I get a lot of pleasure and meaning through experiencing sights, sounds, and other art that plays on the senses. And this is why I love perfume. I don’t wear it all the time–and I certainly try to keep my application to a minimum–but I enjoy smelling beautiful scents. Even more, I love reading about a perfume, finding out what its “notes” are, what year and where it was formulated, and what the inspiration was behind it.
So it was only a matter of time until this interest intersected with my passion for Halloween. Is there a Halloween-related/inspired perfume? The first thing I found was “Halloween” by Jesus Del Pozo. But considering the fact that this perfumer also has a scent called “Halloween Kiss” and “Halloween Water Lily,” I am skeptical about whether he really understands the holiday. Still, I will order a sample online.
Far more intriguing, more inspired, and more imaginative is the work of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. This Victorian-style perfumer is located in California and only opens the doors of its physical building once every full moon (!). They release a new line of scents every fall in honor of Halloween, with names like “Samhain,” “All Soul’s Day,” “Graveyard Dirt,” and “Devil’s Night.” And their website includes wonderful descriptions of each scent–including its notes and often a poem or image that captures its mood.
For example, here are a couple of quotes from their scent descriptions:
- For the scent called Vampire Bride: “Icy skin touched by a perfume of violet leaf, white tea, olibanum, elemi, myrrh, wormwood, crypt dust, and saffron with a dribble of blood red musk.”
- For October 2011: “When woods begin to wear the crimson leaf, And suns grow meek, and the meek suns grow brief, And the year smiles as it draws near its death. Dry, cold autumn wind. A rustle of red leaves, a touch of smoke and sap in the air.”
- For Boo: “Eerie billows of spun sugar, fluttering white cotton, and sheets of cream.”
- For Nothing But Death: “A dark purple river swelling with tears of rain, damp violets, and specks of bone thick with green scents that speak of mortality: black dried fruits, opopponax, moss, violet leaf and petal, tobacco absolute, saltwater accord, niaouli, and brushed sage.”