Sunday, May 17, 2015

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Lilith and the Jarocho

purchased and reviewed by ThoraSTooth 

BPAL Scent of the Day:  Lilith and the Jarocho (Forum Only 2009) -- Jasmine, vanilla, Spanish cedar, moss, marigold, purple verbena, candied tamarind, lime rind, a splash of margaritas on a nearby table, a little bit of Dorian, a little bit of Snake Oil, and a bright bouquet of mal de ojo.

In the vial this scent is cool and a bit sharp, with citrusy jasmine and herb.  Once on my skin, a musky sweet note like honey or ambrette seed comes up, along with the vanilla and cedar.  Mal de ojo is zinnia, a gaudy flower I grew up with that imparts a pungent bitterness not unlike marigold.  On drydown several dry herbal notes -- possibly these bitter florals, but likely also the moss -- temper the smooth vanilla and musky sweet impressions, while the citrus and jasmine shape the scent.  It reads warm and golden, with bright colors against sunshine.

The story behind this scent is the story of one moment in the life of a very young child, memorialized in scent by her loving mother.  I wear it on Mother's Day every year.

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