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Scent Name: Hearts for Ghost Friends

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lilith’s Birthday : 2014

Scent Description and Notes: Lilith named this one, and I think it’s absolutely perfect.

I know I’ve told this story before, but the kindness behind it means so much to me that you’re all going to have to bear with me while I tell it again. The privilege of being the narrator!

While we were at Lafayette Cemetery this spring, Lilith discovered all the beads, toys, and trinkets that people leave on the crypts. As she wandered through the cemetery grounds, she arranged the beads that she found into hearts and pillaged my purse (and Ted’s pockets!) for change and small items she could leave for the ghosts. She told me that people leave things like this for their ghost friends so that the spirits know that their “people friends” are thinking about them, and so they won’t be lonely while they wait for more people to come visit them. Lilith and I still talk about the ghost friends she met in New Orleans that day. Evidently, some of them have taken up residence in my basement and behind our bar because she couldn’t bear to leave them behind. The more the merrier, right?

Friendship beyond death. The scent of ghostly companionship, and imaginary friends that might not be quite so imaginary: oleander and frankincense with white rose, soft carnation, spectral white musk, and velvety magnolia.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: A thin pollen yellow color.

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 on the imp is the same that appears on the bottle.


  • ITI: I was going to wear this to a concert tonight but decided against it as I wanted more of a dark resin than the steely bright magnolia note swathed with oleander and  musk. This does remind me of New Orleans, though. Very evocative. 
  • Wet: Magnolia, cool and lightly aloof emerges next to a subtle waft of light rose with a few carnation petals.  The white musk and oleander round out the scent, but as a whole, the scent strikes me as thin, funerary, and lightly mournful.
  • Dry:   Cool magnolia, oleander, and white musk.  The frankincense never really showed up on my and there’s only enough of the rose to add a little to the floral tone. It’s still very much a cool and damp scent.

Other Impressions: None.