Scent Name: Vicomte de Valmont
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Ars Amatoria
Scent Description and Notes: “I promised her my eternal love, and I actually thought that for a couple of hours.
Rake, scoundrel, demon in a frock coat. Devilishly seductive, ultimately tragic; a villain undone and redeemed by love. Based on an 18th century gentlemen’s cologne: ambergris, white musk, white sandalwood, Spanish Moss, orange blossom, three mints, jasmine, rose geranium and a spike of rosemary.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/general-catalog-perfume-oils/ars-amatoria/vicomte-de-valmont/
Oil Color: Nearly colorless, but I could swear there’s a light green aura to the oil.
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: Mmm, that’s much more gentlemanly than I had anticipated, almost like a fougere in its greenly carriage. Immediately, I’m getting a gorgeously verdant Spanish moss rubbed with mint and rosemary, herbal and refreshing. Flickers of orange blossom and white musk flash beneath the green exterior like fireflies in twilight. I decided that I’m just going to wear this bad boy to bed and see what he’s like in the morning.
- Wet: Oh yes, that’s sexy – heavy Spanish moss, positively dripping with it, adorned with a healthy dose of rosemary, with ghostly sandalwood, a demure ambergris, and soft white musk seductively beckoning on the fringes. The mint fades in and out along with a subtle orange blossom, but either way, I’m in love so far.
- Dry: Sadly, he vanishes before I return, leaving only a breath of masculine green on my skin. After a retest and letting it settle for four hour, it is still dashingly alluring in its subdued herbal ambergris moss overcoat, adorned with gauzy musk and dotted with faint orange blossom and swathed in gentle sandalwood. This will be going on a bottle list for sure, for me and perhaps my partner if I see fit to share.
Other Impressions: “It’s like Brut Spring. It’s not a bad smell, honestly.” -Tony