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Scent Name: Adventure with Bandits in a Kago

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

Scent Description and Notes: “Nectarine and pearl peach, white frankincense, and gardenia.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/novel-ideas-for-secret-amusements/adventure-with-bandits-in-a-kago/

Oil Color: It looks like peach juice on my skin – lightly yellow with tinges of orange.

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 bandit, still mostly clothed, enjoying some nighttime activities with a woman in kimono from the waist up.  Their activities are being watched by someone shrouded in the background.

  • ITB: Sharp gardenia, slightly soapy nectarine (think Bath and Body Works), and just a touch of frankincense so soften the other two notes that I detected on initial sniff test.
  • Wet: The combination of gardenia, peach, and nectarine are the most evident notes upon application, which the peach and nectarine being the more dominant of the three on initial application.  The gardenia, however, is somewhat overbearing.  It reminds me of older floral scents, the ones that are just too strong in an elevator.  As the scent starts to dry, gardenia turns a touch soapy – a welcome relief since it harmonizes better with the scent as a whole.
  • Dry: Gentle frankincense emerges after a few hours post application, settling down over the top of the peach and nectarine, but not over the gardenia.  The gardenia adds some floral sweetness and spice, but it is no longer overbearing although still somewhat soapy.

Other Impressions: “It kind of smells like hotel bath product.” -Tony