A conversation elsewhere wandered off into perfumes--well, essential oil blends, rather; I for one can't wear commercial perfumes because they give me massive headaches--and I was recommended this site, and now I want to buy EVERYTHING. Which, you know, given that I don't have a lot of spare cash lying around is kind of a bad thing. But you can get six little sample vials, so I'm going to pick out some of their Shakespearean "Illyria" blends. It's driving me crazy, though, because I can't summon an olfactory image of what these blends smell like, so I can't choose. (You guyyyyyys! Can't you make up scratch-and-sniff samplers? Jeeeeeez.) I just know that I like light scents, flowers and fruit, particularly citrus fruit, but that my favorite scent is a tiny bottle of either apple or cherry blossom Hello Kitty perfume that I've had for twenty years. Shut up. I also wear jasmine or tangerine oil sometimes. That, and I read Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, and that first perfume that Grenouille re-mixes for the guy in Paris, when he's an apprentice? I think it was called "Amor et Psyche"? I can't remember exactly how it was described, but I remember thinking, "Damn, that perfume was, like, made for me." Except that it was fictional. Woe.
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(P.S. "Oisín" benefits Neil Gaiman's Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. That's just... weird. Like, a "randomly running into someone you know... on vacation in Tokyo" kind of weird.)
ETA: Okay, I was on the Wanderlust (cities) page, and I noticed this blend:
R'LYEH. Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn. The sunken city of the Great God Cthulhu. A hellishly dark aquatic scent, evocative of fathomless oceanic deeps, the mysteries of madness buried under crushing black waters, and the brooding eternal evil that lies beneath the waves.
It's... they... I have to buy this.
ETA 2: Have decided on Neo-Tokyo, Tamora, Titania, Persephone, Siren, and Jezebel for my first sample set. (dark_geisha's reviews were a big help.) The awful thing is that I know I'll be buying a new set each month at this rate (Katharina! Vinland! Brisingamen! Endymion! Succubus! Florence! The Hanging Gardens! New Orleans! Glasgow! Kurukulla! Kitsune-Tsuki! Bordello! Kyoto! ARRRRGHHHHH PRETTY SMELLS).