Scent Name: In Hideous Darkness
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Great American Eclipse
Scent Description and Notes: “The elements manifested their sorrow at this great man’s departure from England. For the Sun on that day at the 6th hour shrouded his glorious face, as the poets say, in hideous darkness, agitating the hearts of men by an eclipse; and on the 6th day of the week early in the morning there was so great an earthquake that the ground appeared absolutely to sink down; an horrid noise being first heard beneath the surface.
– Historia Novella, William of Malmesbury on the death of Henry I
Golden amber and ambergris, sage and white cedar, rockrose, bourbon tobacco, and vetiver.” – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-great-american-eclipse/in-hideous-darkness/
Oil Color: Clear 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: I was expecting to smell heavy-handed vetiver, but instead, the smokiness is immediately tamed by the rockrose, lovely ambergris, and bourbon vanilla, which adds a slight floral sharpness that keeps the more smokey notes from being too overbearing.
- Wet: The bourbon vanilla is stronger and a touch boozier on my skin, but the sage now comes though along with the golden amber to make the scent almost nostalgic. The vetiver twins itself between top and middle notes, but it’s skill kept at bay by ambergris and rockrose, both now a touch more demure.
- Dry: After a full 12 hours, the scent lingers close to the skin, a gentle dusting of soft amber, tobacco, and just a hint of sage. Very nice!
Other Impressions: None.