Scent Name: The Reaper and the Flowers
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Ars Moriendi: In Memoriam
Scent Description and Notes: “
There is a Reaper, whose name is Death,
And, with his sickle keen,
He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,
And the flowers that grow between.
“Shall I have naught that is fair?” Saith he;
“Having naught but the bearded grain?
Though the breath of these flowers is sweet to me,
I will give them all back again,”
He gazed at the flowers with tearful eye,
He kissed their drooping leaves;
It was for the Lord of Paradise
He bound them in his sheaves.
“My Lord has need of these flowerets gay,”
The Reaper said, and smiled:
“Dear tokens of the earth are they,
Where he was once a child.”
“They shall all bloom in fields of light,
Transplanted by my care,
And saints, upon their garments white,
These sacred blossoms wear.”
And the mother gave, in tears and pain,
The flowers she most did love:
She knew she should find them all again
In the fields of light above.
O, not in cruelty, not in wrath,
The Reaper came that day;
‘Twas an angel visited the green earth,
And took the flowers away.
A funereal bouquet laid on cemetery grass: longiflorum lilies, white rose, chrysanthemum, and carnation.‘“ -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/general-catalogue/the-reaper-and-the-flowers/
Oil Color: The color of spring pollen.
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 name of the company next to the phoenix. On the other side, the title of the scent is written in large, clear black font outlined with red on the front.
- ITI: It smells like chrysanthemum and lily petals with a touch of herbaceous stems. I’m not picking up the other two florals yet, but what is present is somehow cool and refreshing in terms of its floral qualities.
- Wet: Subdued florals, for sure, but still very much lily petals flecked with dew, along with frilled chrysanthemum florals with that pleasing bitter greenness that comes from their stalks. After 10 seconds, I think there’s a hint of gentle white roses, but these are young, not fully fragrant, but just enough to pique interest.
- Dry: After 4 hours, the floral aspects still retain the essence of lily and some chrysanthemum, but there’s a touch of faint soapiness here that permeates through the florals. It’s not bad, but I don’t see myself wearing this frequently.
Other Impressions: None.