This is the last imp in my imp box. While it only holds 81, it has taken me 142 imps to find 81 that I’ve liked. I’m happy to finally file this box away and start my next set.
Scent Name: Mandrake
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Rappaccini’s Garden
Scent Description and Notes: “Also called Djinn’s Eggs and the Weed of Ill Omen. Distinctive bifurcations shape this magickal plant into the form of human men and women. It is believed that mandrake grows where the semen of a hanged man has fallen onto the earth, and that when it is plucked from the earth, the plant itself shrieks in agony:
Alack, alack, is it not like that I,
So early waking, what with loathsome smells,
And shrieks like mandrakes’ torn out of the earth
That living mortals, hearing them, run mad.
A plant of true arcane power, mandrake has been used in a multitude of ways by witches, magicians and thaumaturgists for eons to many, many vastly different ends. Whole pieces are carried for protection, or are used in poppet magick. Ground herb can be utilized in spells for money, lust or defense.
The lore of the mandrake does not limit it to magickal use. The root was chewed as a simple anasthesia, and it has been widely employed as a sleep drug:
CLEOPATRA: Ha, ha!
Give me to drink mandragora.
CHARMIAN: Why, madam?
CLEOPATRA: That I might sleep out this great gap of time
My Antony is away.” -BPAL
Oil Color: Entirely clear.
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.
- ITI: Green, just a little bright, but that is made much more subdued due to the earhty notes surrounding it.
- Wet: Dark, earhty mandrake with thick loam underneath. There is also just a little spice that comes out as well.
- Dry: It’s super faint, even after reapplying 4 hours ago. There is a faint, sweet greeness to it, but I have the strain to smell it.
Other Impressions: It smells like an 80’s scratch and sniff sticker to my husband, not quite peppermit, though.