Scent Name: La Belle Dame Sans Merci
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Bewitching Brews: In Memoriam
Scent Description and Notes: “The name translates to “The beautiful woman without mercy”, and is the title of an old French court poem that was later revamped by John Keats. A bewitching seductive scene, rife with mystery and foreboding.“ -BPAL.org
Oil Color: A bright, cheerful yellow oil color on my skin.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown apothecary bottle. The label extends just under halfway around the bottom. The label features the name of the company along with the phrase “hand blended perfume oil” framing the BPAL symbol along the bottom. The name of the scent takes up the largest portion of the label in tall block font. All of this is set against a parchment colored background and framed by an ornate iron-work border.
- ITB: Since there are no notes listed, I’m flying blind here. I was expecting a strong, assertively fierce, feminine scent with lots of heady florals. Instead, I seem to be smelling a soft, ground cinnamon against what smells like orange blossom, some other floral that I can’t pinpoint (magnolia or lily, maybe some other waxy, think petaled floral), and an herbal bitter undertone. The scent comes off as mostly a clean floral scent with a hint of haughtiness.
- Wet: Yeah, I’m still under the impression that there’s ground cinnamon or even cassis, and orange blossom in here alongside a soapy green tone that reminds me of that one green bathroom cleaner. The waxy white floral element slides under the green tones, but I’m still not sure what it is – magnolia, lily of the valley, maybe even jasmine…or hedoine accord. This reminds me of a green, soapy version of BPAL’s The Hell of Great Heat.
- Dry: Oh yeah, there is rose in here, but it reminds me of the petals close to the core of the rose, green and somewhat ridged next to clean florals. After 4 hours of dry-time, I’m certain that there is rose in here with a dash of hedione accord. It’s more of a powdery, almost austere floral Victorian tone that I get now.
Other Impressions: “Hmm, you’re wearing something with lots of rose in it. Yeah, you don’t really wear rose that often. It’s okay. I kind of like it. I don’t hate it, but it smells like you 20 years for now.” -Tony