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I’ve heard about this one and I’ve wanted to try it for a while.  Let’s hope it works out!

Scent Name: Black Forest

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Ars Amatoria

Scent Description and Notes: When, as by glaciers ground, the spate
Swells hissing from beneath,
The water of your mouth, elate,
Rises between your teeth —

It seems some old Bohemian vintage
Triumphant, fierce, and tart,
A liquid heaven that showers a mintage
Of stars across my heart.

A sinister, darkly seductive scent inspired by poetry of Charles Baudelaire. Violet entwined with vanilla and gardenia.” – BPAL

Oil Color:  The color of clarified butter.

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 smell just violet when I inhale, which is certainly something that I would not complain about since I like that note n my perfumes and essential oils.  I don’t smell any of the brusquely pungent aspects that gardenia can take on in an oil.  It reminds me of the Lotte violet candy.
  • Wet: Oh wow, violet and vanilla.  It’s sweet, feminine, cold and floral.  I like it!
  • Dry: Oddly enough, the vanilla is amping with the faintest hint of violet. It’s still lovely and the perfect scent for the first inklings of spring.
Other Impressions:Husband says it’s nice, but isn’t really super into it. Once dry, however, he says it smells like good powder and flower.  He’s much more positive about it.