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Tart wild strawberries, basil, black narcissus, entangling seaweed, watery graves 

At its heart, Lorelei is a strawberry-forward fragrance, but much like the Lorelei of legend, there are much darker things lurking not far below. This is a jammy and tart strawberry that is encircled in a bed of salty seaweed and sweet basil. There is a watery quality that submerges the entire scent, and adds an intense dewy quality to the strawberry and basil without making it read as an entirely aquatic fragrance. The heady narcotic floral of black narcissus lurks underneath it all. 

Narcissus was a common note in vintage perfumes and cosmetics, but the opulent and loud floral has fallen out of vogue in the world of respectable, clean fragrances that dominate the market today. It is equally represented by facets of sweet floral, spice, and musk aspects to create the dark and sensual fragrance of blooming narcissus. This flower was also chosen for Lorelei as it hearkens back to the Greek myth of Narcissus, who ultimately drowned due to his own vanity and beauty. 

Lorelei is described as possessing long hair the color of sunrays, which would draw the eye along with her siren's song among the grey rocks and water. We chose wild strawberries to act as this siren song to draw one in with the allure of sweet strawberry among the darker, stranger notes. 

Her origins in German folklore are as nebulous as her classification as a monster. Some tales label her as a siren, nymph, or the vindictive daughter of the spirit of the Rhine River, and some paint her as an avenging ghost.

The Lorelei rock itself sits at the sharpest and most dangerous turn of the Rhine in Germany, and has inspired numerous tales of creatures, from gnomes to sirens, that inhabit the rock and cause sailors' destruction. A natural phenomenon causes the sound of the river and a nearby waterfall to echo off the rock. This creates an otherworldly murmuring sound that brings to life the tale of Lorelei and her song, which can still be heard by those brave enough to venture close.

The earliest known written legend that "explains" the strange acoustics of Lorelei rock was a ballad by Clemens Brentano telling of a sorceress named Lore Lay, spurned by her lover and condemned to live in a convent, who fell into the Rhine from the rock. While traveling to the convent in the company of three knights, she asks to climb the rock in order to get one last glimpse of her lover's castle. They oblige her, and while looking, she sees a ship in the river. Imagining her lover must be on it, she leans over too far trying to spot him, and falls into the river along with the knights who try to rescue her. The murmuring sound heard by the rock is from the knights who are still calling her name. 

Later variations build on the myth of her as a siren, especially a popular poem by the German poet Heinrich Heine, "The Lorelei," which reads: 

I don't know what it means
That I am so sad at heart.
A legend of days gone by,
I can't get it out of my head.

The air is cool and night is coming.
The Rhine calmly courses its way;
The peak of the mountain sparkles
In the evening's final ray.

The fairest of maidens is seated
Wonderfully up there,
Her golden jewels are shining,
She's combing her golden hair.

She combs it with a golden comb,
And sings a song;
It has a wonderful,
Powerful melody.

The skipper in the little boat
Is seized by it with savage woe.
He looks not at the rocky reefs,
He only gazes toward the heights.

I think the waves devour
In the end the boatman and boat;
And this, by her singing,
The Lorelei has done.

Perfume oil. Ingredients: fractionated coconut oil, fragrance.

10 ml: Glass bottle with stainless steel rollerball and shiny gold cap. 

4 ml: Glass bottle with stainless steel rollerball and matte gold cap. 

1.5 ml: Open-mouthed glass bottle with screw top closure, sample bottle has 2ml capacity and filled with approximately 1.7ml of liquid.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
TK Wanderlust
Beltane Strawberry Witch

Seriously, if you want a Perfect scent for Beltane...this would be it! If you need a little more sweetness, I'd layer it under Sorcellerie Apothecary's 'Where the Wild things Grow' (I. if you want more sugary sweet, II. if you want more herbaceous garden strawberries).

But, This is a Really great scent all on its own. If you are a strawberry person, but still want to give off 'Mysterious person wandering a summer farmer's market in a quaint little Practical Magic coastal town', this scent is totally for you. It starts off with a punch of fruity strawberry but has bottom notes of salty seaweed and sweet basil to balance it (And I absolutely love it when basil finds its way into perfumes!)

This will DEFINITELY be a part of my signature combo scent for All of May and probably the rest of the summer months!


I don’t think this scent is for me. Presentation is great but it just does not smell good on me

Dark mermaid fantasy

I received a sample of Lorelei with one of my orders, and it quickly became one of my favorites! For a strawberry scent, it’s not too sweet, and the seaweed and basil sharpen it into a sophisticated atmospheric siren scent. It’s so mysterious and eerie, but still feminine and a little sweet, which I just love. I’ll definitely be getting a larger rollerball

Not for me

This is definitely a VERY atmospheric scent, more like an experience than a fragrance I could wear out. On my skin it is very basil and seaweed forward, I get a hunt of that jammy goodness but it is just overpowered by the basil. I wore it to work one day (i got the rollerball dram) and this scent got stronger and stronger throughout the day and ended up giving me a headache. I do want to give it another shot in the summer and see if that makes a difference on my skin. Im jealous of the reviews that said it dried down to a nice strawberry smell, My skin pulls heavy basil and watery graves lol. Definitely buy a dram first before going all in on this scent. I really wanted to like this


This was sent in my package as a gift and … oh my god. Literally smells like you’re walking through a dark, mysterious garden of flowers all in bloom. Ended up being on my favorites from my order <3


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