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Scent Name:  Mr. Jacquel

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

Scent Description and Notes:  Shadow looked up at the creature. “Mr. Jacquel?” he said.

The hands of Anubis came down, huge dark hands, and they picked Shadow up and brought him close.

The jackal head examined him with bright and glittering eyes; examined him as dispassionately as Mr. Jacquel had examined the dead girl on the slab. Shadow knew that all his faults, all his failings, all his weaknesses were being taken out and weighed and measured; that he was, in some way, being dissected, and sliced, and tasted.

We do not remember the things that do no credit to us. We justify them, cover them in bright lies or with the thick dust of forgetfulness. All of the things that Shadow had done in his life of which he was not proud, all the things he wished his had done otherwise or left undone, came at him then in a swirling storm of guilt and regret and shame, and he had nowhere to hide from them. He was as naked and as open as a corpose on a table, and dark Anubis the jackal god was his prosector and his prosecutor and his persecutor.

“Please,” said Shadow. “Please stop.”

But the examination did not stop. Every lie he had ever told, every object he had stolen, every hurt he had inflicted on another person, all the little crimes and the tiny murders that make up the day, each of these things and more were extracted and held up to the light by the jackal-headed judge of the dead.

Golden amber, hyssop, North African patchouli, and embalming spices.” – BPAL

Oil Color:  A beautiful honeyed amber 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 rather nice.  I get the impression of warm baking spices, something slightly nutty, and a clean up not overtly sweet floral behind it.
  • Wet:  The patchouli is the note I thought was slightly nutty, which is more apparent on my skin.  The spices are still warm when paired with the amber (which is behaving for now on my skin).  The floral is very faint, but adds a little depth to the scent.
  • Dry:  After 11 hours, there is only the most ghostly hint of amber left.  Upon reapplication and dry-down #2, it’s warm and slightly exotic spices wrapped in a soft blanket of golden amber and just a hint of patchouli.
Other Impressions:  I don’t like it as much as Mama Ji, which is a must have bottle for me, but I still enjoy it so far.