Scent Name: Yemaya
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Excolo
Scent Description and Notes: “Lady of the Ocean, Queen of Mothers, Mother of the Children of the Fishes. She is the River of Life, the ocean is her womb, and she is the mother of many of the Orishas. Yemaya shares the oceans with her lover / brother / son / brother-self, Olokun, and She governs the uppermost part of the waters where the sun’s rays mingle with Her waters to promote life and growth. Yemaya is everlasting, She is motherhood, the universal drive for the survival of a species, the procreative urge, the instinct of a mother protecting her young, and She is the governess of all life on Earth. She is the Most Fruitful of Women, and both She and Olokun are the protectors and benefactors of those who wish to conceive. Yemoya, being the mother of Shango, also has jurisdiction over rain and snow. She has seven roads and seven manifestations, all corresponding to the Seven Seas. She is the blood that pumps through our veins, and the sound of our blood rushing through our bodies is Her lullaby. She is in constant motion, never resting, ever vigilant and though she may seem calm on the surface, there is always activity within Her waters. The Great Mother possesses breathtaking beauty, patience and a gentle hand, yet She is also fearsome, temperamental, moody and stern. She nurtures her children, but She is also a disciplinarian. She is symbolized by the fish, mermaid, seagull, wharf rat, ibis, vulture and duck, and She shares the beauty of the peacock feather with Oshun.
Her ofrenda is a bounty of melons and grapes, strewn with the petals of the flowers of motherhood, draped with sea mosses.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/general-catalog-perfume-oils/excolo/yemaya/
Oil Color: The color of thin creamed honey.
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 written in large, clear black font outlined with red on the front.
- ITI: Watermelon and honey dew, dripping with sea salt and sea moss, sweetened with chilled grapes and proud florals (lotus perhaps?). I have an older version from around 2005 I think and it is much more Bubbleyum watermelon than anything else.
- Wet: More almost musk melon than watermelon on my skin, adorned with salted sea musk and fragrant tropical white flowers. The grape only appears after after about 15 seconds, adding a touch of sweetness to the top notes. (2005) Oh yeah, pure watermelon Bubbleyum, although now that it’s on the skin, there might be a hint of sea salt. Either way, it makes my mouth water.
- Dry: In the newer iteration, the white florals are delicately draped with sated sea moss while ripe melon drifts in the background like summer offerings in the late afternoon. I actually enjoy this version of aquatic as it’s well balanced between the white florals and ripe fruits in the background. (2005) This version is still much sweeter, like ripe watermelon soaked in strawberry juice and a sprinkle of sea salt, displayed on on a subtle bed of sea moss. I think I detect an impression of white florals in the background, but it bows to the delicious melon at the top and heart of this scent.
Other Impressions: None.