Ambergris, Aspects of the Emperor, benzoin, BPAL, Cedar, cistus, grey ambergris, Himalayan cedar, In Memoriam, stone, The Emperor, The Emperor - Aspects of the Emperor, The Fool's Journey, The Fool's Journey: The Emperor - Aspects of the Emperor, tobacco, tobacco leaf
Scent Name: The Emperor’s Throne
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Fool’s Journey: The Emperor – Aspects of the Emperor
Scent Description and Notes: “He is seated upon the throne whose capitals are the heads of the Himalayan wild ram, since Aries means a Ram. At his feet, couchant, is the Lamb and the Flag, to confirm this attribution on the lower plane; for the ram, by nature, is a wild and courageous animal, lonely in lonely places, whereas when tamed and made to lie down in green pastures, nothing is left but the docile, cowardly, gregarious and succulent beast.
– Aleister Crowley, Book of Thoth
Tobacco leaf, stone-grey ambergris, cistus, benzoin, and Himalayan cedar.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/limited-edition-in-memoriam/the-fools-journey/the-emperor/aspects-of-the-emperor/the-emperors-throne/
Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown bottle from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. The label features the name of the company in small white bold block font outlined in black along the bottom of the label. The scent name is a larger version of the same font above that. The label art is as featured below:
- ITB: This is cooler than anticipated. The stone ambergris (more cool grey granite than animal musk to my nose) is paired beautifully with a softly resinous benzoin and light cedar. It evokes an image of a seat of power in a temple, incense faintly wafting in the background.
- Wet: Oh yes, that reminds me of cool stone dampened by brisk rain, perfumed with musk and benzoin wafting in the background. After a few seconds, the cedar emerges, rubbed with a hint of earthy tobacco, but it remains subdued and quiet as a scent up to this point. So far, it’s deliciously unisex, cool, and collected.
- Dry: Dry ambergris stone scented with warmed tobacco and benzoin incense with a hint of cistus linger on my skin after 4 hours. The cedar is gone, but what remains unusual while being professionally minded.
Other Impressions: I blind-bought this one because I adore ambergris, and while this isn’t the deliciously heady, musky version toward which I gravitate, it’s well-behaved, pleasant, and adds a pleasantly stone-like muskiness to the scent as a whole.