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Scent Name: La Befana

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Yule 2015

Scent Description and Notes: “On the night of the Epiphany, a joyful, broomstick-riding hag clad in a tattered shawl drops into chimneys all over Italy, bestowing gifts to good children, and dropping coal into the stockings of naughty kiddies.

La Befana vien di notte
Con le scarpe tutte rotte
Col vestito alla Romana
Viva, Viva La Befana!

As the Three Wise Men searched for the house of the Christ child, they found themselves lost. Eventually, they stopped at a small house and knocked on the door. A small, wizened woman opened the door, holding a broom in her hand. The Astrologers asked the woman if she knew the location of the child, but, unfortunately, she did not know who these men were looking for, and could not aid them in their search. It was deep into the night, and the air was chilly, so the kindly woman offered the three men her hospitality. They spent the night in her warm, comfortable home, and shared bread and stories with one another. The Astrologers explained to the woman why they were looking for this blessed infant, and invited her to join them in their search come morning. Though she was touched by their tale, she declined, as she had a great deal of housework to do. At daybreak, the Astrologers awoke. They thanked the woman for her generosity, gathered their things, and prepared to leave. Before they departed, they, again, asked the old woman if she would like to join them on their journey. Again, she declined, and sent them on their way. After they had left, she regretted her decision, and she set off to find the Three Wise Men. After many long and frustrating hours of searching, she still could not find them. Saddened, yet still filled with hope, she stopped to give a gift to every good child she passed.

La Befana comes by night
With her shoes old and broken
She comes dressed in the Roman way
Long life to the Befana!

Candy charcoal, winter lilies, parma violet, a sprig of cypress, a poof of chimney dust, and holiday sweets.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/yule-2015/la-befana/

Oil Color: The color of ice wine with a touch of rose.

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 is a color pencil rendering of a child inspecting something with an older woman holding a broom and bags of gifts and coal for the children.


  • ITI: It reminds me of walking into the Jelly Belly factory – lots of sweet, fruity notes with hints of candy powder.  On second sniff, the buttery sweet notes emerge, swathed in sweetly innocent violet and lily.  A faint duskiness lurks along the bottom, but it doesn’t detract from the overall childishly fanciful tone of this scent.
  • Wet: Powdery sweets, a hint of charcoal and ash, delicious violet, a brush of lily against Christmas candies yield a foody but pleasantly sweet scent so far.
  • Dry: Ah, there’s the cypress.  Now the scent is much more green and slightly acerbic, while the violet and lily attempt to overpower the note currently amping on my skin.  It’s still slightly powdery sweet like Fun Dip, but the combination isn’t as pleasing as it was earlier. 

Other Impressions: None.