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Scent Name: A Thought and a Legend too Hideous for Sanity or Consciousness

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –   Miskatonic Valley Yuletide: The Festival 2013

Scent Description and Notes: “A Thought and a Legend too Hideous for Sanity or Consciousness

No one spoke to me, but I could hear the creaking of signs in the wind outside, and the whir of the wheel as the bonneted old woman continued her silent spinning, spinning. I thought the room and the books and the people very morbid and disquieting, but because an old tradition of my fathers had summoned me to strange feastings, I resolved to expect queer things. So I tried to read, and soon became tremblingly absorbed by something I found in that accursed Necronomicon; a thought and a legend too hideous for sanity or consciousness. But I disliked it when I fancied I heard the closing of one of the windows that the settle faced, as if it had been stealthily opened. It had seemed to follow a whirring that was not of the old woman’s spinning-wheel. This was not much, though, for the old woman was spinning very hard, and the aged clock had been striking. After that I lost the feeling that there were persons on the settle, and was reading intently and shudderingly when the old man came back booted and dressed in a loose antique costume, and sat down on that very bench, so that I could not see him. It was certainly nervous waiting, and the blasphemous book in my hands made it doubly so. When eleven struck, however, the old man stood up, glided to a massive carved chest in a corner, and got two hooded cloaks; one of which he donned, and the other of which he draped round the old woman, who was ceasing her monotonous spinning. Then they both started for the outer door; the woman lamely creeping, and the old man, after picking up the very book I had been reading, beckoning me as he drew his hood over that unmoving face or mask.

The clock strikes eleven: black rose, oudh, rosewood, and sea-kissed patchouli, and the smoke of a snuffed tallow candle.


Oil Color: – A rose wine colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Absinthetics.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent, the title of the scent in orange, the company acronym in bold, and her decanting information in green. The front is an image of a green Cthulhu, which is the decanter’s choice in artwork.


  • ITB:  This is much more foody than I had anticipated.  It strikes me as thick cocoa, beeswax, and a touch of aquatic patchouli.
  • Wet:  On my skin, it’s still sweet, but it’s taken on more of a powdery tone.
  • Dry:  It’s like light, powdery patchouli, beeswax, and just a hint of chocolate and rose. It’s interesting.
Other Impressions: “It’s bubblegum peach butter.” -Tony