Scent Name: Vasilissa
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Marchen
Scent Description and Notes: ““Take it, then,” the Tsar said, “and bid her do it for me.” The old woman brought the linen home and told Vasilissa the Tsar’s command: “Well I knew that the work would needs be done by my own hands,” said Vasilissa, and, locking herself in her own room, began to make the shirts. So fast and well did she work that soon a dozen were ready. Then the old woman carried them to the Tsar, while Vasilissa washed her face, dressed her hair, put on her best gown and sat down at the window to see what would happen. And presently a servant in the livery of the Palace came to the house and entering, said: “The Tsar, our lord, desires himself to see the clever needlewoman who has made his shirts and to reward her with his own hands.” Vasilissa rose and went at once to the Palace, and as soon as the Tsar saw her, he fell in love with her with all his soul. He took her by her white hand and made her sit beside him. “Beautiful maiden,” he said, “never will I part from thee and thou shalt be my wife.” So the Tsar and Vasilissa the Beautiful were married, and her father returned from the far-distant Tsardom, and he and the old woman lived always with her in the splendid Palace, in all joy and contentment. And as for the little wooden doll, she carried it about with her in her pocket all her life long.
She herself had cheeks like blood and milk and grew every day more and more beautiful: creamy skin musk and blushing pink musk with soft sandalwood, white amber, dutiful myrrh, and star jasmine.” – BPAL
Oil 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): Sweet sandalwood and amber waft out of the bottle as jasmine tries to join the fray. It’s a little too sweet for my nose as is. Hopefully it will tone down.
- Wet: Overtly sweet amber with what I could swear are hints of vanilla and honey. After 10 seconds, the pepper and sandalwood come out, but not enough to dull the tooth-achingly sweet nature of the amber.
- Dry: The scent is much more palatable when dry as it shifts to vanilla amber, myrrh, and sandalwood. It’s a sweetly feminine scent, but I’m not sure how often I would reach for it.
Other Impressions: None.