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Scent Name: Superior Vena Cava

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2019:

Scent Description and Notes: “The hollow vein that contains blood from the arms and head. A perfume of thought and action: blood chypre, ambergris accord, beeswax, oppoponax, tuberose absolute, and red musk.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/winter-collection/lupercalia-2019/the-hearthstone-and-the-heat/superior-vena-cava-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: It’s somewhere between the color of walnut and mahogany wood.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art image is as follows:

  • ITI: Blood musk diluted in a chypre laden with oak moss surrounded by the bright floral of the tuberose that almost skews into the realm of a white floral.  Oppoponax swirls just under, earthy and aromatic. It’s interesting.  It does remind me of blood coursing through the body, yet the tuberose adds something that does strike me as strangely hollow as well.
  • Wet: The tuberose emerges as the top note upon immediately application, clear and declarative, followed by the blood red musk, which has taken on a more spicy tone next to the oak-moss chypre.  Just under, I can detect shocks of oppoponax and very subtle beeswax, which warms the scent slightly.
  • Dry: After 4 hours, I’m only getting tuberose with hints of chypre and oak moss, gently warmed by a sliver of red musk. It’s nice, but I wish some of the besswax and ambergris were more discernible throughout.

Other Impressions: None.