Scent Name: Mabel
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Great American Eclipse
Scent Description and Notes: “Mabel Loomis Todd is probably best known as the first editor of Emily Dickinson’s poetry and editor of publications of Dickinson’s posthumous works. She was also a fearless and experienced adventuress, eclipse chaser and astronomer, and trekked over the globe locating unobscured sites to witness solar eclipses. She published Total Eclipses of the Sun in 1894, a list of past and future total solar eclipses, and recorded her experiences in her travels through painting and journals.
Rose-tinted amber, golden chypre, ambergris, tobacco leaf, and clove.” – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-great-american-eclipse/mabel/
Oil Color: Golden oil 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 shadowed yellow block font, which is situated above the company name, which is in lower case bolded font in a black border along the bottom edge. The image itself, individuals looking at an eclipse in what looks to be London, is framed by another black border that contains the lower case name of the collection.
- ITI: This smells absolutely amazing in the bottle, like fall – crushed leaves, golden sunlight, mulling spices, and dried rose petals. I want to have my entire house suffused with this scent.
- Wet: The rose, amber, and clove are intoxicating and dominant, swirling around the more gentle notes of tobacco and ambergris that huddle just underneath. The chypre, which is normally a combination of citrus, labdanum, and mossy notes, definitely contains and a touches of smoky moss deliciousness, but it is overtly more golden than the traditional scent family.
- Dry: The rose amber and ambergris settle just above the golden chypre, while the tobacco and clove settle underneath, creating less of a heath/autumnal scent, and something much more seductively resinous. Clearly, a half bottle will not be enough.
Other Impressions: “Oh, what are you wearing. You smell goooood!” -Tony