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Scent Name:  Channel Snow

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – David Mack’s Kabuki

Scent Description and Notes: “Television static made manifest, with a glimpse of perversions hidden beneath: benzoin, black pepper, white sandalwood, olibanum, ambergris accord, galbanum, and O3.” –http://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/kabuki/

Oil Color: A nice amber color when applied to my wrist.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends partway across the bottle and is framed on top and bottle by black text fields that feature the name of the artist and the company name in grey block font.  To the right is a chlorine-blue/turquoise text field, wide format, with the name of the collection, Kabuki, in fat white block font.  The image itself is largely white with a ghostly turquoise impression of a crying face.  The name of the scent is toward the bottom in black, just above the black text field at the bottom.




  • ITI:  It’s almost smoky in the bottle, like vetiver surrounding benzoin, musk, and something slightly tangy and almost minty, which might be the O3.  I wasn’t anticipating the smokiness of the scent, but I can certainly see
  • Wet:  It smells clean and dangerous – the O3 and  olibanum are light ephemeral when paired with the headier elements like the benzoin and galbanum, that yield a metallic, dangerous vibe.  The pepper is present, but only enough to add an interesting depth to the scent.
  • Dry:  The sandalwood and  ambergris are the notes that settle down for the long haul, casting the smoky, metallic notes into a more resinous and slightly sweet role. This gets a positive rating from me, but I wish the ambergris was more apparent. 

Other Impressions: None.