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MISS ELLI’S INFAMOUS ELIXRS: HISTORICAL SIDESHOW SCENTS All oils are concentrated, 5ml bottles, in a mix of essential and fragrance oils in a base of organic jojoba oil for longevity.  Orders placed before the Sideshow Gathering (November 6 – 9, 2009) won’t be mailed until after the gathering, and lead time is roughly 7 – 14 days, since the bottles aren’t blended until you order them (for freshness). Online ordering is for the US and Canada only, but if you email us at johnnyATjohnnymayhemDOTcom, we can work out shipping for other locations.  Wholesale is also available — email us for details! All scents are on-hand in Wilkes-Barre during the Gathering for testing!  Hope to see you there!

Ammallatore di Serpente (Snake Charmer)

In a smoky tent, the voodoo priestesses would take the snakes from the baskets in which they reside, and dance with the serpents, remarkably not being bitten in the process.

A mix of heady voodoo incense and deep greens, with serpentine jasmine and lotusroot twining in an eternal dance above.

5ml apothecary bottle.

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Ballando la Ragazza (Hoochie Girl)

In the side tent, the scarcely-dressed dancing girls entertain the male townsfolk for a dollar.  Some things never change.

Spicy, sugared jasmine flowers and candied ginger, warmed with amber and vanilla.

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il Cuscino di Spillo Umano (The Human Pincushion)

The Human Pincushion — acts of self-abuse with needles and other spiky sharp objects for the amusement of others.  Born without the same pain receptors as normal human beings, they pierce their own skin while audiences watch in amazement.

Barrels of wine and a deep, earthy tinge of blood, spiced with just a touch of exotic adrenaline.  In the very edges of the background, the slight tinge of a skewer, ready to pierce the skin.

5 ml apothecary bottle.

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il Fakhir (The Fakhir)

Mind over matter.  The mastery of one’s body through an ascetic focus on one’s spirit.  The freeing from pain and transcendence of flesh.  These mystics are known for their silent contemplations and sleeping on beds of nails without piercing their flesh.

A transcendent blend of grounded resins and far eastern woods, with a hint of subtle hindu incense and dripping beeswax candles illuminating a thousand glittering nail points.

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il Fanatico (The Geek)

Before “geek” meant something completely different (and largely technological), Geeks had the gross-out act of the ten-in-one.  Anything would go in their mouths, and possibly down the hatch — from nails to broken glass to live snakes or mice.  Audiences would watch in a mix of horror and revulsion.

Deep, herb-tainted earth, over which a sparkling mix of five orange essentials dance in amusement.  Down the hatch!

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l’Excursionista di Bicchiere (Glasswalker)

The crunch of broken glass is, for many, one of those noises that makes for an instant bristling reaction.  The glasswalkers of the sideshow, with their unbreakable feet, walk, jump, and dance on the shards.

A clear, cool scent of watery glass in many colors, mixed with just a tinge of blood.

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L’uomo di Fuga

The amazing, double-jointed and snakelike movements of the escapologists, unable to be bound by human means — from the famous Houdini to the unnamed men coming up with more and more complex ways of being held…only to slither out at the last possible moment.

A mix of proper teas and rigid bourbon-tinged vanillas, bound with a bright cord of apple, and set free with just a thin shimmer of chinese ylang-ylang.

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L’uomo Forte (The Strongman)

Phonebooks fall to his might.  Iron rods bend as if they were licorice sticks.  He can lift cars or pull trucks or bench-press women over his head and barely break a sweat.

All while wearing some kind of revealing gold lame’ loincloth. Hooboy.

Cinnamon leaf and rosewood essential oils, blended with amber accord and deepened with green.  Strengthened with the addition of the essence of cedar and sharpened with a gold lame’ twinkle of bitter orange.  Unisex.

5 ml apothecary bottle.

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la Donna di Tatuaata (The Tattooed Woman)

Illustrated, in a time when tattoos were reserved for the exotic travellers to faraway lands and savage peoples on continents undiscovered, the tattooed women (and men) of the carnival were like storybooks of flesh.

They still are.

A mix of vanilla and lavandin essentials tell their stories over a base of clary sage and oakmoss skin.  Deep and complex, but decidedly a woman’s story.

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la Piccola Persona (the Lilliputian)

In the world of the freakshow, none was so eponymous as the lilliputian.  Some were fakes, circuses using younger and younger children to represent the true little people, and some were real, and stars in their own rights.  (All political correctness aside…)

Chocolate-covered cookies, blackberry fizzy pops, and vanilla cream.  Unabashedly sweet rewards.

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La Sirena di Figi (The Fiji Mermaid)

The Fiji Mermaid, one of the greatest hoaxes of all time, commemorated in scent.

This is part of a series commemorating the Sideshow Gathering 2009, which takes place in Wilkes-Barre, PA each year in conjunction with the Inkin’ The Valley tattoo convention.

Deep aquatic notes and oceanic greenery, mixed with just a touch of the forest pine sawdust with which it’s stuffed.  Sniff closely, and you might catch a hint of the cotton thread with which the monkey’s head and fish body is sewn together...

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lo Sportellista di Fortuna (The Fortune-Teller)

Touched with the Gift, or touched with the ability to cold-read someone’s mannerisms…the fortune-tellers of the carnival tell you what they see.  Your future is still up to you.

Exotic chinese blue musk, deep resins and earthy incense floating in the air, and a sharp, sweet raspberry swirl to reflect the flash of the sateen metallic-printed robes.

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Respiratore di Fuoco (The Firebreather)

It’s the first thing we learn as children — fire burns.  Don’t touch the fire.  And yet, we’re fascinated by the dancing flames, afraid of the heat and mesmerized simultaneously.

Firebreathers don’t just touch the flames.  For a moment, while the fireball bursts from seemingly nowhere and everywhere all at once, they are the fire.  A deep breath, and the world around them is ablaze.

Two smoky musks from india, a whiff of singed wood, timeless amber resins and a tiny background hint of leather armor to protect the breather from his breath.

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Rondinere di Spada (Sword Swallower)

Of all the acts in the classic ten-in-one, the most dangerous of all is the sword-swallower’s trade.  Only around a hundred of them exist in the world at any given time, and if something goes wrong during a swallow, the performer only has about twenty minutes to get “fixed” before he bleeds to death.

Spices of danger and fear-tinged incensey resins, with a metallic sword disappearing into a leather-clad torso.  A unisex scent, fraught with peril.

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Ten-In-One (the set)

ALL of the first fifteen Snake Oil scents at once for a special price.  If purchased in this way, you’ll receive a free bottle of il Parlatore (the Carnie Talker).  It’s only available as a part of the set, and won’t be sold separately.

All smooth tongue and provocation, the Carny Talker is a combination of mint-tinged ice, hard metal, and tobacco-leaf infused sandalwoods.  Dancing in the rhetoric of ginger-lime, with a whiff of red mandarin to draw you in and take your dime.

Fifteen 5ml apothecary bottles and Johnny Mayhem goodies, plus the bonus bottle of Talker, wrapped in a handmade package.

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Testore di Blocco (Blockhead)

It’s horrifying to watch, when you first see a blockhead in action.  Maybe it’s a nail, or a pencil, or a running cordless drill…but the action is the same.  One moment it’s there, the next, the item is gone, nailed or pushed into the blockhead’s face until it’s all but disappeared.

Twisted blueberry-tinged black sugar, with a metallic screwdriver tang and a tiny smidge of the wooden handle.  Sweetly unisex and decidedly gourmand.

5ml. apothecary-style bottle.

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