Scent Name: The Apple of Sodom
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Rappaccini’s Garden
Scent Description and Notes: “…their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter. The tree’s bark is grey and cork-like, and the fruit, when ripe, is bright yellow, comely and sweet-scented.
After their success in tempting Adam and Eve to the knowledge of sin, Satan and his cronies celebrated by partaking of the Apple:
A Grove hard by, sprung up with this thir change,
His will who reigns above, to aggravate
Thir penance, laden with Fruit like that
Which grew in Paradise, the bait of Eve
Us’d by the Tempter: on that prospect strange
Thir earnest eyes they fix’d, imagining
For one forbidden Tree a multitude
Now ris’n, to work them furder woe or shame;
Yet parcht with scalding thurst and hunger fierce,
Though to delude them sent, could not abstain,
But on they rould in heaps, and up the Trees
Climbing, sat thicker then the snakie locks
That curld Megæra: greedily they pluck’d
The Frutage fair to sight, like that which grew
Neer that bituminous Lake where Sodom flam’d;
This more delusive, not the touch, but taste
Deceav’d; they fondly thinking to allay
Thir appetite with gust, instead of Fruit
Chewd bitter Ashes, which th’ offended taste
With spattering noise rejected: oft they assayd,
Hunger and thirst constraining, drugd as oft,
With hatefullest disrelish writh’d thir jaws
With soot and cinders fill’d; so oft they fell
Into the same illusion, not as Man
Whom they triumph’d once lapst. Thus were they plagu’d
And worn with Famin, long and ceasless hiss,
Till thir lost shape, permitted, they resum’d,
Yearly enjoynd, some say, to undergo
This annual humbling certain number’d days,
To dash thir pride, and joy for Man seduc’t.
Native to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, this fruit turns to ashes when plucked as a sign of God’s displeasure.” – BPAL
Oil Color: It’s a burnished 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): While apple is one of the notes, I’m greeted by notes reminiscent of men’s cologne, king of like an oude, thyme, and some other medicinal greenness. It smells wonderful and I can’t wait to wear it.
- Wet: I tried this on and the first response was, “Oh goodness, yes!” It smells delightfully foreboding yet very alluring at the same time. I want to bathe in this scent. I still get the masculine qualities, but the tartly spiced (warmed clove and cinnamon) apple is emerging and is balancing out the herby oude.
- Dry: Gloriously tart apples that have soaked in spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove with a hint of smokiness. Oh yes, this scent will be mine in larger quantities.
Other Impressions: Husband likes this one as well, although that was the extent of his answer.