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Scent Name:  The Rat Speakers

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere

Scent Description and Notes: “THE RAT SPEAKERS
For a moment, Richard was blinded by the sudden light. He was standing in a huge, vaulted room, and underground hall, filled with firelight and smoke. Small fires burned around the room. Shadowy people stood by the flames, roasting small animals on spits. People scurried from fire to fire. It reminded him of hell—or rather, the way that he had thought of Hell as a schoolboy. The smoke irritated his lungs, and he coughed. A hundred eyes turned, then, and stared at him; a hundred eyes, unblinking and unfriendly.

A snuffling, brown scent: earthy patchouli, sage, russet sandalwood, grimy leather, fig leaf, and lemongrass.

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 along the bottom of the image.  The scent name is just above this, aligned to the right in larger white block font.  The image is of the Rat-Speakers gathered around a fire.


  • ITB:  Lemongrass, fig, old patchouli…it’s an odd combination to my nose for some reason.
  • Wet: The lemongrass is a bit soapy on my skin and the fig when combined with the earthy patchouli reminds me of the Garden of Death.  The leather starts to come out as it dries, but I’m still leery of this scent.
  • Dry: Now it smells like soapy lemongrass, sandalwood, and worn leather shoes with a touch of fig.  I like the leather here, but that’s about it.

Other Impressions: “It’s like cola and myrrh.” -Tony