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Scent Name: Diversions in the Chashitsu

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

Scent Description and Notes: “Green tea, yellow sandalwood, apple blossom, and white bamboo. -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.

Scent: 

  • ITB:  It reminds me of early spring in the apple orchard when I was a child.  The apple blossom note here is lovely, light, and fresh.  When paired with the sandalwood and bamboo, it produces something that is subtle, feminine, nostalgic, and just delightful.
  • Wet:  The bamboo and tea are much stronger on my skin, which is disappointing as it takes more of a clean, hard line that seems at discord with the apple blossom.  
  • Dry: It’s light and gentle, like a vintage powder room.  Pretty. 

Other Impressions: None.

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