Scent Name: Mannahatta
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Event Exclusive: NYCC 2017
Scent Description and Notes: “I was asking for something specific and perfect for my city,
Whereupon, lo! upsprang the aboriginal name!
Now I see what there is in a name, a word, liquid, sane, unruly, musical, self-sufficient;
I see that the word of my city is that word up there,
Because I see that word nested in nests of water-bays, superb, with tall and wonderful spires,
Rich, hemm’d thick all around with sailships and steamships—an island sixteen miles long, solid-founded,
Numberless crowded streets—high growths of iron, slender, strong, light, splendidly uprising toward clear skies;
Tide swift and ample, well-loved by me, toward sundown,
The flowing sea-currents, the little islands, larger adjoining islands, the heights, the villas,
The countless masts, the white shore-steamers, the lighters, the ferry-boats, the black sea-steamers well-model’d;
The down-town streets, the jobbers’ houses of business—the houses of business of the ship-merchants, and money-brokers—the river-streets;
Immigrants arriving, fifteen or twenty thousand in a week;
The carts hauling goods—the manly race of drivers of horses—the brown-faced sailors;
The summer air, the bright sun shining, and the sailing clouds aloft;
The winter snows, the sleigh-bells—the broken ice in the river, passing along, up or down, with the flood tide or ebb-tide;
The mechanics of the city, the masters, well-form’d, beautiful-faced, looking you straight in the eyes;
Trottoirs throng’d—vehicles—Broadway—the women—the shops and shows,
The parades, processions, bugles playing, flags flying, drums beating;
A million people—manners free and superb—open voices—hospitality—the most courageous and friendly young men;
The free city! no slaves! no owners of slaves!
The beautiful city, the city of hurried and sparkling waters! the city of spires and masts!
The city nested in bays! my city!
The city of such women, I am mad to be with them! I will return after death to be with them!
The city of such young men, I swear I cannot live happy, without I often go talk, walk, eat, drink, sleep, with them!
– Walt Whitman
I will return after death to be with them: the gleaming sharp scent of these high growths of iron, the amber of the bright sun shining, and broken ice on the river.“ -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.tumblr.com/post/165564086008/heres-what-were-bringing-to-nycc-2017
Oil Color: A rosy apricot colored oil.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted by Crown & Tulip. Her label features the her decanting information and symbol. The front features the name of the scent, the collection, and the company name. The label art is below:
- ITI: Whoa, that really does smell surprisingly metropolitan – set wrought iron next to deep waters spring to mind. There seems to be something that reads as a fougere cologne here, too, reminiscent of perhaps something from YSL.
- Wet: It’s very similar on my skin as in the imp, with initial impressions of cold and rain-spattered iron, deep waters, and deeply limed and somewhat mossy fougere. I think I can discern a hint of amber, but it’s far in the background and fades in and out of detection.
- Dry: 13 hours after application, the scent seems to have settled into a musky limed fougere with iron undertones, but it’s very close to the skin and vastly faded. However, I did get great sent payment through the 9th hour of wear. Very much a unisex scent, I might wear this on occasion, but I think my SO might wear it more often.
Other Impressions: “I’m not sure what the notes are, but I want it in a bar of soap!” -Tony