Scent Name: Forever Is Mercy Built
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Will Call Event Exclusive, November 2012
Scent Description and Notes: “Tamarind, tonka bean, patchouli, golden amber, and white fig.“ – BPAL
Oil Color: It’s a color rather reminiscent of diluted tamarind candy.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown apothecary bottle from the Lab. The label on the front features what looks to be a stained glass window focusing on a reddish-haired crowned person (a wise person, perhaps), surrounded by a dark blue halo. Around the halo, various floral and sylvan scenes surround the person’s face on iridescent glass in hues ranging from pink to blue. The top and bottom of the image are bracketed in white fields with dark denim-colored blue block font describing the collection (Will Call Food Drive Exclusive 2012), and on the bottle below the collection, the name of the company in the same style. Atop the image in right upper section is the name of the scent in white block letters.
- In the Bottle (ITB): It’s a light, uplifting scent in its fruity cleanliness The white fig and tamarind together remind me a little of roasted apricot, although there is a subtle perfume note to the scent when I sniff deeper.
- Wet: It’s sweet while still being light – not overly foody, with a hint of floral and exotic notes due to the patchouli and perhaps the fig. As it starts to dry, there is a bit of stickiness to the scent quality, but the tamarind makes for an intriguing top note white the floral resins and fruit create a succulent quality that is rather enticing.
- Dry: After a couple of hours, the scent is light, sweet, and slightly exotic from the tamarind. The most prominent notes are the tamarind, of course, the fig, the amber (which gives just a little powderiness to the scent once dried), and the complexity of tonka. It’s an interesting scent and I’d reach for it when in the mood, but it isn’t going to be a daily scent.