Bay Laurel

  • 13 Perfume Oil

    13 is significant, whether you consider it lucky, unlucky or just plain odd. Many believe it to be unfortunate…

    …because there were 13 present at the Last Supper.
    …Loki crashed a party of 12 at Valhalla, which ended in Baldur’s death.
    …Oinomaos killed 13 of Hippodamia’s suitors before Pelops finally, in his own shady way, defeated the jealous king.
    …In ancient Rome, Hecate’s witches gathered in groups of 12, the Goddess herself being the 13th in the coven.

    Concern over the number thirteen echoes back beyond the Christian era. Line 13 was omitted form the Code of Hammurabi.

    The shivers over Friday the 13th also have some interesting origins:

    …Christ was allegedly crucified on Friday the 13th.
    …On Friday, October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrests of Jaques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and sixty of his senior knights.
    …In British custom, hangings were held on Fridays, and there were 13 steps on the gallows leading to the noose.

    To combat the superstition, Robert Ingersoll and the Thirteen Club held thirteen-men dinners during the 19th Century. Successful? Hardly. The number still invokes trepidation to this day. A recent whimsical little serial killer study showed that the following murderers all have names that total thirteen letters:

    Theodore Bundy
    Jeffrey Dahmer
    Albert De Salvo
    John Wayne Gacy

    And, with a little stretch of the imagination, you can also fit “Jack the Ripper” and “Charles Manson” into that equation.

    More current-era paranoia: modern schoolchildren stop their memorization of the multiplication tables at 12. There were 13 Plutonium slugs in the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki. Apollo 13 wasn’t exactly the most successful space mission. All of these are things that modern triskaidekaphobes point to when justifying their fears.

    For some, 13 is an extremely fortuitous and auspicious number…

    …In Jewish tradition, God has 13 Attributes of Mercy. Also, there were 13 tribes of Israel, 13 principles of Jewish faith, and 13 is considered the age of maturity.
    …The ancient Egyptians believed that there were 12 stages of spiritual achievement in this lifetime, and a 13th beyond death.
    …The word for thirteen, in Chinese, sounds much like the word which means “must be alive”.

    Thirteen, whether you love it or loathe it, is a pretty cool number all around.

    …In some theories of relativity, there are 13 dimensions.
    …It is a prime number, lucky number, star number, Wilson Prime, and Fibonacci number.
    …There are 13 Archimedean solids.

    …There were 13 original colonies when the United States were founded.

    Says a lot about the US, doesn’t it?

    As this tumultuous and harrowing year draws to a close, we celebrate our final Friday the 13th of the year. This oil is a supplication, a hope for better times to lie ahead.

    A base of bittersweet cacao embracing thirteen blessings:

    allspice for increasing money
    angelica for divine blessings
    bay laurel for good health
    bergamot for stimulating luck
    carnation for joy
    cedar for confidence
    copal for purification
    hazelnut for growth
    hyssop for protection
    nutmeg for positive change
    orris for love
    patchouli for grounding
    tonka bean for courage

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  • Falling Leaves Moon 2020 Perfume Oil

    Today, as I rode by,
    I saw the brown leaves dropping from their tree
    In a still afternoon,
    When no wind whirled them whistling to the sky,
    But thickly, silently,
    They fell, like snowflakes wiping out the noon;
    And wandered slowly thence
    For thinking of a gallant multitude
    Which now all withering lay,
    Slain by no wind of age or pestilence,
    But in their beauty strewed
    Like snowflakes falling on the Flemish clay.

    – Margaret Postgate Cole

    A cascade of fading leaves against a backdrop of grey ambergris, grassy vetiver, carrot seed, fossilized amber, green cardamom, cinnamon husk, saffron, tobacco flower, and bay laurel.

    The accompanying Lunacy Tee can be found here!

    It is our distinct honor to continue our collaboration with the Caldecott-winning Dan Santat: Author/Illustrator on 2020’s Lunacy series, with FALLING LEAVES MOON.

    You can visit Dan’s Amazon author page here.

    If you love children’s literature, you must pick up “Beekle,” “After the Fall,” “Drawn Together,” “Dude!,” “Sidekicks,” “Crankenstein Valentine,” or any other of Dan’s amazing books. His stories aren’t just for kids: they are moving, touching, heart-exploding stories for anyone at any age.

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  • Mettle Perfume Oil

    One last burst of courage and endurance to get you through to 2021.

    This oil contains a fiery, warm Martial and Solar explosion of ginger root, cinnamon, nutmeg, red sandalwood, mustard seed, dragon’s blood resin, frankincense, bay laurel, galangal, Roman chamomile, and peppercorn.

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  • Label art reading Radiant Abundance 2021 Lunacy Blend Twilight Alchemy Lab

    Radiant Abundance Perfume Oil

    After almost two years of fear, uncertainty, and scarcity, let’s try to let some light in so that we can grow again. This oil is warming, nurturing, inspiring, and comforting, and will help you find the stability and breathing space you need in order to prosper and flourish.

    This oil contains frankincense, heliotrope, Himalayan cedar, orris absolute, calendula, Irish moss, caraway seed, bay laurel, and gold leaf.

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    Smokers Hair Gloss

    Stag films – or smokers – are pornographic shorts of the early-to-mid 20th century that were created clandestinely and anonymously by amateur actors in order to circumvent censorship laws. A flicker of black pepper crackling over a celluloid stream of white musk, elemi, bay laurel, tobacco leaf, ambergris accord, and vanilla husk.

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