A Field Guide to Philadelphia Potion
Origin: On initial inspection, perfumes appear to be of French origin. Further investigation proves that each is actually concocted on native soil.
Biological makeup: Made from a variety of natural ingredients like Roman chamomile and rose absolute. Batches sit for two months to allow essences to mingle. Atypically, a base of jojoba or coconut oil is used in place of alcohol.
Appearance: Tiny glass bottles affixed with gold wax seals. Labels with old-fashioned, lacy script appeal to the romantic at heart. Facial compresses, lip balms, and soaps are also noteworthy.
Variations: Tobacco has a smoky, sultry scent; Fawn, subtle smells of grapefruit and pepper; and Fairy, a hint of spicy clove. Other species include Rabbit, Swan, and Earth. Layering is encouraged, and custom blends are made upon request.
Implementation: Casual research reveals that a dab on various pulse points drives the opposite sex wild.
Available at Franklin Square Boutique, 128 North Third Street (215-238-0626), $10-$60. For more information, go to philadelphiapotion.tumblr.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Philadelphia Potion