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Scent Name: Yucca Giant Skipper
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Metamorphosis 2014: Butterflies of Louisiana
Scent Description and Notes: “White patchouli, oudh, vanilla absolute, copaiba balsam, pepperwood, and champaca flower.“ -bpal.org
Copiba balsam is generally used as a base for perfumes and has a mildly sweet, lightly woody scent.
Oil Color: A newly-minted copper penny color.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Absinthetics. On the back, she has the notes of the scent, the name of the scent in orange bold font, and her decanting information in green. The font of the label features the sample label art as the bottle.
- ITI: I’ve already used this a few times, but each time I smell it, it reminds me of a wooden cabin in the middle of the Pacific Northwest. The wood is mild and sweet, but also steeped in delicious, earthy patchouli. Unlike most patchouli scents, this one is not overbearing, but balances brilliantly with the champaca, oudh, and copaiba balsam. The vanilla exists as a middle tone in the bottle, which reminds me of scented candles illuminating the wooden cabin at dusk.
- Wet: On my skin, the patchouli and pepperwod are much stronger, almost to the point of smelling like recent construction, laced with vanilla faint champaca, and just a touch of patchouli. It’s interesting how much it’s changed from the bottle, but I do hope that the resins amp up a bit more in the dry-down stage.
- Dry: Now that it’s dry, the force of the woods have mellowed considerably, allowing the vanilla – warm and creamy – to soar along with the champaca and balsam, while the oudh and pepperwood settle to low-middle notes and the patchouli adds just enough sweet earthiness to temper the other notes, creating a scent that is as evocative as it is peaceful.
Other Impressions: None.