Day 1690 – BPAL’s The Emperor’s Crown

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Scent Name: The Emperor’s Crown

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Fool’s Journey: The Emperor – Aspects of the Emperor

Scent Description and Notes: “A symbol of Divine Power made manifest in man, of the order of the universe being executed upon earth. It signifies the apex of glory, triumph, and immortality, and the extension of dominion: a symbol of rulership blessed by celestial providence.

Self-control that leads to self-realization: frankincense and styrax with bergamot and lemon peel. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/limited-edition-in-memoriam/the-fools-journey/the-emperor/aspects-of-the-emperor/the-emperors-crown/

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown bottle from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.  The label features the name of the company in small white bold block font outlined in black along the bottom of the label.  The scent name is a larger version of the same font above that.  The label art is as featured below:

Scent:

  • ITB: Oh, that’s nice.  Styrax has a pleasing  medium floral and slightly industrial tone with a haze of lemon peel and frankincense.  I’m not smelling a whole lot of bergamot, though.
  • Wet: Immediately on the skin, it’s all styrax before the sweetness of bergamot and lemon peel tame the floral chemical gorgeousness of the top note. It reminds me of floral motor oil softened with a citrus haze resin and just a hint of incense far below.
  • Dry: This didn’t pass the 14 hour work-day test, so I had to reapply.  After three hours, the scent has settled into a warm frankincense styrax haze with the slightest tinge of citrus and bergamot.  It stays very close to the skin on me after the first hour.  It’s certainly nice, but I do wish it had better throw and longevity.

Other Impressions:  I blind-bought this bottle because I loved the sytrax note in Deathrocker and I’m not disappointed in this one.

Day 1689 – BPAL’s The Huntsman

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Scent Name: The Huntsman

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  The Fool’s Journey: The Emperor – Faces of the Emperor

Scent Description and Notes: “Leading a host of spectral hounds, he scours the earth in search of errant souls: black pine and vetiver, leather and clove.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/limited-edition-in-memoriam/the-fools-journey/the-huntsman/

Oil Color: A thin melting honey colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The image art is as follows:

Scent:

  • ITI: Oh yes, that’s such a gorgeous deep pine note, shadowed and dense, rubbed with a brightly exotic clove that reminds me of the clove note in Clove Cigarette.
  • Wet: The pine is astringent, cool, refreshing, and deliciously dark, shadows woven through the pines deepened with smokey vetiver and a healthy dose of much-welcome clove.  There’s a ruggedness that I’m very much attracted to, and while still being rather exotically sexy.
  • Dry: I’m surprised I have any scent on me at all after a 15 hour day, but I am still getting a pleasing leather clove musk with the whisper of the woods far away that I’m thoroughly enjoying.

Other Impressions: “It’s like a weirdly clean frankincense and Lysol.” -Tony

Day 1686 – BPAL’s The Red Robe

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I found a small hoard from this release, so their time is now.

Scent Name: The Red Robe

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  The Fool’s Journey: The Emperor – Aspects of the Emperor

Scent Description and Notes: “Absolute power in the temporal world: red musk and leather streaked with tomato leaf and tobacco.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/limited-edition-in-memoriam/the-fools-journey/the-emperor/aspects-of-the-emperor/the-red-robes/

Oil Color: The color of polished walnut wood.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The image art is as follows:

Scent:

  • ITI: It’s lighter than I anticipated, honestly.  I get red musk that quickly gives way to stiff black leather brushed with tomato leaf.  I’m not picking up tobacco distinctly other than a pleasant sweetness mingled with the musk.
  • Wet: This stays very close to the skin save for subdued tomato leaf immediately after application. 10-15 seconds in, the slightly sharp and cautiously assertive red musk warms, but I can’t seem to find the leather at all.
  • Dry: Faded leather and red musk, very much evocative of an emperor’s robe, have softly settled on my skin.  I don’t think it will last much beyond the 7 hour mark, but it’s pleasant at the 6.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1685 – BPAL’s Queen Butterfly

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Scent Name: Queen Butterfly

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Genius Loci: Los Angeles

Scent Description and Notes:

Lady Butterfly
perfumes her wings
by floating over this orchid

Russet amber and orange blossom honey, red labdanum and wild plum, golden musk and a rustle of patchouli root. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/limited-edition-in-memoriam/queen-butterfly/

Oil Color: A cheery yellow oil on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard brown 5ml bottle.  The label features the name of the collection in bold white block font aligned along the top, which is echoed by the name of the company in the same font along the bottom.  The name of the scent is in a shadowed white script-like font of larger size just above the image name.  The bottle art is as follows:

Scent: 

  • ITI: At first sniff, I’m met with orange blossom and hints of patchouli that give way to what strikes me as sweet sarsaparilla, which I imagine might be from the russet amber and plum.
  • Wet: Orange blossom, honeyed amber, floral patchouli, and plum with a soft russet amber and labdanum with a dab of honey.  All together, it still reminds me of sarsaparilla, or more specifically, those root beer-flavored Necco wafers, but with orange blossom floral tones.
  • Dry: After 6 hours, orange blossom honey with a dash of amber and plum still linger, and with  about an 1″ of throw, too!  It’s certainly a pretty scent, especially now that it’s lost most of the root-beer tones of earlier.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1684 – BPAL’s Echo Azure

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Scent Name: Echo Azure

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Genius Loci: Los Angeles

Scent Description and Notes: “Our gilded silvery mud-puddler! His scent is of the blackberry bushes and wild lilacs in which he makes his home. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/limited-edition-in-memoriam/echo-azure/

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard brown 5ml bottle.  The label features the name of the collection in bold white block font aligned along the top, which is echoed by the name of the company in the same font along the bottom.  The name of the scent is in a shadowed white script-like font of larger size just above the image name.  The bottle art is as follows:

Scent: 

  • ITI: Very blued purple – a lightly soapy but clear lilac dances at the top of the note, soon parting for juice blackberry, round and ripe, with a hint of cool leaves.  There’s something that strikes me as wistful here that I enjoy.
  • Wet: Much less soapy now, thankfully!  Cool, breezy lilac mingled with breathy blueberry skin and slivers of greenness create for a spring-like violet delight.
  • Dry: Blueberry bushes and light purple blushed lilac, soft and faintly green as if moss lingers far in the background.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1683 – BPAL’s Western Pygmy

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Scent Name: Western Pygmy

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Genius Loci: Los Angeles

Scent Description and Notes: “A flutter of bronze and azure blue: coconut amber, patchouli and tobacco absolute with blue lotus petal, lilac, tobacco petal, dried blueberry and blackcurrant, and khus. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/limited-edition-in-memoriam/western-pygmy-blue/

Oil Color: A pleasing creamy pollen colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Absinthetics.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent, the name of the scent in orange bold font, and her decanting information in green.  The font of the label features the sample label art as the bottle.

Scent: 

  • ITI: Brushed blueberry juice, currant, and golden coconut laced with tobacco meet my nose.  It’s warm and dry while being juicy and soft.  Interesting.
  • Wet: The blueberry isn’t so forward, but I’d still say that it’s the top note immediately, with a trace of blue lotus petals and currant.  A lovely toasted coconut amber warms after a couple minutes followed by khus, which is just a bit confusing here. It’s not bad at all.
  • Dry: Soft, warm, ans gently sweet. Coconut amber with a hints of tobacco and a whisper of a blue-ish floral linger on my skin after 4 hours.  It’s pleasant and certainly would be great for anyone who likes a toasted, exotic coconut scent tone to their scents.

Other Impressions: “It’s like a tiny bit of rose but mostly cocoa butter suntan oil.” -Tony

Day 1682 – BPAL’s Cabbage White

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Scent Name: Cabbage White

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Genius Loci: Los Angeles

Scent Description and Notes: “A tiny creature with a wingspan less than two inches wide, she thrives on diversity but has a taste for mustard. She may be small, but she is fierce: one cabbage white butterfly can be the matriarch of generations of millions.

Orris root, orris butter, lily of the valley, and vanilla cream. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/genius-loci/cabbage-white/

Oil Color: A creamy snow-colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Absinthetics.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent, the name of the scent in orange bold font, and her decanting information in green.  The font of the label features the sample label art as the bottle.

Scent: 

  • ITI:  It smells like orris root mineral oil fringed with lily and a hint of vanilla.  I’m not a huge fan of orris root in this form, but it is an interesting scent.
  • Wet:  Orris butter almost smells like iris on me for some reason, hitting that same buggy tone that makes me feel uneasy, but the vanilla cream sweetens it enough to be palatable and the lily of the valley adds a lovely white, austere floral tone that is appealing.
  • Dry: While I was certainly smelling like baby wipes for a good hour, the scent has settled into a much more pleasing version of vanilla cream laced lily of the valley with the almost violet-tinged orris root.  It’s much nicer once given a chance to dry for a couple hours, but it isn’t really a scent that I would wear regularly.

Other Impressions: “Baby wipes.  Yep, baby wipes.” -Tony

Day 1681 – BPAL’s Anise Swallowtail

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Scent Name: Anise Swallowtail

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Genius Loci: Los Angeles

Scent Description and Notes:The Anise Swallowtail is a creature of wide open spaces. She flies through wide open spaces, over hills and through lots abandoned by humankind, dancing among dill, parsley, fennel, and wild carrots.

Bourbon vanilla, star anise, cypress, juniper berry, a drop of blood orange, and bronze fennel. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/limited-edition-in-memoriam/anise-swallowtail/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Absinthetics.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent, the name of the scent in orange bold font, and her decanting information in green.  The font of the label features the sample label art as the bottle.

Scent: 

  • ITI: Oh, I would like a steam bath of this; it feels like it would be refreshing, calming, and would be effective in opening up my sinuses.  The juniper berry and star anise laced with hints of blood orange and vanilla are unexpected together, but just beautiful and well balanced. The scent as a whole is cooly herbal and evergreen while the citrus and bourbon vanilla add a creamy citrus tone that balances everything nicely.
  • Wet: It smells much the same upon application, although as it starts to sit, the bourbon vanilla and fennel warm, invoking images of cabins, kitchen witches, and a surrounding forest.  There’s a duskiness to this that speaks of the velvet on butterfly wings from the combination of fennel and star anise wafting under evergreen cooled breezes and orange vanilla sweetness.
  • Dry:  After two hours, the scent now is close the the skin and a delightfully warm combination of dusky anise, fennel, hints of creamy orange, and a distant exhalation of juniper.  It’s like a fuzzy blanket – I want to wrap myself in it.  On the wishlist you go.

Other Impressions: “Like, I’m getting lemongrass and anise. It’s not a bad young person’s scent.  It doesn’t smell like an adult, but it could be a room scent.  It’s light and whimsical.  It’s good, pleasant.  It kinds has a calming tone to it, too.” Tony

Day 1680 – BPAL’s Depraved

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Scent Name: Depraved

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Ars Amatoria: Love Potions

Scent Description and Notes: A salacious, lecherous, leering scent – dirty and dark, slapped with a wet sweetness. Earthy black patchouli swelling with apricot.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/general-catalog-perfume-oils/ars-amatoria/depraved/

Oil Color: A diluted chicken broth colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  The label wrapped around the bottle features an Art-Deco inspired phoenix with name of the company next to the phoenix. On the other side, the title of the scent written in large, clear black font outlined with red on the front.

Scent: 

  • ITI: Dry earth patchouli is the main impression I am getting right out of the bottle.  The earthiness is almost brittle and vegetal in tone.  The apricot breezes in briefly, a moment of recognition, before it vanishes under the strength of the patchouli note.
  • Wet:  Now the patchouli  speaks of the earthiness of which I’m familiar, dark, soil-laden, round, sweetened with apricot flesh and it’s less ripe meat.  The scent feels striated to me, the soft fruit hovering at the top while the dark earthiness looms underneath, just waiting to suck the life from the sweetness.
  • Dry: After a two hour walk, the patchouli has taken on a pleasing almost honeyed sweetness to its earthiness with a faint after-smell of apricot.  This is much once it has had a chance to warm on the skin.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1679 – BPAL’s Deep in Earth

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Scent Name: Deep in Earth

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Ars Moriendi

Scent Description and Notes:

Deep in earth my love is lying
And I must weep alone.

Rose geranium, Spanish moss, Irish yew, and graveyard dirt.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/general-catalog-perfume-oils/ars-moriendi/deep-in-earth/

Oil Color: A sunny yellow colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  The label wrapped around the bottle features an Art-Deco inspired phoenix with name of the company next to the phoenix. On the other side, the title of the scent written in large, clear black font outlined with red on the front.

Scent: 

  • ITI: Oooh, that is nice.  Rich almost loamy cemetery dirt framed by yew and dripping Spanish moss, perfumed with a hint of rose geranium. It’s earthy, dark, and deliciously somber. It reminds me of an overgrown Southern cemetery, steeped in Gothic beauty.
  • Wet: Right after application, there’s a bitter green sharpness to the scent that must be the yew, which looms over the damp, loamy soil.  The rose geranium lingers far in the distance, alongside the moss. And talk about throw!  I was able to smell the scent about a foot from my skin, but after the initial burst, it reigns itself in somewhat, making it a little more approachable.
  • Dry: As this dries (15 minutes in), there’s still the bitter unsettling sharpness from the yew that is akin to the sharpness of lemongrass, but there’s an exhalation of rose geranium that tries to balance the yew somewhat. After application 6 hours ago, much of the scent has faded save a hint of soil touched with faded rose geranium.  It’s a comforting warmth to this that I was not expecting.  I would certainly reapply Deep in Earth once it fades completely.  In fact, I’m contemplating getting more than my little imp.

Other Impressions: “Whoa, that smells like old person and plastic-covered couches.” -Tony

Day 1678 – BPAL’s Kitten with Shamisen Daydreams of a Phallus Palanquin

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Scent Name: Kitten with Shamisen Daydreams of a Phallus Palanquin

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Lupercalia 2017: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

Scent Description and Notes:Rice milk, white musk, and pear.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: The color of virgin olive oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art is a woodblock print of the following:

Scent:

  • ITI: Musky rice milk and pears reminds me of some kind of candy, possibly like those rabbit milk candies that one can find at stores like Uwajimaya.  The pear note strikes me as more artificial than juicy pear or even pear skin.
  • Wet: Thankfully, once applied, the pear note takes on a hint of pear flesh undertone, but coupled with the sweet rice milk and musk, still reminds me of candy for the first minute or two.
  • Dry: As it starts to settle, the rice milk warms, adding a creamy smooth almost shea butter tone to the scent that keeps me re-sniffing my skin. This scent has some wonderful longevity, too.  After 10 hours, I’m still getting nearly 2″ of throw of an alluring creamy rice milk skin musk with a touch of vague sweetness.  Gorgeous!

Other Impressions: This would make a really lovely lotion.
“It’s like a very sexy Jordan Almond.” -Tony

Day 1677 – BPAL’s Lovers and a Fan

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Scent Name: Lovers and a Fan

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Lupercalia 2015: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

Scent Description and Notes:White coconut, thick wildflower honey, and threads of saffron.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art is a woodblock print of two nude individuals making love on blankets while fanning their loins with what looks like a tortoise shell fan.

Scent:

  • ITI: I think this one might have gone off.  It smells like coconut pencil shavings in the imp.  It smells a little bit like lipstick that is on its way to rancid but might have a couple months left.
  • Wet: The coconut is a little sweeter on my skin, but coconut flakes to my nose as opposed to sunscreen, with a hint of saffron and pencil shavings. There’s a hint of honey far of, but it’s more honey butter than the golden liquid.
  • Dry: Well, the honey has warmed on my skin, settling over the coconut, but I’m still convinced there’s pencil shaving essence in here.  Not a fan.

Other Impressions: “It can’t pick up anything specifically, but it reminds me of eating pumpkin spice muffins in a flower shop.” -Tony

Day 1676 – BPAL’s The Wet Nurse and the Old Monk

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Scent Name: The Wet Nurse and the Old Monk

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Lupercalia 2015: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

Scent Description and Notes:THE WET NURSE AND THE OLD MONK

Red sandalwood, peach, white tea, and champaca.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: A mellow white wine colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art is a woodblock print of a well-endowed older monk in an indigo blue robe engaging in coitus with a woman in an azure blue robe, legs splayed. 

 

Scent:

  • ITI: Oooh. that’s a really lovely peach note surrounded with a light sweetness, which I think is from the champaca, and a hint of sandalwood.  That’s really pretty so far.
  • Wet: That really is lovely – soft peach, almost peach blossom honesty, tinged with gentle sandalwood, and sweet champaca.
  • Dry: Two hours after application and dinner prep, I’m still met with sandalwood-laced soft peach flesh with a hint of champaca sweetness.  I don’t detect the tea at all, but the loveliness of the peach note more than makes up for it.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1675 – BPAL’s Minamoto No Yorimasa and the Lotus Flower

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Scent Name: Minamoto No Yorimasa and the Lotus Flower

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Lupercalia 2015: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

Scent Description and Notes:MINAMOTO NO YORIMASA AND THE LOTUS FLOWER

Lotus root, lotus petals, and blue lotus absolute with frankincense, black amber, and blackcurrant.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: A pleasing candied nectarine colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art is a woodblock print of the mythic Minamoto transfigured from a painting into the form of a man (complete with his tell-tale black hat), making love to a female deity holding a lotus, surrounded by her flying scarves. 

Scent:

  • ITI: Black currant musk layered over cool, watery, waxy floral tones.  I’m not getting the normal Lab lotus note, which skews bubblegum-y to me, thankfully.  It reads more like a watery magnolia note more than lotus.
  • Wet: Ah, there’s the frankincense, although it’s darkened with black currant tendrils, juicy and  deeply purplish red over a subdued waxy, watery floral. Interesting. After about 3 minutes, a subtle but pleasant bubblegum tone rises, huskily wrapped in resin and black currant, which tempers the sweetness of the lotus.
  • Dry: After 3 hours, the scent settles in a lovely black currant-darkened amber threaded with frankincense smoke and a very light impression of the sweetness of lotus petals.  It’s a lot darker than anticipated, but almost jam-like.  It makes my mouth water.

Other Impressions: “It’s like musky, leathery, and maybe violet way in the background…something floral way in the background.” -Tony

Day 1674 – BPAL’s The Onnagata and the Pillow Roll

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Scent Name: The Onnagata and the Pillow Roll

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Lupercalia 2015: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

Scent Description and Notes:THE ONNAGATA AND THE PILLOW ROLL

White musk and Himalayan cedar with bergamot, rose absolute, white patchouli, pink peppercorn, and hay absolute.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art is a woodblock print of a woman leaning back on a pillow roll on top of a white and dark blue striped kimono.  I can’t tell what she is doing as the label has faded and I can’t seem to find the woodblock print reference elsewhere.

Scent:

  • ITI: Baby oil?  I’m so confused.  The scent distinctly makes me think of oil, but an oil that is comforting and soothing.  If I really focus, I can tease out the shadow of rose absolute and a breath of patchouli against a prominent hay absolute note, which certainly is the driver in this scent.
  • Wet: Okay, not it reminds me of hay and a great white wine aged in cedar barrels, garnished with a rose petal. After 10 seconds, there’s a touch of peppercorn and musk, but these don’t diffuse the impression of hay wine. Odd, but unique.
  • Dry: This reminds me of a baby oil or dusting powder infused with patchouli, lightly sunned cedar, soft hay, gentle rose musk, and a dash of peppercorn.  It’s soft, powdery, and clean. Honestly, I think I like this one.  It’s too bad I only had a tester.

Other Impressions: “It’s like I just got dropped kicked by a rose that was made gooey with fresh aloe vera juice. It’s not bad.  It’s unusual.” -Tony

Day 1673 – BPAL’s Joyful Romp

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Scent Name: Joyful Romp

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Lupercalia 2015: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

Scent Description and Notes:JOYFUL ROMP

Plum blossoms and white sandalwood with indigo, tuberose, plum musk, and a drop of vetiver.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: An aged apricot colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art is a woodblock print of 6 nude men, fully anticipatory, running after nude women who are either running off panel or who have fallen, legs akimbo, on the ground.  A priest seems to be waving on the competition.

Scent:

  • ITI: Indigo inked vetiver steeped in musky plum, swathed in woody sandalwood smoke.
  • Wet: The vetiver is much stronger on my skin, but it still reads as inky indigo with a purple musk haze.  I’m not getting as much sandalwood here.  For some reason, this scent reminds me of twilight fading to darkness.
  • Dry: This doesn’t last as long as I would have liked, which meant that I had to retest it a second day. On second test, after two hours, the scent is a plummy musk with light blossoms, hints of indigo and tuberose, darkened ever so slightly with vetiver.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1672 – BPAL’s The Trappings of the Tea House

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Scent Name: The Trappings of the Tea House

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Lupercalia 2016: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

Scent Description and Notes:White sandalwood, ti leaf, osmanthus, pink pepper, and white vanilla bark.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: A faded glassy yellow colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art is a woodblock print of a fully nude man and woman copulating, set against some sort of red pillow.  I can’t really tell where the tea house comes in.

Scent:

  • ITI: Oh, that smells good so far! It reminds me of a warm spiced chai with a dash of vanilla milk in it (A good chai London Fog).  I know the chai tone is some the pink pepper and ti leaf.  There’s a hint of pleasing woody sweetness to the scent as well.
  • Wet: Gosh, that’s gorgeous!  It really does smell like the most amazing vanilla sweetened chai, heavily spiced and peppered with a bright pinkness, infused with osmanthus and a hint of wafting sandalwood incense far in the background.
  • Dry: That osmanthus really blooms after a good 10 minutes, adding more of a sweet fruitiness to the chai pepper and it leaf notes.  The warmth of vanilla is still there, but is now drifting down, showing up after the blooming floral and tea notes. A subtle sandalwood twines itself along the bottom notes faintly.  Jeez, this is heaven.

Other Impressions: “It kinda smells like a bakery next to a perfume shop.  It’s comforting, like a room full of pillows.” -Tony

Day 1671 – BPAL’s Joyful Dalliances in the Underworld

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Scent Name: Joyful Dalliances in the Underworld

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Lupercalia 2016: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

Scent Description and Notes:Black leather aflame with a cherry-infused cognac that has been spiced with brown sugar, vetiver, black pepper, and dried apricot.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: A thin mead colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art is a woodblock print of an Oni in hell, crowed with phallus details, looking over a scene of a female soul in blue breathing fire from her vulva, while male souls look on and pleasure themselves in delight and horror.

Scent:

  • ITI: Ooh, raw black leather rubbed with sticky cherry cognac, smokey dried apricot, and black pepper.  It’s a rather naughty scent, this one. It reminds me of S&M scenes infused with a boozy sweetness that makes it hard to turn away.
  • Wet: Oh, hello there apricot!  I wasn’t expecting that to be the dominant note on my skin, although it’s less of a dried apricot than it is a warmed apricot jam, heavily spiced and smoked with vetiver, served with a shot of still cognac on a polished leather serving tray. There’s a touch of cherry, but it is very subtle.  This scent reminds me of a posh drink served in a dark but trendy bar.
  • Dry: I’m happily surprised to have any scent left after a full day of wear.  It’s mellowed to a lightly sugared apricot musk with just a shadow of vetiver, but I enjoy it nonetheless.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1670 – BPAL’s Aristocratic Couple

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Scent Name: Aristocratic Couple

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Lupercalia 2015: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

Scent Description and Notes:ARISTOCRATIC COUPLE

Bourbon vanilla, preserved apricot, and cardamom.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art is an uncensored version of below.

Scent:

  • ITI: Soft apricot preserves cooling in a breezy kitchen with drop or two of bourbon vanilla.  Cardamom isn’t showing up at this stage, but what is present is delightful.
  • Wet: The scent reads more apricot blossoms muddled with warm preserves lightly spiced with cardamom on my skin. The bourbon vanilla is a little more pronounced after a few seconds of dry-time, warmly inviting next to the lovely apricot note.
  • Dry: Warm apricot preserves with a vanilla crumble.  I’m happy this is the final form as there was about 30 minutes where the apricot went slightly synthetic on me.  However, the finished version is a pleasingly comforting gourmet scent.

Other Impressions: “It smells like manly Play-Doh.”

Day 1669 – BPAL’s A Peculiar Spirit

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Scent Name: A Peculiar Spirit

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Lupercalia 2015: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

Scent Description and Notes:A PECULIAR SPIRIT

Tobacco absolute with neroli, oudh, benzoin, and black tea leaf.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: A tawny brandy colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art is a woodblock print of a hairy yokai in a blue kimono pointing to its head, which is a phallus.

Scent:

  • ITI: Golden warm tobacco is sweetened with sweet benzoin, florid black tea, and a hint of neroli at the very edge of the scent. There’s a vanilla tone to this scent as well, but I’m not sure which note would be contributing to that.
  • Wet: More tobacco absolute paired with something that reads as husky, next to black tea leaf and benzoin.  The neroli is rather light, but I do wish it were a bit stronger.  About 10 seconds in, I’m getting that vanilla or vanilla candle impression for some reason.
  • Dry: After 4 hours, the scent dries down to a sweetly dry and husky benzoin black tea leaf concoction warmed with a faded but sweet tobacco. It almost reminds me of summer-warmed straw.

Other Impressions: None.