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Scent Name: Suffragium

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lilith 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “When Lilith was three months old, she came with me to the voting booth for the first time. She wore a Little Democrat onesie and a Babies For Obama button, and it was one of the most emotional nights of my life. I know I’ve told this story before, but as the election results rolled in, I wept with relief because Lilith was going to grow up safe. Decency won the day, and my heart was alight with the belief that we were on an upwards trajectory as a nation, and that compassion and hope were leading us to a renewal.

November 8, 2016 was another emotional night for very, very different reasons.

Since that day, the world has gotten darker, but the darkness creates strength and fosters empathy. Lilith is now learning what social justice truly means. She has participated in protests, demonstrations, volunteer campaigns, and walk-outs. She has made protest signs with her own two hands, and has marched against the cruelty, oppression, and tyranny of this current administration. She’s beginning to grasp both civic responsibility and civil disobedience, and she’s learning how much power her voice really has. This is a scent of renewing hope, determination, fortitude, and compassion: palo santo, white sandalwood, sweet labdanum, and cedar.”  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lilith-2018/suffragium/

Palo Santo: It’s a resin from a wild tree native to Mexico and comes from the same family as frankincense and myrrh, which it tends to smell like with hints of sweet spice and sometimes a faint tone of citrus.

Oil Color: The color of straw.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Yowahoshihime. Her label features the scent notes and her decanter information on the back. The front has the name of the  scent and company name along with the label art, which is as below:

  • ITI: It smells like cedar, licorice root, woodsy resin and something along the lines of wood polish.  It’s interesting, but we’ll see how it does on the skin.
  • Wet:  The palo santo is sweet and reminds me of licorice root in its woodiness with a faint tone of orange.  Thee cedar is strong and proud, while the sandalwood swirls between these two notes, creating a lovely oriental, rein, woody scent that is less meditation fodder or forest commune and more alluring and self-assured.
  • Dry: Soft, sweet palo santo and woods mingle with the the lovely light, white sandalwood musk and a touch of cedar.  Even after 5 hours the scent is still lovely, although it no longer has much throw.

Other Impressions:  “Mmm, you smell nice.  Myrrh and something.  Sultry.” -Tony