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Pinpoints of red light beaming from its eyes scan the room, and in a flutter of leather wings, it scuttles across the wooden floorboards.
Polished metallic notes, glossy leather, frankincense, star anise, and thin lubricating oils.
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Vulgar silver and gold are dead,
while those of the Philosophers are full of life.
Illustrations by the phenomenal Mlle. Julie Dillon.
PERFUME OIL BLENDS
Presented in an amber apothecary vial.
– November 30, 2018
I originally intended to buy this for my husband, and I’m sure most would agree it’s a more masculine scent, but I adore it on my skin as a woman. Fresh on, it’s very strong, but mellows quickly- yet has great staying power. I can even smell it on my skin after bathing.
Abstractly, it reminds me of being in an old tin barn during a spring downpour. Bored, and waiting for the rain to stop, idly sorting through the greasy tools in the shop. Sitting on the ancient taped up chair, the one that wraps you up like an old leather jacket, you detect the lingering thick scent the machine oils leave behind. It’s nostalgic, mixing with the distinctly sharp smell of rusty wet metal siding. Watching the rain through the open door you’re struck by the sweet, rich, almost spicy smell of fruit tree blossoms on the wind, and time melts away.
It’s a very personal experience, but maybe one that resonates. The metallic tone is distinct, cold, and lovely. It’s wrapped all in warm leather, and the sweet spiced smell of the anise comes through over any licorice- which I feel is there, but merged with the metallic scents.
– November 13, 2015
Wet: Gorgeous light oils and the star anise shines giving it a very exotic Egyptian feel.
Drying: Barely there metallics gloss over the frankincense and star anise. I love this. Highly polished leather adds all the more to this scentscape.
Dry: The oils are still there and the star anise shines with just a bit more metallic bite.
A very nice exotic, masculine scent.
– September 20, 2014
I’m not sure what to make of this one, to be honest. There’s the frankincense, but also this dry, bitter note that makes this perfume come off as cool – I guess, metallic.
Once it hits my skin, though, it completely vanishes. I don’t smell anything, really, but I do feel a cool menthol at the back of my throat (where your nasal passage meets the throat). It’s very strange.
I might see what it does on my guy’s skin, but I’m going to pass on this one. I love the bronze colour though!
– September 17, 2014
I was considering trying the Antikyythera Mechanism but got this instead as I thought it would be more masculine. Out of the bottle, leather dominates and when freshly applied the metallic notes become noticeable with the tobacco hiding gently in the background, adding a subtle sweetness. It’s a good blend, the only problem is that without a close examination it blends out into a generic mens cologne scent and could be mistaken for something much less intricate. Would rate higher if the leather was less overpowering.
– May 28, 2014
Out of the vial, so good! Frankincense for certain and sharp metallic notes with just the faintest hint of star anise. Smells almost the same on me but with the anise warming up more and the leather starting to reveal itself. Very strong, just the tiniest dab on the inside of my elbow and I can smell it. More of a masculine scent for sure but I would still wear it again.
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Tinkling tiny feet scuttle across a massive oak desk, navigating through a flurry of papers and a maze of discarded books, wires, and bolts. Glistening green venom beads at its chelicerae, and a ruby hourglass flashes from the creature’s underbelly as it begins to weave.
Pinot noir, dark myrrh, red sandalwood, black patchouli, night-blooming jasmine, and attar of rose.
Dark musk and black amber with frankincense, red sandalwood, neroli and bergamot.
Immaculate white musk, sweet frankincense, bourbon vanilla, white leather, and shining armor.
Beeswax candles reflect flickering light onto a brass-coated boiler engraved with the words “Solve Et Coagula”. The gargantuan boiler sends torrents of steam into rigid pipes that exert force onto innumerable pistons and turbine blades. The motion is harnessed to propel energy into gargantuan cogs and gears that move liquid metals, herbs, and resins into a series of alembics.
Balm of Gilead, benzoin, frankincense, balsam of peru, beeswax, saffron, galbanum, calamus, hyssop, mastic, lemon balm, and white sage.