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Scent Name: Western Diamondback

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Carnaval Diabolique, Act III: Faiza’s Companions: The Snake Pit

Scent Description and Notes: “Snake Oil with leather, tonka bean, red sandalwood, and sage. – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/carnaval-diabolique-2015/western-diamondback/

Oil Color: – It’s a faint yellow on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  This is the redesigned and reworked version of Western Diamondback, featuring the almost fluorescently glowing titular snake rattling in anticipation.  The name of the company is at the very bottom in small grey font.  Above that is the name of the scent in white, bold Western-stylized font.  At the very top is the title of the collection,  “Carnaval Diabolique”in grey bold font.


  • ITB:  Strong sugared vanilla, tonka bean, Indonesian oils, and sage.
  • Wet: Sugared Indonesian oils, a sensuous musk, rich tonka bean, gobs of sandalwood smoke create a scent that is vaguely foody, but more sensuous and slightly dangerous. Leather exists deep below, only detectable when I inhale very deeply.  It strengthens as it starts to dry down, and sage slowly emerges, but the other notes are still dominant.
  • Dry:  It’s soft sugared vanilla and faint tonka bean, a hint of  dusky leather well off in the distance, while sweet sandalwood and Indonesian oils perfumes the air.  I didn’t get any sage from the scent and the leather as a while was not as pronounced as I had hoped. However, I adore the Snake Pit, so it’s still going to be used frequently.  I’ll be interested to see how it ages.
Other Impressions: “It smells like sugar cookies.” -Kelly
“I like it.  It’s like orange, butter, rose…no like tulips.” -Tony