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Scent Name: Lunar Phoenix
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – BPAL 10 year anniversary, 2012
Scent Description and Notes: “HEAR, Goddess queen, diffusing silver light,
Bull-horn’d and wand’ring thro’ the gloom of Night.
With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide
Night’s torch extending, thro’ the heav’ns you ride:
Female and Male with borrow’d rays you shine,
And now full-orb’d, now tending to decline.
Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon,
Whose amber orb makes Night’s reflected noon:
Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night,
All-seeing pow’r bedeck’d with starry light.
Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife,
In peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:
Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend,
Who giv’st to Nature’s works their destin’d end.
Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail!
Deck’d with a graceful robe and shining veil;
Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright,
Come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,
Shine on these sacred rites with prosp’rous rays,
And pleas’d accept thy suppliant’s mystic praise.
A blessing of imagination, pleasure, and foresight: galbanum, orris root, lettuce, pink lotus absolute, purple lily, bay, jasmine, narcissus, camphor, mugwort, narcissus, yam flower, jasmine, passionflower, parsley, and white papaya.” -BPAL
Oil Color: A bright pollen yellow.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Absinthetics. On the back, she has the notes of the scent, the title of the scent in orange, the company acronym in bold, and her decanting information. The front has a picture of a phoenix ascending from the sun.
- ITI: Why, hello camphor and mugwort. These two notes are certainly forthcoming, but they crowd out the other notes of lily, orris root, and parsley that I can detect.
- Wet: On my skin, the camphor and mugwort are still dominant but I can smell jasmine, lily. parsley, touches of lettuce and the bubblegum tell-tale sign of lotus. It’s a complex, although overtly green scent.
- Dry: Very herby, almost overpowering so even when dried for half an hour. Camphor is certainly a strong note, followed by parsley, mugwort, and narcissus. It’s clean in its herbiness, though.
Other Impressions: “Really herby. I don’t like it.” -Tony