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I’m a bit worried about this one.  When I bought it last year, I remember not liking it on first sniff.  I’m hoping that some time aging will have mellowed out whatever made me respond negatively.

Scent Name: The Ides of March

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Limited Edition 2012

Scent Description and Notes: “The Ides marked an auspicious time in the Roman calendar. Depending on the month in question, the Ides fell on the thirteenth or fifteenth, and usually marked the Full Moon. As we all know, it was not an auspicious day for Julius Caesar, nor was it fortuitous for H.P. Lovecraft, who also met his maker on this infamous day. Tu quoque, Brute, fili mi!

A mixture of springtime greenery and classical Roman cologne: rosemary, bergamot, lemon rind and vervain with costus, benzoin, coriander, rosewood, gray amber, cardamom, white narcissus, dark musk, and iris. – BPAL

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

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  The label features the name of the company along the top and the name of the scent along the bottom in white font outlined in a brown color.  The image is of senate gathered in a circle, presumably stabbing Caesar.

Scent:

  • ITB:  Resinous and floral are my first impressions.  It smells a tad like a fougere, but I can certainly pick up the benzoin, amber, lemon rind, and cardamom.
  • Wet: Oh yes, that lemon rind is strong on my skin.  It’s followed by the rosemary, rosewood, bergamot, musk, amber, and cardamom.  It’s dark and alluring, while still being bright.  It’s certainly an interesting combination of notes.
  • Dry:  Delicious once dried. I’m adoring the resinous nature of the benzoin mixed with the amber, musk, light lemon, rosewood, and a touch of coriander.  It’s just lovely!
Other Impressions: None.
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