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Scent Name: Butterflies and Plovers

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Lupercalia 2008: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

Scent Description and Notes: “Blood orange, King mandarin, nectarine, patchouli, violet, ylang ylang, and amber.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: A lightly yellowish orange oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle. The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in thin white block font just above the collection name, which is  in a baby blue smaller version of the same font.  Below that is the company name, which is in a smaller version of the scent name, although in an orange.  The label is a shunga woodblock print of both of a Noh character, fully dressed save for one crucial part being manually pleasured by a female-looking character. Butterflies adorn his kimono and plovers adorn hers.


  • ITB:  This is a gorgeous blend of mandarin, blood orange, and well-balanced patchouli tinged with violets. It’s citrus’y but not overpoweringly bright. I like it.
  • Wet: Wow, that’s great.  Musky blood orange and mandarian overlaid with a soft, almost anise-like patchouli that reveal ylang ylang and a hint of violet as it settles.
  • Dry: Nearly 12 hours later, I’m surprised there’s any scent left. What I am getting is a watery mandarin sweetened with ylang ylang and amber.  It’s feminine, subtle, and lovely.

Other Impressions: None.