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Scent Name: Sentimental Initiation

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Pickman Gallery: Feverish Fancies, 9/27/12-12/30/12

Scent Description and Notes: “Sentimental Initiation, Félicien Rops.
Red and black musks with bamboo, myrrh, bitter clove, patchouli, vanilla orchid, and king mandarin.

Oil Color: – I cannot tell the color of the oil by looking into the brown apothecary bottle.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  The label features the name of the company and collection along the bottom in black block font set against a white text field.  The scent name is situated above the image, also in black font and inside a white text box.  The image is a a partial depiction of Sentimental Initiation by Félicien Rops, which features a winged and corsetted woman/skull figure holding up a decapitated head.


  • ITB:  It’s resinous and cold at the same time, which is interesting – patchouli, clove, orchid, and bitter clove.
  • Wet:  The clove is very strong here, making the scent seem almost dusty.  King mandarin and patchouli followed by bamboo and a hint of orchid follow the strong clove note.  It conjures images of running amok through a spice shop.
  • Dry:  It’s still heavy on the clove, but now I can pick up myrrh, which sweetens it, and musk, which softens the scent.  Warm patchouli drifts underneath it all, making it a pleasantly spicy scent.
Other Impressions: None.