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Scent Name:  The Ninth Cage

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Last Unicorn

Scent Description and Notes: “THE NINTH CAGE
The unicorn hardly heard him. She turned and turned in her prison, her body shrinking from the touch of the iron bars all around her. No creature of man’s night loves cold iron, and while the unicorn could endure its presence, the murderous smell of it seemed to turn her bones to sand and her blood to rain. The bars of her cage must have had some sort of spell on them, for they never stopped whispering evilly to one another in clawed, pattering voices.

A claustrophobic blend of iron and oak. -BPAL

Oil Color:  A darkly muddled combination of rain-soaked wood and iron filings.

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 dark grey 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 the last unicorn looking broken and forlorn inside a terrifying cage.

Label art was created by Renae De Liz, the artist on IDW Publishing’s six-issue comic miniseries of The Last Unicorn. Renae worked on The Last Unicorn comic with her husband, colorist Ray Dillon. – BPAL


  • In the Imp (ITI):I get clean iron, ozone, and a touch of oak.  It isn’t as off-putting as I had imagined it would have been.
  • Wet: The iron is certainly stronger on my skin, but here it’s cold and a little foreboding   The oak underneath is sweet and adds a nice contrast with the iron.
  • Dry: It’s a perfumey scent now, as the combination has turned to a masculine by slightly aquatic and powdery version of iron and oak.

Other Impressions: “It’s almost like rosemary.  Kinda nose tickle-y.  I smell mostly herbs.”