Scent Name: These Shabby Days
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – American Gods III
Scent Description and Notes: ““…Our kind of people, we are…” He waved the cigarillo about, as if using it to hunt for a word, then stabbing forward with it. “…exclusive. We’re not social. Not even me. Not even Bacchus. Not for long. We walk by ourselves or we stay in our own little groups. We do not play well with others. We like to be adored and respected and worshiped—me, I like them to be tellin’ tales about me, tales showing my cleverness. It’s a fault, I know, but it’s the way I am. We like to be big. Now, in these shabby days, we are small. The new gods rise and fall and rise again. But this is not a country that tolerates gods for long. Brahma creates, Vishnu preserves, Shiva destroys, and the ground is clear for Brahma to create once more.”
Memories of myrrh and gold, and the dying smoke of a snuffed cigarillo.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/neil-gaiman/american-gods/these-shabby-days/
Oil Color: The color of flowing embers on my skin.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle. The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in bold, yellow letters along the bottom of the bottle, just above the smaller white block font of the company name. The name of the collection is in even smaller white block font along the top of the label. The label art is as follows:
- ITB: Sweet tobacco smoke and myrrh spill forth as the bottle is uncapped, followed by a cool gold tang that weaves between the cigarillo and myrrh.
- Wet: The gold comes across as a bit more tangy and cool, almost like there’s an aquatic base to the note. Soon after, the myrrh and cigarillo notes languidly skulk forth. I wish the gold were not so apparent on my skin as I do love myrrh and tobacco. It just is a little “off” on my skin.
- Dry: Ah, there we go, much better now that it’s had some time to settle. After a few hours, the myrrh and cigarillo smoke linger lightly on my skin. The gold? No where to be found.
Other Impressions: None.