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Name:  Rocking-Horse Fly

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Mad Tea Party: .

Scent Description and Notes: ` — then you don’t like all insects?’ the Gnat went on, as quietly as if nothing had happened.

`I like them when they can talk,’ Alice said. `None of them ever talk, where I come from.’

`What sort of insects do you rejoice in, where YOU come from?’ the Gnat inquired.

`I don’t REJOICE in insects at all,’ Alice explained, `because I’m rather afraid of them — at least the large kinds. But I can tell you the names of some of them.”

`Of course they answer to their names?’ the Gnat remarked carelessly.

`I never knew them do it.’

`What’s the use of their having names the Gnat said, `if they won’t answer to them?’

`No use to THEM,’ said Alice; `but it’s useful to the people who name them, I suppose. If not, why do things have names at all?’

`I can’t say,’ the Gnat replied. `Further on, in the wood down there, they’ve got no names — however, go on with your list of insects: you’re wasting time.’

`Well, there’s the Horse-fly,’ Alice began, counting off the names on her fingers.

`All right,’ said the Gnat: `half way up that bush, you’ll see a Rocking-horse-fly, if you look. It’s made entirely of wood, and gets about by swinging itself from branch to branch.’

`What does it live on?’ Alice asked, with great curiosity.

`Sap and sawdust,’ said the Gnat. `Go on with the list.’

Alice looked up at the Rocking-horse-fly with great interest, and made up her mind that it must have been just repainted, it looked so bright and sticky; and then she went on.

Shellacked wood, sap, sawdust, and privet. – blackphoenixalchemylab.com

Oil Color: A bright, buttery daffodil color.

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:  Okay, this is really strange, but I initially picked up wood and green, but that quickly changed into shredded carrot and sawdust.
  • Wet: I’m not sure if it’s the privet, which is a privacy shrub common in England, with the combined shellac note, but it really smells like freshly shredded carrot to me.  Sawdust is still there along with a touch of sap. It’s a rather curious scent more than anything.
  • Dry: Ok, I’m surprised.  The scent has morphed into a lovely, soft, resinous woodsy scent.  I’d swear there is myrrh here along with other fragrant woods, although there is a touch of sawdust, but it’s so faint it’s pleasant.
Other Impressions: None.