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Scent Name:  Strawberry Moon

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  A Little Lunacy 2009

Scent Description and Notes: “Strawberries that in gardens grow
Are plump and juicy fine,
But sweeter far as wise men know
Spring from the woodland vine.

No need for bowl or silver spoon,
Sugar or spice or cream,
Has the wild berry plucked in June
Beside the trickling stream.

One such to melt at the tongue’s root,
Confounding taste with scent,
Beats a full peck of garden fruit:
Which points my argument.

May sudden justice overtake
And snap the froward pen,
That old and palsied poets shake
Against the minds of men.

Blasphemers trusting to hold caught
In far-flung webs of ink,
The utmost ends of human thought
Till nothing’s left to think.

But may the gift of heavenly peace
And glory for all time
Keep the boy Tom who tending geese
First made the nursery rhyme.

Wild strawberries, strawberry flower, vanilla-infused sugar, early summer grasses, and milky dandelion sap.” -BPAL

Oil Color:  I cannot tell through the brown apothecary bottle’s glass.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom. The label art is below:

Image from Angelic Ruin on Pinterest.

Image from Angelic Ruin on Pinterest.

Scent: 

  • ITI:  Interesting. I was expecting something very similar to its 2012 counterpart, but without the honey, the  strawberry notes are much truer to reality to my nose, the vanilla-infused sugar adds some sweetness without being cloying, but the grass and dandelion sap are really what make the scent stand out.  These notes help evoke the early summertime goodness of strawberries and the crisp greenness before the oppressive head makes everything overripe and dries out the green still succulent from the spring rains.
  • Wet: The strawberry is just a touch artificial on my skin, but not enough to turn my opinion.  It’s still largely fresh and inviting. The greenness is what really makes this a “true” strawberry scent for me and keeps it from being too “lolita” for a woman in her 30s. It’s just the right amount of sweet, fruity, and green.
  • Dry: While this isn’t exactly a marathon scent, I do still get faint Necco strawberry, sugar, and a touch of dandelion grass.  It’s not bad!

Other Impressions: “Fake strawberries and stale orange Tang.” -Tony

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