Amber, amber incense, Ambergris, ambergris accord, Aspects of the Empress, bourbon, bourbon vanilla, BPAL, Faces of the Empress, gardenia, green musk, In Memoriam, Incense, Musk, Rose, The Empress, The Empress - Faces of the Empress, The Fool's Journey: The Empress - Faces of the Empress, tuberose, vanilla, vanilla musk, vegetal musk, vegetal vanilla musk, white gardenia
Scent Name: The Eternal Queen
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Fool’s Journey: The Empress – Faces of the Empress
Scent Description and Notes: “A whisper of names: Nandi, Dido, Clytemnestra, Hatshepsut, Merneith, Olga of Kiev, Boudicca, Urraca the Reckless, Makeda, Sasaban, Semiramis, Rabodoandrianampoinimerina, Theodora, Julia Agrippina, Wu Zeitan, Irene Sarantapechaina, Elizabeth. She is every queen that has ever walked on this Earth, and every queen that shall come. She rules the past, the present, and the future; she is the archetypical sovereign, the amalgamation of feminine power – dark and light – throughout all of mankind’s history.
White gardenia and tuberose with ambergris accord, vegetal vanilla musk, bourbon vanilla, and amber incense.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/limited-edition-in-memoriam/the-fools-journey/the-empress/aspects-of-the-empress/the-eternal-queen/
Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown bottle from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. The label features the name of the company in small white bold block font outlined in black along the bottom of the label. The scent name is a larger version of the same font but in yellow above that. The label art is as featured below:
- ITB: White gardenia immediately presents itself, brilliant and refined flocked by soft tuberose and a lovely green musk around the middle. It is like the embodiment of a floral made queenly woman so far.
- Wet: The high-pitched gardenia note, stark white and imperious, seems almost trailed by gossamer vanilla and vegetal musk, adorned with tuberose embroidery. Wet on my skin, white gardenia certainly is the focus.
- Dry: As this settles, the scent, while still heavily white gardenia, takes on a lovely creaminess. The high pitched white floral is tempered to more of a soprano rather than an mezzo-soprano, soothed by threads of bourbon vanilla, amber, tuberose, and vegetal musk, like whorled leaves framing the stunning florals. I’m not getting a whole lot of ambergris here other than the beautiful muskiness that is more green and vanilla toned than animal, thankfully. After 4 hours, the highly imperious tone of the gardenia soften alongside the tuberose, sinking into the delightful embrace of almost feathery ambered vanilla musk flecked with subtle verdant undertones far below. Classically lovely as a perfume, I imagine this would wear well from the workplace to an evening under the stars.
Other Impressions: None.