Scent Name: Anteros
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Excolo
Scent Description and Notes: “The God of Love Returned and avenger of unrequited love, Anteros is Eros’ brother – one of the Twin Cupids – and was given to Eros by his mother, for without reciprocal affection, love will wither. He wields lead arrows and a hammer of gold, and he wields his weapons to inspire mutual ardor and smite those who spurn love. His scent pierces the heart with glimmering shards of rapture and the sweet ache of passion: throbbing red musk and shimmering chypre with saffron, sweet patchouli, Italian bergamot, red currant, and vanilla bean.“ – BPAL
Oil Color: – (Cannot tell in brown apothecary bottles)
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown apothecary bottle. The label extends just under halfway around the bottom. The label features the name of the company along with the phrase “hand blended perfume oil” framing the BPAL symbol along the bottom. The name of the scent takes up the largest portion of the label in tall block fond. All of this is set against a parchment colored background and framed by an ornate iron-work border.
- ITB: I get a strong but pleasant patchouli and a very clearly red musk that rivals the patchouli for attention. The bergamot is present, adding an attractive but somewhat elusive spin to the musky, earthy scent.
- Wet: It’s much sweeter on my wrist than I anticipated, but it’s more of a resinous, exotic sweetness form the combination of the musk, patchouli, vanilla bean, and bergamot. I’m not picking up on any red currant, but there is a faint tone of saffron there as well. What’s really odd is that the scent reads ever so slightly like chocolate.
- Dry: The patchouli lingers after 10 hours along with the musk, but it ends up smelling similar to the Lab’s patchouli single note than a blend.