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Scent Name: La Cloche Felee

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Yule Lads

Scent Description and Notes: “II est amer et doux, pendant les nuits d’hiver,
D’écouter, près du feu qui palpite et qui fume,
Les souvenirs lointains lentement s’élever
Au bruit des carillons qui chantent dans la brume.

Bienheureuse la cloche au gosier vigoureux
Qui, malgré sa vieillesse, alerte et bien portante,
Jette fidèlement son cri religieux,
Ainsi qu’un vieux soldat qui veille sous la tente!

Moi, mon âme est fêlée, et lorsqu’en ses ennuis
Elle veut de ses chants peupler l’air froid des nuits,
II arrive souvent que sa voix affaiblie

Semble le râle épais d’un blessé qu’on oublie
Au bord d’un lac de sang, sous un grand tas de morts
Et qui meurt, sans bouger, dans d’immenses efforts.

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Bitter and sweet it is on these long winter nights
To sit before the fire and watch the smoking log
Beat like a heart; and hear our lost, our mute delights
Call with the carillons that ring out in the fog.

What certitude, what health, sounds from that brazen throat,
In spite of age and rust, alert! O happy bell,
Sending into the dark your clear religious note,
Like an old soldier crying through the night, “All’s well!”

I am not thus; my soul is cracked across by care;
Its voice, that once could clang upon this icy air,
Has lost the power, it seems, — comes faintly forth, instead,

As from the rattling throat of a hurt man who lies
Beside a lake of blood, under a heap of dead,
And cannot stir, and in prodigious struggling dies.

— Charles Baudelaire, translation by Edna St. Vincent Millay

A new interpretation, inspired by Millay’s translation-
A soul, cracked across by care: blood and ruin, smoke and sorrow, incense and ice.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/yule-2015/la-cloche-felee/

Oil Color: The color of boxes older white wine.

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 looks like a screaming, skeletal clock face sucking in souls.

 

Scent: 

  • ITI: Holy resins, Batman!  I wasn’t expecting such a yummy scent from the notes.  To me, it smells like sandalwood, aged patchouli, opoponax, snow, and something slightly lemony. It’s clean but also think and smoldering.
  • Wet: The lemon tone is stronger on my skin, although the snow/ice note isn’t far behind, buoyed up by smoldering incense.  So far, so good!
  • Dry: Once dried, the scent is almost entirely resin with a hint of smoke.  Patchouli, opoponax, perhaps a touch of myrrh and something softer, like a delicate vetiver or heavier frankincense, co-mingle in Woody Oriental bliss.

Other Impressions: None.

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