Scent Name: Sampaguita
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Single Notes 9/18/13
Scent Description and Notes: “In order to help alleviate the suffering caused by Typhoon Haiyan, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is releasing Single Note: Sampaguita a month early. Proceeds from the sale of every single bottle will go to support local recovery efforts through Community and Family Services International and the Philippine Red Cross.
SINGLE NOTE: SAMPAGUITA
With the wondering eye
Did a tiny fair
Drop you where you lie?
In the witching hour
Of the tropic night
Did the careless moonbeam
Leave you in its fight?
– Natividad Marquez (Ana Maria Chavez)
A symbol of purity, strength, and humility, sampaguita is the national flower of the Philippines, my mother’s homeland.
Heady, yet cool and slightly green: jasmine sambac with a hint of tea leaf.“ – BPAL
Oil Color: I cannot tell the color of the oil through the dark brown apothecary bottle.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is the standard 5ml brown apothecary bottle. The label extends just under halfway around the bottom. The label features the name of the company along along the bottom in an orange block font, while the name of the collection is at the top of the image, bock of which frame the image in a black text box. The name of the scent is in thicker black block font aligned to the right on the bottom. The image is the Philippine flag.
- ITB: Wow, that’s a really heady, really strong jasmine this scent has. I’m not getting any tea at all.
- Wet: It’s very floral. I’m more than a little overwhelmed by the jasmine is it isn’t sweet or subtle, but an in-your-face with significant throw kind of jasmine. I can’t smell much else beside that, sadly.
- Dry: Yep, still strong jasmine, like those Glade air fresheners from the 1990’s. I wish other notes had come out, but this is just a bit too much for me as it is now.