere beats blurry schere!
    So there! Blam!”

    Warm leather, coffee beans, tobacco, Bärenjäger, and a drop of blackberry liqueur.

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  • Secrets Perfume Oil

    Ted: “Psst! – let’s talk about mom. Lilith and I talking about Beth behind her back (in front of her face!) in a café in Berlin.”

    Coffee beans, leather, honey, and warm winter cookies.

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  • Super Spies Perfume Oil

    Ted: “This is in the Spy Museum of Berlin and believe me, it is full of spy stuff. There was a game of trying to sneak under and over lasers and here is an infrared image of me attempting it. It is hard to concentrate and be sneaky when a 9 year old is laughing and yelling behind you that the lasers are going to get you.”

    Pulses of infrared: red musk and electric bergamot with eucalyptus leaf, white pepper, lime, and lemon peel.

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  • The Palace of Versailles Perfume Oil

    Ted: “Behold, the Palace of the Sun King and the personal playground of Barrials. Is nothing sacred?”

    Indonesian oudh and jasmine brocade.

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