Scent Name: Arachne of Lydia
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Last Unicorn
Scent Description and Notes: “Rukh was standing before a cage that contained nothing but a small brown spider weaving a modest web across the bars. “Arachne of Lydia,” he told the crowd. “Guaranteed the greatest weaver in the world — her fate’s the proof of it. She had the bad luck to defeat the goddess Athena in a weaving contest. Athena was a sore loser, and Arachne is now a spider, creating only for Mommy Fortuna’s Midnight Carnival, by special arrangement. Warp of snow and woof of flame, and never any two the same. Arachne.”
Strung on the loom of iron bars, the web was very simple and almost colorless, except for an occasional rainbow shiver when the spider scuttled out on it to put a thread right. But it drew the onlookers’ eyes — and the unicorn’s eyes as well — back and forth and steadily deeper, until they seemed to be looking down into great rifts in the world, black fissures that widened remorselessly and yet would not fall into pieces as long as Arachne’s web held the world together. The unicorn shook herself free with a sigh, and saw the real web again. It was very simple, and almost colorless.
“It isn’t like the others,” she said. “No,” Schmendrick agreed grudgingly. “But there’s no credit due to Mommy Fortuna for that. You see, the spider believes. She sees those cat’s-cradles herself and thinks them her own work. Belief makes all the difference to magic like Mommy Fortuna’s. Why, if that troop of witlings withdrew their wonder, there’d be nothing left of all her witchery but the sound of a spider weeping. And no one would hear it.”
Soft brown and Tyrian purple: dusty clove and blackcurrant.” -BPAL
Oil Color: A lovely rosed orange color.
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 Tyrian purple 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 a spider in an intricate web.
- In the Imp (ITI): On first sniff, I get a slightly vanilla-y blackcurrant, but upon deeper inhale, I get a lovely and spicy clove sent.
- Wet: The clove takes precedence, but it’s sweetened by the fruity undertones of the blackcurrant. Yum.
- Dry: The clove overpowers the blackcurrant about 20 minutes in, but I’m perfectly okay with that since I adore the smell of clove. Potential bottle, it is.
Other Impressions: “A little bit of coffee, some floral, a little citrus, some slightly powdery stuff. I like it! It kind of reminds me of my parent’s store. So it’s probably some industrial children’s store scent or some lady they had hired to work their store. It smells like a young mom. It still smells young, but it still smells motherly. “