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Scent Name: Kitten with a Shamisen Daydreaming of a Phallus Palanquin

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements: Lupercalia 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “Rice milk, white musk, and pear.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/kitten-with-shamisen-daydreams-of-a-phallus-palanquin/

Oil Color: Clear on my skin

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in bold, yellow letters set just above the name of the company, which is in small, bold white font. The label art features a bakeneko dressed in a kimono playing a shamisen with a yoma woman in a purple kimono.  Both seem to be dreaming of a phallus-headed palanquin.

  • ITB: Immediately, the pear note bursts forth with green Jolly Rancher exuberance, followed by slightly vanilla-inspired notes that must be a combination of rice milk and musk.  It’s rather cloying in the bottle.  I do hope it improves.
  • Wet:  What if Now And Laters made a pear-flavored candy?  This scent would smell exactly like it.  Sweet, foody pear (that’s a touch too ripe) is swathed in cloying white musk, while the rice milk struggles to tamp it down.  However, as it settles, the scent slowly becomes a little less aggressively cloying, which is a plus.
  • Dry: The rice milk and white musk are sweet and just a touch cloying, reminding me of burnt sugar vanilla body lotion.  It has some pretty significant throw and staying power as well.  If you are into sweet vanilla-inspired scents, give this one a whirl.  I’ll use more from time to time, but I tend to prefer heady or earthy resins as my daily perfume.

Other Impressions: None.