Scent Name: Murder for Murder, Blood for Blood
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – American Gods III
Scent Description and Notes: ““So. I got to say it, because nobody else here will. We are at the center of this place: a land that has no time for gods, and here at the center it has less time for us than anywhere. It is a no-man’s-land, a place of truce, and we observe our truces, here. We have no choice. So. You give us the body of our friend. We accept it. You will pay for this, murder for murder, blood for blood.”
Black oudh, patchouli, opoponax, black pepper, and blackened cacao.” – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/neil-gaiman/american-gods/murder-for-murder-blood-for-blood/
Oil Color: Orange on my skin.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle. The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in bold, yellow letters along the bottom of the bottle, just above the smaller white block font of the company name. The name of the collection is in even smaller white block font along the top of the label. The label art is as follows:
- ITB: Oh, darkly earthy and brooding is this one. The patchouli is the first identifiable note once I unscrew the cap. It’s the wet, very dark patchouli that sets of the opoponax, oudh, and pepper so nicely as the other notes lend a sweet, resinous spiciness that keep the patchouli from being too intense. The cacao note treads along the borders of the scent, drifting in and out of detection.
- Wet: Wow, I wasn’t expecting the sweet, woodsy aspects of oudh to suddenly jump to the forefront, but it does so aggressively, momentarily causing me to pull my wrist away from my nose. Along with the oudh is the cacao, which adds even more to the sweetness of the note. As it starts to settle, the patchouli once again comes into focus, as does the opoponax, but I’m missing the delightful spiciness of the pepper note. Perhaps Beth was intentionally alluding to the adage: “revenge is sweet.”
- Dry: There’s that deep, earthy patchouli. It’s not the most dominant note on my skin, flanked by a sweet, almost musky oudh, opoponax, and hints of cocoa. Sadly, no pepper. It’s definitely a dark and brooding scent that I think might age rather nicely.
Other Impressions: “I was hoping that faint turd smell was power of suggestion, but nope. Yeah, it’s like hard candy and poop.”-Tony
Caveat: My husband thinks earthy patchouli smells like poop. He’s had that reaction to a few other dark patchouli notes.