Today I received a very special scent (and letter) in the mail as a gift from my dearest Gemma. The scent is #OccupyWallStreet from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, which was specially made to raise funds to help feed protesters. I’m spoilt. The scent notes:
“Rock the protester cliché! This is a filthy friggin’ patchouli, dark, deep, rooty, and strangely sexy, with cocoa absolute, tobacco absolute, and bourbon vanilla.”
I thought the patchouli would be stronger but on me the cocoa, tobacco and bourbon vanilla really stand out on first application to my wrists. The scent isn’t overpowering, it’s soothing like standing on the verandah in a rainstorm.
I would never have started buying perfumes from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab if it was not for Gem and I while I have a signature perfume, I complement it with BPALs for day / ordinary wear depending on what mood I’m in (let me know if you want recommendations because ordering the samples is fun, and they have lots of nice neutral and masculine scents too).
This last week has been really hard. Tragedies and triggers that are beyond my control. I am usually the strong one, but the only way to survive sometimes is just. stop. Grieve. Try to breathe. I wish I had a bath tub. Instead I have drunk too many cups of earl grey tea, watched Season 2 of Boardwalk Empire, fallen asleep too late listening to the rain, and dabbed perfume on my wrists as a calmative. Gemma’s thoughtful gift, her love and friendship, and compliment that I am her “muse”, came at exactly the right time.
There is a lot of good, and a lot of good people in my life. A lot to be happy for. A lot of places to remember the scent of, so I can find my way back.