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Scent Name: Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Shungas

Scent Description and Notes: “Polished tortoiseshell, ivory, and mahogany gleaming with amber cream.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2018/novel-ideas-for-secret-amusements/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted by Mystery213.  The back of the label has the scent notes and the decanting information.  The label features the label art that would have appeared on the bottle on front, which is a Japanese woodblock print of various sex toys for men and women.

  • ITI: Out of the imp, the scent smells sweetly perfume-y, but it strikes me as a very feminine and sophisticated perfume.  The amber cream is the first note I detect, which is warm and delicious, right up against a lovely mahogany note. There’s something that is just a touch smoky, but more like a smoky white musk (Ivory, perhaps?), swirling between the two dominant notes. Honestly, it reminds me of a more creamy and slightly more woodsy version of Vera Wang’s “Truly Pink”.
  • Wet: What is this shifting perfume? Certainly, the amber cream is still there with a white muskiness that must be the ivory, but there’s a distinct impression of cantaloupe just above the mahogany note (which is much softer on my skin). I certainly wasn’t expecting any sort of fruit with this blend.  The scent now strikes me as a colder feminine perfume draped in silk with a touch of melon.
  • Dry:  I’ve tested this 5 times so far, and each time I’m ready to test after my work day, there’s nothing left. Finally, I caught it before it vanished on my skin (roughly 4 hours after re-application). It reminds me something musky, wooden, and faintly polished, like the ballet bar or an older hotel’s banister.

Other Impressions:  None.