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Scent Name:  Mama-Ji

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –Neil Gaiman: American Gods

Scent Description and Notes:  Shadow saw the old woman, her dark face pinched with age and disapproval, but behind her he saw something huge, a naked woman with skin as black as a new leather jacket, and lips and tongue the bright red of arterial blood. Around her neck were skulls, and her many hands held knives, and swords, and severed heads.

Spices, cardamom, nutmeg, and flowers.” – BPAL

Oil Color:  A light whiskey colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in black block letters outlined in red.  The name of the overarching collection (Neil Gaiman) is above the scent in small, black block font.  On the bottom is the for supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  The back features the customary Phoenix and information.

Image of Neil Gaiman from www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com

Image of Neil Gaiman from http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com


  • ITI:  It’s a slightly sweet blend of spices, cardamom of which is the most prominent.  The floral note is present, but it’s a  lightly powdery floral, like in name-brand perfumes geared to women in their 50s+.
  • Wet:  The nutmeg is a bit more evident,. but I still get the same impression regarding the cardamom and the florals.   As it starts to dry, though, the headiness of the spice picks up.  It seems like there is cinnamon here as well as soft sandalwood.
  • Dry:  Gorgeous woody spices and a touch of sweet red rose underneath.  It’s a gorgeous blend, especially once it starts to settle.  I need a bottle. Stat!
Other Impressions:  “It’s like Old Spice, lemongrass, and rose.” -Tony