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Scent Name: Theodosius, The Legerdemain

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Carnaval Diabolique:  Act II: Fiat Nox

Scent Description and Notes: “A flash of light and the smell of sulfur seize your attention. A vast black tent stands before you, subtly glowing with an unnatural, almost phosphorescent light. This tent has no pennants, no ornamentation, save for a carved ebony sign, lettered in silver:

“Master Theodosius
Legerdemain, Medium, Conjurer
One thousand years of marvels.
Enter at your peril.”

Another flash blinds you, and from a swirl of smoke a rakish, devilishly handsome man appears, long black hair falling down halfway to his waist, elegant and sinister in an inky silk tuxedo and a voluminous cape. The shadow he casts against the tent, oddly, seems to be that of an enormous corvus, and his eyes radiate a deep azure light. Staring fixedly at you, he snaps his fingers, and two bolts of violet lightning strike the ground on either side of him, blinding you momentarily. As your eyes adjust, you see that two lovely, slender, waiflike women now stand upon the scarred ground beside him, dressed in tattered ballerina costumes the nebulous color of smoke. Turning to his right, he touches the woman’s lips and says, “Seachd seachd uair!” She opens her mouth, and a flock of diminutive bats fly forth from her throat. Turning to his left, he touches the other woman’s hair and repeats, “Seachd seachd uair!” What once was a gleaming mane of stark white hair is now a nest of writhing vipers. She opens her mouth, baring fangs, and spits forth a thin stream of venom. The Master swirls his cape, which suddenly seems to grow and twist like a living shadow, and in a final flash of red lightning and a deafening thunderclap, he and both his assistants vanish.

Earl Grey tea leaves, a white fougere, jasmine leaf, pearlescent white musk, and vanilla bean. – 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 and with the words “limited edition perfume oil blend” on the bottom in black font against a tanned leather brown text box field.  The image is of a dark-haired man in a vest with a white long-sleeve shirt rolled up.  He is petting a demonic-looking dog.

Image from etsy.com and blackphoenixalchemylab.com

Image from etsy.com and blackphoenixalchemylab.com

Scent:

  • ITB:  Beautiful fougere, tea, musk, and jasmine leaf.
  • Wet:  The fougere is a bit citrusy once on my skin.  I can start picking up the vanilla, which is softening the tea and jasmine leaf ever so slightly.  This would be a great unisex scent, although I’d fight my husband to wear this one myself.
  • Dry: Delightful tea, thick musk, sweet and creamy vanilla bean, and a deliciously sophisticated fougere.  *Swoon*.
Other Impressions:  “Mmm.  I like it.  It smells like peppers and fresh garden.” -Tony
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