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Haute Macabre Tenth Anniversary Celebration Sale

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Ten years ago this weekend, Haute Macabre launched. To celebrate our anniversary, we are offering a 20% discount on our complete Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab collection of perfumes and hair glosses, and on the Sabbat Poster, with code “Henbane” at checkout in the HM Shop.

I launched Haute Macabre to fill a void that I had found in the world of fashion blogging, there was a distinct lack of sites dedicated to a darker aesthetic. Now it seems almost far fetched to imagine that, as the “goth” and occult looks are so immensely popular, but even a decade ago, it was still something that had to be actively searched out.

I cannot believe that HM has come so far, and am so incredibly grateful for the support and for the community that has been built around it in these years. Thank you all, endlessly. Through this community I have truly found my family, and myself. For the first time in my life, I am finally comfortable in my own skin, and I hope that the support and comfort of the world around Haute Macabre has been able to do the same for some of you.

I hope that over the next ten years, Haute Macabre continues to mature & grow, and I promise to always maintain the level of integrity and devotion that I have in this first decade.

Please use code “Henbane” at checkout in the Shop for a 20% discount code through Monday at midnight on our collection of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfumes and hair glosses, and on our Sabbat Poster, designed by my partner, Jordan Barlow.


Haute Macabre: The original fragrance by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab for HM.

Oak leaf, bourbon vanilla, almond husk, and black leather accord darkened by a 13-year aged black patchouli. My personal favorite of our collection, I’ve gone through countless bottles of my own!
Available as a fragrance oil and a hair gloss

The Mummies of Mexico City: Deep in an underground crypt beneath a monastery school dating back to the 1600s, rest twelve naturally mummified bodies. Going down the staircase leading to the crypt, the temperature begins to drop and the air shifts from the heavy heat to a dry, earthy scent. Confronted by the mummies is the sharp juxtaposition from the angelic and opulent relics of the upper levels of the museum, reminding us of our own earthy boundaries, and that we shall all return to the dust.

Church incense, ornate gold, old lace, and dust. A sacred, secret scent, recalling residual whispers of incense settling into the ancient, forgotten dust.
Available as a fragrance oil and a hair gloss

Esbat: The ecstatic Dance under the full, bright Moon

A ragged canopy of moonflower and morning glory, dew-touched mosses creeping over gnarled oak roots, and shimmering beams of mugwort, cuckoo flower, and rose mallow.

St. Louis #1: A love letter to my home, New Orleans. Just above the French Quarter in my beloved New Orleans, St. Louis #1 is one of the oldest cemeteries in the city, and the alleged final resting places of VooDoo Queen Marie Laveau and the cruel Delphine LaLaurie.

Drooping Spanish moss and crumbling marble, sweet olive blossom, 13-year aged black patchouli, and offerings of Bay Rum, Florida water, and tobacco

Laurel Hill: Inspired by Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery, where I spent a hot summer afternoon once, exploring its inhabitants and watching an intense thunderstorm roll in over its gardens, danced with ghosts in an unlocked receiving vault, and collected animal bones that were offered to me. This is my gift back, to share with all of you.

Mountain laurel petals limned in pale pink settling among boughs of hemlock, soft mosses, and dark lichens. (also Sam’s Mom’s favorite of the entire collection!)

So Below: That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing.

Amber and black copal with black coconut, Sumatran red patchouli, green cardamom pod, and golden musk.
Available as a fragrance oil and a hair gloss

Burying Point: The Burying Point is the oldest cemetery in Salem, MA, dating back to the year 1637. I walked through here on a beautiful summer morning this year, and fell in love with the crumbling markers, all decorated with memento mori markings popular in the era. Label art by Bill Crisafi.

Damp clusters of brown patchouli, dried maple leaves, black sage, spikenard, and curled, misshapen mandrake roots
Available as a fragrance oil and a hair gloss


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Haute Macabre Tenth Anniversary Celebration Sale

by on Dec.14, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

Reposted from | Go to Original Post

Ten years ago this weekend, Haute Macabre launched. To celebrate our anniversary, we are offering a 20% discount on our complete Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab collection of perfumes and hair glosses, and on the Sabbat Poster, with code “Henbane” at checkout in the HM Shop.

I launched Haute Macabre to fill a void that I had found in the world of fashion blogging, there was a distinct lack of sites dedicated to a darker aesthetic. Now it seems almost far fetched to imagine that, as the “goth” and occult looks are so immensely popular, but even a decade ago, it was still something that had to be actively searched out.

I cannot believe that HM has come so far, and am so incredibly grateful for the support and for the community that has been built around it in these years. Thank you all, endlessly. Through this community I have truly found my family, and myself. For the first time in my life, I am finally comfortable in my own skin, and I hope that the support and comfort of the world around Haute Macabre has been able to do the same for some of you.

I hope that over the next ten years, Haute Macabre continues to mature & grow, and I promise to always maintain the level of integrity and devotion that I have in this first decade.

Please use code “Henbane” at checkout in the Shop for a 20% discount code through Monday at midnight on our collection of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfumes and hair glosses, and on our Sabbat Poster, designed by my partner, Jordan Barlow.


Haute Macabre: The original fragrance by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab for HM.

Oak leaf, bourbon vanilla, almond husk, and black leather accord darkened by a 13-year aged black patchouli. My personal favorite of our collection, I’ve gone through countless bottles of my own!
Available as a fragrance oil and a hair gloss

The Mummies of Mexico City: Deep in an underground crypt beneath a monastery school dating back to the 1600s, rest twelve naturally mummified bodies. Going down the staircase leading to the crypt, the temperature begins to drop and the air shifts from the heavy heat to a dry, earthy scent. Confronted by the mummies is the sharp juxtaposition from the angelic and opulent relics of the upper levels of the museum, reminding us of our own earthy boundaries, and that we shall all return to the dust.

Church incense, ornate gold, old lace, and dust. A sacred, secret scent, recalling residual whispers of incense settling into the ancient, forgotten dust.
Available as a fragrance oil and a hair gloss

Esbat: The ecstatic Dance under the full, bright Moon

A ragged canopy of moonflower and morning glory, dew-touched mosses creeping over gnarled oak roots, and shimmering beams of mugwort, cuckoo flower, and rose mallow.

St. Louis #1: A love letter to my home, New Orleans. Just above the French Quarter in my beloved New Orleans, St. Louis #1 is one of the oldest cemeteries in the city, and the alleged final resting places of VooDoo Queen Marie Laveau and the cruel Delphine LaLaurie.

Drooping Spanish moss and crumbling marble, sweet olive blossom, 13-year aged black patchouli, and offerings of Bay Rum, Florida water, and tobacco

Laurel Hill: Inspired by Philadelphia’s Laurel Hill Cemetery, where I spent a hot summer afternoon once, exploring its inhabitants and watching an intense thunderstorm roll in over its gardens, danced with ghosts in an unlocked receiving vault, and collected animal bones that were offered to me. This is my gift back, to share with all of you.

Mountain laurel petals limned in pale pink settling among boughs of hemlock, soft mosses, and dark lichens. (also Sam’s Mom’s favorite of the entire collection!)

So Below: That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing.

Amber and black copal with black coconut, Sumatran red patchouli, green cardamom pod, and golden musk.
Available as a fragrance oil and a hair gloss

Burying Point: The Burying Point is the oldest cemetery in Salem, MA, dating back to the year 1637. I walked through here on a beautiful summer morning this year, and fell in love with the crumbling markers, all decorated with memento mori markings popular in the era. Label art by Bill Crisafi.

Damp clusters of brown patchouli, dried maple leaves, black sage, spikenard, and curled, misshapen mandrake roots
Available as a fragrance oil and a hair gloss


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Solstice Scents Fall 2018 Collection Review + A Giveaway!

by on Dec.10, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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While many of you in the northern hemisphere may already be experiencing the deep chill of winter, down here in sub-tropical Florida this week it is as if we have at last been visited by the nascent exuberance of an early October afternoon. A crisp breeze is lightly clickety-clacking our wooden wind chimes and the pine needles high in the tree just outside my office window are a brilliant green against the backdrop of the clear, cloudless turquoise sky. Temperatures have probably only just dipped into the mid-60’s, but folks are energized, enthusiastic, and, as only people in the southern U.S. can be when it’s still fairly temperate outside– cold. There is a nearby neighbor building a fire in their hearth and I just saw the lady across the street retrieve her mail in a wooly plaid scarf and knee-high boots. It’s December– the humidity is down, our swampy air has dissipated, and I can heave a deep sigh of relief and and stretch my limbs in profound satisfaction. Autumn is officially here! In the south, anyway. Sorry for your blizzards, friends in the frozen elsewhere.

Now that I can truly begin feeling all autumnal and what-not, I thought it would be the perfect occasion to review a handful of the seasonal olfactive offerings from Solstice Scents Fall 2018 collection. Furthermore, I am thrilled to share that, in collaboration with the generous folks at Solstice Scents, we are doing a giveaway for a full bottle of one of the scents reviewed below! Read on for both my impressions on this current collection, and to find the details for the giveaway.

Wilcox’s (Dry Woods, Fresh Herbs, Dried Herbs, Warm Woody Spices, Sweet Annie, Sage, Rosewood)  The first time I wore Wilcox’s I was surprised; it smelled, initially, of the cool gloom of a crypt–that damp, earthen, mineral smell that conjures quiet meditations on mortality in the solitude of cold, stone chambers. I don’t know that it ever warms up on my skin, but it evolves into a wonderfully soft, compassionate scent: gentle chamomile and sweet, woody nutmeg, the sort of aromas that may waft from an uncorked phial, tipped gently past your lips while a leathery, bright-eyed acorn of a woodwitch murmurs, “just a drop, dearie!”

Gunnerson’s Pumpkin Patch (Leaves, Vines, Autumn Air, Pumpkin Flesh, Lavender, Moss, Balsam, Tonka, Hay, Caramel, Dirt, Patchouli, Mushroom) I’m not sure how to talk about this scent without sounding incredibly morbid, so I have to preface what I am going to say here by telling you that I mean it in the best possible way: Gunnerson’s Pumpkin Patch smells like digging up the corpse of your grandmother in late autumn, and sharing a slice of warm pumpkin pie with her. Okay. Well. Maybe not digging up her corpse, that’s a bit extreme. Perhaps picnicking at your granny’s grave? That sounds a little nicer, right?  So for starters…although I don’t recall in my lifetime that my grandma often wore Estee Lauder’s Youth Dew– that iconic vintage elixir and rich, balsamic, aldehylic, powerhouse of a perfume– I do have memories of all her jewelry carrying the phantom of its bouquet, and that’s what I smell first in Gunnerson’s Pumpkin Patch: the gauzy, gossamer ghost of its resinous amber/patchouli grandeur. Next, in anticipation of my visit, I have made a pie with the requisite can of Libby’s orange puree, sweetened it with swirls of caramel, and bedecked its glossy surface with fiery-bright maple leaves; I have carried it, still cooling in its aluminum pie pan, through the rusted cemetery gates, late autumn vegetation at my feet, the sun deeply hidden in a sky heavy with clouds. I meet no one along the path to her gravestone, and as the bittersweet spectre of her signature scent mingles with the chilled afternoon air and the buttery steam rising from the crimped pie crust, I kneel, and with quiet reverence, carefully carve two slices.

Midnight Marquee (Black Musk, Gasoline, Supple Leather, Earth, Tobacco, Moss, Leaves, Foxcroft Air, Vanilla Musk) Midnight Marquee makes me think of a noir-esque episode of your favorite contemporary television series (remember when they did that with Pretty Little Liars? P.S. are you a PLL fan? Let’s chat!) It’s as if a black and white filter has been draped over what might otherwise be a creamy, sarsaparilla-y vanilla musk, lending it an air of melodrama and intrigue. The gasoline and leather ride in, circling, bold, intimidating, at first, but then settle down and combine with the sweet, earthy tobacco and moss to create a gorgeously atmospheric, full-bodied femme fatale of a scent.

Loggia (A Blend of Mahogany, Amber, Musk, Vanilla Bean, Allspice, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Cognac & Sandalwood) Imagine the poshest, most polished home you’ve ever been invited to, recall the awe you felt traversing its passageways and the illicit delight you felt at peeking in every doorway and chest of drawers, and that may give you a minute inkling of Loggia’s appeal. Conjure the memory of those opulent wooden doors with their exacting filigree details; creamy white European linen draped on tables whose construction may be older than the country in which you’re currently living; an enormous, roaring fireplace where exotic woods crackle and blaze merrily; a silvery, bright kitchen from which the most ambrosial aromas drift, sparking visions of delicacies and confections the likes of which you, you poor sod, have never before experienced. An elegant glass snifter with a generous pour of deep amber liquid shimmers in the firelight. (You’re too young to drink that, but you’re quite certain it tastes of clover honey and sweet tea and vanilla wafers, and it will make you feel giddy and giggly and important and maybe a little sad.) Have you ever been to such a place? Have I? Or have I only read of it in books, or dreamed it?

Master Bedroom (Soft Musk, Sandalwood EO, Amber, Clove EO, Somalian Myrrh EO, Vanilla, Aged Patchouli EO and Champaca Absolute) Delicate musks and airy vanilla, powders and lotions;  this is, at first, the scent of warmed skin after a perfumed bath. The dampness from the tub, toweled tenderly, then softly massaged with fragrant oils, and finally wrapped in a silken robe redolent of the resins and incenses that had been stored nearby. A soft, spicy clove component, along with a strangely unidentifiable grassy/woody dried floral note, round out this cozy scent that is the very definition of an evening of self-care.

Corvin’s Smoked Apple (Applewood Smoke, Apple, Caramel, Benzoin, Guaiacwood) Holy smoke(d apple)! I am not a huge fan of apple scents, I guess I’m afraid they’re going to smell like those horrible green apple martinis, which in turn smell like those super gross Jolly Ranchers. And don’t get me wrong–I actually love apples, that is to say, the real thing. I don’t much care for the eating of fruit overall (don’t fear for my health–I love vegetables!) but I have been known to say that the apple is the only fruit worth a damn. So it’s not that I don’t like them! I generally just don’t like apple scented things; they’re typically a neon, cartoon parody of their true selves. So, knowing this about myself, the sampling, then, of Corvin’s Smoked Apple is such a marvelously wonderful surprise; this is the most sweetly nuanced smoke-scent I have ever encountered: woodsmoke; smoldering apple bits, if you, say, roasted a honeycrisp over a campfire; the burnt caramelized edges of a brown-sugar-y baked thing, and a touch of earth and detritus from the forest floor that has crept into the flames. Unexpected and utterly delicious.

Gibbon’s Mischief Night (Sugar Cookies, Vanilla Frosting, White Chocolate Popcorn, Toasted Marshmallow, Graham Crackers, Gibbon’s Boarding School, Cream Soda, Bourbon, Pear Brandy) Having just spent the last 48 hours baking holiday cookies, I can assure you that I know a thing or two about invoking the temptations of a sugary-sweet atmosphere, a beacon to thieving, sweet-toothed bandits everywhere, and their corresponding rotten, sneaky fingers. And also, yes, I know, I began this piece talking about fall feelings and autumnal observations and all that, but, whatever it is that the weather is doing, I cannot overlook that it is, in fact, already the second week of December and these seasonal treats aren’t going to bake themselves! At any rate, the masterminds at Solstice Scents far exceed my admittedly scant expertise when it comes to alerting the tummies to rumble and calling forth the midnight cookie sneaker. The scent’s backstory: “The austere and formidable Gibbon’s Boarding School will be opening its doors for the annual Mischief Night: a night of Halloween costumes, live music, apple bobbing and games of hide-and-seek within its extensive rooms and gardens.” Now, I (sadly) don’t live in Solstice Scents’ fictional town of Foxcraft, nor have I attended anyone’s Mischief Night celebratory revels, but just as with anything else in life–if there’s an abundance of free food, I will accept your invitation. I envision a refreshments table staggering under the weight of a multitude of mouth-watering promises: sugar cookies iced with orange-colored vanilla frosting, popcorn smothered in creamy white chocolate, charming little toasted marshmallow pillows studded with graham cracker crumbles, and vanilla cream soda punch spiked with golden, oaky bourbon and a nip of pear brandy. This enchanting combination of confiture, though it needs no embellishment, is subtly enhanced by the hallowed halls and history of the sprawling brick school, itself. Dry, cracked leather, dusty woodwork, and autumn air round out this complex, gourmand fantasy.

Have you tried any of the Solstice Scents Fall 2018 collection? What did you think? The Solstice Scents Winter Collection, with recurring winter favorites such as Snowshoe Pass, Snowmint Mallow, and Monarch (a personal favorite!) as well as, the debut of four new winter scents, will be released soon!

Find Solstice Scents: website // instagram // facebook // twitter

Enter to win a FULL-SIZED bottle of one of the scents reviewed above by following Solstice Scents and Haute Macabre on Instagram, and leaving a comment here on the blog! One winner will be chosen from the comments here on December 17, 2018!

 


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Solstice Scents Fall 2018 Collection Review + A Giveaway!

by on Dec.10, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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While many of you in the northern hemisphere may already be experiencing the deep chill of winter, down here in sub-tropical Florida this week it is as if we have at last been visited by the nascent exuberance of an early October afternoon. A crisp breeze is lightly clickety-clacking our wooden wind chimes and the pine needles high in the tree just outside my office window are a brilliant green against the backdrop of the clear, cloudless turquoise sky. Temperatures have probably only just dipped into the mid-60’s, but folks are energized, enthusiastic, and, as only people in the southern U.S. can be when it’s still fairly temperate outside– cold. There is a nearby neighbor building a fire in their hearth and I just saw the lady across the street retrieve her mail in a wooly plaid scarf and knee-high boots. It’s December– the humidity is down, our swampy air has dissipated, and I can heave a deep sigh of relief and and stretch my limbs in profound satisfaction. Autumn is officially here! In the south, anyway. Sorry for your blizzards, friends in the frozen elsewhere.

Now that I can truly begin feeling all autumnal and what-not, I thought it would be the perfect occasion to review a handful of the seasonal olfactive offerings from Solstice Scents Fall 2018 collection. Furthermore, I am thrilled to share that, in collaboration with the generous folks at Solstice Scents, we are doing a giveaway for a full bottle of one of the scents reviewed below! Read on for both my impressions on this current collection, and to find the details for the giveaway.

Wilcox’s (Dry Woods, Fresh Herbs, Dried Herbs, Warm Woody Spices, Sweet Annie, Sage, Rosewood)  The first time I wore Wilcox’s I was surprised; it smelled, initially, of the cool gloom of a crypt–that damp, earthen, mineral smell that conjures quiet meditations on mortality in the solitude of cold, stone chambers. I don’t know that it ever warms up on my skin, but it evolves into a wonderfully soft, compassionate scent: gentle chamomile and sweet, woody nutmeg, the sort of aromas that may waft from an uncorked phial, tipped gently past your lips while a leathery, bright-eyed acorn of a woodwitch murmurs, “just a drop, dearie!”

Gunnerson’s Pumpkin Patch (Leaves, Vines, Autumn Air, Pumpkin Flesh, Lavender, Moss, Balsam, Tonka, Hay, Caramel, Dirt, Patchouli, Mushroom) I’m not sure how to talk about this scent without sounding incredibly morbid, so I have to preface what I am going to say here by telling you that I mean it in the best possible way: Gunnerson’s Pumpkin Patch smells like digging up the corpse of your grandmother in late autumn, and sharing a slice of warm pumpkin pie with her. Okay. Well. Maybe not digging up her corpse, that’s a bit extreme. Perhaps picnicking at your granny’s grave? That sounds a little nicer, right?  So for starters…although I don’t recall in my lifetime that my grandma often wore Estee Lauder’s Youth Dew– that iconic vintage elixir and rich, balsamic, aldehylic, powerhouse of a perfume– I do have memories of all her jewelry carrying the phantom of its bouquet, and that’s what I smell first in Gunnerson’s Pumpkin Patch: the gauzy, gossamer ghost of its resinous amber/patchouli grandeur. Next, in anticipation of my visit, I have made a pie with the requisite can of Libby’s orange puree, sweetened it with swirls of caramel, and bedecked its glossy surface with fiery-bright maple leaves; I have carried it, still cooling in its aluminum pie pan, through the rusted cemetery gates, late autumn vegetation at my feet, the sun deeply hidden in a sky heavy with clouds. I meet no one along the path to her gravestone, and as the bittersweet spectre of her signature scent mingles with the chilled afternoon air and the buttery steam rising from the crimped pie crust, I kneel, and with quiet reverence, carefully carve two slices.

Midnight Marquee (Black Musk, Gasoline, Supple Leather, Earth, Tobacco, Moss, Leaves, Foxcroft Air, Vanilla Musk) Midnight Marquee makes me think of a noir-esque episode of your favorite contemporary television series (remember when they did that with Pretty Little Liars? P.S. are you a PLL fan? Let’s chat!) It’s as if a black and white filter has been draped over what might otherwise be a creamy, sarsaparilla-y vanilla musk, lending it an air of melodrama and intrigue. The gasoline and leather ride in, circling, bold, intimidating, at first, but then settle down and combine with the sweet, earthy tobacco and moss to create a gorgeously atmospheric, full-bodied femme fatale of a scent.

Loggia (A Blend of Mahogany, Amber, Musk, Vanilla Bean, Allspice, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Cognac & Sandalwood) Imagine the poshest, most polished home you’ve ever been invited to, recall the awe you felt traversing its passageways and the illicit delight you felt at peeking in every doorway and chest of drawers, and that may give you a minute inkling of Loggia’s appeal. Conjure the memory of those opulent wooden doors with their exacting filigree details; creamy white European linen draped on tables whose construction may be older than the country in which you’re currently living; an enormous, roaring fireplace where exotic woods crackle and blaze merrily; a silvery, bright kitchen from which the most ambrosial aromas drift, sparking visions of delicacies and confections the likes of which you, you poor sod, have never before experienced. An elegant glass snifter with a generous pour of deep amber liquid shimmers in the firelight. (You’re too young to drink that, but you’re quite certain it tastes of clover honey and sweet tea and vanilla wafers, and it will make you feel giddy and giggly and important and maybe a little sad.) Have you ever been to such a place? Have I? Or have I only read of it in books, or dreamed it?

Master Bedroom (Soft Musk, Sandalwood EO, Amber, Clove EO, Somalian Myrrh EO, Vanilla, Aged Patchouli EO and Champaca Absolute) Delicate musks and airy vanilla, powders and lotions;  this is, at first, the scent of warmed skin after a perfumed bath. The dampness from the tub, toweled tenderly, then softly massaged with fragrant oils, and finally wrapped in a silken robe redolent of the resins and incenses that had been stored nearby. A soft, spicy clove component, along with a strangely unidentifiable grassy/woody dried floral note, round out this cozy scent that is the very definition of an evening of self-care.

Corvin’s Smoked Apple (Applewood Smoke, Apple, Caramel, Benzoin, Guaiacwood) Holy smoke(d apple)! I am not a huge fan of apple scents, I guess I’m afraid they’re going to smell like those horrible green apple martinis, which in turn smell like those super gross Jolly Ranchers. And don’t get me wrong–I actually love apples, that is to say, the real thing. I don’t much care for the eating of fruit overall (don’t fear for my health–I love vegetables!) but I have been known to say that the apple is the only fruit worth a damn. So it’s not that I don’t like them! I generally just don’t like apple scented things; they’re typically a neon, cartoon parody of their true selves. So, knowing this about myself, the sampling, then, of Corvin’s Smoked Apple is such a marvelously wonderful surprise; this is the most sweetly nuanced smoke-scent I have ever encountered: woodsmoke; smoldering apple bits, if you, say, roasted a honeycrisp over a campfire; the burnt caramelized edges of a brown-sugar-y baked thing, and a touch of earth and detritus from the forest floor that has crept into the flames. Unexpected and utterly delicious.

Gibbon’s Mischief Night (Sugar Cookies, Vanilla Frosting, White Chocolate Popcorn, Toasted Marshmallow, Graham Crackers, Gibbon’s Boarding School, Cream Soda, Bourbon, Pear Brandy) Having just spent the last 48 hours baking holiday cookies, I can assure you that I know a thing or two about invoking the temptations of a sugary-sweet atmosphere, a beacon to thieving, sweet-toothed bandits everywhere, and their corresponding rotten, sneaky fingers. And also, yes, I know, I began this piece talking about fall feelings and autumnal observations and all that, but, whatever it is that the weather is doing, I cannot overlook that it is, in fact, already the second week of December and these seasonal treats aren’t going to bake themselves! At any rate, the masterminds at Solstice Scents far exceed my admittedly scant expertise when it comes to alerting the tummies to rumble and calling forth the midnight cookie sneaker. The scent’s backstory: “The austere and formidable Gibbon’s Boarding School will be opening its doors for the annual Mischief Night: a night of Halloween costumes, live music, apple bobbing and games of hide-and-seek within its extensive rooms and gardens.” Now, I (sadly) don’t live in Solstice Scents’ fictional town of Foxcraft, nor have I attended anyone’s Mischief Night celebratory revels, but just as with anything else in life–if there’s an abundance of free food, I will accept your invitation. I envision a refreshments table staggering under the weight of a multitude of mouth-watering promises: sugar cookies iced with orange-colored vanilla frosting, popcorn smothered in creamy white chocolate, charming little toasted marshmallow pillows studded with graham cracker crumbles, and vanilla cream soda punch spiked with golden, oaky bourbon and a nip of pear brandy. This enchanting combination of confiture, though it needs no embellishment, is subtly enhanced by the hallowed halls and history of the sprawling brick school, itself. Dry, cracked leather, dusty woodwork, and autumn air round out this complex, gourmand fantasy.

Have you tried any of the Solstice Scents Fall 2018 collection? What did you think? The Solstice Scents Winter Collection, with recurring winter favorites such as Snowshoe Pass, Snowmint Mallow, and Monarch (a personal favorite!) as well as, the debut of four new winter scents, will be released soon!

Find Solstice Scents: website // instagram // facebook // twitter

Enter to win a FULL-SIZED bottle of one of the scents reviewed above by following Solstice Scents and Haute Macabre on Instagram, and leaving a comment here on the blog! One winner will be chosen from the comments here on December 17, 2018!

 


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New Moon Shop Update: Apothecary and Paper Goods

by on Dec.06, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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Tomorrow, Friday, December 6 at 10AM CST, the Haute Macabre Shop will be restocked with the much coveted Open Sea Design Company Luminaries Planner and the Many Moons 2019 Lunar Planner by Modern Women, and the Apothecary has been updated with our complete Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab collection of perfumes and hair glosses and the brand new Babylon Bath Bomb by Sophi Reaptress.

Included in today’s update is a selection of beautiful stationary items from Open Sea Design Company: the unlined High Priestess notebook, the Dark Botanicals oval cards, the Oculus Four and the Emperor Scorpion greeting cards, and the Luminaries Planner. Please visit our Paper Goods category to shop this collection.

The highly coveted Many Moons Lunar Planner is available in extremely limited quantities: This unique planner follows the Gregorian calendar year for 2019, with all magic holidays, observed holidays & bank holidays for the USA (Northern Hemisphere). The Many Moons Lunar Planner also has every Moon phase and sign the Moon is in for 2019, with month and week views.

Due to the extremely limited nature of the Many Moons planner, please limit one per customer. These will not be reprinted by Modern Woman studio.

The Babylon Bath Bomb debuted at the Oddities Flea Market in NYC this past weekend, and is designed to access your inner Scarlet Woman: bathe in blood red waters scented with amber and leather, topped with pink Himalayan sea salt.

The complete Haute Macabre Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab collection of perfumes and hair glosses, which will not be available again until late spring. These are currently in stock and ready to ship. Please see this post for a description of each scent note.

As always, all Haute Macabre Apothecary items are 100% vegan and cruelty free, never tested on animals, only on ourselves.


These items will be available in the Haute Macabre Shop on the morning of the New Moon on Friday, December 7 at 10AM CST.


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New Moon Shop Update: Apothecary and Paper Goods

by on Dec.06, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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Tomorrow, Friday, December 6 at 10AM CST, the Haute Macabre Shop will be restocked with the much coveted Open Sea Design Company Luminaries Planner and the Many Moons 2019 Lunar Planner by Modern Women, and the Apothecary has been updated with our complete Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab collection of perfumes and hair glosses and the brand new Babylon Bath Bomb by Sophi Reaptress.

Included in today’s update is a selection of beautiful stationary items from Open Sea Design Company: the unlined High Priestess notebook, the Dark Botanicals oval cards, the Oculus Four and the Emperor Scorpion greeting cards, and the Luminaries Planner. Please visit our Paper Goods category to shop this collection.

The highly coveted Many Moons Lunar Planner is available in extremely limited quantities: This unique planner follows the Gregorian calendar year for 2019, with all magic holidays, observed holidays & bank holidays for the USA (Northern Hemisphere). The Many Moons Lunar Planner also has every Moon phase and sign the Moon is in for 2019, with month and week views.

Due to the extremely limited nature of the Many Moons planner, please limit one per customer. These will not be reprinted by Modern Woman studio.

The Babylon Bath Bomb debuted at the Oddities Flea Market in NYC this past weekend, and is designed to access your inner Scarlet Woman: bathe in blood red waters scented with amber and leather, topped with pink Himalayan sea salt.

The complete Haute Macabre Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab collection of perfumes and hair glosses, which will not be available again until late spring. These are currently in stock and ready to ship. Please see this post for a description of each scent note.

As always, all Haute Macabre Apothecary items are 100% vegan and cruelty free, never tested on animals, only on ourselves.


These items will be available in the Haute Macabre Shop on the morning of the New Moon on Friday, December 7 at 10AM CST.


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Dark Moon Magic from Leah Samuels of Moonlight Offerings

by on Dec.05, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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Astrologer Leah Samuels of Moonlight Offerings guest blogs with Haute Macabre today to teach us about tonight’s Dark Moon, and share a release ritual.


New & Full Moons are commonly celebrated in spiritual and astrological circles. Yet, there is much power in working with the Dark Moon, as well. The Dark Moon is the last phase of the lunar cycle- the liminal space just before the New Moon arrives. In astrology, we call this the Balsamic Moon Phase. During this time, for about 3 ½ days each month, the moon wanes until it becomes invisible in the night sky.

When the light of the moon disappears each month, we are presented with an opportunity to rest and look inward. The Dark Moon can be equated with the “incubation stage” of the creative process. Incubation is an intentional and necessary pause. We are encouraged to exist at a pace of urgency and strive for productivity around the clock, often at the expense of creativity. During the Dark Moon, take a break and allow your mind to wander. If you can find a sense of calm and relaxation, it clears mental space for visions, ideas, and solutions to arise. Some of my most creative ideas have arrived while I’m in the shower, spacing out on my couch, or taking a walk. The Dark Moon encourages the type of passivity that allows for receptivity.

In a society so focused on active production, we can miss out on the richness of reception, and the wholeness of working with a complete cycle.


Notice how you feel in times of inactivity. How does the transitional space between projects, life changes, relationships, impact you? As the Dark Moon occurs at the end of a cycle, it’s also associated with themes of loss, grief, and the feelings of formlessness that follow. There are moments in each of our lives that call for recuperation and introspection before moving forward. When we learn how to work with these times of discomfort, we can deepen our relationship to ourselves and our intuition. When we learn to receive, we can connect with “unseen” forces, and deepen our trust in the invisible guidance that’s always available to us.

In our modern society, the Dark Moon is often misunderstood or even interpreted as taboo to some, as it embodies themes such as emotional honesty, sexuality, menstruation, violence, and the occult. To work with these energies, we must integrate and cultivate compassion for the parts of ourselves we’ve been taught to bury or repress. In doing so, deep healing can occur. Also associated with the sensitive sign of Pisces, Dark Moon themes must be treated with care. When this energy is unsupported, it can result in confusion, rather than spiritual connectivity. People born under a Dark Moon (when the Moon is within 45 degrees clockwise from the Sun in your birth chart) experience emotional complexity and intense connections with people from their soul’s past. It is important for people born under the Dark Moon phase to overcome the fear of rejection so that they can share their visions with the world.

Find Your Natal Moon Phase here

On the Dark Moon, set aside time for cleansing, clearing, and releasing rituals. It is common to struggle with the term “letting go.” Although “release” can conceptually be understood, the actuality of it can sometimes feel unattainable and out of reach. Ritual helps this abstract idea become a tangible reality. Trust your own process, and understand that healing isn’t linear. Sometimes people think of closure as this one-time big event, and maybe sometimes it is. Yet, more often, it unfolds in many layers and various ways. My teacher, astrologer Kelly Lee Phipps, shared this quote,

“It’s not about letting go. It’s about recognizing when something is already
gone.”

The Dark Moon is a time when you are gently assisted in the process of clearing the path for the new moon, and inviting new cycles into your life.

Dark Moon Ritual (from my Lunar Astrology Handbook) :
Some of the deities connected with the Dark Moon are Hekate, Persephone, and Lilith. Stones associated with this lunar phase are obsidian, onyx, and labradorite.

Materials:
Black Candle
Paper & Writing Utensil
Matches

Light the candle and meditate on the flame.
Write down what you want to release- ways of being, emotional
patterns, relationships, places, that no longer serve you
Sit with your list and thank each item for the lessons you have learned from them.
Burn the list under a safe location under the Dark Moon


Book a reading with Leah Samuels on her Website and follow her on Instagram 

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Dark Moon Magic from Leah Samuels of Moonlight Offerings

by on Dec.05, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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Astrologer Leah Samuels of Moonlight Offerings guest blogs with Haute Macabre today to teach us about tonight’s Dark Moon, and share a release ritual.


New & Full Moons are commonly celebrated in spiritual and astrological circles. Yet, there is much power in working with the Dark Moon, as well. The Dark Moon is the last phase of the lunar cycle- the liminal space just before the New Moon arrives. In astrology, we call this the Balsamic Moon Phase. During this time, for about 3 ½ days each month, the moon wanes until it becomes invisible in the night sky.

When the light of the moon disappears each month, we are presented with an opportunity to rest and look inward. The Dark Moon can be equated with the “incubation stage” of the creative process. Incubation is an intentional and necessary pause. We are encouraged to exist at a pace of urgency and strive for productivity around the clock, often at the expense of creativity. During the Dark Moon, take a break and allow your mind to wander. If you can find a sense of calm and relaxation, it clears mental space for visions, ideas, and solutions to arise. Some of my most creative ideas have arrived while I’m in the shower, spacing out on my couch, or taking a walk. The Dark Moon encourages the type of passivity that allows for receptivity.

In a society so focused on active production, we can miss out on the richness of reception, and the wholeness of working with a complete cycle.


Notice how you feel in times of inactivity. How does the transitional space between projects, life changes, relationships, impact you? As the Dark Moon occurs at the end of a cycle, it’s also associated with themes of loss, grief, and the feelings of formlessness that follow. There are moments in each of our lives that call for recuperation and introspection before moving forward. When we learn how to work with these times of discomfort, we can deepen our relationship to ourselves and our intuition. When we learn to receive, we can connect with “unseen” forces, and deepen our trust in the invisible guidance that’s always available to us.

In our modern society, the Dark Moon is often misunderstood or even interpreted as taboo to some, as it embodies themes such as emotional honesty, sexuality, menstruation, violence, and the occult. To work with these energies, we must integrate and cultivate compassion for the parts of ourselves we’ve been taught to bury or repress. In doing so, deep healing can occur. Also associated with the sensitive sign of Pisces, Dark Moon themes must be treated with care. When this energy is unsupported, it can result in confusion, rather than spiritual connectivity. People born under a Dark Moon (when the Moon is within 45 degrees clockwise from the Sun in your birth chart) experience emotional complexity and intense connections with people from their soul’s past. It is important for people born under the Dark Moon phase to overcome the fear of rejection so that they can share their visions with the world.

Find Your Natal Moon Phase here

On the Dark Moon, set aside time for cleansing, clearing, and releasing rituals. It is common to struggle with the term “letting go.” Although “release” can conceptually be understood, the actuality of it can sometimes feel unattainable and out of reach. Ritual helps this abstract idea become a tangible reality. Trust your own process, and understand that healing isn’t linear. Sometimes people think of closure as this one-time big event, and maybe sometimes it is. Yet, more often, it unfolds in many layers and various ways. My teacher, astrologer Kelly Lee Phipps, shared this quote,

“It’s not about letting go. It’s about recognizing when something is already
gone.”

The Dark Moon is a time when you are gently assisted in the process of clearing the path for the new moon, and inviting new cycles into your life.

Dark Moon Ritual (from my Lunar Astrology Handbook) :
Some of the deities connected with the Dark Moon are Hekate, Persephone, and Lilith. Stones associated with this lunar phase are obsidian, onyx, and labradorite.

Materials:
Black Candle
Paper & Writing Utensil
Matches

Light the candle and meditate on the flame.
Write down what you want to release- ways of being, emotional
patterns, relationships, places, that no longer serve you
Sit with your list and thank each item for the lessons you have learned from them.
Burn the list under a safe location under the Dark Moon


Book a reading with Leah Samuels on her Website and follow her on Instagram 

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How To Wear Your Cup Of Stars

by on Dec.04, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

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Don’t do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cup of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone else you will never see your cup of stars again.

I recall seeing Sofia Zakia’s Her Cup Of Stars necklace some time last year on Instagram and being utterly transfixed by its diminutive brilliance. A tiny, golden cup, chipped but perfect, featuring hand-engraved stars, a wee crescent moon, and a petite constellation of diamonds, “twinkling just for you.” A glimmering reminder to be wisely, bravely, true to one’s self.

Every time I call to mind this symbolic cup, its metaphorical stars, and this quote from Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting Of Hill House–which is quite often recently, considering the success of the Netflix series and the subsequent resurgence in popularity of the original novel–I reflect on the small sacrifices and surrenders I make in my everyday existence, just to make things easier on myself, or, all the instances I have had to capitulate or acquiesce to avoid the things that may be much, much worse. How, since I was a child, I’ve been giving up pieces of myself–tiny things really, so small you’d barely notice. A chip here, a chip there. My outrageous imagination, reigned. My silliness, silenced. The expansive, ever-present fantasy lands of my young daydreams are landscapes I can now barely conjure even in deepest slumber. And, of course, I know that these small slivers of self, lost, are not unique to me– you are, no doubt, cracked and splintered, as well. You’ve been trapped like we all have been–by adulthood, and expectations, and responsibility; fitting in and giving up and losing out; doing what you must to survive in this world, for as long as you have been, and for as long as you can.

And so, sometimes we need reminders. Of who we once were. Of all we thought we could do. Of all that we thought life could be! Of our cup of stars,  which we yearn to hold again and from which we dream to drink deeply.  And sometimes these reminders visit us in the form of a golden trinket or talisman, and we might pair such a reminder with all of the things which made us happy as a child, before that cup of stars was wrenched from our little fingers.

How would I pair such a reminder? With lots of purple–on my dresses and lips. Lacy veils, with ears! Pocketbooks with ladies’ faces on them! Fancy knickers! Which I obviously didn’t wear as a child but I was very keen to grow up and wear them. And the most ridiculously gorgeous, iridescent footwear we can get our weird little feet into! H/t to Sonya, by the way, with regard to these shoes. I think Sonya owns, like four pair by now–that’s some cloven-hooved commitment! (I know, I know, they’re tabi boots. I’m taking some “cup of stars poetic license” here.) Not pictured below, but worth mentioning: artist Laurel Whitting also makes a lovely “cup of stars” necklace–and I believe she currently has a few in her Etsy shop!

LOVESHACKFANCY maxi dress // Maison Margiela Tabi Ankle Boot // Alexander McQueen “Queen and King” box clutch // Maison Michel Lace Ears Hair Band // Sofia Zakia Her Cup Of Stars pendant // Unearthen Quartz Limarens Ring // Else Lolita Bodysuit // LUSH Amalie Mae perfume // Bite Taro lipstick (this is sold out, so I’ve linked you to eBay. Or find a dupe and report back here!)

BONUS! You may not ever find your cup of stars. That’s life, I guess. At that point, what do you do? You follow your abyss, that’s what you do.

Voidmerch Follow Your Abyss T-shirt // Comme Des Garçons Girl pleated pinafore skirt // Embellished ankle boots // Bluebella Luisa bra // Bluebella Saffy brief // Versace Medusa Head clutch // Alain Mikli sunglasses // UNUM Symphonie Passion perfume // Gerbe black knee-highs // Goldengrove Toi et Moi ring // Pyrrha Carpe Noctem ring // Arcana Obscura sword earrings // Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Crème Pigment


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How To Wear Your Cup Of Stars

by on Dec.04, 2018, under Syndicated from the Web

Reposted from | Go to Original Post

Don’t do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cup of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone else you will never see your cup of stars again.

I recall seeing Sofia Zakia’s Her Cup Of Stars necklace some time last year on Instagram and being utterly transfixed by its diminutive brilliance. A tiny, golden cup, chipped but perfect, featuring hand-engraved stars, a wee crescent moon, and a petite constellation of diamonds, “twinkling just for you.” A glimmering reminder to be wisely, bravely, true to one’s self.

Every time I call to mind this symbolic cup, its metaphorical stars, and this quote from Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting Of Hill House–which is quite often recently, considering the success of the Netflix series and the subsequent resurgence in popularity of the original novel–I reflect on the small sacrifices and surrenders I make in my everyday existence, just to make things easier on myself, or, all the instances I have had to capitulate or acquiesce to avoid the things that may be much, much worse. How, since I was a child, I’ve been giving up pieces of myself–tiny things really, so small you’d barely notice. A chip here, a chip there. My outrageous imagination, reigned. My silliness, silenced. The expansive, ever-present fantasy lands of my young daydreams are landscapes I can now barely conjure even in deepest slumber. And, of course, I know that these small slivers of self, lost, are not unique to me– you are, no doubt, cracked and splintered, as well. You’ve been trapped like we all have been–by adulthood, and expectations, and responsibility; fitting in and giving up and losing out; doing what you must to survive in this world, for as long as you have been, and for as long as you can.

And so, sometimes we need reminders. Of who we once were. Of all we thought we could do. Of all that we thought life could be! Of our cup of stars,  which we yearn to hold again and from which we dream to drink deeply.  And sometimes these reminders visit us in the form of a golden trinket or talisman, and we might pair such a reminder with all of the things which made us happy as a child, before that cup of stars was wrenched from our little fingers.

How would I pair such a reminder? With lots of purple–on my dresses and lips. Lacy veils, with ears! Pocketbooks with ladies’ faces on them! Fancy knickers! Which I obviously didn’t wear as a child but I was very keen to grow up and wear them. And the most ridiculously gorgeous, iridescent footwear we can get our weird little feet into! H/t to Sonya, by the way, with regard to these shoes. I think Sonya owns, like four pair by now–that’s some cloven-hooved commitment! (I know, I know, they’re tabi boots. I’m taking some “cup of stars poetic license” here.) Not pictured below, but worth mentioning: artist Laurel Whitting also makes a lovely “cup of stars” necklace–and I believe she currently has a few in her Etsy shop!

LOVESHACKFANCY maxi dress // Maison Margiela Tabi Ankle Boot // Alexander McQueen “Queen and King” box clutch // Maison Michel Lace Ears Hair Band // Sofia Zakia Her Cup Of Stars pendant // Unearthen Quartz Limarens Ring // Else Lolita Bodysuit // LUSH Amalie Mae perfume // Bite Taro lipstick (this is sold out, so I’ve linked you to eBay. Or find a dupe and report back here!)

BONUS! You may not ever find your cup of stars. That’s life, I guess. At that point, what do you do? You follow your abyss, that’s what you do.

Voidmerch Follow Your Abyss T-shirt // Comme Des Garçons Girl pleated pinafore skirt // Embellished ankle boots // Bluebella Luisa bra // Bluebella Saffy brief // Versace Medusa Head clutch // Alain Mikli sunglasses // UNUM Symphonie Passion perfume // Gerbe black knee-highs // Goldengrove Toi et Moi ring // Pyrrha Carpe Noctem ring // Arcana Obscura sword earrings // Rituel de Fille Inner Glow Crème Pigment


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