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Shoot, petitgrain – one my my skin’s scent nemises.  I hope it gets balanced out by the rest of the notes.

Scent Name:  The Butterfly

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Last Unicorn

Scent Description and Notes: “Then one afternoon the butterfly wobbled out of a breeze and lit on the tip of her horn. He was velvet all over, dark and dusty, with golden spots on his wings, and he was as thin as a flower petal. Dancing along her horn, he saluted her with his curling feelers. “I am a roving gambler. How do you do?”

Fuzzy brown tonka bean, golden amber, bergamot, and petitgrain. -BPAL

Oil Color:  Sweetly and darkly resinous with an orange warmth to it.

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 kelly green field box is white text that features the name of the scent.  Along the outermost side, written down the side is the web address of BPAL.  The image is a beautifully rendered pencil drawing of the butterfly with its back turned to us.

Label art was created 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. – BPAL


  • In the Imp (ITI):  Ugh, sharp petitgrain with tonka.  It smells like green foxtail stickers.
  • Wet:  It’s much more behaved with with a balance of the petitgrain with strong bergamot, amber, and tonka.  It does remind me of the gentle and delicate texture of butterfly wings.
  • Dry:  It’s much better dried.  It’s mostly brown, fuzzy tonka with amber and bergamot.  I’m relieved!

Other Impressions:  Wet, it smells like pine and Earl Grey to Tony