Scent Name: The Candy Butcher
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Carnaval Diabolique, Act I: Prologue
Scent Description and Notes: “An exquisite, enigmatic woman sidles up to you, bearing a tray of strange, dusty curios, chocolate creatures, serpentine taffy, and candied skulls. Her skin is dusky, her eyes are heavy-lidded and sensual, her hair is the fine, soft white of spun sugar, and her skin is softly scented with cocoa. She holds a shrunken head aloft, and beckons.
Bittersweet chocolate with a heavy cream undertone.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/carnaval-diabolique/carnaval-diabolique-2015/candy-butcher/
Oil Color: The color of a golden peach tea.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted from an original bottle. The label only displays the name of the scent, the collection and company name along with the date (09/2015) on the front with the scent notes on the back. I don’t know who originally decanted it. The original label art is as follows below.
- ITI: Oh wow, that is chocolate, but it reminds me more of Mexican mixing chocolate than the bittersweet chocolate one might cook with. Perhaps it is the fragrant sugared cream note that I’m detecting that has the faintest boozy edge to it. Honestly, I’m intrigued. This is a whole lot of gourmand, but I’m eager to see what it does on my skin.
- Wet: It’s more of the dusty, deep mixing chocolate or cocoa with a perfumed undertone on my skin and less cream, although there is a faint sugared sweetness far in the background. This is surprisingly sophisticated and not at all cloying.
- Dry: Dark cocoa powder infused with fragrant incense, a touch of spice, and a creaminess that reminds me more of cocoa butter than heavy cream. It’s reminiscent of BPAL’s Darjeeling Tea, Cocoa Dusk, & Incense, although this has a more perfumed quality to it.
Other Impressions: “It smells like fresh, fragrant chili pepper and caramel cocoa butter.” -Tony