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Scent Name: Jacob’s Ladder Prototype 2011
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Prototypes: Yule 2011
Scent Description and Notes: “And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
And, behold, the Lord stood above it, and said, I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.
And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
The meeting of Heaven and Earth: golden amber, galbanum, benzoin, ambrette, rockrose, costus and tonka.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/winter-collection/yule-2018/jacobs-ladder-2/
Since this is a prototype, I’m not sure if any notes have changed since I can no longer find the scent description for this prototype. My intention here is to compare and contrast the 2011 prototype with the 2018 version.
Oil Color: The color of honeyed amber.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard brown apothecary bottle. The label wrapped around the bottle has the name of the scent written in pen, along with the date, set against a white background. Along the bottom is the phrase “Prototype, not for sale,” flanked on either side by what looks to be an alchemical symbol.
- ITB: While the 2018 version is heavy on the ambrette, this prototype has much more vanilla. The abundance of vanilla makes me think of a creme brulee vanilla topped with rockrose.
- Wet: Yes, the vanilla has much more presence and throw in this version. The amber is just delicious underneath the creamy vanilla and ambrette, and the stately floral helps to keep it from going completely foody. For some reason, this feels like a brighter, higher version of Jacob’s Ladder – the major scale to this year’s minor.
- Dry: (30 minute dry-down) What a beautiful vanilla’d amber dream! The ambrette colors the vanilla ever so slightly, while the rockrose heightens it by adding a lovely floral sophistication. I am a fan!
Other Impressions: Dare I say that I like the prototype better than the 2018 version? I think so. Then again, the prototype has been aged 7 years.