Scents are timeless -- and your signature fragrance should be, too. Experience what it was like to be in the same room with your favorite authors, historical figures, and characters. Nothing conjures memory like our sense of smell, and many of the fragrances inspired by historical figures are based on the actual scents they wore, providing a unique insight into the mythos of their presence. Step into another time and place, channeling your favorite literary or historical figure. Evoke bygone eras, places, and legends.
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LITERARY PERFUMES & COLOGNES:
- CATHERINE PERFUME OIL -- This bewitching fragrance is inspired by the immortal Catherine Earnshaw, lover of Heathcliff and heroine of Emily Brontë's haunting novel, Wuthering Heights. Passionate and free-spirited as the woman who inspired it, this is the fragrance of rain driving through tumults of naked branches. Catherine is made up of notes of white musk, amber, English ivy, frangipani, rain, white patchouli, and heather. Designed to layer well with Heathcliff.
- HEATHCLIFF UNISEX COLOGNE -- Dark, wild, and brooding as the ancient moors, Heathcliff's shadow falls across the entirety of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. This dramatic fragrance mingles notes of amber, leather, labdanum, white patchouli, cedar, myrrh, saffron, and chocolate. This dark, gourmand scent is perfect for both men and women. Designed to layer well with Catherine.
- JANE EYRE PERFUME OIL -- Step into a world of mystery. Evoking Charlotte Brontë's timeless heroine, Jane Eyre, this scent transports you to a world of wildflowers and fresh earth. Mingling vanilla, orchid, almond, black jasmine, forget-me-not, Indian sandalwood, and snow drop, this wonderful fragrance effortlessly eases you into the world of Thornfield, where it is only the sanctity of self which moves us forward. Designed to layer well with Mr. Rochester.
- MR. ROCHESTER UNISEX COLOGNE -- Inspired by the fiery and Byronic Edward Rochester, this rugged scent evokes the world of Thornfield Hall -- while hiding a softer side beneath. Mahogany teak, smoke, musk, ambergris, rose, coriander, saffron, cedar, and clove all elegantly combine in this unforgettable scent. Designed to layer well with Jane Eyre.
- PERSEPHONE PERFUME OIL -- A perfume of the Underworld. Persephone, goddess of innocence, flowers, and youth, is the cause of winter, as she is the cause of spring. Daughter of the earth goddess, Demeter, each year Persephone leaves her mother to join her lover, Hades, for half the year, but returns to frolic in the fields with her mother in the spring. Demeter, in her grief, allows the plants to die away while her child is gone, but joyfully restores all to life when Persephone returns. This fragrance contains notes of ylang ylang, sweetgrass, white musk, sandalwood, and pomegranate. It smells like a carefree maiden dancing in a meadow. Designed to layer well with Hades.
- HADES UNISEX COLOGNE -- The lonely god of the underworld and son of Time, Hades fell in love with the beautiful and carefree Persephone from afar, and knows delight only when she is near. Hades contains notes of belladonna, amber, oak moss, orris, opium, cypress, and narcissus. The scent has a dreamlike quality and smells of silver stardust. Designed to layer well with Persephone.
- BEAUTIFUL FOOL PERFUME -- Gatsby's lost love and embodiment of the 1920s, Daisy Buchanan famously declared, "That's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." Reimagining the quintessential 1920s “It Girl” perfumes, this fragrance combines bright sunflower, flowing champagne, a shot of bourbon, sweetened with a jigger of prickly pear.
- GATSBY UNISEX COLOGNE -- Gazing across the ebbing sea, Jay Gatsby longs for the green light -- a Jazz Age icon. Features notes of lime, tonka bean, tobacco, and champagne will help you find that your dreams are in reach. This cologne smells like a gin cocktail and cleanly pressed shirts.
Literary Figures & Motifs:
- PEMBERLEY PERFUME OIL -- Inspired by Mr. Darcy's famed estate in Jane Austen's masterpiece, Pride & Prejudice, this is a garden lover's dream. Pemberley is somtimes said to have been inspired by the real-life Chatsworth House in Derbyshire -- the residence of Georgiana Cavendish (who also has a perfume oil listing here in her honor). Each ingredient in this earthy perfume can be found amongst the lush gardens of the estate, sporting notes of rosewood, coriander, cedarwood, honeysuckle, hyacinth, peony, and vetiver. Dab Pemberley on your wrist, lock arms with your lover, and take a turn about the garden -- and always remember the power of first impressions.
- CAPULET PERFUME OIL -- Shakespeare's famous lovers, Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague's star-crossed, death-marked love, has secured Romeo & Juliet's place as the quintessential lovestory. This wonderful fragrance, like her namesake, is mature but still hasn't shaken off all of her girlish qualities, mingling sweet notes of tonka bean, white musk, amber, pear, and magnolia.
- LENORE PERFUME OIL -- This perfume is an interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe's haunting masterpiece, The Raven. Containing notes of dragon's blood, clove, oak moss, and moroccan rose, Lenore smells like dried roses, a slowly dying ember of incense, ghostly whispers, and a bittersweet sense of loss.
WEIRD SISTER PERFUME OIL -- In Shakespeare's iconic tale of the doomed Scottish king, Macbeth, three witches known as the weird sisters prophecy, their words shaping the future of all, and evoke the Fates of Greek mythology and the Norns of Norse myth. This enticing fragrance lures you in with sweetness and then ensnares you in its spell as the sweetness turns to earth and ash in apricot, yarrow, belladonna, labdanum, wormwood, dragon's blood, dark amber, and mimosa.
DEAD WRITERS UNISEX COLOGNE -- For the writers and the readers, alike. Experience the atmosphere of an ancient library, studded with limitless shelves and crammed with yellowed copies of great literary masers such as Hemingway, Shakespeare, Fitzgerald, Poe, the Brontës, and the inimitable Jane Austen. Put on a kettle of hot black tea and curl up with your favorite book with notes of black tea, vetiver, clove, musk, vanilla, heliotrope, and tobacco. Happy reading and writing!
- UNHALLOWED ART PERFUME OIL -- The immortal Mary Shelley birthed a new genre when she penned the novel Frankenstein, giving rise to science fiction, as a whole. This unrivaled fragrance evokes the romance and electricity of the novel, beginning with a delicate fragrance that grows deep and smoky. Tonka bean, smoke, oud, jasmine, rose, violet, and musk mingle to sweep you away to another world where immortality lies within humankind's grasp.
- DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON UNISEX COLOGNE -- A lover of absinthe, whiskey, and short, clear language, Ernest Hemingway changed, forever, the way in which authors and critics, alike, look at the written word. This striking cologne celebrates the literary master with notes of tobacco pipe, vegan Egyptian musk, champagne, bay leaf, sandalwood, fennel, and bergamot. This unisex scent is reminiscent of a strong glass of absinthe and leather-bound books.
- DHARMA BUM UNISEX COLOGNE -- Inspired by Jack Kerouac's too often overlooked book, The Dharma Bums. This unisex cologne smells like youthful travels, coffee, and the serenity of the outdoors. It has a very warm aroma that will appeal to both men and women. Contains sage, patchouli, cedarwood, opium, coffee, clove, and bergamot.
- SYLVIA PERFUME OIL -- A poet and novelist known for her fearlessly emotional writing, Sylvia Plath's haunting story effects us to this day. Awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for her work, The Collected Poems, today Plath is recognized as one of the greatest writers of the western world. Inspired by her novel, The Bell Jar, this striking perfume contains notes of cedarwood, black tea, vanilla, clove, cassis, and fig.
- FITZGERALD UNISEX COLOGNE -- A heavyweight of American literature, F. Scott Fitzgerald is known for his classic works of the 1920s. Inspired by Fitzgerald's own signature scent, first acquired for him by his radiant wife, Zelda, this remarkable cologne smells of sea salt, cedarwood, saffron, bourbon, black tea, sandalwood, smoke, Moroccan rose, chai, and coffee. His famous scent, Lieber Gustav 14, was also a great favorite of Marlene Dietrich, a film and music legend of the 1930s.
- ZELDA PERFUME OIL -- The original flapper, Zelda Fitzgerald was a sensation of her time and an icon in ours. Though her literary and artistic achievements are often overshadowed by her more famous husband, many quotes attributed to him were originally taken straight from his wife's diary. A larger than life figure, Zelda was the "it" girl of the Jazz Age. Her scent was Salud by Schiaparelli, which she described as such a "sensorily gratifying perfume that I wanted more of it…violets, lilies, and pink beauty." Lively florals play amongst a backdrop of sensual, smoky accords, as this dreamy fragrance recreates Zelda's scent to capture the woman who once famously said, "Death is the only real elegance."
HISTORICAL PERFUMES & COLOGNES:
Royal & Noble Figures:
- ANTOINETTE PERFUME OIL -- Rich and inviting, this perfume is based on the actual perfume worn by the doomed French queen long before she met her tragic fate at the hands of Madame la Guillotine. This warm aroma smells of rose, bergamot, jasmine, and moss.
- HER GRACE THE DUCHESS GEORGIANA PERFUME OIL -- A friend of Marie Antoinette and the great-great-grandaunt of Princess Diana, Georgiana Cavendish was a magnetic woman whose fashion sense and fun-loving nature enchanted all of London society. Georgiana lived at Chatsworth House for much of her life, which is said to have been the inspiration for Jane Austen Pemberley (which also enjoys a fragrance listing here). Georgiana made a promising match with the illustrious Duke of Devonshire, but the marriage quickly turned sour when the duke took up a mistress who had been a friend of Georgiana's -- and whom he openly paraded in front of his wife. Desperately unhappy, Georgiana took up solace in the arms of a lover, Charles, Earl Grey, who went on to become Prime Minister -- and after whom the popular tea is named. This perfume is dedicated to the star-crossed lovers by a mix of black tea and bergamot (ingredients of earl grey tea) as well as the delicate florals of jasmine and lavender.
- BOLEYN PERFUME OIL -- Anne Boleyn is remembered as a woman of style and mystery who took England by storm...and lost her head. Her wit and charm changed history forever, but cost her everything. Inspired by doomed Queen Anne, this unforgettable fragrance echoes her inimitable grace and sophistication, combining vegan civet, champagne, dragon's blood, and violet in an intoxicating bouquet fit for a queen.
- VIII UNISEX COLOGNE -- The most famous king in English history, Henry VIII looms across our collective imagination. A true epicurean, Henry was known for his refined tastes and was said to wear one of the most elusive and opulent scents then in existence: ambergris and civet. Inspired by the king's favorite fragrance, this unisex cologne combines ambergris, belladonna, clovebud, tobacco, bay leaf, fire, and Peru balsam, peaking into an illustrious world of luxury, excess, and danger.
- KA'IULANI PERFUME OIL -- The last Crown Princess of the Kingdom of Hawai'i, Victoria Ka’iulani Cleghorn was all that a princess is meant to be: beautiful, charming, and sharp as a tack. Having grown up in the lush gardens of Ainahau, where she befriended the famed Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stevenson, she was dispatched to England for a prep school where she ultimately learned of the overthrow of the Hawai'ian Queen and returned home, facing world powers to argue for Hawai'i's independence. Ka'iulani tragically died only six years later at the age of twenty-three, but her spirit of independence lives on. Paying tribute to the deposed queen and her majestic homeland, this scent is combines Hawai'ian sandalwood, tuberose, fern, pink jasmine, and coconut.
- AFFAIR OF THE POISONS PERFUME OIL -- A love spell gone wrong. When the mistress of Louis XIV realized she was losing him, she turned to a woman called La Voisin, who was renowned for such things, for a love potion, but when that, too, failed, she returned to La Voisin -- this time, for poison. The Affair of the Poisons was a French scandal which exposed countless courtiers involved in a plot to murder the King of France. In the end, the King's mistress was banished -- and La Voisin was burned at the stake. This fragrance combines fire, oud, belladonna, black jasmine, tonka bean, and elderflower, and smells of magic, mysticism, and passion.
Muses & Inspirations:
- ARTEMISIA PERFUME OIL -- "My illustrious Lordship, I'll show you what a woman can do!" Inspired by the iconic Baroque painter and icon, Artemisia Gentileschi not only wrought unrivalled works of art in her time, she also fought for her rights in a time when women had precious few. Despite the many horrors she faced, fearless Artemisa got the justice she sought and went on the rattle the world, even becoming the court painter of the Medicis, befriending Galileo, and painting for Charles I of England. An Italian woman, this fragrance is reminiscent of breezes off the incandescent Mediterranean, and skillfully combines Hawaiian sandalwood, sea moss, geranium, succulent, cedarwood, ylang ylang, and sea mineral till nothing in the world smells so free.
- LADY DAY PERFUME OIL -- Inspired by the inimitable Jazz Age musician, Billie Holiday, this bright scent combines tonka bean, opium, Hawai'ian sandalwood, lily of the valley, white peach, gardenia. Nicknamed Lady Day by her musical partner, Billie Holiday grew up in the school of hard knocks, but proved herself stronger than her past and rose up to become a triumph whose musical reverberations are still felt to this day. Lady Day wore the scent Evening in Paris from which this perfume is inspired.
- MADAME MOUSTACHE PERFUME OIL -- This alluring scent summons images of lavish ladies and well kept gents, and smells like a warm campfire. Inspired by Eleonore Alphonsine Dumont, a woman of the California Gold Rush who used her backbone and wits to not only survive but thrive in the American frontier. A gambler, a madame, and a successful business woman, Madame Moustache soon made a name for herself, known for her charm, verve, beauty, and a line of dark hair above her lip which she wore with pride, earning the title of Madame Moustache. This bewitching fragrance pays tribute to the renowned lady with notes of tobacco pipe, vegan Egyptian musk, fire, and vanilla.
Mystics & Magicians:
VOODOO QUEEN PERFUME OIL -- Inspired by Marie Laveau, the most famous Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, this perfume is at once sultry and mystical -- a love potion and a curse. A freed woman of color, Marie employed her wits and natural charisma not only to become a world-renowned priestess, but also to benefit those in need and to work towards her humanitarian goals, regularly tending the sick and those condemned to the gallows. This intoxicating scent pays tribute to the amazing woman with notes of black cardamom, palo santo, sage, saffron, jasmine, rose, and cedar.
- CRYSTAL GAZER UNISEX COLOGNE -- In a time when "astronomer, mathematician, and conjurer were accounted the same things," John Dee embodied each. A mainstay of the Tudor courts, Dee was a learned man, a survivor, and even a trusted adviser to the illustrious Queen Elizabeth I of England. This fragrance evokes occult mysteries, bubbling cauldrons, and the last dying ember of incense. Black oud, smoke, opium, woodsage, osmanthus, and black cardamom bring this scent to life.
- MAÎTRE DU MYSTÈRE UNISEX COLOGNE -- The most famous man in the world at the height of his stage act, Harry Houdini was a master mistifier, this scent pays homage to the great escape artist with notes of chai tea, bergamot, smoke, Peru balsam, oud, coffee, tonka bean, and cedarwood. Houdini performed for the Romanovs, and may have been a spy during World War I; his escapes from straight jackets, the Chinese Water Torture Cell, and a Siberian prison car never failed to amaze. Some say his greatest escape is yet to come. Will the Master of Mystery return? Inspired by the scent left behind on a trove of Houdini’s papers and books. A blend of Peru balsam, chai tea, bergamot, and smoke evoke magic and mystery.
- ALEISTER COLOGNE OIL -- Called during his lifetime "the wickedest man in the world," Aleister Crowley embraced the moniker. An English occultist who practiced magick, such as conjuration and astral projection, experimented with drugs in his various rituals, and developed a religion known as Thelema of which he declared himself prophet, Crowley's reputation has stood the test of time. This cologne is as wicked as its namesake, and smells of incense and lucid dreams, combining spice, night queen, opium, palo santo, Egyptian musk, sandalwood, cypress, and bark.
- UNTAMED LADY PERFUME OIL -- Nominated for multiple Academy Awards and married six times, Gloria Swanson was larger than life. A megastar of the silent film era who went on to transition into the talkies and is still renowned for her dazzling role in 1950's Sunset Boulevard. Her favorite scent was a fruity concoction known as Le Fruit Défendu. Untamed Lady takes its name from one of her films and was inspired by her favorite perfume. This fragrance features notes of almond, ylang-ylang, French vanilla, carnation and peach.
- BABY VAMP PERFUME OIL -- Unleash your inner vamp. Hollywood’s first goth and first sex symbol, Theda Bara was a massive star in the late 1910s and early 1920s around whom a mythos built up during her lifetime. Fox Studios claimed in her bio she was the daughter of a tryst between an artist and an Arabian princess, and that she was a practitioner of the occult. At the time, the term “Baby Vamp” was used to describe trendy, popular young ladies who wore dark clothing and makeup as inspired by Theda's image. This homage to “Madame Mystery” has notes of orchid, labdanum, fire, tonka bean and dragon’s blood.
Please note: The belladonna, etc., in these perfumes and colognes are fragrance oils and will not hurt you. Please note that all fragrances containing belladonna, opium, wormwood, musks, ambergris, civet, tobacco, etc. are all fragrance oils. This means they smell like those scents but are synthetic. The reason for this is because some essential oils are dangerous (belladonna) and that we don’t believe in harming animals for scents such as musk. Each perfume is both vegan and cruelty-free.
*None of these fragrances or balms should ever be ingested. Keep out of reach of children and animals, and if you are pregnant, it’s not a good idea to use essential oils.