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Scent Name: Anise Swallowtail
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Genius Loci: Los Angeles
Scent Description and Notes: “The Anise Swallowtail is a creature of wide open spaces. She flies through wide open spaces, over hills and through lots abandoned by humankind, dancing among dill, parsley, fennel, and wild carrots.
Bourbon vanilla, star anise, cypress, juniper berry, a drop of blood orange, and bronze fennel.“ -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/limited-edition-in-memoriam/anise-swallowtail/
Oil Color: Colorless.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Absinthetics. On the back, she has the notes of the scent, the name of the scent in orange bold font, and her decanting information in green. The font of the label features the sample label art as the bottle.
- ITI: Oh, I would like a steam bath of this; it feels like it would be refreshing, calming, and would be effective in opening up my sinuses. The juniper berry and star anise laced with hints of blood orange and vanilla are unexpected together, but just beautiful and well balanced. The scent as a whole is cooly herbal and evergreen while the citrus and bourbon vanilla add a creamy citrus tone that balances everything nicely.
- Wet: It smells much the same upon application, although as it starts to sit, the bourbon vanilla and fennel warm, invoking images of cabins, kitchen witches, and a surrounding forest. There’s a duskiness to this that speaks of the velvet on butterfly wings from the combination of fennel and star anise wafting under evergreen cooled breezes and orange vanilla sweetness.
- Dry: After two hours, the scent now is close the the skin and a delightfully warm combination of dusky anise, fennel, hints of creamy orange, and a distant exhalation of juniper. It’s like a fuzzy blanket – I want to wrap myself in it. On the wishlist you go.
Other Impressions: “Like, I’m getting lemongrass and anise. It’s not a bad young person’s scent. It doesn’t smell like an adult, but it could be a room scent. It’s light and whimsical. It’s good, pleasant. It kinds has a calming tone to it, too.” Tony