Scent Name: Valentine of Rome
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2014
Scent Description and Notes: “Many legends surround St. Valentine, and history has yet to show, conclusively, which ones are true and which are fiction. One tale claims that Valentine was a 3rd century Christian priest. When Emperor Claudius II declared that his soldiers were never to marry – the emperor believed that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and children – Valentine continued to perform wedding ceremonies in secret. When the emperor learned of Valentine’s disobedience, he imprisoned the priest. The emperor chose to interrogate the priest himself, and despite his fury at his orders being flagrantly disobeyed, he was impressed with the priest’s intelligence, wisdom, and passion. He attempted to convert the priest to the Roman faith, and was furious when he failed.
While incarcerated, Valentine fell in love with his jailor’s blind daughter. Through God’s grace and the power of Valentine’s pure and true love for this woman, he was able to cure her blindness with a touch. Before he was beaten and beheaded, he sent her a letter expressing his feelings for her, signed ‘From Your Valentine’.
Ecclesiastical incense, Roman flora, and the fruits of martyrdom: cypress, olive blossom, frankincense, myrrh, and blood accord.“ -BPAL
Oil Color: A honeyed amber 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 looks exactly as it does below.
- ITI: It’s lightly sweet, but primarily resinous, but daintily so. I do get the incense, frankincense, and myrrh, but the olive blossom and blood resin are very balanced underneath, not overpowering the delicate incense or the light florals.
- Wet: Olive blossom (light, well-behaved, subtle), followed by frankincense, myrrh, light cypress (which is unusual as that note tends to dominate on my skin), and delicate florals like baby’s bread and daffodils. This is really rather nice.
- Dry: Gosh, the frankincense and myrrh develop nicely once dried down some. The blood resin paired with the olive blossom and floral lend themselves to an innocently sweet yet resinously sultry scent that is really rather beautiful and would be suited for day or evening year. I think I need a bottle of this one.
Other Impressions: None.