Scent Name: Faunalia
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Yule 2009
Scent Description and Notes: “FAUNALIA
Held on December 5th, this is the festival of the Horned God of the Forest, one of the di indigetes of Rome, god of cattle, fertility, wild, untamed nature, and prophecy through dreams.
The scent of a thick, starlit, unspoiled forest, with a burst of wild musk, opobalsamum, black bryony, mandragora, and hemlock.“ -BPAL
Black bryony is a type of UK-based highly toxic berry if consumed
Mandragora is mandrake.
Oil Color: – I cannot tell the color of the oil by looking into the brown apothecary bottle.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle. The label extends just under halfway around the bottom. The label features the name of the company in a hay-colored block font set against a burgundy text field. Above that and above the image are black text fields that display the name of the scent and collection title in think white block font. The background of the image is a holiday red. The image itself is of a little mustachioed boy riding Krampus.
- ITB: Warm opobalsamum, subtly animalistic musk, and just a touch of a forest-like note. It’s warm, Christmas-invoking, and oddly comforting.
- Wet: It has a more forest berry tone when applied, but it’s a true berry tone, not anything artificial. When paired with the musk and the opobalsamum and musk, it turns into something sweetly spicy on my wrist.
- Dry: It’s wonderful – spicy, warm, and slightly musky. It reminds me of Christmas so much – a wonderful winter scent.