Name: Black Hellebore Resurrected
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Rappaccini’s Garden: Resurrected
Scent Description and Notes: “Also called Melampode. In witchcraft legend, this is one of the components of the notorious flying ointment, and is used in rituals that summon the Devil. In Greek mythology, Melampus of Pylos used hellebore to save the daughters of the king of Argos from a Dionysian Maenad-like madness. In Christian myth, hellebore was born from the tears a little girl shed onto the snow because she had no gift to give to the Christ child. In low magick, it has been used by farmers to protect their livestock from the evil eye. Court magicians have used it in martial invisibility spells, enabling spies and assassins to infiltrate enemy camps. Hellebore resembles the wild rose, but does not belong to their family. The scent is a pale green herbal, darkly rooty, with a faint rose and peony-like overtone.
Borage and hellebore fill two scenes,
Sovereign plants to purge the veins
Of melancholy, and cheer the heart
Of those black fumes which make it smart.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/resurrected/black-hellebore-resurrected/
Oil Color: Ever so faintly tinted yellow.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). The label wrapped around the bottle features an Art-Deco inspired phoenix with the name of the company next to the phoenix. On the other side, the title of the scent written in large, clear black font outlined with red on the front.
- ITI: It reminds me of Granny Smith apples covered in clean, white blossoms. I can certainly see how this comes off as green, herbal, and peony-like.
- Wet: Interesting. Now I’m getting freshly washed lettuce, sliced Granny Smith apples with that lovely green tartness, and white, ruffled peony. It’s a rather refreshing scent, although it does get a little bitterly herbal as it dries.
- Dry: After 10 hours, I’m surprised to find that the light, apple blossom-like scent remains. I like it.