Druid
Druid

Druid

4 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

A woolen robe infused with the scent of a vast, primordial forest: ancient trees, fertile soil, wild herbs, spring grasses, and burgundy pitch incense.

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Class refers to your character’s choice of adventuring profession.

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Illustrations by the inimitable Julie Dillon.

PERFUME OIL BLENDS
$17.50 per 5ml bottle.
Presented in an amber apothecary vial

“You all meet at an inn.…”

Pen and paper role-playing games have been a tremendous influence in my life since my formative years. My parents bought me the magenta D&D boxed set back in 1982, along with the Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual. My lifelong passion for fantasy, science fiction, war games, and mythology was well-channeled through RPGs, and I credit playing D&D with helping me sustain my imagination and sense of wonder through adulthood.

I played with one particular group through the bulk of my late teens and early 20s, and this series — along with the atmosphere tools that Black Phoenix Trading Post has introduced — was inspired, specifically, by the time that we spent campaigning together. Our group was somewhat prop-driven in our gaming: we felt that setting a mood was conducive to our style of gameplay. Little things like changes in lighting, minor sound effects, and music made a world of difference, and we found that utilizing miniatures, model railroad scenery, and other tools in order to physically illustrate strategies and provide visual cues was tremendously useful. How much more immersive would it have been if we’d been able to smell the crypt we were crawling through? Or the stench of steel and blood that permeates a warrior’s cloak? What do the wizard’s spell components smell like? What does winter in the desert smell like? Or spring in a druid’s sanctuary?

Pen and paper role playing games are, to me, dynamic stories that are propelled by the active participation of many individuals. You can’t have a strong storyline without creating characters of some depth. When you create a character, you generally have their personalities, priorities, and history in mind, along with a clear vision of what your character looks and sounds like. But how does she smell? What does the world around her smell like?

In most pen and paper fantasy RPGs, three of the primary attributes that you must choose for your character are race, class, and alignment. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s RPG scent series was designed to emulate the character creation process, and are meant to be layered in order to create a character concept. In short: you layer your class, race, and the two fragrances that compose your alignment to construct your character scent. RPGs in all their myriad forms — CRPGs, MMOs, and old school pen and paper — have brought me immeasurable joy. This is my homage. This series is dedicated to my first DMs — my parents — for laughing off the nutter-perpetuated AD&D Satan Scare of the 80’s. Thanks for taking the time to play with your little girl. I miss you, and I love you.

7 reviews for Druid

  1. 5 out of 5

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    I can not give this one a high enough rating. I ordered it once a few years ago with some of the other RPG scents, and have been in love ever since. It smells of cedar, moss, and soil after the rain, and takes me back to my younger days, when I spent hours in the forest.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    My absolute favorite BPAL scent! On me, it starts off with a blast of cut grass and leaves, very forest-y and green. As it dries down, the soil note becomes more prominent, settling down to a rich earthen incense. Druids are my favorite class in D&D and to me this scent perfectly encapsulates them, I love it.

  3. 3 out of 5

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    A frimp.

    Straight out of the vial, I was punched in the face by grass *and something else*… a little bit medicinal. Not strong like menthol or vick’s vapor rub or anything like that. Eucalyptus?

    Drying on my skin, I get the trees and the leaves and something that so familiar, like a cologne, but it’s so distant. And I guess something in my pH makes it come off a bit powdery, going from medicinal and cologne-like to something much softer.

    Really have to get right up in there to pick it up, though.

    It reminds me of summertime, though, more than spring. A cooler, more forgiving summer day, though, and I have the good fortune of being in the woods. It reminds me of LARPing.

    It’s a pleasant scent. Fabulous if you love the smell of verdant nature under the shade of a leafy canopy with dapples of sunlight warming your skin. It’s just not for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

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    this smells exactly, EXACTLY like stepping into a greenhouse in spring when the very first greens are emerging. it is The Best.

  5. 3 out of 5

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    I got this as a free sample with my order. I love it! But on me, it smells nothing like the description- it’s sweet, fruity and flowery; definitely nothing of the soil and “foresty” smell that other describe. Still, it is quite lovely

  6. 3 out of 5

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    I used to play a Druid in World of Warcraft years ago, so I felt an instant connection to this blend. It’s very green and light. I do smell the soil, but the incense is lighter than I expected (not a bad thing). Smells less like Druid and more like Herbology/Alchemy professions. 😉

  7. 4 out of 5

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    Out of the vial, mint and pine. After an hours wear, subtle incense notes make themselves known. If anything, it’s a subtle scent, best for being noticed at a very close range, but when it is noticed, it makes quite an impression. Friends and co workers complimented the “foresty” aroma.

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