Scent Name: The Tell-Tale Heart
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Into The Maelström
Scent Description and Notes: “No doubt I now grew very pale; –but I talked more fluently, and with a heightened voice. Yet the sound increased –and what could I do? It was a low, dull, quick sound –much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I gasped for breath –and yet the officers heard it not. I talked more quickly –more vehemently; but the noise steadily increased. I arose and argued about trifles, in a high key and with violent gesticulations; but the noise steadily increased. Why would they not be gone? I paced the floor to and fro with heavy strides, as if excited to fury by the observations of the men –but the noise steadily increased. Oh God! what could I do? I foamed –I raved –I swore! I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting, and grated it upon the boards, but the noise arose over all and continually increased. It grew louder –louder –louder! And still the men chatted pleasantly, and smiled. Was it possible they heard not? Almighty God! –no, no! They heard! –they suspected! –they knew! –they were making a mockery of my horror!-this I thought, and this I think. But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! I felt that I must scream or die! and now –again! –hark! louder! louder! louder! louder!
“Villains!” I shrieked, “dissemble no more! I admit the deed! –tear up the planks! here, here! –It is the beating of his hideous heart!”
This is a swollen, pulsating, thudding scent, heavy with dread; a steady, unceasing, throbbing harbinger of retribution and doom: blood musk, cocoa, black pepper, allspice, dragon’s blood resin and vetiver.“ -BPAL.org
Oil Color: The color of rust mixed with cough syrup.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 imp decant with only the name of the scent on it. The label would be primarily black and white (if I could find the original), while the name of the scent would in large Deco-inspired letters outlined in red. The name of the company should be in black text block in a white block font, which would be the same the the collection information. While I can find the original image, the bottle art would appear similar to below:
- ITI: Wooo, that’s some heavy smoked black pepper and all spice, fresh from the spice cabinet. I have a hard time getting past the pepper as it is so upfront and spicy, dark, and assertive. I think I can detect a sliver of dragon’s blood resin, but as soon as I try to focus, I’m hit once again by all that pepper.
- Wet: Yep, that’s pepper, yet there’s something here that strikes me as blood metallic alongside the resinous dragon’s blood resin and allspice. I’m not picking up a whole like of cocoa, though. The scent does seem to fit the namesake, though.
- Dry: This is much more pleasant now that it’s had two hours to settle – soft blood musk and slightly florid dragon’s blood resin spiced with almost clove-like allspice and a hint of pepper linger over just a touch of cocoa sweetness in the very core of the scent.
Other Impressions: “Okay, I can’t pick out anything, but it reminds me of the lady’s perfume who helped me parents out back in Tarpon Spring. It’s a memory, but I can’t pick out any distinct smell.” -Tony