|Redress the Dreary Humdrum with Beyond the Pale:
||[30 Oct 2005|01:23pm]
General Victorian slang - A thick London "Pea Soup" or Pea Souper - an idiom for fog. Although it is sometimes used for any thick fog, it refers particularly to a yellowish smog caused by the burning of soft coal. Such fogs were prevalent in UK cities (particularly London) prior to passage of the Clean Air Act of 1956. An 1871 New York Times article refers to "London, particularly, where the population are periodically submerged in a fog of the consistency of pea soup..."
Beyond the Pale is a brand new perfumery catering for fops, dandies, aesthetes & the darker, more disreputable characters who strive for refinement amongst their delinquency.
I hope you do not mind me posting this blatant promotion of self here, but I do truly feel it may be of interest. If you click the above picture you shall be whisked to my website where, amongst other things, you can read about the history of the fragrances' names (mostly based on Victorian (and older) London slang phrases), marvel at the original Victorian advertising images of drunken mice & frogs & so on, and bask in the sublimely overly-florrid descriptions. There is also a link to the selling & news update journal, beyondpale, which is where you may - until the website is offically launched - sojourn in order to procure the fragrances themselves.
We believe that commercial, mass-market perfumes & 'aftershaves' are terribly common & most often smell of furniture polish & desperation. In order to redress this dreadful balance, Beyond the Pale was set up to counteract the tawdry & the humdrum. It is for that reason I wished to bring it to your attention, dear friends; for I feel amongst you beat hearts similarly set on denouncing the dreary concoctions Other People seem content to drench themselves in....
I remain your constant & devoted admirer,