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This is a scent that I’ve been contemplating since the release of the collection.  I’m partial to resinous woods, but the combination of notes in this scent were just too lovely sounding to pass up trying out.

Scent Name: Zorya Polunochnaya

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – American Gods I

Scent Description and Notes: “Her hair was pale and colorless in the moon’s thin light. She wore a white cotton nightgown, with a high lace neck and a hem that swept the ground. Shadow sat up, entirely awake. “You are Zorya Polu . . . ,” he hesitated. “The sister who was asleep.”

“I am Zorya Polunochnaya, yes. And you are called Shadow, yes? That was what Zorya Vechernyaya told me, when I woke.”

“Yes. What were you looking at, out there?”

She looked at him, then she beckoned him to join her by the window. She turned her back while he pulled on his jeans. He walked over to her. It seemed a long walk, for such a small room.

He could not tell her age. Her skin was unlined, her eyes were dark, her lashes were long, her hair was to her waist and white. The moonlight drained colors into ghosts of themselves. She was taller than either of her sisters.

She pointed up into the night sky. “I was looking at that,” she said, pointing to the Big Dipper. “See?”

“Ursa Major,” he said. “The Great Bear.”

“That is one way of looking at it,” she said. “But it is not the way from where I come from. I am going to sit on the roof. Would you like to come with me?”

Pale amber and ambergris, gossamer vanilla, moonflower, and white tobacco petals. – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/neil-gaiman/american-gods/zorya-polunochnaya/

Oil Color: Clear

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, yellow letters along the bottom of the bottle, just above the smaller white block font of the company name.  The name of the collection is in even smaller white block font along the top of the label. The label art is as follows:

  • ITB:  When I sniff from the bottle, the white tobacco flowers are the most evident now, although something pale and almost wistfully delicate plays along the upper registers just behind and sometimes in front of the tobacco petals.  The more I try to tease out notes, the more the notes slip out of detection, jumping from nothingness to moonlight breeze.
  • Wet:  Yum – cool vanilla, almost like fantastic true vanilla ice cream is paired beautifully with the moonflower, tobacco petals, and pale amber.  I’m not picking up the ambergris, but what is present is lovely.
  • Dry: It’s like gossamer wings gently brushing my skin – gauzy vanilla dances delightfully with moonflower, very light amber, and just the faintest hint of tobacco and ambergris.  It’s at once warm and inviting as it is ethereal and delicately feminine.

Other Impressions: If you are debating trying this scent at all – don’t.  It’s simply gorgeous!