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Scent Name: Initiation Sentimentale

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Devil’s Lovers:  Lupercalia 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “Wisteria and white sandalwood with lilac, white tea, champaca, black pepper, benzoin, and white clove.” – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/initiation-sentimentale/

Oil Color:  The color of champagne.

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 is the image of death in flight, half skeleton from the waist up, half woman, nude from the waist down.  Death is holding the skull of a lover. All of this is set against the pelvic cradle and hits that have wings of the cecropia moth holding it aloft.

  • ITI: Whew, that’s a whole lot of floral, of which the wisteria and lilac are strongest.  However, just below these florals is the white tea note, which sweetens the scent and prevents it from becoming a dated floral one might find over the counter.
  • Wet:  On my skin, the lilac is a touch stronger than the wisteria.  The tea still soothes the bright florals and there’s a touch of pepper and something that skews “green” in the background that tickles my nose.  On my skin, however, it’s largely soapy and floral. I do wish the tea or the resins were more evident.
  • Dry: After 8 hours and a workout, the scent has reduced down to lilac and wisteria.  I do wish the other notes had shown up on my skin as straight florals are not really scents I wear.

Other Impressions:  None.