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Scent Name: Smoke and Lace
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Retail Exclusive: Dark Delicacies
Scent Description and Notes: “Brazen and beautiful, unconventional and daring. The scent of soft white leather gloves and the sharp crack of a riding crop mingled with tobacco, clove, incense, and opium smoke seeped into sugar-spun vanilla lace, all stained with green cognac, sweet dried red fruits, and wild plum.” -BPAL.org
Oil Color: A faint resinous yellow on my skin.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle. The label extends just under halfway around the bottom. The label features the name of the company along the bottom in peaches and cream ombre block shadowed script, mirroring the name of the collaborating store, Dark Delicacies, positioned along the top. The name of the scent is in a larger white version of the script just above the company name. The image art is as follows:
- ITB: When this first arrived, opium smoke and leather overpowered everything, so I wanted give it a chance to settle before I gave it another go. Nearly 4 months later, the white leather is still cracking smart and assertive here, followed by a tumbling of opium, cognac, and sharp riding crop leather, while hints of plum, lace, and perhaps dried fruit hide in the background, like animals in the forest during a gentlewoman’s hunt.
- Wet: I was expecting the same intensity of leather on my skin, but instead, I’m met with a surge of cognac and dry plum just before the white leather and riding crop leather notes bloom. The opium smoke surges just after that, trailing that is something insect-like (perhaps dried fruit) , a dusky clove, and faint vanilla’d lace trim. This skews a bit more unisex to me than the other Laces.
- Dry: Ah, the leather has mellowed quit a bit, but it still is the dominant note (both white and whip) next to the opium smoke and gentle vanilla lave with the subtlest dash of clove far in the background. Nice.
Other Impressions: This makes me think of Bat Cave days – seedy, dark dance clubs filled with leather, lace, spilled drinks, clove cigarettes, thudding Siouxsie or Sisters of Mercy, and thick eye liner. Tony thinks the dried version smells like baby powder and something else, kind of like brown sugar, that he cannot name. He likes the smell of it, but just isn’t sure what it is