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Scent Name: Joyous Middle-Aged Couple
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2019: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements 2019
Scent Description and Notes: “Green tea, white oudh, cedar, green mandarin, frankincense, bois de rose, and honey.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/winter-collection/lupercalia-2019/novel-ideas-for-secret-amusements-2019/joyous-middle-aged-couple-perfume-oil/
Oil Color: The color of beeswax-infused body butter.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art is a shunga woodblock print of a middle-aged couple kissing and joyously copulating. The man has completely disrobed, while she is only partially clothed.
- ITI: Now that’s an delightful green scent spritzed with orange! It reminds me of a mossy forest floor, wrapped up and transported to a drawing table laden with bright, exquisite rose blooms and ripe mandarins. The cedar and frankincense add the right amount of woody aromatics to tie everything together. I was honestly worried about the oudh since my last encounter was less than pleasant, but so far, this one is playing nice!
- Wet: It shifts a bit on my skin, but it’s still so pleasant. At first, it was mandarin and cedar with a cup of fine green tea, yet the rose warms after a few seconds, along with the honey and frankincense, bringing me back to that wonderful still-life scene. The reminds me of some fabulously high-end bottles I smelled in Harrod’s perfume section in London. As long as this settles well, I’m going to need to grab myself a bottle.
- Dry: The scent has faded much more than anticipated. I think I noticed it fading around hours 6, but around hour 10, I’m left with a very tiny whisper of scent – bois de rose, white oudh, and a bit of honeyed green tea. While I wish this had more staying power, I could certainly be happy to re-apply during the work day.
Other Impressions: None.