Scent Name: Belle Epoque
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Bewitching Brews
Scent Description and Notes: “‘The Pretty Era”, France’s Golden Time: an age of beauty, innovation and peace in France that lasted from the 19th Century through the first World War and gave birth to the cabaret, the cancan, and the cinema as well as the Impressionist and Art Nouveau movements. Sweet opium, Lily of the Valley, vanilla, mandarin and red sandalwood.“ -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/general-catalog-perfume-oils/bewitching-brews/belle-epoque/
Oil Color: A slight yellow oil on my skin.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown apothecary bottle. The label extends just under halfway around the bottom. The label features the name of the company along with the phrase “hand blended perfume oil” framing the BPAL symbol along the bottom. The name of the scent takes up the largest portion of the label in tall block font. All of this is set against a parchment colored background and framed by an ornate iron-work border.
- ITB: I was honestly expecting more floral from the scent, but instead I’m met with sweet mandarin infused with sandalwood, and flashes of lily of the valley. There’s something almost sweetly effervescent about this scent so far that I find rather attractive.
- Wet: At first, it’s a whirl of bitter mandarin and screechy lily of the valley that has a hint of soap to it. But after a minute or two, the complexity builds and the notes shift to reflect greater refinement. Mandarin peel candied over with lily of the valley petals, a swirl of opium, and red almost fiery sandalwood create a haughty and decadent blend that very much reminds me of Mucha and gilded lilies.
- Dry: After 5 hours and a number of hand washings, lily of the valley rimmed in opium and mandarin, slightly sharp and imperiously floral with slivers of forbidden allure and beguiling citrus, linger on my skin. I did notice that the lily did amp during the first hour, but what it settles into is a pleasing complex floral.
Other Impressions: “It’s like a grapefruit wearing its first perfume. It smells saccharine and sweet, like for a younger person. It’s too much.”