Scent Name: Xanthe, the Weeping Clown
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Carnaval Diabolique, Act II: Fiat Nox
Scent Description and Notes: “From the corner of your eye, you see what seems to be a swirl of pale, translucent spirits. Ghostly in form, their faces are masks of pain and fury. Their insubstantial bodies churn and roil around a hissing, wailing clown. Her greasepaint is smeared with tears, and her fanged crimson mouth is turned down in a vicious scowl while blood drips from her lips. Her costume is torn and threadbare, and a steel-bright glint around her waist draws your eyes to an arsenal of razors, knives, and cleavers hanging from her belt. She swats futilely at the spirits as she shoves and scratches her way through the crowd.
Guava, orange peel, white pepper, spun sugar and apple blossom.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/carnaval-diabolique/carnaval-diabolique-2015/xanthe-weeping-clown/
Oil Color: The color of diluted melting butter.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted from an original bottle by ralenth, whose decanting information appears down the side of the label. The back features the scent notes while the front of the label contains the collection information, the image art, the scent name, and the date decanted (09/2015) The original label art is as follows below.
- ITI: Candy-like, but rather appealing, honestly. It reminds me of a combination of guava-flavored Blow-Pops with powdered sugar-dusted orange peel and apple blossom Bubble Yum. The faintest dash of pepper dangles around the outside, adding just a touch of welcomed menace to the sweet top notes. Ooh, I like this so far!
- Wet: The apple blossom is more forward on my skin, although it reminds me of green apple pulp mashed with guava paste and zested orange peel, topped with a billowing cloud of fine spun sugar. It’s fruity, crisp, sweet, yet grounded thanks to the white pepper (which is really well balanced and not too spicy) in the background.
- Dry: It’s heavy guava sprinkled with sugar crystal-dotted spun sugar, covering a lawyer of green apple and a touch of orange and a sprinkle of faded white pepper. It’s still very much candy-like, and while the notes are close to the actual fruit, there is a touch of artificiality about it. As far as throw, this is pretty decent with about 1.5″ of silage from my wrist after 3 hours.
Other Impressions: “It smells like Claire’s. It’s that sweet, plastic-y smell whenever you walk by that store. It reminds me of jelly sandals and tween perfume sets.” -Tony