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Scent Name:  A Farewell to False Love

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Lupercalia 2013

Scent Description and Notes: “A FAREWELL TO FALSE LOVE
Sir Walter Raleigh
Farewell, false love, the oracle of lies,
A mortal foe and enemy to rest,
An envious boy, from whom all cares arise,
A bastard vile, a beast with rage possessed,
A way of error, a temple full of treason,
In all effects contrary unto reason.

A poisoned serpent covered all with flowers,
Mother of sighs, and murderer of repose,
A sea of sorrows whence are drawn such showers
As moisture lend to every grief that grows;
A school of guile, a net of deep deceit,
A gilded hook that holds a poisoned bait.

A fortress foiled, which reason did defend,
A siren song, a fever of the mind,
A maze wherein affection finds no end,
A raging cloud that runs before the wind,
A substance like the shadow of the sun,
A goal of grief for which the wisest run.

A quenchless fire, a nurse of trembling fear,
A path that leads to peril and mishap,
A true retreat of sorrow and despair,
An idle boy that sleeps in pleasure’s lap,
A deep mistrust of that which certain seems,
A hope of that which reason doubtful deems.

Sith then thy trains my younger years betrayed,
And for my faith ingratitude I find;
And sith repentance hath my wrongs bewrayed,
Whose course was ever contrary to kind:
False love, desire, and beauty frail, adieu.
Dead is the root whence all these fancies grew.

Pale lavender, sweet violet, balsam of Peru, and paperwhite narcissus.” -BPAL

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown bottle.  It features the traditional label along the front.  The name of the collection and date are in black block betters with a small, pink hear in between.  The bottom of the label has the company’s name in black test that is larger than the collection.  The name of the scent is in a black block letter font with read shadowing.  The font itself looks a little like Halloween.  The background is mainly red with some horizontal striping that fades toward the center.


  • ITB: In the bottle, the scent is herbal from the lavender and perhaps a little green. The lavender, however, seems to overpower everything else at this stage.
  • Wet: Lavender, balsam, and something that reads as a light cream to my nose.  It’s pretty but also a little forlorn.   
  • Dry:  After 6 hours, I really can’t smell the scent anymore.  I have to go through several reapplications before I can test the dried scent.  After it has dried, I get expensive lavender soap with a touch of balsam.  The notes really didn’t live up to my expectation when dried, but it’s still nice and clean. 

Other Impressions: “Grapefruit, pears, rosemary, and faintly burnt popcorn.” -Tony