Scent Name: Carnaval Rat
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Limited Edition
Scent Description and Notes: “Derived from the same pseudo-scientific process as last year’s LAB RAT blend, but constrained to the Lab’s Carnaval Diabolique collection. Each bottle contains a slosh of every Carnaval scent currently in stock. The result? An inhalation of the miasma hovering over the midway after a busy, near-endless night of debauchery.
In the interest of peer review, here are our internal notes from the blending process, tracking how the scent evolved as through the collection alphabetically.
A-C: “Chocolate truffles filled with blood-creme, rolled in sawdust.”
D-G. “Two… no, THREE corsaged puppeteers screwing in a hay bale.”
H-L. “Rusty barber’s shears sterilizing overnight in a jar full of rum and rosewater.”
M-P “This is eerily reminiscent of lightning striking a gondola full of off-duty showgirls.”
O-Z “Luminous, opalescent bat wings serving as the bellows for a lunatic calliope, whooshing gusts of wind through blossoms on dying trees, the bark sticky with blood that is, for some mysterious reason, flowing upward. The music! can you hear the music?”
[Sadly, we have been unable to elaborate on these findings as the intern in question abruptly left their post shortly thereafter.]
Eau de Carnaval Diabolique. The cumulative weight of dozens of scents — a cacophony of carnies, haunts, snakes, grindhouse dancers, and other attractions, all simultaneously clamoring for your attention.“ -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/carnaval-rat-perfume-oil/
Note: I tried my best to distill all the available Carnaval Diabolque notes into the scent note section.
Oil Color: A beautiful bay colored oil.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art is as follows on the front:
- ITI: What a melange of notes! Thick, aggressive chocolate cherries, cocoa, black tea, hay, reeds, and brittle bone give way to honeyed hibiscus, cinnamon, atop swaying moss and wild herbs and a hint of fiery patchouli.
- Wet: The most clear impressions are of red patchouli, chocolate cherries, vanilla mint swirled with bourbon musk and a sinuous trail of kush and cedar smoke.
- Dry: After 17 hours, the scent is still present, although now a subdued tinkling of lavender, lemon balm, cocoa, faint, faded white florals, the subtle tang of metal, and a smidgen of fougere. I’m intrigued to see how this might shift on someone else, but I actually like.
Other Impressions: None