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Scent Name: Breathless Horror

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Yule 2011: Frankenstein

Scent Description and Notes: “I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bed-chamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep. At length lassitude succeeded to the tumult I had before endured, and I threw myself on the bed in my clothes, endeavouring to seek a few moments of forgetfulness. But it was in vain; I slept, indeed, but I was disturbed by the wildest dreams. I thought I saw Elizabeth, in the bloom of health, walking in the streets of Ingolstadt. Delighted and surprised, I embraced her, but as I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death; her features appeared to change, and I thought that I held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms; a shroud enveloped her form, and I saw the grave-worms crawling in the folds of the flannel. I started from my sleep with horror; a cold dew covered my forehead, my teeth chattered, and every limb became convulsed; when, by the dim and yellow light of the moon, as it forced its way through the window shutters, I beheld the wretch –the miserable monster whom I had created. He held up the curtain of the bed; and his eyes, if eyes they may be called, were fixed on me. His jaws opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks. He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped and rushed downstairs. I took refuge in the courtyard belonging to the house which I inhabited, where I remained during the rest of the night, walking up and down in the greatest agitation, listening attentively, catching and fearing each sound as if it were to announce the approach of the demoniacal corpse to which I had so miserably given life.

Breathless horror: icy white musk and thick olibanum with niaouli, carrot seed, white mint, and camphor. -BPAL

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

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown apothecary bottle. The label is primarily black and white, although the name of the scent is in small red block font set against a white text field. The name of the company is in black block font in a white text field whereas the name of the scent is the exact inverse.  The picture is ink art related to Frankenstein.  The image is of the monster pulling aside the canopied curtains surrounding Dr. Frankenstein.

Image from Monster on www.bpal.org.

Image from Monster on http://www.bpal.org.


  • ITB:  I was expecting lots of mint, but it’s a warmer scent than I had anticipated. I think it might be due to the olibanum, niaouli (has a slightly sweet, fresh scent), and carrot seed.
  • Wet: It’s a bit woody, slightly minty like natural toothpaste,  and faintly resinous.  Interesting.
  • Dry: Herbal , musky, and earthy.  It’s faint even after roughly an hour.  I wanted to smell more omph!

Other Impressions: None.