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Since the Halloweenies are coming down around 1/23, I thought I’d review the last of those before that happened. My Yules arrived, so I’ll be diving into my new horde of bottles once I finish with the Bats of Los Angeles.
Scent Name: California Leaf Nosed Bat
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloween 2018 – Genius Loci: Bats of Los Angeles
Scent Description and Notes: “The California Leaf-Nosed Bat prefers the desert. They’re homebodies and do not migrate, and they’re also definitely Type A bats, as they don’t hibernate. Go go go!
Nightfall in the desert: Mojave yucca, creosote bush, saguaro, dusty clove, and sacred datura.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/halloween-2018/genius-loci-bats-of-los-angeles/california-leaf-nosed-bat/
Saguaro is a cactus native to Southern California whose flowers have a waxy, melon type smell. Creosote bush is also known as Larrea tridentata and smells like desert rain.
Oil Color: Colorless.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Yowahoshihime. Her label features the scent notes and her decanter information on the back. The front has the name of the scent and company name along with the label art, which is as below:
- ITI: It smells like the Mojave desert to me – dusty, peppery, dry creosote, and yucca. There’s a touch of sweetness, which might either be from the datura or the cactus note, at the tail end of the scent.
- Wet: Masculine but appealing. I get spindly dessert foliage, yucca, and the distinct cactus note, green and succulent. There is a slightly pepperiness to this scent at the top end of the perfume, but as it sits, gentle white floral essence emerges and mingles with the dessert rain scent of the creosote. It reminds me so much of the Joshua National Park.
- Dry: The cactus and datura have warmed beautifully as this scent dries. It’s much more dusky as well since the clove has now had a chance to emerge after the creosote and yucca have toned down there. It still reminds me of the desert, but more along the lines of desert at dusk in the middle of some celebration in which the arms of the cactus are adorned in beautiful white flowers. After 6 hours, the scent is a warm, dusky clove with subtle yucca and light floral undertones.
Other Impressions: “It smells like dad cologne with berries.” -Tony. It’s a new and unusual scent from the lab. I don’t have anything to which I can compare it. As someone whose Aunt used to live in Death Valley, this reminds me of family in the most beautiful way. A bottle I might need.