Perfume & Other Forms of Magick
Perfume is something near and dear to my heart, and so it is not surprising that it is apart of my craft.
Using regular, store-bought perfumes in ritual is not a novel concept, but some witches and practitioners don't really like using them (particularly the kind of perfume that is made with alcohol) which is their prerogative.
But I love perfume. And I love to use it in spellwork and rituals. I use perfume as you would any oil, anointing candles and other objects. It is also not uncommon that I should use it as an offering. I've given up an expensive bottle or two because I felt like someone else took a liking to it, and I'm sure I'll do it again.
In my experience, perfume does the same for a ritual or working as it does in everyday life: affects perception. If the perfume has notes of vanilla and myrrh, it evokes feelings of warmth ; if it's a bright—but still moody—fougere, it evokes sophistication and light; if it's a musky jasmine, it invokes the amorous side of those around us; if it's something harsh, soil and leather and alcohol, it evokes mystery and danger.
The only difference between using perfumes and using pure oils is how I decide what to use. When it comes to choosing a perfume for a ritual or spell, I don't make that decision based off of the individual attributes of its notes, but rather its abstract. For example, just because a perfume has patchouli as a base note, doesn't mean I would want to use it for a wealth spell, though traditionally patchouli is seen as an herb that draws wealth. The other notes may give the overall scent a very sensual, moody profile, which wouldn't necessarily be my pick for drawing wealth. Love? Maybe, but not wealth.
I’m not sure why, but I felt like sharing this today, and hopefully it inspires some of you to experiment. Below is a correspondence chart for the perfumes that I've used in rituals, and have gotten good results from.