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Once again, I’m excited to try something from the Mad Tea Party line – the scents are creative at the very least!

Scent Name: ‘Tis the Voice of the Lobster

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –Mad Tea Party: Moral Hymnody and Nonsense

Scent Description and Notes: ‘Tis the voice of the Lobster: I heard him declare
‘You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair.’
As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.
When the sands are all dry, he is gay as a lark,
And will talk in contemptuous tones of the shark;
But, when the tide rises and sharks are around,
His voice has a timid and tremulous sound.

I passed by his garden and marked, with one eye,
How the Owl and the Panther were sharing a pie:
The Panther took pie-crust, and gravy, and meat,
While the Owl had the dish as its share of the treat.
When the pie was all finished, the Owl, as a boon,
Was kindly permitted to pocket the spoon:
While the Panther received knife and fork with a growl,
And concluded the banquet by —

A woody, musky-weird base glooping over with blackberry preserves, a twist of mandarin, strawberry juice, pulverized watermelon, and a handful of smushed gardenia petals. ” – BPAL

Oil Color: A light orangish 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): It smells like a combination of blueberry and watermelon Bubbleyum.  It’s foody, but I like it.  On second sniff, I get musk and just a hint of the gardenia.  The wood, sadly, is missing.
  • Wet:  Strawberries, watermelon and blueberry jam complimented by the sweetness of musk, just a touch of a floral bouquet – it seems like a picnic in the middle of a field surrounded by woods off in the distance – very idyllic.
  • Dry:  After 8 hours, I can’t really smell much, so I need to retest it. On second test, the gardenia and woods begin to actually show up once the scent dries down.  Once dry for a little while, it makes for a daintily faint floral and fruity scent.  The combination is sweet but slightly sinister at the same time (thank you, wood and gardenia notes).
Other Impressions:  It smells like flowers and candy to my husband.  He says it smells good.