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I’m breaking into my Yule scents for the next few weekends.  I remember liking this when I received it in the mail, but I don’t think I ever skin-tested it.

Scent Name:  Woods in Winter

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Yule 2010

Scent Description and Notes: “WOODS IN WINTER
When winter winds are piercing chill,
And through the hawthorn blows the gale,
With solemn feet I tread the hill,
That overbrows the lonely vale.

O’er the bare upland, and away
Through the long reach of desert woods,
The embracing sunbeams chastely play,
And gladden these deep solitudes.

Where, twisted round the barren oak,
The summer vine in beauty clung,
And summer winds the stillness broke,
The crystal icicle is hung.

Where, from their frozen urns, mute springs
Pour out the river’s gradual tide,
Shrilly the skater’s iron rings,
And voices fill the woodland side.

Alas! how changed from the fair scene,
When birds sang out their mellow lay,
And winds were soft, and woods were green,
And the song ceased not with the day!

But still wild music is abroad,
Pale, desert woods! within your crowd;
And gathering winds, in hoarse accord,
Amid the vocal reeds pipe loud.

Chill airs and wintry winds! my ear
Has grown familiar with your song;
I hear it in the opening year,
I listen, and it cheers me long.

Wild hemlock and juniper berries scattered in the snow beneath leafless trees bedecked with glittering icicles.” -BPAL

Oil Color:  Dark pitch brown

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from ralenth.  She has the name of the scent, collection and company acronym in bold on back.  Underneath, it has the scent notes.   Her decanting name is on the side and the name of the collection and scent frame the image of shrubbery covered in now while the forest behind it seems lightly dusted.


  • ITI: It smells like lotus, which smells like bubblegum to me.  However, this gum is lightly scented in that pink bubblegum flavor.  When I inhale deeply, I finally get lovely hemlock and piercing juniper.
  • Wet:  Juicy berries, juniper, cold but softly fallen snow, and dashes of hemlock.  Lovely!
  • Dry:  The snow aspect has dried to something powdery, but I still get juniper and hemlock notes, which makes me weight the scent as more positive than negative.

Other Impressions: This would make a lovely house scent.