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Scent Name: 13 Ad Lunam

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – A Little Lunacy 2014: 

Scent Description and Notes: A Friday the 13th that falls on a full moon during Mercury retrograde? What can possibly go wrong?

A dreamlike, ethereal scent tinged by electric Mercurial energy and a weird shiver of foreboding: blue musk, white mallow, mugwort, and opium poppy with juniper root, grape leaf, white pear, lemon verbena, lavender-infused white amber, Russian sage, and sweetgum. -blackphoenixalchemylab.com

Oil Color: I cannot tell through the brown colored glass.

Bottle Design and Artwork:   This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  The name of the company is in large white block font in a translucent black text field across the bottom.  The name of the scent is split, with the 13 in very large font highlighting the arch of the cat and the “ad lunam” portion in a butter yellow just across the bottom of it, right above the text field.  The image is of a turn of the century black cat arching against a rising expressive moon.

Scent: 

  • ITB: I was expecting something much more purple and astringent.  Instead, what I get is bright and inviting.  In fact, the brightness has an effervescent quality that reminds me of some of the lab’s champagne notes.  I do get lemon verbena very clearly, but it’s similar to L’occitane’s note, paired subtly with the pair.  That is fallowed by the mallow (which is pleasant here and not overly foody) and amber, and finally the lavender, which is very mild.
  • Wet: The mallow and lavender are a bit stronger on my wrist, but the scent still maintains that bright, effervescent quality that I initially found so appealing.  I’m also picking up a bit more “green” here, which I think stems from the grape leaf. 
  • Dry: After a few hours, the effervescence of the verbena is still there, accompanies by the lavender, mallow, blue musk, amber, and very faint pear.

Other Impressions: None.

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