Scent Name: Ebenezer Scrooge
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Yule 2010: A Christmas Carol
Scent Description and Notes: “ EBENEZER SCROOGE
Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas.
External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather didn’t know where to have him. The heaviest rain, and snow, and hail, and sleet, could boast of the advantage over him in only one respect. They often “came down” handsomely, and Scrooge never did.
Nobody ever stopped him in the street to say, with gladsome looks, “My dear Scrooge, how are you? When will you come to see me?” No beggars implored him to bestow a trifle, no children asked him what it was o’clock, no man or woman ever once in all his life inquired the way to such and such a place, of Scrooge. Even the blind men’s dogs appeared to know him; and when they saw him coming on, would tug their owners into doorways and up courts; and then would wag their tails as though they said, “No eye at all is better than an evil eye, dark master!”
A dry, dusty, soulless scent, flinty with greed, sour with ill-temper: neglected leather, oakmoss, tonka bean, black pepper, cumin, and vetiver.” -BPAL
Oil Color: AA hazeled apricot color.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Miss Twilight. On the back, she has the notes of the scent, along with the company name, the collection information, the date, and her decanting information. The front features the label art, a closeup of Scrooge himself.
- ITB: Oh, the leather has aged brilliantly. Thing London on a crisp, foggy evening, shrouded in a worn, black leather trench. I get the sense of being surrounded by slightly damp cobblestone speckled with lichen and oakmoss, the air effused with the fuzzy tones of cumin and a sharp cut of pepper. The hint of tonka bean keeps this scent as Scrooge rather than Jack the Ripper.
- Wet: The leather and oakmoss are more prominence on my skin, and the vetiver cuts in with a green and slightly heady charge through the remainder of the notes. It’s a rather evocative scent and I do like this quite a bit.
- Dry: Leather, oakmoss, and vetiver. The scent lasts for a good chunk of time and is plesant as it fades. Very nice!
Other Impressions: I remember getting this for my husband when it first came out. I don’t think he has even worn it, but I think I might just steal it back.