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Scent Name: L’Ecole Des Filles

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Ars Amatoria; Discontinued 3/2014

Scent Description and Notes: We sang till almost night, and drank my good store of wine; and then they parted and I to my chamber, where I did read through L’Ecole des Filles; a lewd book, but what doth me no wrong to read for imagination’s sake… and after I had done it, I burned it, that it might not be among my books to my shame.

Published around 1655, this is considered to be the origin of modern pornography in France. It is a discourse between two young ladies, the elder instructing the younger in the ways of passion.

This is a libertine’s celebration of decadence, debauchery, and sexual freedom: orange blossom, ambergris, orris root, white rose, lemon balm, jonquil, carrot seed, and benzoin. – BPAL

Oil Color:  An amber brandy color.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  The label wrapped around the bottle features an Art-Deco inspired phoenix with the name of the company next to the phoenix. On the other side, the title of the scent written in large, clear black font outlined with red on the front.


  • In the Imp (ITI): It’s oddly papery on first sniff, which I think is the carrot seed, but then I can get the rose along with something that reads as slightly green.  Interesting.
  • Wet: Okay, that is certainly a change.  It’s a slightly powdery scent that evokes images of the Victorian era or a French bed and breakfast in the countryside.  The lemon balm in combination with the white floral and light rose set against the powdery orris root is feminine, relaxing, but slightly provocative at the same time.
  • Dry:  It’s lemon balm, orris root, jonquil; it’s soft and powdery while being a little tart.
Other Impressions:  None.