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Scent Name: Black Swallowtail

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Metamorphosis 2014: Butterflies of Louisiana

Scent Description and Notes: “Licorice bark with freesia, jungle orchids, elemi, Bulgarian rose otto, and jasmine sambac. -bpal.org

Oil Color: Nearly colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Absinthetics.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent, the name of the scent in orange bold font, and her decanting information in green.  The font of the label features the sample label art as the bottle.


  • ITI: heady jasmine sambac, tempered licorice, a jumble of florals, and something that reads as slightly animalistic.  Intriguing.  It’s much more feral than I would expect for a butterfly-type scent.
  • Wet: The jasmine sambac is a bit stronger on my skin, but it’s certainly a more feminine variety of sambac.  The licorice is more star anise than licorice candy, and the entire scent seems powdered by orchids and a really delightful freesia note.
  • Dry:  The scent doesn’t have a great deal of throw for long.  Once it has been dried for four hours, I have to be right up on my wrist to detect much.  When there, it’s the slight animalistic, floral note with powdered freesia and only the vaguest impression of anise. 

Other Impressions: None.