Scent Name: The Cross of Snow
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Yule 2018
Scent Description and Notes: ”
In the long, sleepless watches of the night,
A gentle face — the face of one long dead —
Looks at me from the wall, where round its head
The night-lamp casts a halo of pale light.
Here in this room she died; and soul more white
Never through martyrdom of fire was led
To its repose; nor can in books be read
The legend of a life more benedight.
There is a mountain in the distant West
That, sun-defying, in its deep ravines
Displays a cross of snow upon its side.
Such is the cross I wear upon my breast
These eighteen years, through all the changing scenes
And seasons, changeless since the day she died.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Cypress, Spanish moss, and clove bud with labdanum, Italian bergamot, and white tobacco flower.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/winter-collection/yule-2018/the-cross-of-snow/
Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard brown apothecary bottle. The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the company in pale pink font along the bottom. Above that is the name of the scent in shadowed and outlined larger white font. The name of the collection is in lighter pink font along the top of the label. The label art is as featured below:
- ITB: Immediate, bergamot shines forth, quickly to be bet with deliciously astringent cypress. The Spanish moss floats just underneath, along with the white tobacco flower. It’s an intoxicatingly evocative blend. There really is a sense of delightful solitude, nostalgia, and purity to this one.
- Wet: While the bergamot and cypress are still dominant on my skin, the clove makes its appearance, wrapped in contemplative labdanum. The tobacco flower is faint in the background, but it keeps the scent from being too much of a cold, feral wood like Shattered Silence.
- Dry: Seven hours later, I can still distinctly pick out the Spanish moss, cypress, and bergamot. It reminds me less of a snowy landscape and more of the mossy tendrils dripping from trees in New Orleans, partially obscured by the fog.
Other Impressions: None.