purchased and reviewed by ThoraSTooth
The Lab released an early line of scents devoted to astrological takes on the planets. They haven't been available for a long time. I like testing early Lab scents because I enjoy seeing the changes in an artist's development over time; accordingly, I have kept my eyes open for those early blends. From time to time the Lab finds a really old bottle in their
In the bottle this is mostly a light tart resin with maybe a fillip of patchouli. Wet on my skin there's a sudden rush of patchouli and a menthol impression that might be wood or might just be the red patchouli note. Ethereal high notes of lavender and something citrusy, perhaps lemon verbena, mingled with a definite dragon's blood note, the stemmy rather than the floral kind.
This one took a long time to dry down and get stable. For a while it was amping an extremely high floral I never did identify, but that eventually went away. That menthol impression blended down smoothly into something light, citrusy, herbal, and indistinct. At maturity Pluto is clearly a resin scent built around opoponax; after about two hours the opoponax went from the dry, tannic, woody version of itself to the expansive, warm, sweet but still very dark version of itself. That's the note I love in Schwarzer Mond, Minotaur (as "bisabol myrrh"), Earth Phoenix, and Event Horizon, so I am happy to encounter it here.
Hello, Pluto! Nice to meet you!