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Scent Name: Temple Viper

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

Scent Description and Notes: “Snake Oil with sugar cane, frankincense, champaca, opoponax, labdanum, and hyssop.”  –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/carnaval-diabolique-2015/temple-viper/

Oil Color: Copper on my arm.

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 a temple viper, featuring the almost fluorescently glowing titular snake about to bite, venom oozing 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:  The scent is murky in its resinous tones, inky from the labdanum and somewhat sharply floral from the hyssop, pulling for attention, directing away from the more subtle notes.
  • Wet: I get less Snake Oil out of this one than the previous Snake Pit oils. It’s more of a smoky minty chocolate, which I think might be from the combination of cane sugar, vanilla, and labdanum, although the floral tone still adds a touch of sharpness to the overall feel of the scent. Just under those notes is the serpentine, resinous tones of frankincense and opoponax, which reminds me of the temples hidden away in the mountains of Japan.
  • Dry:  Gentle Indonesian oils and vanilla are evident, but it doesn’t have much throw and stays very close to the skin.  I think I can still detect a little bit of the resin, but it’s so faint that I can’t narrow it down to a single note.
Other Impressions: None.