ambreete, ambrette seed, BPAL, caramel, caramelized patchouli, golden oudh, Hymn to Fortuna, Hymn to Fortuna 2018, In Memoriam, juniper, Leather, lupercalia, Lupercalia 2018, oudh, patchouli, saffron, sandalwood, smoke, smoked vanilla, smoked vanilla sandalwood, vanilla, vanilla sandalwood
Scent Name: Fortuna Populi Romani
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Hymn to Fortuna 2018
Scent Description and Notes: “The Fortunes of the People
A hymn to the fortunes of your community, the blessings of civic duty, and the strength of many voices becoming one.
Smoked vanilla sandalwood and leather, golden oudh, ambrette seed, caramelized patchouli, a single thread of saffron, and a sprig of crushed juniper.
Proceeds from the sale of each bottle of Fortuna Ropuli Romani benefit the ACLU, who helps to ensure that the voice of the people is uncensored, unsilenced, and heard.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/fortuna-populi-romani/
Oil Color: A bronze brandy colored oil.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Mystery213. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information while the front of the label features the image name, collection name, company name, and image art. The image art is as follows:
- ITI: Oh, that’s not what I expected. It smacks of steampunk ever so slightly with it’s smoked vanilla and caramel, sweet and nearly cloying if it wasn’t for the oudh and resinous tones alongside the patchouli. Then, a refreshing breath of juniper with a hint of leather sweep though the scent, adding a coolness that is most welcome.
- Wet: Ah, there’s the saffron, right next to the smoked vanilla sandalwood, highly meditative yet sweet. Soon, the juniper twines with the patchouli in a lovely tango and shifts the focus of the scent to more of an earthy, woodsy scent fringed with sweet resins and a hint of leather. The more I think about this, the more it reminds me of a ball in a gilded room – brightly aglow, almost swaying with the roundly sweeping gowns and highly decorated suits over polished leather shoes.
- Dry: The throw here stays close to the skin, only wafting about an 1″ while still wet. This would be a scent I’d keep on my pulse points, especially behind my ears so I could smell it throughout the day. After three hours, the scent is still a gloriously gilded, sweetened resin with tendrils of saffron, vanilla, and patchouli. A hint of leather liners in the background, but the juniper has vanished. Gorgeous!
Other Impressions: “It’s like lemongrass and peach gummy candy.” -Tony