Scent Name: Nothing is Unexpected Nothing Is Forsworn
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Great American Eclipse
Scent Description and Notes: “Nothing is unexpected, nothing is foresworn and
Nothing amazes now that father Zeus the Olympian
veiled the light to make it night at midday
even as sun was shining: so dread fear has overtaken men.
From this time on everything that men believe
will be doubted: may none of us who see this be surprised
when we see forest beasts taking turns in the salted field
with dolphins, when the echoing waves of the sea become
Dearer to them than the sand, and the dolphins love the wooded glen
Red amber and heady red wine, benzoin, ash, and bourbon vanilla.” – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-great-american-eclipse/nothing-is-unexpected-nothing-is-foresworn/
Oil Color: Slightly golden, like apple juice, on my arm.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle. The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in shadowed yellow block font, which is situated above the company name, which is in lower case bolded font in a black border along the bottom edge. The image itself, individuals looking at an eclipse in what looks to be London, is framed by another black border that contains the lower case name of the collection.
- ITI: Very heady red wine with traces of sour apple and ashed benzoin residue. I’m generally not a red wine note lover, so be forewarned that this review will be more biased than I’d like.
- Wet: Ok, I may have written too soon. On my skin, the red wine is much less sour and heady than it is mulled holiday red. I do get more of the benzoin and red amber, which softens the wine considerably. Sadly, no bourbon vanilla notes yet. Still, this isn’t bad. Cue shock.
- Dry: The mulled spices and red wine really come across nicely. There’s bits of benzoin and amber that make this seem more like a Christmas scent than anything else. I actually like it, surprisingly.
Other Impressions: “I don’t know what kind of flower, but I get flower, a little clove, and is that myrrh? It smells like a Catholic grandma convention.” -Tony