Scent Name: Eusapia
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Yule 2018: An Evening with The Spirits
Scent Description and Notes: ” ‘The case I allude to is that of an invalid woman who belongs to the humblest class of society. She is nearly thirty years old and very ignorant; her look is neither fascinating nor endowed with the power which modern criminologists call irresistible; but when she wishes, be it by day or by night, she can divert a curious group for an hour or so with the most surprising phenomena. Either bound to a seat or firmly held by the hands of the curious, she attracts to her the articles of furniture which surround her, lifts them up, holds them suspended in the air like Mahomet’s coffin, and makes them come down again with undulatory movements, as if they were obeying her will. She increases their weight or lessens it according to her pleasure. She raps or taps upon the walls, the ceiling, the floor, with fine rhythm and cadence. In response to the requests of the spectators, something like flashes of electricity shoot forth from her body, and envelop her or enwrap the spectators of these marvellous scenes. She draws upon cards that you hold out, everything that you want – figures, signatures, numbers, sentences – by just stretching out her hand toward the indicated place.
“If you place in the corner of the room a vessel containing a layer of soft clay, you find after some moments the imprint in it of a small or a large hand, the image of a face (front view or profile) from which a plaster cast can be taken. In this way portraits of a face taken at different angles have been preserved, and those who desire so to do can thus make serious and important studies.
“This woman rises in the air, no matter what bands tie her down. She seems to lie upon the empty air, as on a couch, contrary to all the laws of gravity; she plays on musical instruments – organs, bells, tambourines – as if they had been touched by her hands or moved by the breath of invisible gnomes… This woman at times can increase her stature by more than four inches.’
—Chiaia, in a letter to Lombroso
Pale lilacs, white tea, and candle wax.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/winter-collection/yule-2018/an_evening_with_the_spirits/eusapia-2/
Oil Color: Colorless.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard brown apothecary bottle. The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the company in faintly ombre grey, shadowed font along the bottom. Above that is the name of the scent in ornate white script. The name of the collection is in same font as the company name along the top of the label. The label art is as featured below:
- ITB: Wow, that’s beautifully refreshing and clean. The fresh, pale lilacs with the lemon white tea lift my spirits. I’m not getting any candle wax, but honestly, that’s absolutely fine. It’s delicate and lively.
- Wet: Gosh, this is gorgeous. Mouth-watering lemon white tea fringed with beautiful lilacs makes me think of walking across the Takano River in Kyoto. As it starts to settle, though, the lilac becomes tinged in the greenness of its stems while the gentle warmth of warm candle wax wafts softly behind the tea and the lilac notes.
- Dry: Even after 6 hours, the white tea still remains distinct. It’s lightly laced with lilac, adding a certain delicateness to the tea. The candle wax has long since faded, but again, I’m pleased with the scent without that note.
Other Impressions: None.