Scent Name: The Drunk Astronomer
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Great American Eclipse
Scent Description and Notes: “Credit for some of the first recorded accounts of eclipses are attributed to the legendary Drunk Astronomers, Ho and Hsi, circa 2137 BCE. Ho and Hsi were royal astronomers in the court of Chung K’ang. They were in charge of predicting the celestial dance – all movements of the Heavenly Bodies. They were also reprobates, and spent a fair amount of their time in debauch, drinking and carousing. In a drunken stupor – though they knew an eclipse was imminent – they failed to notify the emperor of the event, and they failed to perform the sacred rites that would prevent the celestial dragon from consuming the mighty sun. They were summarily decapitated for creating chaos and confusion in the celestial chain by leaving their duties unperformed.
Here lie the bodies of Ho and Hsi,
Whose fate, though sad, is risible;
Being slain because they could not spy
The eclipse which was invisible.
Jasmine tea, blood musk, and pale yellow amber.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-great-american-eclipse/the-drunk-astronomers/
Oil Color: Highlighter yellow on my skin, but the color of brandy in the imp.
Bottle Design and Artwork: his is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a sample from Crown & Tulip, which features the bottle image on the front and the name, logo, and website of the company on back. The label art that would be on the bottle features the name of the scent in shadowed yellow block font, which is situated above the company name, which is in lower case bolded font in a black border along the bottom edge. The image itself, individuals looking at an eclipse in what looks to be London, is framed by another black border that contains the lower case name of the collection.
- ITI: Jasmine for me is often a note that too closely mirrors old air fresheners, but the combination of tea diminishes some of that overt artificiality. The amber is lovely and sweetly comforting under the jasmine tea. The blood musk is rather faint and just adds a gentle softness to the scent.
- Wet: On my skin, the tea aspect is a touch stronger and the blood musk finally swells to recognition. The amber seems to take a step back, but it takes most of the artificiality of the jasmine with it. As a whole, the scent evokes memories of bakes apples and tea.
- Verdict so far: For a person who generally doesn’t like jasmine, this is a rather enjoyable scent.
- Dry: Dry, it’s sweetly soft amber with a touch of floral tea and ruddy musk. This is definitely a scent that’s worth the dry down.
Other Impressions: “It’s a little flowery, but it isn’t bad. It quickly fades away and I have to re-smell it. I’d just be careful of wearing too much.” -Tony