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Scent Name: The Season of Ghosts

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Yule 2015

Scent Description and Notes:In Latvia, the Ziemassvetki, or Winter Party, is a celebration of the birth of Dievs, the Sky God and Supreme Ruler of the Latvian pantheon. The two weeks prior to the Ziemassvetki is Ve?u laiks: the Season of Ghosts. Candles are lit to honor the gods and a fire is kept burning throughout the Season, burning away the unhappiness of the previous year so men’s spirits can be renewed. At the feast of the Ziemassvetki, places are left as a courtesy to the ghosts, who arrive by sleigh.

A scent created to burn away sorrow: bergamot, frankincense, rose geranium, ginger, lemongrass, and blood orange.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/yule-2015/season-ghosts/

Oil Color:Highlighter yellow.

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 bold orange font. Her decanting information is in green.  The font of the label features the same label art as the bottle, which features an image of ghosts and skeletons floating toward a veiled woman, surrounded by the name of the scent in red Gothic font.  Underneath that, the name of the company is displayed in pale yellow bold font.  On the left-hand corner is the name of the collection in the pale yellow bold font, but without the black outline featured around the company name.


  • ITI: Oh, sharp lemongrass, dusky ginger, and blood orange rush to meet my nose, jolting me awake.  Beneath these, the rose geranium begins to bloom, but not enough to tamp down the invigorating bouquet that emerges upon opening the imp.
  • Wet: I want to roll around and bathe in this citrusy delight.  The lemongrass is crisp, clean, and downright cheerful when paired with the blood orange (and a touch of rind).  The ginger is minimized on my skin, which makes way for the bergamot and a touch of floral from the orange geranium. I might be able to make it through the PNW winter on the zest of this scent alone.
  • Dry: I’m a little disappointing in the dry down, honestly.  I was still looking for that uplifting, pungent citrus, but instead I’m left with a soft, contemplative blend of rose geranium, sweet frankincense bergamot and a faint impression of what used to be blood orange. 

Other Impressions: None.