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I thought my favorite holiday should be celebrated with my a scent that is inspired by one of my favorite authors – H.P. Lovecraft.

Scent Name: Halloween in Miskatonic University Library

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –   Halloween: Mnemosyne 2012

Scent Description and Notes: “During my sophomore year in college, I found myself pressed for time while working on a paper about Tsathogguan Rites of Passage in Ancient Cimmeria. It was due on the first Friday of November, and I had barely started. My grades were failing, and I couldn’t really afford to blow this. Earlier in the quarter, I’d made the mistake of trying to copy test answers from the person who sat next to me in my Non-Euclidean Geometry class, not realizing he was as big a fuck-up as I was. We both failed, we were both caught, and I was only saved from expulsion by Professor Upham’s unfortunate institutionalization. In the hopes of salvaging my GPA, I headed off to the university library instead of going out with friends on Halloween night.

I passed Dr. Armitage, the Head Librarian, as I entered the Antediluvian Anthropology wing. The library was desolate, and for a moment I felt a little lonely and out of sorts. The silence was soothing, though, and the scent of the yellowed books and polished oak tables reminded me strongly of my childhood home. I found myself a table, and set to work.

Around midnight, someone wandered in. Absorbed in my research, I was profoundly irritated at the disturbance, but when I saw who had entered the reading room, I softened. It was a guy who I’d worked with a few times at my day job-I was doing marketing for a junior line of cultist’s robes, and he was the photographer for our catalogue. We got to talking. He’d had a falling out with his girlfriend earlier in the evening, and rather than spend the rest of the night at home, he’d come to the library looking for some inspiration for his photography. His breath smelled like pumpkin lattes, and there was a faint trace of cologne swirling around him. He quoted Byron, I told terrible jokes, and in the end I nearly failed my paper, but I fell in love.

To this day, I still wrestle with putting things off ’til the last minute, and I’m still easily distracted by a handsome face. -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 an an image of a blond woman huddled in fear as a jack-o-lantern peers menacingly at her through her window.  The orange block-texted name of the scent is overlaid across the image in a wavy pattern. The name of the collection is in lighter and smaller block text along the bottom, whereas the name of the company is in thin block text aligned to the right.

Image from scentbase.

Image from scentbase.

Scent: 

  • ITB:   Well, that certainly does smell like a touch of men’s cologne and something similar to a pumpkin latte.  It’s fairly yummy.
  • Wet: Spicy (clove, nutmeg, allspice), creamy pumpkin, a touch of light coffee and a faint hint of cologne…so faint that I really have to concentrate to pick it up.
  • Dry:  As it begins to dry, I seem to pick up cigar smoke and a touch of berries with my spiced pumpkin latte.

Other Impressions: None.

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