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This was the first real scent I bought based on the imp sample.  I blame this one for starting my obsession with BPAL.

Scent Name:  A Howl in the Darkness

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenie 2010: Gothic Literature, Vol. 1

Scent Description and Notes: A scent evocative of a forest at midnight, with animalic brown musk, wild sage, Terebinth pine, black oak, and a chilly shock of terror personified by kunzea, cistus labdanum, verbena, juniper, metallic ozone, and white mint.” -BPAL

Oil Color:  A light amber color.

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 a werewolf howling against a moon. (This is the image on the imp, but not on the bottle).


  • ITI: Upon first sniff, I’m met with a complexity of both green and citrus scents. I can discern the white mint, verbena, juniper, some musk, and a slightly sweet scent rounding everything out. I don’t smell any ozone and I’m thankful for that since ozone and I are not good friends at all.
  • Wet:  Oak, mint, juniper, verbena, mint, a faint citrus, and just a touch of ozone, but not so much that it smells like cat pee on me. Let’s hope it stays that way.
  • Dry:  I get no ozone (thank goodness), but I’m left with a beautiful oaky, junipery, minty scent with an ever so faint sweetness to tame down the woods. Once dry, I’m adoring this scent. 5/5 from a green/woodsy scent lover.

Other Impressions: After aging for two years, the mint and sage are a little stronger, but the scent is still beautifully enticing!