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Scent Name: Beneath the Kotatsu

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

Scent Description and Notes: “Cedarwood, orange blossom, Florentine iris, and golden vanilla.” – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/beneath-the-kotatsu/

Oil Color: The color of hay in the summer.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a sample from Jenn Nevaril, which has the bottle image on the  front, the name of the scent and date hand written on the back above the typed company acronym and decanting information.  The label art that would be on the bottle features a woman (green and grey kimono) and a man (black and yellow checked pattern kimono) about the engage in coitus underneath a heated low table.

  • ITI: The iris here is strong and somewhat overpowering, although I do detect something that reminds me of baby oil just above the cedarwood, which latter note blooms as I inhale more deeply.  I’m not sure how I feel about this one yet.
  • Wet: Iris and organge blossom intermingle effortlessly under a very thin gauze of vanilla and faint cedarwood.  However, there’s something about the combination of scents that reminds me of fresh hay.
  • Dry:   Once dry, the scent has a lovely vanilla powder overtone, which feels right at home over the soft iris and and the subtle impression of orange blossoms.  I’m not sure if it’s the golden aspect of the vanilla or the cedarwood, but there’s a warmth to this scent that I find very appealing.

Other Impressions: None.