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Scent Name: Lemon Scented Sticky Bats

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Neil Gaiman:  Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Scent Description and Notes: “LEMON-SCENTED STICKY BAT
…last week Maddy woke me up early in the morning.

“Daddy,” she said, “There’s a bat on the kitchen window.”

“Grumphle,” I said and went back to sleep.

Soon, she woke me up again. “I did a drawing of the bat on the kitchen window,” she said, and showed me her drawing. For a five year old she’s a very good artist. It was a schematic of the kitchen windows, showing a bat on one of the windows.

“Very nice dear,” I said. Then I went back to sleep.

When I went downstairs…

We have, instead of dangling fly papers, transparent strips of gluey clear plastic, about six inches long and an inch high, stuck to the windows on the ground floor. When they accumulate enough flies, you peel them off the window and throw them away.

There was a bat stuck to one. He was facing out into the room. “I think he’s dead,” said my assistant Lorraine.

I peeled the plastic off the window. The bat hissed at me.

“Nope,” I said. “He’s fine. Just stuck.”

The question then became, how does one get a bat (skin and fur) off a fly-strip. Luckily, I bethought me of the Bram Stoker award. After the door had fallen off (see earler in this topic) I had bought some citrus solvent to take the old glue to reglue the door on.

So I dripped citrus solvent onto the grumpy bat, edging him off the plastic with a twig, until a lemon-scented sticky bat crawled onto a newspaper. Which I put on the top of a high woodpile, and watched the bat crawl into the logs. With any luck he was as right as rain the following night…

Sticky-sweet iced lemon sugar! -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 features a black Baroque scroll all the way around with a yellow scroll in each color.  Inside the border is the name of the scent, the collection, and the name of the scent in black block fond framing a drawing of a bat.


  • ITB:  Mmm, it reminds me of Fresh’s Lemon Sugar but with more potent lemon and a touch of icing.
  • Wet: Thick sugar-infused lemon and a pinch of lemon rind.  It’s delicious and refreshing.  What a perk-me-up!
  • Dry: It’s a bit warmer when dry and reminds me of sipping a sweet lemonade while nibbling on a lemon tart in the middle of summer.

Other Impressions: None.