Need I remind you how much I adore the Lovecraftian-inspired scents. It makes me giddy thinking about wearing them; however, ozone has turned foul on me, but perhaps the ritual incense will make it magical on my skin.
Scent Name: Nyarlathotep
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – A Picnic in Arkham
Scent Description and Notes: “And it was then that Nyarlathotep came out of Egypt. Who he was, none could tell, but he was of the old native blood and looked like a Pharaoh. The fellahin knelt when they saw him, yet could not say why. He said he had risen up out of the blackness of twenty-seven centuries, and that he had heard messages from places not on this planet. Into the lands of civilisation came Nyarlathotep, swarthy, slender, and sinister, always buying strange instruments of glass and metal and combining them into instruments yet stranger. He spoke much of the sciences – of electricity and psychology – and gave exhibitions of power which sent his spectators away speechless, yet which swelled his fame to exceeding magnitude. Men advised one another to see Nyarlathotep, and shuddered. And where Nyarlathotep went, rest vanished; for the small hours were rent with the screams of a nightmare.
Brooding, yet electric: the scent of buried secrets, roiling nightmares, the essence of the Crawling Chaos, the Father of Knives and Locusts, the Hunter in the Dark. This is the blackest of ritual incenses charged with flashes of ozone. ” – BPAL
Oil Color: The oil is layered. When I tilt it forward, the color reminds me of light amber. When sitting upright, the color is reminiscent of maple syrup.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). The label wrapped around the bottle features an Art-Deco inspired Phoenix with the the name of the company at the bottle of the image. On the other side, the title of the scent written in large, clear black font outlined with red on the front.
- In the Imp (ITI): Even though these are not listed in the notes, I smell orange and a dash of lemon mixed in with myrrh and frankincense. I already like this and I’m eager to see if the citrus actually manifests as such on my skin.
- Wet: Florid orange, like orange blossom greets my nose first, followed by myrrh and other incenses. There is just a little of an odd note from the ozone, but I think this is what is causing me to smell the citrus.
- Dry: The scent has become slightly powdery, but I still get the impression of smoldering incense and orange blossoms. It does remind me of a ritual offering, so this scent really does its namesake justice.