Scent Name: The Sounding of Midnight upon the Clock
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloween 2018: The Masque of Red Death
Scent Description and Notes: “And the revel went whirlingly on, until at length there commenced the sounding of midnight upon the clock. And then the music ceased, as I have told; and the evolutions of the waltzers were quieted; and there was an uneasy cessation of all things as before. But now there were twelve strokes to be sounded by the bell of the clock; and thus it happened, perhaps, that more of thought crept, with more of time, into the meditations of the thoughtful among those who revelled. And thus, too, it happened, perhaps, that before the last echoes of the last chime had utterly sunk into silence, there were many individuals in the crowd who had found leisure to become aware of the presence of a masked figure which had arrested the attention of no single individual before. And the rumor of this new presence having spread itself whisperingly around, there arose at length from the whole company a buzz, or murmur, expressive of disapprobation and surprise –then, finally, of terror, of horror, and of disgust.
Terror, horror, and disgust: a bowel-churning sweet clench of myrrh and green musk in a pool of suffocating black moss and a shock of white cognac.“ -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/halloween/halloween-2018/masque-of-the-red-death/the-sounding-of-midnight-upon-the-clock/
Oil Color: A darkened honey colored oil.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml BPAL brown apothecary bottle. The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in red block font outlined in white along the bottom of the bottle, just over the name of the company, which is in a smaller version of the same font, but in black instead of red. The label art is as featured:
- ITB: That’s nice. Warmed cognac dances around sensuously resinous myrrh, threaded with hints of green musk. There’s a subtle foreboding to this scent that is just brilliant!
- Wet: Green musk and black moss absolutely take it initially, followed by the sweet tones of myrrh with woody undertones, perfumed by a gorgeous cognac note. For those who like brooding, gothic-leaning scents, this might be one to check out.
- Dry: After a few hours, I’m still impressed by the throw of this scent. The scent retains much of its clarity in terms of its original notes. The cognac is blear, warm, and lovely next to the delicious myrrh, both of which are darkened by subtle green undertones and dark musk. Lovely!
Other Impressions: “It’s like getting bum rushed by a bar of soap. It’s intense.” -Tony