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Scent Name: Shadow Lace
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Retail Exclusive: Dark Delicacies
Scent Description and Notes: “Dusky plum oudh casts a pall over frayed strands of green cognac and tobacco leaf. This tangle of threads is stained with a smear of patchouli and opoponax and intertwined with vanilla cream lace.” -https://scentbase.com/scents/black-phoenix-alchemy-lab-bpal/shadow-lace/201808080752215356
Oil Color: A yellowed resin color on my skin.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle. The label extends just under halfway around the bottom. The label features the name of the company along the bottom in a bleached bone block shadowed script, mirroring the name of the collaborating store, Dark Delicacies, positioned along the top. The name of the scent is in a larger version of the same font also shadowed just above the company name. The image art is as follows:
- ITB: I remember being initially turned off by this one. I think it was probably the darker oudh note since I’ve learned that oudh and I are hit and miss. Now that it’s had a chance to age, the resins have matured beautifully, harmonizing with the plummy oudh and green cognac, deepened by the tobacco leaf. The vanilla cream base floats in the background, reminding me of a lace drawer deep inside a mahogany chest.
- Wet: The plum oudh is still gorgeous on the skin, rich, dark, round, and subtly fruity. It’s followed by heady tobacco leaf and opoponax over a dark patchouli and cognac. Underneath these dark notes gently wafts the vanilla-cream lace, very much reminiscent of heirloom lace stored over decades in scented dark corners.
- Dry: After 12 hours, the plum has brightened considerably, now more of the juicy flesh paired with a delightful combination of opoponax, a whiff of subtle tobacco under faded vanilla’d lace.
Other Impressions: “It smells like the wall between a spice and a tea shop, actually like standing in between with somebody selling sheep skins (tallow) across the street.” -Tony