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Scent Name: Grand Guignol: Thanatos

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Retail Exclusive:  Century Guild – Grand Guignol

Scent Description and Notes:GRAND GUIGNOL: THANATOS
All stage blood and pantomimed gore: black myrrh and murky opoponax with beeswax, Oman frankincense, rosewood, black tea leaf, bourbon vanilla, sugar cane, vetiver, and Daemonorops.

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

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown apothecary bottle. The label features a poster-like image of an orange skeleton clothed in word wings and crowned embracing a red woman.  The text is a swirly yellow font forming the name of the collection and scent name at the top, then transforming into a border along both sides.  The name of the company is displayed in the skeleton’s wings and the word “Malleus” is below the image.

Image from Century Guild.

Image from Century Guild.

Image from Century Guild.

Image from Century Guild.


  • ITB: Smooth bourbon vanilla with sweet beeswax, sugar cane, myrrh, and a touch of tea.  It’s more foody than I had anticipated, but not enough to dissuade me from testing it.
  • Wet:  I wasn’t expecting the black tea leaf and rosewood to come out so strongly, but the are the top notes I smell as soon as it hits my skin.  Close behind is the beeswax, sugar, and bourbon vanilla, giving the scent a creamy and sweet tone.  I can pick up a touch of opoponax and a camphor quality of the daemonoropos resin.  It’s not a heavy scent or one that has a significant throw, but it is much more pleasant on the skin than in the bottle.
  • Dry: It’s sweet and creamy with a hint of powder (most likely from the frankincense) now that it has dried.  The bourbon vanilla, sugar, beeswax, black tea, and myrrh  combine into a rather pretty scent.  

Other Impressions: “Powdery and musky.  I like it.” -Tony