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Even though I’m not feeling well at all, I smile when I see that I’ll be testing this one next.  I love H.P. Lovecraft and all his mythos.

Scent Name:  Arkham

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – A Picnic in Arkham

Scent Description and Notes: “ Behind everything crouched the brooding, festering horror of the ancient town, and of the mouldy, unhallowed garret gable where he wrote and studied and wrestled with figures and formulae when he was not tossing on the meager iron bed. His ears were growing sensitive to a preternatural and intolerable degree, and he had long ago stopped the cheap mantel clock whose ticking had come to seem like a thunder of artillery. At night the subtle stirring of the black city outside, the sinister scurrying of rats in the wormy partitions, and the creaking of hidden timbers in the centuried house, were enough to give him a sense of strident pandemonium. The darkness always teemed with unexplained sound – and yet he sometimes shook with fear lest the noises he heard should subside and allow him to hear certain other fainter noises which he suspected were lurking behind them.

He was in the changeless, legend-haunted city of Arkham, with its clustering gambrel roofs that sway and sag over attics where witches hid from the King’s men in the dark, olden years of the Province.

A shadowy, unapproachable forest of maple, birch, dogwood, cypress and pine softened by a garland of New England wildflowers: bergamot, columbine, rue anemone, blue violet, creeping phlox, bloodroot, toadflax, and pixie moss.” -BPAL

Oil Color: A light, unprocessed, raw honey 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):  It’s floral, but pleasantly so with the wildflowers, violet, and columbine, which I can make out on first sniff.  There is also something a little like lemon,  like verbena, but I don’t see that listed as a note.
  • Wet: Yes, I still get something lemony, but the woods come out to play with dogwood and cypress being the most discernible.  Following that, I get wildflowers and columbine, to the point that this reminds me of being a spring meadow sipping lemonade.
  • Dry: There is a little soapy tinge now to the florals, but not enough to dissuade me from my springtime romp through the meadow.  This is a rather clean scent and would be wonderfully refreshing yet still feminine for summer.

Other Impressions: None.