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Scent Name:  Mercurian Phoenix

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  BPAL 10 year anniversary, 2012

Scent Description and Notes: “HERMES, draw near, and to my pray’r incline, Angel of Jove, and Maia’s son divine; Studious of contests, ruler of mankind, With heart almighty, and a prudent mind. Celestial messenger, of various skill, Whose pow’rful arts could watchful Argus kill: With winged feet, ’tis thine thro’ air to course, O friend of man, and prophet of discourse: Great life-supporter, to rejoice is thine, In arts gymnastic, and in fraud divine: With pow’r endu’d all language to explain, Of care the loos’ner, and the source of gain. Whose hand contains of blameless peace the rod, Corucian, blessed, profitable God; Of various speech, whose aid in works we find, And in necessities to mortals kind: Dire weapon of the tongue, which men revere, Be present, Hermes, and thy suppliant hear; Assist my works, conclude my life with peace, Give graceful speech, and me memory’s increase.

A blessing of wit, opportunity, and skill: yellow sandalwood, bergamot, gum mastic, gum Arabic, lavender, lemongrass, angelica root, and anise. -BPAL

Oil Color:  A faint yellow, like a light yellow diamond.

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.


Image from blackphoenixalchemylab.com


  • ITI:  Lavender, lemongrass, and bergamot.  It’s a light and citrus-like combination.
  • Wet:  It’s very similar to the bottle, but I get something slightly earthy as well, which might be the angelica root. 
  • Dry:  This doesn’t last as long as its previous counterpart, so I have to reapply once I get home.  Lemongrass is wholly dominant, followed by very faint lavender and angelica root.  I think I would like this better if the lemongrass let a little more of the scent’s complexity shine through. 

Other Impressions: “Citrusy, like citronella.” -Tony