Scent Name: The Amorous
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Last Unicorn
Scent Description and Notes: ““Gently, gently,’ he counseled himself. “No man with the power to summon Robin Hood – indeed, to create him – can be bound for long. A word, a wish, and this tree must be an acorn on a branch again, this rope be green in a marsh.’ But he knew before he called on it that whatever had visited him for a moment was gone again, leaving only an ache where it had been. He felt like an abandoned chrysalis.
“Do as you will,’ he said softly. Captain Cully roused at his voice, and sang the fourteenth stanza.
“There are fifty swords without the house, and fifty more within,
And I do fear me, captain, they are like to do us in.’
“Ha’ done, ha’ done,’ says Captain Cully, “and never fear again,
For they may be a hundred swords, but we are seven men.’
“I hope you get slaughtered,’ the magician told him, but Cully was asleep again. Schmendrick attempted a few simple spells for escaping, but he could not use his hands, and he had no more heart for tricks. What happened instead was that the tree fell in love with him and began to murmur fondly of the joy to be found in the eternal embrace of a red oak. “Always, always,’ it sighed, “faithfulness beyond any man’s deserving. I will keep the color of your eyes when no other in the world remembers your name. There is no immortality but a tree’s love.’
“I’m engaged,’ Schmendrick excused himself. “To a western larch. Since childhood. Marriage by contract, no choice in the matter. Hopeless. Our story is never to be.’
A gust of fury shook the oak, as though a storm were coming to it alone. “Galls and fireblight on her!’ it whispered savagely. “Damned softwood, cursed conifer, deceitful evergreen, she’ll never have you! We will perish together, and all trees shall treasure our tragedy!’
Along his length Schmendrick could feel the tree heaving like a heart, and he feared that it might actually split in two with rage. The ropes were growing steadily tighter around him, and the night was beginning to turn red and yellow. He tried to explain to the oak that love was generous precisely because it could never be immortal, and then he tried to yell for Captain Cully, but he could only make a small, creaking sound, like a tree. She means well, he thought, and gave himself up for loved.
A tree in love: misty, rose-flecked leaves, warm bark, and shuddering branches.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/the-last-unicorn/the-amorous-tree/
Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown apothecary bottle. The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the company along the bottom in a slightly ornate black block font. The top of the label features the name of special collection in a smaller version of the company name font. Just below that in a ballet slipper pink field box is black text that displays the name of the scent. The image art is as follows:
- ITB: Brightly woody, this reminds me of pleasantly astringent cedar wood and sun-warmed cedar leaves tinted with lime zest near a patch of folded grass.
- Wet: The lime zest is much more forward once applied to my skin, but I’m at least picking up a blush of rose atop the cedar wood and leaves, like a wind rusting through it. The lime borders on aquatic, which I think is meant to mimic the mist.
- Dry: This didn’t survive the first hand-washing. On second application and 47 minute dry-down, the scent quickly fades to a pleasant limed-mist rose with just a touch of dry greenness from the leaves. It’s nice, but my skin positively eats this scent.
Other Impressions: “It’s like hibiscus and something else? Amber? I’m not sure. It’s grainy, but more sour and more floral, which is why I’m thinking hibiscus.” -Tony