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I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus due to the start of the school year.  I’m hoping that I can get back to daily updating some time after Back to School Night.  I am also waiting on several decant orders so I can start reviewing BPAL again.  I just don’t have the time to review alcohol based scents as I’m working 12-16 hour days. I need something that stays on my skin.

Name:   Brusque Violet

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Mad Tea Party

Scent Description and Notes: “`I never saw anybody that looked stupider,’ a Violet said, so suddenly, that Alice quite jumped; for it hadn’t spoken before.

`Hold your tongue!’ cried the Tiger-lily. `As if you ever saw anybody! You keep your head under the leaves, and snore away there, till you know no more what’s going on in the world, that if you were a bud!’

`Are there any more people in the garden besides me?’ Alice said, not choosing to notice the Rose’s last remark.

`There’s one other flower in the garden that can move about like you,’ said the Rose. `I wonder how you do it — ‘ (`You’re always wondering,’ said the Tiger-lily), `but she’s more bushy than you are.’

`Is she like me?’ Alice asked eagerly, for the thought crossed her mind, `There’s another little girl in the garden, somewhere!’

`Well, she has the same awkward shape as you,’ the Rose said, `but she’s redder — and her petals are shorter, I think.’

`Her petals are done up close, almost like a dahlia,’ the Tiger-lily interrupted: `not tumbled about anyhow, like yours.’

`But that’s not your fault,’ the Rose added kindly: `you’re beginning to fade, you know — and then one can’t help one’s petals getting a little untidy.’

Violet petal, violet leaf, osmanthus, orris, mint, and opoponax. – bpal.org

Oil Color: An amber-colored oil.

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: I was expecting something more abrasive, but instead, I get a lovely sugared violet, violet leaf, faint and soothing mint, and a lightly swirling orris over osmanthus. I’m pleasantly surprised and I’ll be more than happy to wear this floral.
  • Wet:  The violet leaf is stronger on my skin, so the scent as a whole takes on a greener tinge, although the osmanthus, orris, and now present opoponax add in powdery, soft, and lightly resinous tones alongside the lightly sugared violet note.
  • Dry: pale, light violet, orris root, and faint opoponax make this a lovely, complex, and lightly heady floral.  It’s fantastic without being overbearing.
Other Impressions:  None.