I’m fortunate enough to live in the northern LA area so Dark Delicacies is just a hop skip and a jump away, and I can rummage through the entire Black Phoenix catalog to my heart’s content. Which is nice because I feel like every scent as it’s listed on the website has like, five things I can imagine what they smell like and one thing I’ve never heard of before, and then that one weird wildcard is what predominantly takes over the scent.
Anyway I got to pick over their entire fall line (oh my god there are so many, they put out like forty new scents for October) and this was one of my favourites of the lot. Brett asked about it and the best description I could come up with on the spot was “spooky pine trees”
Wet on the skin it’s got kind of like a woodsy smell with something smokey to it, it reminds me of back up North when the weather starts getting nippy in October and people start lighting their wood stoves so you get cool autumn air with that sweet, crisp burning pine tree smell. It got a bit sweeter over the course of the day but it’s still got that “campfire on a cold autumn day in a field on the edge of the woods” thing going on.
Website calls this one “Hay, gunpowder, patchouli, a sliver of bark, autumn herbs, and sun-baked wood” so I guess the gunpowder is what’s making the smokey bonfire smell and the hay, herbs, and bark are doing the field-and-forest part. Not really picking up on the patchouli a lot but that might just be because patchouli is one of those kind of “perfumey” smells that your brain cancels out when it’s looking for the fun, nostalgic parts of the scent.
In other news I had no idea what a tattie bogle was so I looked it up and it turns out they are terrifying Scottish scarecrows.
Or at least I think so. This is what the Wikipedia article looks like;
Why is importantbirds vandalizing wikipedia?