If something foody -a meal, a treat, a smell- was on your list, you're in good company. Most of us relish The Three F's of the holidays: family, friends, and food!
One of the (many) things Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL) does exceedingly well is foody scents. They're not usually my cup of tea (rimshot!) but every now and again there's one that grabs me and forces me to pay attention.
GROßVATER TANZ The Nutcracker: 2010
When freshly applied, GROßVATER TANZ smells of milky Fruit Loops. Lots of them. I always think of freesia when I smell this sort of fruity blend, as to me that flower smells just like those fruity O's!
The fruit scent slowly softens (about 5 minutes in, maybe a bit longer) and gains the softest bit of nuts and gentle spices. It smells maybe like you're sitting near someone eating a slice of warm gingerbread with thick and sweet icing and candied fruits on top. Meanwhile, you're still holding a vase of freesia.
And that's pretty much where the scent stays on me for about a half an hour or so until it gently fades away, like a good indulgence should.
For me, this is a fabulous pick-me-up that I'll likely use often. Perfect for a hit of cheer any time, like during moments of stress or even right before bed... which would surely result in visions of sugarplums...
The evening’s celebration winds down with a traditional German folk song: rice porridge, candied fruits, heavy cream, powdered clove, and Lebkuchen. $20