Scent Name: To My Dear and Loving Husband
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2020
Scent Description and Notes: ”
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay;
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let’s so persever,
That when we live no more, we may live ever.
– Anne Bradstreet
So much love poetry is inspired by infatuation, by first loves, first kisses, and first glances. There is a glut of poetry about longing and loss, heartbreak, estrangement, and pain. All aspects of love – from rapture to sorrow – are beautiful. Overlooked in a dusty corner, there seem to be only a handful of poems about domesticity and the joys of familiarity, and comparatively so few poems about the comfort and bliss of lifelong love.
Marriage, for me, has lost nothing through the decades. After over twenty years, I still look at Ted and I feel the thrill of passion. The love we share is the bedrock upon which the rest of my life is built: unshakable, solid, fruitful, and nurturing. I can no more imagine living without him than I can imagine living without breath or heartbeat.
Ted, I love you. I will love you for the rest of my life, and in all my lives to come. Then while we live, in love let’s so persever, that when we live no more, we may live ever. A ritual of eternity, a celebration of the permanence of love: bourbon vanilla, 17-year aged patchouli, champaca blossom, copal, black tea, frankincense, and agarwood.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/lupercalia-2020/to-my-dear-and-loving-husband-perfume-oil/
Oil Color: A tawny yellowed amber colored oil.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Yowahoshihime. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The front of the label contains the company acronym and collection name and date. The label art from the bottle is as follows:
- ITI: Head shop plus! Champaca blossom, florid black tea, and a smooth, honeyed patchouli delight my senses, while a breathy resin, copal and frankincense with a hint of hoodiness swirl just below the stunning top notes.
- Wet: On my skin, agarwood and honeyed patchouli are brushed with hints of warmed bourbon vanilla, black tea, and champaca. After a minute, the vanilla moves to the forefront, tinged with frankincense. 5 minutes in, and the scent shifts again to honeyed bourbon vanilla and patchouli, chewy and almost tobacco-like over copal and warm agarwood.
- Dry: After 6 hours, the scent settles very close to the skin, a warm, slightly animalistic frankincense with woody undertones.
Other Impressions: “Almond nag champa.” -Tony