30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 1 – BPAL Zombi

So I have a lot of samples.  I’d estimate over 100 right now.  To say I’m slightly overwhelmed by this would be something of an understatement.  Hence the bright idea of 30 scents in 30 days!  I just stick my hand in the box and blindly pick out a scent.  The idea of it actually has me a tad giddy!

First day we start with a house I’ve not reviewed here yet even though it was my first company I delved into – Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.  The reason I don’t really review them?  They have a wonderful forum full of review page after review page and I didn’t feel the need to really add on unnecessarily when there’s such a comprehensive review system in place.  However, they are a favorite of mine – I have lots of samples of things I keep meaning to test and so it’s in my testing box and fair game for this little challenge of mine!

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ZombiDried roses, rose leaf, Spanish moss, oakmoss and deep brown earth.

My initial sniff from the vial is deep, moist earth – brown and fertile, perfect for worms.  On my skin the moss and oakmoss come out and give it some greenness along with that rose leaf.  I now have a rose bush in my yard and so I can say with confidence that this rose leaf is so very, very true to life.  The rose leaf doesn’t hold much of an actual rose scent in it, but when you rub it you get a softer greenness from the leaf than you would from something like a blade of grass. So, I kind of hope I’m not the only one that finds things like rose leaves and sniffs them to compare to perfume notes.  But if I am, oh well!  I just find it fascinating!

Over everything you get those dried roses, crunchy and yet somehow they still retain a trace of the fragrance they had in life.

The earthiness is strong and at times almost overpowering all the other scents.  This is more like being in a forest and over-turning a moss covered rock.  Your senses are immediately assaulted with the musky earth that hasn’t seen the light of day in who knows how long.  On your fingers you get a touch of the mossy scent from disturbing it.  Over everything there is this soft, dry floral fluttering about.

After the wet stage, and after that drydown phase where it’s still wondering what it wants to be, you get to the full dry down, where the scent has warmed on your skin and melded with your own personal scent and it does what it will do – and I love it.

On my skin it is this softly brown scent, earthy and musky.  Over that is that luscious green scent that can only be oakmoss.  It gives it a cologne feel, but I love it.  And over all of that is this gorgeous and soft rose scent.  It is brown, green, and pink all wrapped into one.  This does not overpower as the dry down did.  If I could just go from wet to this glorious scent I would be all over it.  Perhaps setting this one back to do a bit of aging will do it some good.

The throw on this blend is fleeting – sometimes it comes to greet you, other times I find I have to sniff around the spot I put it to really get a sense of the blend.  When it does choose to waft around it’s mostly a mossy scent with a hint of floral, whereas on my skin I get more of that earthiness.  Overall though I’m quite happy with this scent and it will most likely be added to my “eventually get a full bottle” list.  For now I’ll enjoy this little sample.

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