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Scent Name: The Phoenix at Dawn

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  BPAL Anniversary 2011

Scent Description and Notes: “Dreams in the dusk,
Only dreams closing the day
And with the day’s close going back
To the gray things, the dark things,
The far, deep things of dreamland.

Dreams, only dreams in the dusk,
Only the old remembered pictures
Of lost days when the day’s loss
Wrote in tears the heart’s loss.

Tears and loss and broken dreams
May find your heart at dusk.

The muted flame of in-between time, the stillness of the gloaming: blue chamomile, green tea, Spanish moss, champaca flower, white sage, jonquil, wisteria, and white honey. This Phoenix embodies the strange beauty of the dreamscape, the force of the imagination, and the power of the spirit. -BPAL

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.  I bought this as a split with Ralenth, so white it is in a standard bottle, the label is one she designed.  Her label wraps nearly all the way around the bottle.  The title of the scent is at the bottom while the title of the collection is at the top, both of which are in a black block font.  Her decanting information is down the side and she lists the notes on back in a scrolled-type font.  The image itself is of a golden phoenix spreading its wings mid-flight, set against a darker twilight blue.

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  • ITB:  I get lots of Spanish moss, chamomile, jonquil, champaca flower, and a touch of honey.  Of course, I’m apprehensive about the honey since my skin turns it into something awful.
  • Wet: It’s floral, faintly sweet, and oddly spicy on my wrist – jonquil here is strong, but not overpowering the moss, safe, chamomile, and wisteria.  There is a touch of honey, but it isn’t enough to make me wash it off my wrist.
  • Dry:  It seems to dry faster than some of the other oils from BPAL that I have.  It’s faintly floral, with wisteria being the most dominant floral (although still extremely subtle).  I also get a touch of sage, tea and chamomile.  The honey is there, but it seems to support the notes rather than vie for attention.
Other Impressions: “Like dryer sheet, musk, and lemon verbena.”  -Tony.  He spent a good three minutes straight huffing my wrist because he couldn’t place the third note.