I’ve worn this scent a few times and I did an informal review of it on the forums on December 17th, 2011. However, as I’ve grown a little more competent in picking out notes, my original impression of prevalent notes has changed somewhat. I’ve been contemplating a bottle of it because it’s just so lovely.
Scent Name: The Midnight Carnival
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Last Unicorn
Scent Description and Notes: “There were nine wagons, each draped in black, each drawn by a lean black horse, and each baring barred sides like teeth when the wind blew through the black hangings. The lead wagon was driven by a squat old woman, and it bore signs on its shrouded sides that said in big letters: MOMMY FORTUNA’S MIDNIGHT CARNIVAL. And below, in smaller print: Creatures of night, brought to light.
Cruelty and confinement, small magics and penny illusions: galbanum, teak, myrrh, narcissus, patchouli, cacao, labdanum, agarwood, lavender, neroli, and black moss. ” -BPAL.org
Oil Color: A light pitch 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 right-hand side of the label. The other side is a bit different since this is an imp specifically from a special collection. It features the words in a grey tinged blueish color that read “Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn” at the very top. Just below that in a light navy field box is white text that features the name of the scent/ Along with outermost side, written down the side is the web address of BPAL. The image is a beautiful eerie pencil drawing of various draped wagons framed in the background by bare wintery-looking trees and a crescent moon.
Label art was created for us by Renae De Liz, the artist on IDW Publishing’s six-issue comic miniseries of The Last Unicorn. Renae worked on The Last Unicorn comic with her husband, colorist Ray Dillon.
- In the Imp (ITI): Delicious. It’s resinous and woodsy. I can pick out the myrrh, moss, patchouli, and teak on first sniff. On the second go-around, I can faintly pick out the violet and the neroli adds hints of sultry orange as I exhale.
- Wet: Delightful! Myrrh, teak, agarwood, patchouli, moss and hints of lavender coalesce into a scent reminiscent of the name-saked scene. I can picture the wooden wagons softly creating under the moonlight in a small clearing flanked by trees with Spanish moss.
- Dry: Teak, agarwood, moss, myrrh, galbanum and light patchouli – a symphony for my nose. I love the combination of resins and woods so very much. I could just slather this one if I had more than a single imp.
Other Impressions: According to my husband, it’s faintly Citronella-y, but it smells good. I think it’s the teak and neroli he’s picking up there.