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This is from Holding Back the Night 2011 collection, the scents from which I sought for their notes.  I’ve tested this before informally and really liked it.

Scent Name: Minamoto No Yorimitsu Cuts at the Earth Spider

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Salon: Holding Back the Night 2011

Scent Description and Notes: Toasted sandalwood, tobacco flower, teakwood, castoreum accord, bourbon vanilla, and patchouli.” – BPAL

Oil Color:  A faint champagne color.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is an imp from ralenth, so it features a well-designed label with the original bottle artwork (below), the collection, and the name of the scent on the front.  Around the spine, one can find the decanter’s name.  On the back, the notes are listed as they appeared on the BPAL site.

Yoshitoshi’s image of Minamoto and the Earth Spider from the BPAL website.


  • In the Imp (ITI):  There has a lovely woodsiness from the teak and sandalwood, but contains a sweet, seductiveness from the bourbon vanilla and the animalistic notes of the castoreum accord, which hints at a dangerous nature and perhaps a well choreographed struggle.  The tobacco as an odd dimension, as it gives the scent a “cleanliness” aspect.
  • Wet: Clean teak and sandalwood, animalistic castoreum, a slight powderiness from the vanilla, earthiness from the patchouli all mix to give  woodsy yet oriental infused vision.
  • Dry: On my skin, the vanilla has turned slightly powdery, but it’s tempered by the teak and the sandalwood. There is just the faintest waft of tobacco and pepper.  It’s lovely, warm, woodsy, and slightly disquieting.
Other Impressions: Hubby claims it’s powdery, but a good one.