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Scent Name: A Winter’s Dawn

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Yule 2013

Scent Description and Notes: “A Winter Dawn

Above the marge of night a star still shines,
And on the frosty hills the somber pines
Harbor an eerie wind that crooneth low
Over the glimmering wastes of virgin snow.

Through the pale arch of orient the morn
Comes in a milk-white splendor newly-born,
A sword of crimson cuts in twain the gray
Banners of shadow hosts, and lo, the day!
– Lucy Maud Montgomery

The soft splendor of dawn in winter: pearlescent pink grapefruit, neroli, helichrysum, freesia, white mandarin, and rockrose rising behind a dapple of snowflakes. -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.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom. The image is orange stylized holly against a pink background.  The title of the collection and company name are in white block font aligned to the right on the bottom, while the name of the scent is in larger white font.


  • ITB:  I remember sniffing this the first time I opened it and falling in love, completely and instantly.  It’s a fabulously gorgeous snow note with a well-balanced grapefruit, underneath which is a faint, innocent white floral.
  • Wet:  It’s even better on my skin as the neroli and tones of mandarin peek out underneath the snow, the light florals, and grapefruit.  I can’t stop sniffing my own wrist.
  • Dry: There’s now a warmness, perhaps a subtle vanilla, that I’m picking up under the pristine citrus and snow notes, but still made feminine with very faint freesia.  If you don’t have a bottle of this, you may want to consider getting one or five.
Other Impressions: Mom’s impression.  “That’s nice and light, fruity even.  I smell fruit.”