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Scent Name: Yule
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Yule 2018
Scent Description and Notes: “The Holly King and Oak King each hold sway for half of the year, and engage in an epic, eternal battle at Litha and Yule. In truth, they are each a half of the whole — known by many names: Pashupati, Caerwiden, Herne, Pan, Puck, Cernunnos, the Green Man, the Horned God — and as the Holly and Oak Kings represent the light and dark halves of the year, thus do they also represent the light and dark halves of the deity, and thereby, of ourselves.
During the darkness of the year, though it seems cold, barren, and bleak, the earth holds the warmth of life deep within itself, and in the depth of its shadows is the eternal promise of renewal and rebirth.
It is Yule, and the Holly King has slain the Oak: blood red holly berry, mistletoe, wild thyme, verbena, cinquefoil, hemp, winter rose, evergreen, frankincense, juniper, and myrrh.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/winter-collection/yule-2018/yule/
Cinquefoil also known as Pontilla, is a member of the rose family.
Oil Color: A light yellow oil on my skin.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard brown apothecary bottle. The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the company in pale pink font along the bottom. Above that is the name of the scent in shadowed and outlined larger white font. The name of the collection is in lighter pink font along the top of the label. The label art is as featured below:
- ITB: Verdantly spicy, lemony, with an interesting vague sweetness underneath, I was expecting a bit more evergreen since those note tend to dominant. While I am picking up the juniper and refreshing evergreen, the thyme and verbena are the stars here.
- Wet: The juniper now shines mingled with the balanced verbena, while the thyme and the hemp and such an interesting wild herbal greenness alongside the holly berry and the very soft, almost watery floral note. It is evocative of the season, to be sure, but it is more of a festive winter landscape than a warm familial gathering surrounded with mulling spices and baking sweets.
- Dry: Throw is good for the first few hours but slowly fades to a close-to-the-skin scent of hazy juniper and a ghost of thyme. I wish it had more complexity once dried, but I enjoyed wearing this one.
Other Impressions: “Something smells like patchouli-scented bathroom cleaner.” -Tony