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Scent Name:  But Men Loved Darkness Rather Than Light

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Yule 2009

The world’s light shines, shine as it will,
The world will love its darkness still.
I doubt though when the world’s in hell,
It will not love its darkness half so well.

The world will love its darkness: cistus labdanum, ginger, East Indian patchouli, pimento berry, oakmoss, saffron, smoky vanilla, sage, myrrh, and bitter clove.” -BPAL

Oil Color: The color of liquid myrrh.

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 Freya and Chii in their white and black outfits from Chobits (not original bottle art).


  • ITI: It wreaks, in a positive way, of patchouli and myrrh.  I can smell them when I pick up the imp without opening anything.  When I open it, it’s much sweeter from the vanilla and pimento berry, but I can also detect the subtlety of the saffron.
  • Wet: Myrrh, vanilla, pimento berry, hints of ginger and clove under a veil of patchouli swirl together to create an intoxicating scent.
  • Dry: Myrrh, labdanum, patchouli, hints of ginger and clove, and a lightly floral undertone.  It fits the darkness aspect of this scent, but it isn’t a frightening darkness…it’s comforting and secure.

Other Impressions: “I’m not really sure what that is.  Myrrh?  And some flowery stuff.    The myrrh makes it smell really deep.” -Tony