The Harlot’s House $4.50$19.50

The Harlot’s House

$4.50$19.50

We caught the tread of dancing feet,
We loitered down the moonlit street,
And stopped beneath the harlot’s house.

Inside, above the din and fray,
We heard the loud musicians play
The “Treues Liebes Herz” of Strauss.

Like strange mechanical grotesques,
Making fantastic arabesques,
The shadows raced across the blind.

We watched the ghostly dancers spin
To sound of horn and violin,
Like black leaves wheeling in the wind.

Like wire-pulled automatons,
Slim silhouetted skeletons
Went sidling through the slow quadrille.

The took each other by the hand,
And danced a stately saraband;
Their laughter echoed thin and shrill.

Sometimes a clockwork puppet pressed
A phantom lover to her breast,
Sometimes they seemed to try to sing.

Sometimes a horrible marionette
Came out, and smoked its cigarette
Upon the steps like a live thing.

Then, turning to my love, I said,
“The dead are dancing with the dead,
The dust is whirling with the dust.”

But she–she heard the violin,
And left my side, and entered in:
Love passed into the house of lust.

Then suddenly the tune went false,
The dancers wearied of the waltz,
The shadows ceased to wheel and whirl.

And down the long and silent street,
The dawn, with silver-sandalled feet,
Crept like a frightened girl.

The dead are dancing with the dead, the dust is whirling with the dust: angel’s trumpet, violet, white sandalwood, oude, copaiba balsam, angelica, white tea, olibanum, and oakmoss.

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Bewitching Brews

PERFUME OIL BLENDS
Presented in an amber apothecary vial.

Reviews

  1. katietribe

    I love this scent, after recieving the imp it became an immediate full bottle purchase. It lasts a long time on me, and is strongly floral with undertones of tea and some spice I can’t place. It’s mysterious without being too heavy or dark.

  2. Jae

    Intense sharp violet.

  3. lvhynds

    An immediate favorite for me – bright, warm, sweet tea and sandalwood with lush, not=powdery florals. Utterly feminine. I can’t stop sniffing myself! Definitely getting a full bottle of this.

  4. Gloame

    This is really pretty and I love it. I definitely smell the violet, and it’s behaving very well! The sandalwood and balsam are mixing into an almost-cedar, which I love. Oakmoss to keep it from going too sickly sweet with the violet, and tea to soften it. Very nice!

    Where I’d wear this: Spring holiday in Seattle

  5. Marianne

    Doesn’t smell like death at all, doesn’t really smell what you think a harlot’s house would smell like. Instead it smells like your mother’s skin, the delicious scent of women, perfume almost faded away.

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