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Scent Name: Usher

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Into The Maelstorm

Scent Description and Notes: “Surely, man had never before so terribly altered, in so brief a period, as had Roderick Usher! It was with difficulty that I could bring myself to admit the identity of the wan being before me with the companion of my early boyhood. Yet the character of his face had been at all times remarkable. A cadaverousness of complexion; an eye large, liquid, and luminous beyond comparison; lips somewhat thin and very pallid, but of a surpassingly beautiful curve; a nose of a delicate Hebrew model, but with a breadth of nostril unusual in similar formations; a finely molded chin, speaking, in its want of prominence, of a want of moral energy; hair of a more than web-like softness and tenuity; these features, with an inordinate expansion above the regions of the temple, made up altogether a countenance not easily to be forgotten. And now in the mere exaggeration of the prevailing character of these features, and of the expression they were wont to convey, lay so much of change that I doubted to whom I spoke. The now ghastly pallor of the skin, and the now miraculous luster of the eye, above all things startled and even awed me. The silken hair, too, had been suffered to grow all unheeded, and as, in its wild gossamer texture, it floated rather than fell about the face, I could not, even with effort, connect its arabesque expression with any idea of simple humanity.

This is Roderick Usher: a faded genteel light musk and fougere, heightened by hectic white mint, gleaming mandarin, ethereal tea leaf and gritty blackcurrant brushed by the scent of the tarn that surrounds the House, and the gloom and decay of the walls that hold him. -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 large Deco-inspired letters outlined in red. The name of the company is in black text block in a white block font, which is the same the the collection information, which is on the top of the image.   The image is a man in a formal wear whispering to another who is seated against a while while, which is juxtaposed with a grainy image of female guests looking on.

Image from ebay.com

Image from ebay.com


  • ITB:  I get fougere, but it’s almost a lemony fougere plus mint and warmly steeping tea.
  • Wet: The mint is stronger on my wrist and I’m also getting hints of juicy mandarin with the fougere and tea and musk.  This is sophisticated, actually. 
  • Dry: Once dried, it reminds me of a cool evening with gentle hints of fougere and tea.  

Other Impressions: None.