Scent Name: Materialisation
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Yule 2018: An Evening with The Spirits
Scent Description and Notes: “Undoubtedly the greatest marvel of Spiritualism is the materialisation of the spirit form. It is highly interesting to study the gradual development of this phenomenon. It was not till some years after the advent of modern Spiritualism that materialisation was heard of. At first the spirits had power only to materialise a hand or foot, and that very imperfectly; then they were able to produce faces, several sometimes showing at one séance; but even at that time the spirits prophesied that the time would shortly come when they should be able to materialise a complete human form, and walk about in our midst.That time has now come.On two occasions I have witnessed the phenomenon of a spirit reincarnating itself — putting on a material body and dress — the body to all intents a human body, and the dress fabric of earthly produce. The spirit has not suddenly burst on my view in a perfected form, but slowly evolved out of nothingness before my eyes, and again melted away, repeating the process again and again!
– Experiences in Spiritualism: A Record of Extraordinary Phenomena Witnessed Through the Most Powerful Mediums, With Some Historical Fragments Relating to Semiramide, Given by the Spirit of and Egyptian Who Lived Contemporary With Her by Catherine Berry
A quiet perfume that emerges slowly out of nonbeing: white musk, ambergris accord, coconut, almond milk, and honeysuckle.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/winter-collection/yule-2018/an_evening_with_the_spirits/materialisation/
Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.
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 white, shadowed font along the bottom. Above that is the name of the scent in ornate light green 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:
Image courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.
- ITB: Soft and sweet honeysuckle mingles deliciously with coconut and almond milk while a hint of musk drifts just underneath. This actually reminds me a bit more of a oil for the Shunga collection than for the Yule.
- Wet: The coconut is much stronger on my skin while the honeysuckle adds some much needed soft floral that thankfully steers the meaty coconut away from being too Tropicana Skin Tan Oil and more into a tropical sophisticated perfume. The almond milk emerges as the scent begins to settle, soft, sweet, and pleasantly relaxed against he musk, honeysuckle, and coconut. While I’m missing the ambergris at this point, I’m already in love with this scent as it is.
- Dry: After a few hours, the scent it primarily coconut, a touch of almond milk, subtle ambergris, and lovely white musk. Throw is decent, but not exactly long-lived.
Other Impressions: “Okay, I can’t place the individual smells, but that’s hotel hand lotion. That’s it, almond milk is in lots of hotel hand lotions. That makes complete sense. It’s a pleasantly clean scent. It’s nice.” -Tony
“It’s gonna sound weird, but it sorta makes me think of cream soda. It is way more herbal and floral than cream soda, but it has the same effervescent, creaminess as cream soda.” -Brad