Quintessence of Dust Perfume Oil $34.00

Quintessence of Dust Perfume Oil


“What a piece of work is a man!”
“What is this quintessence of dust?”

The passing: beeswax and smoke, yellowed paper and well-worn leather books, droplets of spilled ink, faded incense, blood-tinged salty tears, and the metal of the knife that skewers that illiterate zombie philistine’s portrait.

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Perfume oil blends. Presented in an amber apothecary glass vial. Because of the nature of this project, imps are unavailable.

350 bottles were created for each scent, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is thrilled to present a series of scents based on Jim Jarmusch’s critically acclaimed film and soundtrack, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE.

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE tells the tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness.

Adam, a reclusive underground musician hiding out in the ruins of contemporary Detroit, despairs about human civilization’s decline, and worries about future survival.Eve, who is perhaps 3000 years old to Adam’s 500, takes a longer view of history and is more optimistic. She leaves her home in the ancient city of Tangier to come to his side.

As blood has been tainted by the zombies (humans), the formerly immortal Adam and Eve must secure uncontaminated blood from hospitals or they will perish. Eve’s close friend, Elizabethan dramatist and unacknowledged author of Shakespeare’s plays—Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt), is now an elder vampire who provides Eve with hospital blood. Adam gets his supply from Dr. Watson (Jeffrey Wright), a skittish hematologist who provides safe blood at a price.

Adam and Eve’s precarious footing is further threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree and uncontrollable little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska). Unlike Adam and Eve, Ava hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts, and her recklessness concerns Adam.

Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music, and droll humor, Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE is a meditation on art, science, memory, and the mysteries of everlasting love.

Jim Jarmusch has long been considered a seminal figure in American independent cinema. His films are often noted for their transcendent minimalism and upturning of traditional genres such as the road movie, western, crime-film, and detective story. Born in Akron, Ohio, Jarmusch lives and works in New York.


  1. Tammiheupel

    This is my favourite scent blend on the PLANET and I am really, really hoping that you get it back in! P.L.E.A.S.E. I have been without it for a couple of years. It is the most intoxicating fragrance I’ve ever smelled.

  2. Ryan

    When I first put this one my first though was that is was a very comforting smell–but I couldn’t place quite why I felt that way.

    Was beeswax-heavy at first, but that dried down to a perfectly blended mix of beeswax, brown leather, and the parchment scent, and a little incense way in the background. It’s a bit of a morpher for me–keeps coming back and surprising me.

    The throw on this is great- it’s strong but not overpowering.

    Definitely has that “dusty” note that I get from a lot of the OLLAs and adore. Makes everything smell aged and refined.

    This is another lovely addition to my OLLA collection.

  3. Velvet Lilly

    I totally got not only the beeswax, but the yellow of the beeswax….and the paper, faded incense and melody of notes, and what bloomed and stayed on me was the leather. A leather unlike most of the other BPAL leathers, which was really fun to discover! It’s not dark, saddle leather or clothing or gloves…..this is clearly lighter colored, worn, hand warmed, book leather. Incredible how a scent note can give such a clear instant picture of what it is. Tiny 5ml masterpiece.

  4. Mergekat

    In the bottle it has that nose tickle quality reminding of all things faded and dusty. Along with the sharp metallic nature, which I’ve only known of smelling in gunpowder tea leaves in that similarity. I quite like these unusual aromatics here. On the skin, it has a medium to light throw over the day. The first hour in, and I really want more of that yellowed paper and faded incense to appear (like I get in Lurid Library). But I’m getting more of the spilled ink and salty tears description. I have to be careful with aquatic-like scents as they go bad on me (often becoming like urinal cake). I certainly don’t want to smell like I’m slumming around Port-a-Johns. After an hour and a half, the scent becomes more of a dry incense note. Also strangely it’s got something akin to a spicy carnation for the rest of the scent’s lingering time of the day. This keeps me guessing. It’s good though I’m a bit vexed at first because of the aquatic bits. Then again this scene seems to need those elements, and that emotional sense of that particular dislike of The Bard.

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