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Scent Name: Body, Remember

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “

Body, remember not only how much you were loved,
not only the beds on which you lay,
but also those desires for you
that glowed plainly in the eyes,
and trembled in the voice–and some
chance obstacle made futile.
Now that all of them belong to the past,
it almost seems as if you had yielded
to those desires–how they glowed,
remember, in the eyes gazing at you;
how they trembled in the voice, for you, remember, body.
—Constantine Cavafy translated by Rae Dalven

Profoundly sensual. The echo of caresses: raw black coconut, ambergris accord, ambrette seed, champaca flower, and sugar cane.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2018/body-remember/

Oil Color:  Colorless.

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, white letters along the bottom of the bottle, just above name of the company in smaller white block font.  The label art features a women, partially robed, reclining in a chair, pulling up her robe or coat while she drapes her rolled-stockinged leg over the side of the chair.  She seems to be looking off to the right, lost in contemplation.

  • ITB: In the bottle, soft coconut, ambrette seed along with the rich and earthy-sweet deliciousness of sugar cane make for a very sensual scent.  Imagine black sugar without the over-processed sugary sweetness and more natural sweetness and a healthy hoping of musk and you’d get something close to Body, Remember.
  • Wet:  The black coconut and sugar cane swirl together to create something akin to blackberries upon an alter of champaca and ambrette seed. There’s certainly a muskiness to this scent as well, but it reminds me of soft skin.
  • Dry: The ambrette seed lounges languidly in the foreground, wrapping itself in champaca, tinged with a lightly musky, almost vanilla’d ambergris yields beautiful and soothing scent evocative of the poem associated with its name.

Other Impressions: I ended up getting a bottle of this one.