Scent Name: The Instinct of Hope
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Dum Spiro, Spero : Spring 2020
Scent Description and Notes: ”
Is there another world for this frail dust
To warm with life and be itself again?
Something about me daily speaks there must,
And why should instinct nourish hopes in vain?
‘Tis nature’s prophesy that such will be,
And everything seems struggling to explain
The close sealed volume of its mystery.
Time wandering onward keeps its usual pace
As seeming anxious of eternity,
To meet that calm and find a resting place.
E’en the small violet feels a future power
And waits each year renewing blooms to bring,
And surely man is no inferior flower
To die unworthy of a second spring?
– Hohn Clare
A melancholy violet oud with dry cedarwood, cognac, and tolu balsam.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/dum-spiro-spero-spring-2020/the-instinct-of-hope-perfume-oil/
Oil Color: The color of melting snow in sunlight.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Dizzystardust. The label just contains the scent name and company name, and the collection information. The Lab image, which is different than the bottle art, is as follows:
- ITI: This scent makes me think of a violet cedarwood fougere – there’s something dry yet refined and darkly woody about this scent that would be at home on a Victorian gentleman. The violet oud is both brightly purple and sweet yet deeply earthy and nuanced, much like the Lab’s Dark Moths. This is aerated with a fine, full-bodied cognac and ornately carved woods.
- Wet: The tolu and cedar are more forward once applied to my skin, which enhances the dusky somberness of the violet oud and cognac just behind it. It very much smells like a Victorian mansion and I’m here for it!
- Dry: Sadly, my skin just eats this one up. All that’s left after 5 hours is just a ghost of dry cedar. After a 4 hour re-application, it’s much the same, although there’s a bare suggestion of violet oud, but it’s really just a suggestion.
Other Impressions: “It smells like a combination of those Chinese cone incenses and Pixie Sticks.” -Tony