(Originally posted on Reddit, but maybe some of you do look there & I am loving some of the responses… so crossposted to here)
Perhaps this will seem lame, but considering the ladies of Victorian times & the beauty regime some would subject themselves to (no, that won’t kill you AT ALL!), it got me thinking, what would the denizens of the Neath use as perfumery?
I mainly started getting obsessive about this last week as the forums for the perfume company of my preference began speculating about the "valentines" collection this year (I say valentines, but it’s Lupercalia, valentines is boring & why limit yourself?) & what we’d like to see in the collection. especially with the way the past year has been & the current times are. It’s not like you can just go have a Lupercalian orgy or even a random date & get cozy. So, a lot of love letter discussions (which, wouldn’t the Bazaar love those), then a lot of honey notes (hey Hell, sup!), then of course a few standards chocolates, flowers, etc.) & a lot of talk about Victorian times & how people gave love at a distance.
Once my brain connected one to the other, I started thinking, "Well, what kind of perfumes would Fallen London have? What if my character had a perfumery akin to this one [which now, I would really like her to have]? Peligin Stormbird Transfiguration Lab. I could run it out of my ACTUAL LAB. Gather free labour students, let’s make weird perfume!" So, of course for Feast of the Rose, we’d need honey & brass. Honey & spice. Rose & wine.
So, I mean, you can down vote this & think it’s silly, but I am genuinely curious, what kind of perfume/scents/cologne would you wear? Nothing would be too weird, in theory. I mean, I’m wearing a REAL perfume right now with the notes listed as "blood soaked soil, burning cypress trees, & temple incense" so, I mean. :shrug: You think it would smell off, but it’s actually very nice.