a little lunacy, A Little Lunacy 2020, birch, BPAL, brown musk, evergreens, gardenia, hay, hay absolute, juniper, Musk, osmanthus, pansies, pansy, patchouli, rooty patchouli, slush, snow, sweet brown musk, winter gardenia, wood
Scent Name: Raccoon Moon
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – A Little Lunacy: February 2020
Scent Description and Notes: “Many years ago, Ted and I woke up to the sound of footsteps. It was incredibly disconcerting; the tread was heavy and even, and it sounded just like a full-grown man was walking on our roof. Ted grabbed our officially-licensed Shaun of the Dead cricket bat, I grabbed a flashlight, and we tried to figure out if someone was breaking into our house. We couldn’t find anything, so we went to check the attic. I’ll tell you…opening up your pitch black attic in the middle of a pitch black night armed with only a cricket bat and a Maglite is some serious horror movie shit. Few things test your mettle like realizing you’re absolutely /not/ the Final Girl in a slasher film because you’re creeping through an attic at midnight while investigating strange sounds. Anyway, the thuds and thumps kept happening, and eventually we figured out that raccoons were humping on our roof.
Every year since, raccoons have consistently found the atmosphere on our roof conducive to romance.
Now, I’ve been trying and trying to write something profound and poetic to describe this scent, but this really is a perfume about raccoons schtupping. For the bulk of the US, February is the harbinger of Raccoon Sexytimes, and for the next month my whole family will get woken up by the thumps and squeals of frantically lusty raccoons using our roof as a No Tell Motel.
Bring out the amorous trash panda in you: a winter’s backdrop of slush, snow-covered evergreens, juniper, and winter gardenia with sweet brown musk, rooty patchouli, spicy birch, hay absolute, osmanthus, and a pile of uprooted pansies.
Art by the inimitable Dan Santat!” -BPAL.org
Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle. The label extends just under halfway around the bottom. The label features the name of the company in a small, thin white font along the bottom of the label, directly above which in slightly smaller font is the name of the collection and the date. Divided by a thin white line, the name of the scent in a light blue and white tie-dye font is the name of the scent, atop which is a yowling sun face.
- ITB: Candied pansies? As I continue to sniff, the scent shifts under my nose from sweet florals to cool snow tones to to bracing evergreens and junipers. I’m not picking up much patchouli o, hay, or musk, but what I am does evoke images of late winter and the whispers of spring, like a winter crocus poking through the snow.
- Wet: Okay, there’s the hay! Once I apply it to my skin, the lovely purple and white floral tones emerge, dusting with snow, immediately to be pushed aside temporary by a warm hay tone, slightly damp with the winter chill. 15 seconds in, the scent has shifted to evergreens and juniper just over a rooty muskiness that smells exactly like the Pacific Northwest’s Olympic Forest floor. I’m eager to smell how this dries down.
- Dry: Warm hay and patchouli musk is perfumed with a touch of osmanthus, birch, and just a petal or two of gardenia. It’s warm, rooty, but also slightly moon-kissed and cool. It’s honestly such an interesting and faceted scent.
Other Impressions: “Brown sugar peach roses, more specifically, like roses and peaches baked in brown sugar.” -Tony