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I Realized My Bottle of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Annabel Lee Is Uncommon


I was discussing bringing out some of my older Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Fragrances for Fall 2021 and I noticed a bottle of Annabel Lee that I had stashed away is sort of uncommon. Who knew? Annabel Lee was launched with A Demon in my View Assortment that ran for a number of months on the Lab’s web site again in 2005. The gathering was a tribute to the late, nice Edgar Allan Poe and clearly, no assortment can be full with out a perfume known as Annabel Lee proper?

Someone is selling a bottle of Annabel Lee on eBay for $150. What?! My head about exploded after I noticed this. I’d personally by no means promote my bottle as I do cherish it however wow, speak about greed.

For the reason that begin of Spooky Season is upon us (FIGHT ME! It’s September 1st! Let the Halloween festivities begin!) my ideas got here to Annabel Lee and I scanned my laptop computer and introduced up an image of her bottle that I had stashed away. I closed my eyes and I considered how she smelled and this text got here to be at 4:50 AM as I listened to the light respiration of my boyfriend at relaxation, as a cloud engulfed our lodge room and surrounded us with an eerie fog to date above town of Seattle, as photos of spooky issues entered my head….!

Annabel Lee does the truth is maintain a particular place in my perfume assortment. Ah, Annabel Lee! We are able to spend many hours learning Poe’s fetish of loss of life and exquisite girls. The lack of his mom, adoptive mom, and spouse are all tragic occasions which will have influenced a lot of his writings that contact on the subject of affection, loss of life, and exquisite girls. Or possibly Poe was only a tragic particular person with a darkish character that was preventing off demons we knew nothing about.

I learn the poem within the seventh grade. I bear in mind it properly as a result of our English Lit class was led by a trainer who was fairly younger, recent out of faculty, and had a romantic love of literature. Considering again on that class I bear in mind properly how cherished all of the books and poems had been by that trainer and the way she launched every little thing we learn with such gusto and keenness. It was a grand yr in my bookworm life to be in a category the place each e-book and each poem was as cherished by a trainer because it was by me.

One of many traces that at all times caught out for me was:

“Of my darling — my darling — my life and my bride,
In her sepulchre there by the ocean
In her tomb by the sounding sea.”

In my younger thoughts, I considered Annabel Lee encased in her tomb and buried beneath the ocean she lived by. Her tomb wrapped lovingly in tangles of seaweed with Starfish clinging to the perimeters and sunk into the tender mattress of ocean sand because the waves gently rocked Annabel Lee and ensured she remained at relaxation in loss of life perpetually. I dunno the place that picture got here from however I at all times noticed it in my thoughts’s eye as such. I considered her Love staring out on the ocean and craving for her to return, woefully unhappy at her loss, perpetually beginning on the sea and hoping she’d stand up from the ocean flooring and return to his arms.

It’s fairly enjoyable to romanticize each little factor Poe wrote and consider it as him craving for his beloved spouse whom he misplaced to consumption aka tuberculosis. For all accounts, Poe cherished her dearly. I at all times cherished him quoted as saying, “I see nobody among the many dwelling as stunning as my little spouse.” Poe wasn’t a really tall man at 5’8 nevertheless it makes me smile after I hear him name her his little spouse. I’m fairly brief and my boyfriend at all times calls me his little lover. TMI however at any time when I am NOT feeling terribly confident he’ll sing to me “Hey Lover” and all feels right with the world again!

Chances are you’ll marvel what Annabel Lee smelled like. Was she salty like the ocean? Was she aquatic with ozone notes giving her a recent, soothing spa-like perfume? She isn’t. Hers is probably the scent of a funeral parlor or possibly, simply possibly a woman’s hair after a superb shampoo day.

The Lab portrayed Annabel Lee as a tender, harmless mix, touched with a funereal, gloom-filled air aka notes of untamed peony, candy pea, cucumber, and white sage with sea lilies and moss. I assume we all know the place I bought that concept of a funeral parlor from nevertheless it is smart to some extent. Once I scent Annabel Lee she comes throughout heavy on the floral notes which does the truth is remind you of mourning and the odd want now we have to have a good time loss of life with flowers. The scent of flowers at a funeral can cloy at you and induce a migraine. It’s not sufficient to be unhappy however about somebody’s passing however you’ll additionally must combat off the overwhelming stench of lilies, roses, and carnations as you do!

Annabel Lee likes to toe the road at being darkish and morbid but mild, tender, fairly, and harmless. She’s harsh at first with a burst of onerous lily however as she settles and dries down the candy pea and peony dominate and take over the lily and he or she goes from mourning the loss of life of a pricey one to happiness about how they could be in a greater place that could be hell, heaven, or someplace between the 2. She’s a rebirth perfume one which jogs my memory of Spring. If I shut my eyes tightly sufficient and take her all in she smells like a very nice shampoo dare I say Natural Essence circa 1995. She turns into very shampoo-like as her put on progresses from minutes to hours.

I dislike florals intensely until they’re candy and Annabel Lee is all female floral! However she’s a really mild female perfume. One I might see Poe’s spouse smelling like. Delicate and fairly and tiny and lady-like. There’s a little bit of sweetness to her which suggests she isn’t a heavy, cloying floral. She’s recent and fairly. Cucumber, moss, and even the white sage right here simply fail to make an look. All that continues to be of our beloved Annabel Lee are the sweetest peonies and the sunshine innocence of candy pea.

This my fellow perfume followers is Annabel Lee.

I really feel unhappiness you could by no means expertise her. However maybe at some point Beth, Brian, and Ted would possibly revive the Demon in my View Assortment and maybe Annabel Lee will make her return. For now, she rests in everlasting sleep and waits for the day the Lab will wake her once more from the lifeless.

What Fall fragrances are you hauling out?

Do share them with me, please!



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