Scent Name: Blood Bespattered Locks of Grey
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Idus Martiae
Scent Description and Notes: “Woe for the blood-bespattered locks of gray, alas for the rent robe, which you assumed, it seems, only that you might be slain in it!
– Cassius Dio
Ambergris and bay leaf, lemon peel and regal mandarin, white cedar and khus, grey oudh and star anise.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/blood-bespattered-locks-of-gray/
Oil Color: Clear on my skin.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle. The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in bold, white letters set just above the name of the company, which is in smaller, bold white font. The label art is as featured:
- ITB: Ah, delightfully soft, grey ambergris floats above the faintly beautiful mandarin and white cedar. The star anise is surprisingly gentle as a bottom note. I’m also picking up something faintly peppery underneath it all.
- Wet: Yes! The cedar and ambergris are delightfully grey and foreboding, like the think Humbolt fog that settles over the sound, obscuring everything under its spell. A touch of lemon – the light far off in the fog.
- Dry: After 10 hours and a walk, there’s no scent left, so be prepared to reapply. Upon second dry-down, the scent has become soft and sweet since the ambergris has mellowed with the emergence of the oudh while the cedar has vanished. There’s a touch of sweetness from perhaps the mandarin, but it’s so ephemeral that I can’t really identify it save for adding sweetness to the scent. If you wnjoy ambergris or soft resins, you might consider giving this a try. As for me, I’m happy I have a bottle!
Other Impressions: None.