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Scent Name:  Our Hearts Condemn Us

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Only Lovers Left Alive: Soundtrack

Scent Description and Notes: “Keralan teakwood, Bulgarian rose otto, Himalayan cedar, and oudh. -http://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-category/only-lovers-left-alive/

Oil Color: The color of fresh apricot preserves.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from ralenth.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent, the side features her decanting information, and the front features the company acronym, the title of the scent, the collection, and the date, along with a scent-appropriate image.  The label art for the bottle is below:


  • ITI:  Lovely teakwood and dusky rose otto and oudh create and old, pained, but hauntingly lovely scent that fits the name well.
  • Wet:  The wood notes here are brilliant – it’s clear, with what seems like lemon juice, honey, brandy and tea undertones (like a watered-down Hot Toddy), sweetened with rose otto and mellowed by oudh.  This was nice in the imp, but it is fantastic on the skin!
  • Dry: As the scent settles, the cedar becomes dominant, reminding me distinctly of the cedar carved chest in my living room, but deeper and more natural thanks to the addition of the teakwood, yet the oudh adds a phenomenal indolent quality alongside the rose otto that is deeply meditative, earthy, warm, and seductive.  

Other Impressions: “Mm, what are you wearing?  It smells like tobacco and orchids. You should get more of it.” -Tony