almond, almond husk, blood orange, blood orange rind, BPAL, Bulgarian rose absolute, cognac, fig, green cognac, limited edition, lupercalia, Lupercalia 2016, Musk, orange, red musk, Rose, rose absolute, Shunga, sweet fig
Scent Name: Daruma Doll
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2016: Shunga
Scent Description and Notes: “Red musk and almond husk with sweet fig, Bulgarian rose absolute, blood orange rind, and green cognac.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2016/daruma-doll/
Oil Color: The color of a burnished copper penny.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). I obtained this imp from moons_storm, who includes the notes of the scent on the back, a more transparent version of the bottle art (a daruma doll with a vulva for its face), along with the scent name, the company acronym, and her decanting information on the front.
- ITI: Soft, sweet, and soothing. The fig and almond husk read as almost paste-like, glistening with sugars, while the blood orange and red musk deepen the scent and add a very red, resinous tone to the mix. Rose hangs toward the bottom, offering a lovely, refined, and feminine take-away. The green cognac seems to float off the the side in this scent, not wholly connected to the sweetness of the other notes.
- Wet: The almond and the rose absolute are more pronounced once the oil is applied to my skin. However, the scent as a whole shifts to one that is much softer and muskier. I almost imagine that there’s sandalwood in here, but that’s not the case. The blood orange mingles nicely with the must and I can see now that the green cognac adds a bit of complexity, enhancing the musk and tying together the blood orange and the fig.
- Dry: While the throw dissipates quickly, what remains is a nice combination of blood orange rind, red musk, and faint impressions of fig and rose absolute. Pleasant.
Other Impressions: None.