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Scent Name: Nymphes de Pave

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Event Exclusive:  NYCC: The Gentleman’s Directory: New York City in 1870

Scent Description and Notes: “NYMPHES DE PAVE
In passing up Broadway, any evening, between the hours of 7 and 11 o’clock, one is surprised to see so many well-dressed and comely females whose ages range from fifteen to twenty-five years, unattended by companions of the other sex.

These young ladies are Nymphes de Pave or as they familiarly termed “Cruisers” have furnished rooms in which they receive visitors of the other sex, and ply their vocation in the streets for a livelihood.

White fig, rose otto, honey, and bourbon vanilla.” -BPAL

Oil Color:  Clear and colorless.

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 image is of three 19th century ladies adorned in their finest regalia of colors in yellow, brown, blue, and cream.


  • ITI:  The honey and bourbon vanilla are most prominent on first sniff, but I so pick up the soft rose otto following closely behind the dominant notes.
  • Wet: The rose otto, vanilla, and white fig steal the show in a gentle and lady-like showing.  This is rather pleasant.   
  • Dry:  It’s a bit powdery when dry, but the vanilla and honey, along with a little rose otto, are somewhat discernible. 

Other Impressions: “Powder and orange peel.” -Tony