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I have to say, I never thought I had something from Rapaccini’s Garden, so I’m super rather excited to happen upon this one in my box of imps.

Scent Name: Love in Idleness

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Rappaccini’s Garden

Scent Description and Notes: Yet mark’d I where the bolt of Cupid fell: It fell upon a little western flower, Before, milk-white, now purple with love’s wound, And maidens call it love-in-idleness.” – BPAL

Oil Color: A honeyed yellow.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  The label wrapped around the bottle features an Art-Deco inspired Phoenix with the the name of the company at the bottle of the image. On the other side, the title of the scent written in large, clear black font outlined with red on the front.


  • In the Imp (ITI):  Wow, super strong lilac.  This does not bode well as lilac turns soapy and just a little antiseptic on my skin.  I can’t detect any other notes, sadly. I know the title refers to pansy, but all I can smell is lilac.
  • Wet:  Ah, here is the pansy with lilac, although I think there is a little  carnation and perhaps just the tiniest rose.  It’s still a bit too floral for me and it makes me want to sneeze.
  • Dry:Sweet, nearly candy-like floral.  It reminds me of carnation, well-behaved lilac, and rose.
Other Impressions: It’s a bit too floral for me.