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I first reviewed this scent nearly two years ago.  As such, this imp has had some time to mature.  I’ve included my original estimation in blue and my new  review in black.

Scent Name:  The Caterpillar

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Mad Tea Party

Scent Description and Notes: ‘Heavy incense notes waft lazily through a mix of carnation, jasmine, bergamot, and neroli over a lush bed of dark mosses, iris blossom, deep patchouli and indolent vetiver. ” -BPAL

Alice Meets the Caterpillar, Illustration from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Oil Color:  A slighter darker teak wood 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.


  • ITI:  Very heavy neroli and patchouli, with perhaps a little jasmine following.  Ah, now I smell the jasmine tinged with neroli.  There is almost a musky quality to this due to the incense. 
  • Wet:  Still very heavy on the neroli and patchouli, but I’m smelling a little vetiver beneath. Jasmine, incense, neroli, and patchouli.  It’s as intoxicating as I imagine the smoke descending from the caterpillar would be. 
  • Dry:  (2.5 hours later) It has softened considerably. Patchouli and neroli are still the prominent notes, but I can now smell some carnation and just a little vetiver. I just wished the jasmine was more evident. Thick incense with dashes of nerloi and patchouli, and perhaps the faintest hint of vetiver; however, I can smell little of the florals.

Other Impressions:  Smells like sponge docks to my husband.  Odd.