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Name:  Baku

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –Somnium

Scent Description and Notes: “Our Nightmarebane. Named after the Baku, benevolent Japanese spirits that eat nightmares. In Japanese tradition, nightmares are gifts from malevolent spirits; when you wake up from one, you may call, “Baku, please eat my dreams!”, and if you are virtuous and merciful in spirit, the Baku will devour the evil, transforming it into a blessing of good fortune. – blackphoenixalchemylab.com

Oil Color: Colorless.

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.


  • ITI: Baku starts with very strong, but delightful cool and relaxing lavender note, following by less specific notes that are oddly hay-like and slightly herbal.
  • Wet: Strong but comforting lavender, chamomile, and mint (spearmint, I think) and a couple other latent herbs swirl around to lull me in to a gentle state of twilight.  I’m fighting to stay awake and finish the review.
  • Dry: Oh, there was anise hidden all along.  Oooh.  The lavender has faded considerably so that the anise is the dominant settled note, followed by a touch of mint and chamomile.  Nice and soothing.
Other Impressions: None.