Scent Name: Schmendrick
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Last Unicorn
Scent Description and Notes: “Wonder and love and great sorrow shook Schmendrick the Magician then, and came together inside him, and filled him, filled him until he felt himself brimming and flowing with something that was none of these. He did not believe it, but it came to him anyway, as it had touched him twice before and left him more barren than he had been. This time, there was too much of it for him to hold: it spilled through his skin, sprang from his fingers and toes, welled up equally in his eyes and his hair and the hollows of his shoulders. There was too much to hold, too much ever to use; and still he found himself weeping with the pain of his impossible greed. He thought, or said, or sang, I did not know that I was so empty, to be so full.
Unexplored potential: sweet, raw tobacco leaves, chamomile, clary sage, Mysore sandalwood, sultana raisins, and caramel.” -BPAL
Oil Color: A faintly tinted lemon chiffon 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 color that read “Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn” at the very top. Just below that in a navy blue purple color field box is white text that features the name of the scent in white. Along the outermost side, written down the side is the web address of BPAL. The image is a beautifully rendered drawing of Schmendrick in a cape and hat magically juggling a deck of cards and three doves.
- In the Imp (ITI): Chamomile with tobacco and sage are most evident in the bottle. It’s certainly unique.
- Wet: Sandalwood and sage are very clearly prevalent on my skin. There is such a nice touch of sweetness from the tobacco leaves as well.
- Dry: After about an hour, it dries to a sage-infused soap, perhaps with a little chamomile.
Other Impressions: It is not as magical as I would have hoped, but it is a nice, clean scent.