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Scent Name:  Dark Lace

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Retail Exclusive: Dark Delicacies

Scent Description and Notes: “Happy 25th anniversary, Dark Delicacies! Your contributions to horror are beyond measure. Del and Sue, your kindness, generosity, humor, and passion is a gift to all. You are amazing human beings, true friends, and the best grandparents that a little ghoul could ask for. Thank you for everything; Dark Delicacies truly is the Home of Horror, and all of us in the horror community are in your debt.

Twelve years ago, we created our first Lace scent for Dark Delicacies, Black Lace. This is a homage to that first scent – sugar-spun vanilla cream cotton, stained by tobacco and incense, Indian musk, and drops of cognac – sharpened with the incense of a hundred Hammer films, a handful of soil from Dracula’s homeland, a creep of crypt moss, and a dash of mummy bitumen.” -https://www.darkdel.com/store/p1521/Dark_Lace.html

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  The label features the name of the company along the bottom in a red block script, mirroring the name of the collaborating store, Dark Delicacies, positioned along the top.  The name of the scent is in a larger more ornate warm grey font just below the cartoon of Del holding an open book with number “25” in red horror font projecting from the book.  The image art is as follows:

Scent:

  • ITB:  Ooh, that’s nice.  It’s breathy and almost minty the first second before the cognac and tobacco warm up the crypt moss and soil.  As I try to tease out the remaining notes, the vanilla cream cotton dances with the bitumen, shifting between soft and pleasantly sweet to cold, cool, and vaguely storm-charged.
  • Wet: Bitumen, crypt moss, and soil alongside cognac carry forward that sense of a cold, ethereal world of the grey.  The musk, incensed tobacco and cotton with a hint of only lightly sweetened vanilla cream warm on my skin, shifting the scent away from the fog-like top notes into something still mournful, but softly comforting and very Southern (Louisiana for sure). This is nice!
  • Dry: Dusty cognac and tobacco-faded cotton burnished with sugar, fading incense smoke, musk, and the ghost of vanilla cream that fades to dusky bitumen, cotton cream, and incense-laden soil.  I’m a fan and I know this will age brilliantly. 

Other Impressions: “It smells kind of dusty, very powdery, like that dusting powder.  So yeah, lace.  It’s like putting on grandma’s 90 year old wedding dress and powdering yourself.” -Kelly