Smell is a very underrated sense.
I was turned onto Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs by Nurse Ratched about a year ago, and I’ve become one of their biggest fans. Among other products, BPAL produces some of the most subtle, sensual perfume oil blends made on this naughty globe. As mentioned in her blog post, the perfumer Beth Moriarty is one of the great Artists about these days.
My favorite BPAL scents? (Personal comments are mine; as with all perfume oils, YMMV with body chemistry, gender, skin pH, and other factors)
Count Dracula (black patchouli, naroli, tonka, cinnamon, bitter clove, leather, black musk, coffin wood, and fiery ginger)
Sexy as all get-out. On me the clove and ginger notes are paramount, but the leather peeks through and the naroli is still whispering hours later.
Smut (three swarthy smutty musks sweetened with sugar and woozy with notes of booze)
Sweet! Root beer-y on me to start, but the musks stick their sensual heads through. After it dries on my skin, it smells, well, smutty.
Shub-Niggurath (the lust incense of a corrupted Astarte. A blend of ritual herbs and dark resins, shot through with three gingers and aphrodisiacal herbs)
The gingers say HELLO!!!! when I wear this, but the herbs murmur their come-hitherance insistently.
Sea of Glass (a scent of inimitable purity, crystalline grace, and limitless light)
Unusual scent, with strong ozone notes. Very calming and centering for me.
No animal products of any kind are used, except for honey. All musks, civet, and ambergris are approximated through plant equivalents. All scents come in 5ml apothecary bottles, and most can be ordered in small “imp’s ears” samplers for exploring. You can find scads of BPAL scents for auction on eBay by looking for “BPAL”. The BPAL website is full of great black-and-white Beardsley illustrations. It’s just all good.
Go buy something from these folks.