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Scent Name:  The Floating Market

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere

Scent Description and Notes: “THE FLOATING MARKET
It was loud, and brash, and insane, and it was, in many ways, quite wonderful. People argued, haggled, shouted, sang. They hawked and touted their wares, and loudly declaimed the superiority of their merchandise. Music was playing—a dozen different kinds of music, being played a dozen different ways on a score of different instruments, most of them improvised, improved, improbable. Richard could smell food. All kinds of food—the smells of curries and spices seemed to predominate, with, beneath them, the smells of grilling meats and mushrooms. Stalls had been set up all throughout the shop, next to or even on, counters that, during the day, had sold perfume, or watches, or amber, or silk scarves.

A cacophony of curious scents: copaiba balsam, petitgrain, citrus rind, sinicuichi accord, betel nut, wasabi root, coconut palm, and wattleseed layered atop innumerable strange herbs, spices, and woods. -BPAL

Sinicuichi: A shurb also know as “Sun Opener”, which smells tea-like or similar to a vase of floral water.

Betel nut (areca nut):  is actually a fruit common in Southeast Asia and can either have a mild smell or can be a bit acrid.

Wattleseed: is an Australian delicacy and are said to smell like java.

Oil Color: I cannot tell from the brown apothecary bottle.

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 name and collection in white block font outlined in red along the bottom of the image.  The scent name is just above this, aligned to the right in larger white and red-outlined block font.  The image is of individuals examining a lamp in a colorful market background.


  • ITB:  Oh, it’s herby, acrid, and bitter.  I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so…pungent.
  • Wet: Wasabi, balsam, bitter betel nut, spices that remind me of nutmeg and turmeric, and a bit of citrus rind and petitgrain.  It’s interesting and a bit more agreeable on my skin. 
  • Dry: It’s very similar, but I can now smell the java-like wattleseed and coconut (although faint).  I’m still up in the air with this one. 

Other Impressions: “It smells like lemongrass and some other stuff.” -Tony