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Scent Name:  The Sick Rose

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2014

Scent Description and Notes:A perfect red rose darkened by vetiver, opium tar, labdanum, and red benzoin. -BPAL

Oil Color: A deep pitch color.

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 of the label has a panting of roses with the collection information, rose name, and company name in white across the image.


  • ITI:  Red rose (but a deep red) and benzoin.  It’s resinous and earthy while still having that deeply romantic floral from the rose.
  • Wet: Deep, dark, but still having a pinch of light from the rose – lovely.  I’d in love with how the smoky vetiver and opium curl like the caterpillar’s smoke around the rose while benzoin pulsates underneath.  Wow!
  • Dry:  It’s a light, powdery rose now that it’s had time to dry.  Faint benzoin wafts gently underneath with a hint of opium tar, but the strong smoky quality of vetiver is gone.  This is a keeper for me.

Other Impressions: None.