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As a Classicist, I adore anything that references Greek or Roman deities.  It was hard not to get samples of each one from this release, but I couldn’t resist this one with all the citrus notes.

Scent Name:  Apatrophia

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –Lupercalia 2011: Ode to Aphrodite (1/18/11-3/21/11)

Scent Description and Notes: “She Who Expels Sinful Lusts

A complex Eastern musk with orange blossom, peppermint, lime peel, spikenard, petitgrain, and white cedar. ” -BPAL

Oil Color:  Clear oil with no 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, cursive 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 Victorian woman glancing off to her right, leaning slightly against a draped pillar, standing next to an Aphrodite vase.  The woman is wearing little else other than a gauze fabric draped around her body.

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  • ITI: Off.  I would expect bright citrus, but I get a little soapiness, which might be from the petitgrain.  There is also a medicinal heribness from the combination of spikenard and peppermint.  It’s not what I would have originally anticipated for this scent.
  • Wet: It’s still very green, soapy, and medicinal on my skin.  There is just a touch of orange blossom trying to peek though, but the petitgrain and peppermint overpower it. 
  • Dry: Soapy spikenard and orange blossoms.  It’s much better dried as it’s floral and feminine. 

Other Impressions: Powder and the secondary after smell of baby oil.