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Scent Name: Mata Hari

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Bewitching Brews

Scent Description and Notes: A renowned exotic dancer and courtesan, possessed of aristocratic elegance, matchless charm, an iron will and a streak of fearlessness. The actual events of her life have met with much speculation, and to this day it is unclear whether or not she was truly a German spy. Despite shaky evidence of her guilt, she was tried for espionage by a closed court-martial and was executed by a French firing squad in 1917. Her scent is striking and bold with a delicate yet dark undertone:

five roses with soft jasmine, warmed by vanilla, fig, tonka bean and mahogany, spiced with a drop of coffee bean. – BPAL

Oil Color: – (Cannot tell in brown apothecary bottles)

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a standard 5ml brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  The label features the name of the company along with the phrase “hand blended perfume oil” framing the BPAL symbol along the bottom.  The name of the scent takes up the largest portion of the label in tall block fond.  All of this is set against a parchment colored background and framed by an ornate iron-work border.


  • In the Bottle (ITB):  I picked up a bottle of this, and on first sniff, I was a little hesitant. I smelled strong jasmine and a deeper floral and woodsy scent, but it wasn’t soft at all.
  • Wet:  Overpowering jasmine, tonka, wood, and baby oil? It’s better on than out in the bottle, but still really strong.
  • Dry:  Slightly powdery jasmine (in a good way, like jasmine dusting powder), sweet rose, very light vanilla, and just a little darkness underneath remains.
Other Impressions: “It smells like bathroom powder air freshener.” -Tony