Scent Name: The Ghost
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Ars Moriendi
Scent Description and Notes: “
Softly as brown-eyed Angels rove
I will return to thy alcove,
And glide upon the night to thee,
Treading the shadows silently.
And I will give to thee, my own,
Kisses as icy as the moon,
And the caresses of a snake
Cold gliding in the thorny brake.
And when returns the livid morn
Thou shalt find all my place forlorn
And chilly, till the falling night.
Others would rule by tenderness
Over thy life and youthfulness,
But I would conquer thee by fright!
A thin, sinuous, creeping chill, the scent of glee-filled undeath: white iris, osmanthus, Calla lily, tomb-crawling ivy and a coffin spray of gladiolus, lisianthus and delphinium.“ -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/general-catalog-perfume-oils/ars-moriendi/the-ghost/
Oil Color: Colorless.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). The label wrapped around the bottle features an Art-Deco inspired phoenix with name of the company next to the phoenix. On the other side, the title of the scent is written in large, clear black font outlined with red on the front.
- ITI: I was anticipating bitter, almost English ivy crowded thick over bouquets of deeply perfumed florals. What I’m met with is so soft that it does justice to the name – whispers of ivy, iris, gladiolus, and calla lily dance just at the surface of the scent, dissipating with exhalation.
- Wet: Breathy floral notes from white iris (although ever so slightly buggy for me), sweet gladiolus, waxy but dewy calla lily with a smidgen of a vaguely fruity osmanthus. There’s a sense of cleanness to this scent that smacks of transparency. Below that, the light refracts green from the creeping graveyard ivy.
- Dry: Nearly 40 minutes in, there is a rush of pale violet-tinted and ghostly white flowers – delphinium, imperial gladiolus, waxy lily, iris, and a touch of sweet osmanthus with the cast of green ivy trailing in the fog bank. After 5 hours, ghost has almost vanished from my skin save for a diaphanous, mournful iris and perhaps a nondescript sigh of sweetness from the other floral notes. It gives me the impression of a light layer of fog just kissing a graveyard, dew-kissed and abandoned.
Other Impressions: [35 minutes post application] “Strawberry and sage?” -Tony
BPAL’s Tournament of Underdogs: Oblivion takes this battle against The Ghost hands down. Oblivion is round, alluring, resinous, spicy, and just freaking amazing. While the mournful funerary flowers are nice, I respond much more to woods and resins. Sorry, The Ghost, you had no chance. #tournamentofunderdogs #underdogs