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I’ve tested this before, so I now I get to try it again and see if any of my inital responses have changed.

Scent Name: Lysander

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –Illyria

Scent Description and Notes: The course of true love never did run smooth.

Lilac musk, tonka, wood violet, and urbane lime rind, with a Venus-kissed tangle of myrtle, blackberry leaf, and benzoin.” – BPAL

Oil Color: A rich honey color.

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): I get a nice vanilla / tonka with lilac musk and just a hint of citrus. On second sniff, it’s a bit more chemically, and I think that’s from the lilac and perhaps the myrtle.  There is a bit of woodiness to the scent as well.
  • Wet: I get tonka or vanilla as the top note, flanked by benzoin, lilac musk, and perhaps just a hint of myrtle of blackberry leaf. It’s sweet and floral, but a woodsy or cold floral.  The myrtle and blackberry leaf are adding an interesting dimension to this scent, making it rounder and a little more enigmatic.
  • Dry: The vanilla / tonka scent is still prominent, but it’s starting to be overtaken by a combination of the floral and green notes. It’s nice, but not something I’d reach for every day.
Other Impressions: It smells like the darker smelling flowers (the murkier and deeper ones) and resins and a little bit of powder to my husband. It’s alight to him, but there is something he doesn’t quite like about it.