Act II: Fiat Nox, BPAL, carnaval diabolique, carnaval diabolique: act II fiat nox, cistus, Fiat Nox, honey, lemon, lemon balm, Mint, orange, orange blossom, rockrose, Rose, sugar, sugar cane, tea, white mint, white tea
Scent Name: Iulia, L’Artiste du Diable
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Carnaval Diabolique, Act II: Fiat Nox
Scent Description and Notes: “A chittering buzz rises from a small crowd that has gathered around an opulent velvet-draped tent. Some are fidgeting impatiently; others try in vain to peep within the tent. Within moments, a slim, stunningly handsome man emerges from the entryway to the sound of gasps and scattered applause. His face is lit with fierce joy, and he bows almost smugly to the assemblage. Grabbing a flirtatious blonde from the mob, he kisses her in a rush of mad passion, his arm encircles her waist, and he leads her directly to a nearby opium den. The crowd disperses, and curiosity pulls you forward. You push open the fringed, beaded tent-flap and enter the dimly-lit room. A lovely, voluptuous redhead stands before an ornate antique easel. Her luminous alabaster skin and the phosphorescence emanating from her paintbrush seem to be the only source of light. As you adjust to the gloom, you see that the walls are covered with atrocities: an exhibit of dissolution. The myriad canvases show men and women in various stages of rot and decay, a panoply of indulgence, teeth set in fury, mouths leering in lust, hands grasping greedily.
The scarlet woman turns her gleaming sightless eyes towards you and, in a husky, compelling voice, she speaks:
“Why let the years tear at your youthful splendor? Why let the mark of your sins stain your fine features? Will you let the cold, creeping grasp of time and the toil of temptation mar your visage? Why should the pleasures of our flesh wreak such havoc?”
She leans in close to you and whispers, “Let me capture your soul on this canvas in oil and blood, and you will be beautiful forever.”
White tea, sugar cane, orange blossom, rockrose, lemon balm, white mint, and honey.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/carnaval-diabolique/carnaval-diabolique-2015/iulia-lartiste-du-diable/
Oil Color: The color of sunlight filtered through dew.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted from an original bottle by ralenth, whose decanting information appears down the side of the label. The back features the scent notes while the front of the label contains the collection information, the image art, the scent name, and the date decanted (09/2015) The original label art is as follows below.
- ITI: Hmm, interesting. I was expecting heavy rockrose, but I’m met with strong white mint tea sweetened with a touch of sugar cane, garnished with a curl of lemon balm. There’s just a blush of rockrose, but it vanishes on second inhalation, like a ghostly figure fading from perception. Cool, pleasantly herbal, and lightly astringent, it’s a rather intriguing tea-forward scent.
- Wet: The tea is still very much the first note upon detection, floral but pleasantly astringent, followed by threads of orange blossom, skeletal mint, a touch of lemon balm and just a whisper of sugar cane. It’s quiet, pale, and delightfully aloof.
- Dry: As it starts to settle, lemon balm and orange bloom surge and recede under white mint tea with just a sliver of sugar cane. The rockrose is present, but is diffuse, like the outer edge of watercolor spreading on paper. After nearly 3 hours, I’m only left a hint of white tea sweetened with honey and the faintest impression of rockrose. I like this, honestly, but I wish it last longer.
Other Impressions: [Wet] “It smells like orange, leather, and plum skin.” -Tony