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Scent Name:  An Appraisal of Sensual Pleasures in the Four Seasons

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia: Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements IV (1/18/11-3/21/11)

Scent Description and Notes: “Wild plum, lemongrass, frankincense, honeysuckle, and teak. ” -BPAL

Oil Color: It looks like some of the darker notes have started to separate out.  What’s left is a yellow champagne color.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from ralenth, who tries to match the bottle art to the art she provides on the imp.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent in large font.  On the side, she has her decanting name, while the front features the name of the collection and the name of the scent framing the image associated with the scent. The image is a shunga woodblock print of a man of status and an orian holding hands intimately while gazing at a scroll depicting erotic behavior.

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  • ITI:  Honeysuckle is very clear as the top note, but it isn’t impressively overpowering like orchid or lilac are.  When I inhale deeply, the smell of teak creeps around the lemongrass, which is just under the honeysuckle.  It’s a surprisingly soft and delicate scent.
  • Wet:  On my skin, the lemongrass nearly meets the honeysuckle, reminding me a little of a hot toddy. There is a touch of fruitiness, I think this time it is the plum, and a very slight contribution fro the teak.  However, when I reapply, the teak is much more prominent. 
  • Dry: The scent is very close to the skin after 8 hours, so it doesn’t have the lasting power of the more resinous scents.  However, what is left is a very  charming combination of frankincense, lemongrass, and teak, although I get some plum on my other wrist.

Other Impressions: Flowery and musky, according to Tony.  He gave me a very emphatic, “I like it!.”