“A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear…”

Hahahaha GOOD ONE, Lennon! Our scents inspired by Yule-related phobias are singing a different tune.


Fear of the Aurora Borealis

Hellish shimmering streaks of unholy, alien light: electrically-charged lavender, yellow bergamot, agarwood, blue plum, and a peculiar, discomfiting green musk.


Fear of Happiness

Gibbering chitters of laughter, gleaming grinning mouths peeling open like a knife-slash: high-pitched lemon peel and pink pepper, white orris, and garish tangerine.

Christougenniatiko Dentrophobia

Fear of Christmas Trees

Ghastly misshapen branches casting long, twisted shadows and clutching at you with prickly needle-like fingers: pine pitch, bone-white dried fir, and spruce tar with opoponax and blackened tobacco.


Fear of Extreme Cold

Cold – unending, heart-piercing cold – that slices through skin and muscle like a gleaming, razor-edged dagger until it penetrates bone and fills your marrow: white eucalyptus, frosted mint, raw frankincense, davana, iris petal, white grapefruit, and wormwood.


Fear of Dinner Conversations

Wine spilled across freshly pressed table linens, a wilted holiday bouquet, and a furtive hint of whiskey and baked bread.


Fear of Church

Suffocating clouds of shroud-thick frankincense and myrrh, sepulchral tolu balsam, black labdanum, and a sin-sick thread of jasmine sambac.


Fear of Dolls

(But not ventriloquist dummies. That’s an entire phobia unto itself.)
White porcelain cracked by white tobacco, threads of brittle cognac, and vanilla filigree.


Fear of Beards

Definitely bad news if you live in Silverlake, Williamsburg, or the Mission. A tangle of patchouli, upcycled leather, artisanal honey, and a couple of oils you’ve probably never heard of.


Fear of Parents-in-Law

A scent of judgement and scorn: blackened vetiver, smug vanilla, and a dismissive, sneering dribble of black coffee.


Fear of Tyrants

This has jack all to do with Yule or winter, but it sure does apply to current events. Proceeds from Tyrannophobia benefit the ACLU, thereby helping stem the imminent assault on civil rights. Birch tar, tea leaf, and black raspberry strangled in an iron fist.

The Summer (3/?)

The Summer (3/?) | Dan Howell has spent the last three summers at Camp Bergamot, but it’s never been quite like this before. This year, he faces a summer full of new friends, a new relationship, and an entirely new view on his own sexuality. Perhaps Camp Bergamot should be renamed camp self discovery for all the changes Dan has gone through, but one thing’s for sure - despite all the hiccups and the drama, he just might have found the love of his life. | Phan | Mature | Smut, Misunderstandings, Insecurity, Panic Attacks, Bullying, Minor Violence, Physical Fight | 300,000+ Words

Disclaimer: In no way do I claim that this is real or cast aspersions on Dan or Phil.

This Part: 9,196 Words

For reference, @phansdick is Dan, @insanityplaysfics is Phil.

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Warnings: Bullying, sexuality denial

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Monarda fistulosa is in the mint family Lamiaceae. Commonly known as wild bergamot, it is native throughout much of North America. Wild bergamot is a small herb that produces heads of lavender flowers frequently visited by various pollinators. Wild bergamot has many medicinal uses and has been in use in traditional medicine for centuries. It can brewed into a tea that is used to treat colds and the flu. This plant also has antiseptic properties and has been used to treat minor infections and wounds.

Bee Balm - Monarda didyma ‘Raspberry Wine’

Color of the flowers of Monarda didyma (Lamiaceae) is outstanding, the blossoms are gorgeous and the smell is wonderful. Erect stems support uniquely shaped berry red tubular flowers. Large leaves sport wine colored highlights.

These flowers are very attractive to bees and hummingbirds, and as if that were not enough, you can use the leaves of the plant to flavor teas.

This species is native to eastern North America, and is also commonly known as Bergamot, Oswego Tea, Crimson Beebalm, Scarlet Beebalm, Scarlet monarda, and Bergamot.

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Photo credit: ©S.J. Marshall | Locality: Flintham, Nottinghamshire, England (2014)

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Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) ~ Photo taken by Adrian White

Called “Sweet Leaf” by Native herbalists, this plant is in full bloom right now across Iowa. Time to harvest its tender twigs and flowers!

Bergamot is delicious most of all as a tea, but I would beg it to be reconsidered in the herbalist’s arsenal of classic herbal flavors. It has a taste quite similar to thyme, as it also contains the volatile oil Thymol, but with a much more buttery flavor.

I dry a batch of the flowers in preparation of winter. Bergamot is an excellent cold and flu remedy, and very versatile within that realm. The plant is diaphoretic, antiviral, expectorant, bronchiodilating, relaxing and cooling. This herb is especially pleasant to have nearby in the garden or house, as a spit poultice of the leaves and flowers is wonderful for burns and insect stings, a bit like Plantain.