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Scent Name: Lovers in the Tea House

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2014: Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements VI

Scent Description and Notes: “Sake and matcha tea with amber incense, golden sandalwood, and yōkan. -BPAL

Oil Color: I cannot tell from 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 in navy block font bracketing a navy text field with cut-outs of the scent name.  The image is a shunga print of a geisha’s back while she is fanned and kissed by her lover, who is also obscured.


  • ITB:  It’s sweet and feminine via the sake, amber incense, and yokan, although there’s a bit of a bit to it doe the the green tones from the matcha tea.
  • Wet:  The sake here is very floral and sweet with a touch of effervescence.  The matcha notes are still distinct and slightly bitter, although the amber and sandalwood have trouble keeping up even with the subtly sugary yokan.
  • Dry: All the bitterness has subsided to reveal a soft, subtle sake and yokan-laden scent that is just gorgeous.  It’s worth the wait for the dry down.

Other Impressions: None.