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Scent Name: Goth Queen

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Drag*Con Event Exclusive

Scent Description and Notes: “Clove smoke, opium poppy, blackened patchouli, and a dribble of sugared absinthe.” – bpal.org

Oil Color:  Clear on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in bold black calligraphy at the top while the name of the company is in bold block orange font outlined in red.  The label art that would be on the bottle is as follows:

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Image from Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

  • ITB: Delicious glove quickly flanked by an absinthe that is a bit different than other BPAL absinthe notes. This one smells a little like celery and I’m not sure why.  The patchouli is brighter and spicier than other blackened patchouli notes, almost like it’s heavily laden with cinnamon.
  • Wet:  Clove, cinnamon patchouli, followed quickly by that odd absinthe note.  Something about that note isn’t sitting right with me. As it starts to dry, that’s sugared over with opium smoke and more cinnamon clove.
  • Dry: The first time I wore this on Friday the 12th, the scent dried down to absinthe dribbled on heavy celery and a very subtle hint of clove.  I was devastated.  Only 5 days later, however, the celery note vanished after an hour while the clove and cinnamon-like patchouli threw beautifully from my wrist. 3 hours after application, I get light clove, opium smoke, and a hit of absinthe and patchouli.  It’s so much better!  Perhaps it just needed to settle after shipping.

Other Impressions: This scent smells drastically different based on your skin chemistry.  On my girlfriend, it’smells like gobs of cinnamon, glove, and patchouli.  On me, not so much. “It smells better on her than it does on you.  On you, it’s just bland.” -Brad from 5/12 test