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Scent Name: Lulu

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The District

Scent Description and Notes: “LULU
The Diamond Queen. An expert showman and entrepreneur, the eccentric Miss Lulu was the Mistress of Mahogany Hall until 1917. She invested heavily, but not always successfully, and at the end of her career as a madam, wanted to fund production houses for the budding movie industry in California.

The 1934 Mae West film, “the Belle of the Nineties”, was loosely based on Lulu’s exploits.

Tobacco flower, white gardenia, bergamot, and bourbon geranium. -BPAL

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

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  The label features the name of the company in thin black block test aligned to the left, while the name of the collection is in larger font, bracketed by two stylized leaves.  The name of the scent is in a beautiful magenta Italic, almost Calligraphy-based font with a flower next to it.  The primary image is of the face of the woman, below, although she’s looking much more devious, even with her stylized pink hair.  The background itself is a lovely tea-rose color.

Image from Molly Crabapple.

Image from Molly Crabapple.


  • ITB:  There is something clean, soapy, and purple in here that reminds me of The Body Shop’s Dewberry.  I suppose some of that is from the gardenia, but the notes don’t really seem to jive with the scent description.
  • Wet: Ah, there we go.  Strong bergamot and gardenia, followed by heady tobacco and bourbon geranium.  Very nice, although slightly soapy. 
  • Dry: The soap aspect of the scent amps while it dries, which is really too bad.  The gardenia and bourbon geranium mesh really well together, but it is rather strong overall.

Other Impressions: “Irish Spring soap.  Specifically Irish Spring.” -Tony