Scent Name: Snow, Glass, Apples
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Neil Gaiman: Event Exclusive
She said nothing. Her eyes were black as coal, black as her hair; her lips were redder than blood. She looked up at me and smiled. Her teeth seemed sharp, even then, in the lamplight.
“What are you doing away from your room?”
“I’m hungry,” she said, like any child.
It was winter, when fresh food is a dream of warmth and sunlight; but I had strings of whole apples, cored and dried, hanging from the beams of my chamber, and I pulled an apple down for her.
Autumn is the time of drying, of preserving, a time of picking apples, of rendering the goose fat. Winter is the time of hunger, of snow, and of death; and it is the time of the midwinter feast, when we rub the goose-fat into the skin of a whole pig, stuffed with that autumn’s apples, then we roast it or spit it, and we prepare to feast upon the crackling.
She took the dried apple from me and began to chew it with her sharp yellow teeth.
“Is it good?”
She nodded. I had always been scared of the little princess, but at that moment I warmed to her and, with my fingers, gently, I stroked her cheek. She looked at me and smiled — she smiled but rarely — then she sank her teeth into the base of my thumb, the Mound of Venus, and she drew blood.
I began to shriek, from pain and from surprise; but she looked at me and I fell silent.
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is thrilled to present a numbered, limited edition chapbook of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed short story, Snow, Glass, Apples, beautifully illustrated by Julie Dillon. Each package includes a 5ml bottle of perfume, created by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, that was inspired by the tale. In Neil’s words, ‘It smells like green apples and like sex and vampires, all at the same time. (Actually, it smells like sexy vampire apples.)‘ .” -BPAL.org
Oil Color: The color of white wine.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard glass 1/32 ml imp, although I’m not sure from whom I purchased it. The only information listed on the imp is the scent name. The original bottle appears as follows:
- ITI: Oooh, that’s lovely. Green apples (not overtly sweet) seem chilled, as if put on ice with a swirling sharp crystalline musk behind it.
- Wet: Deliciously tart cool green apples on my skin spritzed with that almost champagne-like crystalline musk (although the apple is the reigning note here). The apple note is not to tart to be unappetizing, but just enough to have a kick. It feels chilled and aloof and I love it.
- Dry: Much of the scent has faded after 8 hours of dry-time, but I am picking up just a cold green apple flush from the skin if I move my nose to nearly right on top of the skin. I wish it had more staying power, but I like it nonetheless.