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  • 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?

    I’ve had it with this timeline, so I’m invoking the sweetest of the sweet: white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar cane, rose sugar, amber rock sugar, coconut sugar, pink spun sugar, wildflower honey, Manuka honey, blackstrap molasses, date paste, agave nectar, and red benzoin slathered over a base of smoked cacao. This might not reverse anyone’s bad luck or right the countless wrongs in the world, but at the very least, this scent is a surefire momentary mood lifter.

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    A Masked Ball of the Most Unusual Magnificence Perfume Oil

    It was toward the close of the fifth or sixth month of his seclusion, and while the pestilence raged most furiously abroad, that the Prince Prospero entertained his thousand friends at a masked ball of the most unusual magnificence.

    Opulent golden oudh, red benzoin, and bitter almond.

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  • A Night in the French Quarter Perfume Oil

    As you all probably know by now, New Orleans is my favorite city, and I love that Lilith shares that love with me. I have never had my tarot cards read in Jackson Square, but Lilith begged me to let her get a reading – and you know that her every wish is my command. The reader was so sweet; she told Lilith all about where the cards say she will be in ten years and who will be important to her. As all Lilith adventures turn out, the reading morphed into more of a conversation, with my daughter talking and telling the woman all sorts of stories.

    It made my heart swell with love to know that Lilith will be happy in her life. Lilith, we promise we will always do everything we can to make sure you are safe and happy.

    It was a beautiful night in November, and this moment is one of those snapshots in time that I’ll always hold in my heart: indigo skies of bruised violet, osmanthus, French lavender, and black plum, petrichor-wet and lacquered with frankincense and red benzoin.

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  • Alien/Siren Perfume Oil

    “Women are defined from the outside, in terms of how they seem to men, rather than from the inside, as thinking, feeling subjects. They are not fellow people, not even a different or worse variety of person, but simply the opposite of men, and hence, the opposite of human.

    Which leads to the question of how you can have sex with something that isn’t human. In many myths, heterosexuality is portrayed as a kind of legalized bestiality, and attractive women are alluring, predatory, half-human monsters: fairy wives, snake-women, others whose beauty is a thin veneer over their dangerous and alien psyches.”

    A sebaceous, slick reptilian perfume: green and black vegetal musks, kelp, sea salt, blackened opoponax, violet leaf, Siamese red benzoin, davana, squid ink, and ambergris accord.

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  • Butterfly Dancer Perfume Oil

    Blush amber, red benzoin, rose sandalwood, sweet vetiver, and red oud.

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  • fete

    Fête Perfume Oil

    A bright, ebullient, cheerful party oil that arouses joy, enhances charisma, and fills the soul with lightness and laughter.

    Red benzoin, rose otto, carnation absolute, frankincense, lemongrass, mastic, saffron, ylang ylang, bergamot, and tangerine.

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  • For the Love of God, Poetricia Hair Gloss

    For the love of God, Poetricia
    Withdrew from view and doesn’t miss ya
    Isolation suits her fine,
    Her best friend is a cask of wine.

    Dried red fruits, red benzoin, poppy tar, and amontillado.

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  • ghost dragons mama

    Ghost Dragon’s Mama Perfume Oil

    If she ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy: dragon’s blood resin, red benzoin, Tahitian vanilla flower, pink lotus, and sugared cream.

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  • hare moon

    Hare Moon 2023 Perfume Oil

    In the black furrow of a field

    I saw an old witch-hare this night;

    And she cocked a lissome ear,

    And she eyed the moon so bright,

    And she nibbled of the green;

    And I whispered “Wh-s-st! witch-hare,”

    Away like a ghostie o’er the field

    She fled, and left the moonlight there.

    – Walter De La Mare


    A scent for the Shadow Between the Hedgerows: hay absolute, red benzoin, clove bud, brown sandalwood, balsam, hops, cardamom, German chamomile, and cacao ambrette.

    Art by Drew Rausch! 

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    Jaawi Perfume Oil

    Sweet Indonesian patchouli, red benzoin, champaca attar, French lavender, coconut husk, bay leaf, tobacco absolute, lime, and honey.

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  • Kabuki Actor with Scroll Perfume Oil

    Black champaca petals, Indonesian patchouli, teakwood, myrrh, red benzoin, cumin seed, ti leaf, vetiver, and black amber.

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  • Masked Vulvas Perfume Oil

    Asian pear, King mandarin, incense smoke, red benzoin, poppy tar, and calligraphy ink.

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  • Night Perfume Oil

    Where we’re going, or what we’re leaving behind: raw cacao, bourbon vetiver, red benzoin, opoponax, tobacco absolute, queen of the night, tuberose, and inky musk.

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    No One is Above the Law Perfume Oil

    On December 18, 2019, the House voted to impeach Donald Trump, passing its first two articles of impeachment: one for abuse of power, and the other for obstruction of justice.

    “Our children and their children will ask us what did you do? What did you say? For some this vote may be hard. But we have a mission and a mandate to be on the right side of history.” – John Lewis

    There’s still much left to do. We all have a mission and mandate to be on the right side of history: get out and protest, call your reps, and for the love of all things decent and good, make sure you do not sit idly by while the Republican-controlled Senate destroys the Republic. Pressure your Senators to do the right thing, even if that may seem like an uphill battle. Write to your representatives, join every protest, take to the streets. Together, we can make a difference.

    Proceeds benefit the ACLU.

    A burst of sunlight dissolving the smoke-thick thunderclouds of corruption, hubris, greed, and cruelty: golden amber, sweet bergamot, fresh cut grass, broom flower, hay, orange blossom honey, labdanum, red benzoin, and vanilla.

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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

    —Alice Dunbar-Nelson

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

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  • Philopannyx Perfume Oil

    Photos like this remind me why I named my child after a night goddess. Sweet ink-black musk and sugared violets with lavender, deep purple tea roses, champaca absolute, red benzoin, 13-year aged patchouli, and myrrh.

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  • princess pig on stilts playing the harp

    Princess Pig on Stilts Playing the Harp Perfume Oil

    Netherlands, Harley MS 4379

    Vanilla cream, sugared-dusted buttercream, red benzoin, sweet amber, lotus root, frankincense resin, and polished hardwood.

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    Psalm 82:2-4 Perfume Oil

    How long will you vindicate evil and accept the face of the wicked? Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

    Crystalline musk, red benzoin, and vanilla husk.

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  • Rose-Tinted Mirror Perfume Oil

    You are so beautiful. You really are, but it might be hard to remember that right now while we’re all slogging through the mire of the pandemic, the lockdown, and this melancholy isolation.

    Rose-Tinted Mirror is a gentle little pick me up that will help remind you of all that’s radiant about you, inside and out. There’s a sensual aspect that will assist in reconnecting you with the joys of your own body, and a heart-healing aspect that will assist you in pushing through your anxiety, grief, or fear so that you can open yourself up more freely to joy again. You are beautiful, you deserve happiness.

    Rose otto, red benzoin, mallow, amber resinoid, CO2 extract of orris root, balm of gilead, frankincense, honey absolute, and violet leaf. Please note: this oil contains honey and is not vegan.

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    Snaky-Hair’d Moirai Many-Form’d Perfume Oil

    Tobacco-threaded incense smoke, labdanum, red benzoin, and blackened vanilla.

    Proceeds from the sale of both of the Hymn to the Erinyes scents benefit RAINN, the United States’ largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline, and provides programs to help survivors, prevent sexual violence, and ensure that offenders are brought to justice.

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    The Squishy Cushions Perfume Oil

    The glory of Venus as the apex of luxury and sensuality: velvet red rose petal attar, sweet red oudh, Mysore sandalwood, red benzoin, elemi, silken musk, and jasmine sambac.

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  • The Things We Do Make Echoes Perfume Oil

    Goldfish-orange overripe mangoes, blackcurrant, strawberry pulp, red benzoin, honey, streaks of white ginger, a splatter of star anise, an erratic jolt of eucalyptus and mint, and a dribble of absinthe.

    Words by Neil Gaiman, art by David Mack.

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  • To Lallie Perfume Oil

    Up those Museum steps you came,

    And straightway all my blood was flame,

                   O Lallie, Lallie!


    The world (I had been feeling low)

    In one short moment’s space did grow

                   A happy valley.


    There was a friend, my friend with you;

    A meagre dame, in peacock blue

                   Apparelled quaintly:


    This poet―heart went pit―a―pat;

    I bowed and smiled and raised my hat;

                   You nodded ― faintly.


    My heart was full as full could be;

    You had not got a word for me,

                   Not one short greeting;


    That nonchalant small nod you gave

    (The tyrant’s motion to the slave)

                   Sole mark’d our meeting.


    Is it so long? Do you forget

    That first and last time that we met?

                   The time was summer;


    The trees were green; the sky was blue;

    Our host presented me to you ― 

                   A tardy comer.


    You look’d demure, but when you spoke

    You made a little, funny joke,

                   Yet half pathetic.


    Your gown was grey, I recollect,

    I think you patronized the sect

                   They call “aesthetic.”


    I brought you strawberries and cream,

    I plied you long about a stream

                  With duckweed laden;


    We solemnly discussed the ― heat.

    I found you shy and very sweet,

                   A rosebud maiden.


    Ah me, to―day! You passed inside

    To where the marble gods abide :

                   Hermes, Apollo,


    Sweet Aphrodite, Pan; and where,

    For aye reclined, a headless fair

                   Beats all fairs hollow


    And I, I went upon my way,

    Well ― rather sadder, let us say;

                   The world looked flatter.


    I had been sad enough before,

    A little less, a little more,

                   What does it matter?

    – Amy Levy

    Pale white rosebuds aflame with sweet amber, golden honey, frothy ambergris, vanilla bean, red benzoin, and coconut milk.

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  • Velut Luna Statu Variabilis Perfume Oil

    This photo was taken on the night of Lilith’s first choir rehearsal. She was so happy and so proud, and she was so thrilled to be part of such a talented group of artists.

    A blush-warm mist of ylang ylang, pink vanilla, carnation chypre, and red benzoin.

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    Venus Pandemos Perfume Oil

    Venus Pandemos

    Hay, rose otto, red benzoin, torch smoke, and pink carnation.

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    Vital Fluid Perfume Oil

    Modern philosophy has admitted a plenum or universal principle of fluid matter, which occupies all space; and that as all bodies moving in the world, abound with pores, this fluid matter introduces itself through the interstices and returns backwards and forwards, flowing through one body by the currents which issue therefrom to another, as in a magnet, which produces that phenomenon which we call Animal Magnetism. This fluid consists of fire, air and spirit, and like all other fluids tends to an equilibrium, therefore it is easy to conceive how the efforts which the bodies make towards each other produce animal electricity, which in fact is no more than the effect produced between two bodies, one of which has more motion than the other; a phenomenon serving to prove that the body which has most motion communicates it to the other, until the medium of motion becomes an equilibrium between the two bodies, and then this equality of motion produces animal electricity.

    —Wonders and mysteries of animal magnetism displayed; or the history, art, practice, and progress of that useful science, from its first rise in the city of Paris, to the present time. With several Curious Cases and new Anecdotes of the Principal Professors, 1791.

    The breath and tears and pulse of all life; the fluid that flows through all creation, permeating space and time and spirit: olibanum, red benzoin absolute, labdanum, betel leaf, galbanum, mastic, and angelica.

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