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Who couldn’t love Catullus?

Scent Name: Vivamus, Mea Lesbia, Atque Amemus

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Lupercalia 2013 (1/24/13–4/1/13)

Scent Description and Notes: “Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus,
rumoresque senum severiorum
omnes unius aestimemus assis!
soles occidere et redire possunt:
nobis cum semel occidit brevis lux,
nox est perpetua una dormienda.
da mi basia mille, deinde centum,
dein mille altera, dein secunda centum,
deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum.
dein, cum milia multa fecerimus,
conturbabimus illa, ne sciamus,
aut ne quis malus inuidere possit,
cum tantum sciat esse basiorum.

My sweetest Lesbia, let us live and love;
And though the sager sort our deeds reprove,
Let us not weigh them. Heaven’s great lamps do dive
Into their west, and straight again revive,
But soon as once is set our little light,
Then must we sleep one ever-during night.
– Catallus, translation by Thomas Campion

Scorn the foolishness of others and love, for life is too brief, and death brings everlasting sleep: Ethiopian ambrette seed, summer honey, Alpine lavender, cognac, mate resinoid, peru balsam, and red musk.” -BPAL

Oil Color:  A lighter brandy color.

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 on the front label features a heart made out of cursive love-phrases in red ink.


  • ITI:  Strong but comforting lavender followed by ambrette seed and balsam.  It smells like the sweet first moments of falling in love to me.
  • Wet: Astringent lavender paired with red musk and  honey – very pretty. 
  • Dry:  After 13 hours, I only can discern the lavender and musk.  I loved smelling this throughout the day, so it’s a clear winner for me. 

Other Impressions:  “Powder and it smells like a combination of the back of a tea/incense shop.  I like it.” -Tony