Day 1175 – BPAL’s The Mountebank

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Scent Name: The Mountebank

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Fool’s Journey: The Magician – Aspects of the Magician

Scent Description and Notes: “The Hustler, the Scoundrel, the Grifter, using the magic of misdirection, charm, and subtlety to swindle his way through this world, and through all worlds, seen and unseen. Eloquent and glib, he is the quintessential knave. He is the Guardian of Gamblers and the Protector of Con-Men.

A confidence trick: leather, sweet balsam, white sandalwood, thieves’ rosin, and dusty lavender. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-fools-journey/the-mountebank/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Mystery 213. Her label features the scent notes and her decanter information on the back. The front has the name of the  scent and company name along with the label art, which is as follows:

  • ITI: That is much sweeter than I had anticipated.  My first impression is vanilla candied lavender atop a balsam dais. Yum!
  • Wet: Oh god, the lavender is heavenly!  Seriously, it’s soft, dusty, pale lavender with faint vanilla and some sensuously delicious sandalwood. I imagine a French boudoir, bay windows, bedecked with gauzy silk, thrown open to the lavender-laden breeze.
  • Dry: Wow!  Thick, heavy, musky vanilla-ed resins mix languidly with sugared lavender and honeyed sandalwood.  It’s luxurious, languid, and decidedly seductive.  I usually associate resins with sexiness, but this is one unexpected and decisively sexy floral that I plan to add to my rotation!

Other Impressions:  “It’s like cardamom and those decorative rose guest soaps that you were never allowed to use.  However, after 5-10 minutes, it develops!  It’s richer and sweeter now, becoming more natural when it looses the false rose tones. That develops nicely!” -Tony

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Day 1174 – BPAL’s Blacklight Reactive Poster

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Scent Name: Blacklight Reactive Poster

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – In Memoriam

Scent Description and Notes: “There was a store about a mile away from the house I grew up in that fascinated me throughout my whole childhood. The façade was painted in insane colors, and it was covered with weird, leering cartoonish illustrations. We drove by it almost every week, and I’d keep asking my parents what was inside – there was nothing on the storefront that indicated what the store was about – and they’d blow me off while making it implicitly clear that I was to never, ever enter that building.

When I was 12, I asked my parents to take me to the library so I could study. I waited about fifteen minutes to make sure that my dad had driven off, and then I walked over to the fascinating, forbidden mystery store.

The store was covered, wall-to-wall, in posters that glowed in garish fluorescent colors. Tie-dyed t-shirts, blankets, and flags were everywhere, and the cases were filled with what looked to me like endless rows of genie bottles. Peace signs were everywhere, and tons of merchandise was emblazoned with a plant I didn’t recognize.

Before they shooed me out – very kindly – this was the scent that imprinted on me: nag champa, patchouli, and weed smoke.

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Please do not smoke, eat, or huff this oil. Do not rub it on your gums, do not put it on your privates, do not vape it. It is a perfume and meant to be used as such. No funnybusiness!

(This perfume contains no actual weed. Zero cannabis. None. Zilch. What do I look like? A dispensary?) -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/blacklight-reactive-poster/

Oil Color:

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me with a hand-printed label with the scent name and company acronym. The label art of the original bottle is as follows:

  • ITI: Thick, heavy brown patchouli and nag champa followed by a strong whiff of a very…potent smelling weed note.  It reminds me of late afternoon festivals in Seattle.
  • Wet: Yep, that’s weed, which vies for dominance next to the patchouli and incense.
  • Dry: After a few hours, the weed note vanishes, leaving a relaxing combination if nag champa incense and light patchouli.  This one is well worth the dry-down.

Other Impressions:  “It’s like somebody rubbed chocolate and orange on a feminine version of Old Spice.  Actually, it smells like a weed dealer’s house. If it wasn’t for being associated with weed dealers, it’s oddly pleasant.  I like it.  It seems like it would be calming.” -Tony

Day 1173 – BPAL’s Birds of Prey

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Scent Name: Birds of Prey

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018:  Liber Amicorum – Anne Wagner

Scent Description and Notes: “Feathery brown musk and hay absolute with orris and leather.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2018/the-bird-of-prey/

Oil Color: A soft run-ripened grain color.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me with a hand-printed label with the scent name and company acronym. The label art of the original bottle is as follows:

  • ITI: Leather and brown musk first emerge from the imp, very much reminding me of tack or a falconer’s glove.  On second sniff, the subtle sweetness of the orris enhances the musk while the hay absolute dances in the middle, round and pastoral.
  • Wet: Downy brown musk settles on my skin while the orris and hay absolute roll over the faint whiff of leather that I had immediately upon application.  The leather does warm up after a bit after it sits, yielding a nice, soft, spicy quality to that note.
  • Dry: Powdery, resinous orris-dusted musk is what I’m left with after 7 hours.  It’s nice dried and I think would also be lovely as a layered scent.

Other Impressions:  “It’s strange.  It has a spice but it has a soapiness to it, too.  Hay, spice, and leather soap.” – Kelly

Day 1172 – BPAL’s Tennis Match

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Scent Name: Tennis Match

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Liber Amicorum – Joannes Carolus Erlenwein

Scent Description and Notes: “Crushed grass, dandelion sap, green oakmoss, lettuce leaf, and white pepper.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/tennis-match/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted by TrailerTrashPrincess.  The back of the label has the scent name, while the front has the decanter’s name, symbol, and company acronym.  The label art is as follows:

  • ITI: Waves of delicious, freshly cut grass laps up against freshly plucked dandelion stems while paper wavers between the two notes.  It’s very green, but I do wish the sap were tampered with a bit of sweet to counter-act some of that acridity.
  • Wet: Whoa, that’s a whole mess of dandelion sap on me. Briefly, I get some of that more watery, soft lettuce note and a touch of moss before the dandelion comes back again.  The grass tries to weave its way between the these notes, but it often gets lost by the more dominant dandelion.
  • Dry: Thankfully, the bitterness of the dandelion dissipates, there’s still  a fair share of the sap that drives the rest of the perfume.  I get a little bit of the pepper and a sliver of grass and moss. It’s a harsh, clean green that’s a bit too green for me, shockingly enough.

Other Impressions:  “It smells like shaking a shower with Irish Spring in a florists’s shop that specializes in roses.” -Tony

 

Day 1171 – BPAL’s Scraps of Poetry

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Scent Name: Scraps of Poetry

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Liber Amicorum – Joannes Carolus Erlenwein

Scent Description and Notes: “A citrus chypre with French lavender, yellow bergamot, and clove bud.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/scraps-of-poetry/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted by TrailerTrashPrincess.  The back of the label has the scent name, while the front has the decanter’s name, symbol, and company acronym.  The label art is as follows:

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  • ITI: I’m met with the bright green tones from the lavender and chypre along with a touch of spiciness the the lovely clove bud that is soft but beautifully supportive up against the other notes.
  • Wet: There’s a touch of spiciness here, but the lavender note takes precedence on my skin.  I wish the chypre were a little clearer, but it does add some nice complexity behind the lavender.
  • Dry: It’s dried down into a sophisticated lavender chypre, the citrus of which is very subtly present with a touch of bergamot.  It’s definitely a nice perfume, but not something that is out of the ordinary or remarkable in terms of uniqueness.

Other Impressions:  This on top of Lush’s Sleepy lotion is so much better!

 

Day 1170 – BPAL’s Six

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Scent Name: Six

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Une Douzaine De Roses

Scent Description and Notes: “Red roses, black leather, and toasted almond.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/six/

Oil Color: A slightly pinked mixture that reminds me of diluted champagne rose jello.

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 close up of a faded rose.  The name of the company is in thick white block print along the bottom, just above the much larger shadowed scent name.  The name of the collection is in similar font, although smallest, along the top.

  • ITI: I was expecting rose, but what I’m getting is candied almond. There’s a faint aroma of rose just along the edges, but in the imp, it’s more of an almond-dominant scent.
  • Wet: The almond isn’t as sweet on my skin, and I can detect the toasted quality now.  The rose note is starting to make itself more apparent (maybe what I attribute to a yellow or very light pink rose, not full bodied and proud, but delicate). As it starts to settle, the leather peaks out just a little.  I wish this were a little more balanced, but that might come once it’s dry.
  • Dry:  After it’s had a few hours to settle, the rose becomes the focus, unassuming and delicate, supported by very faint almond and a touch of masculine and powder.  It’s okay, but certainly not my favorite rose scent the lab as produced.

Other Impressions:  “It kinda smells like visiting an old person.” -Tony

Day 1169 – BPAL’s Woman Dragging Her Aroused Lover Across a Bridge

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Scent Name: Woman Dragging Her Aroused Lover Across a Bridge

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Shungas

Scent Description and Notes: “Sweet amber and rosewood, wet oak beams, smoky vanilla husk, ambrette seed, and hinoki wood.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/woman-dragging-her-aroused-lover-across-a-bridge/

Oil Color: The color of honeyed mead.

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 ink drawing of a gleeful woman, partially robed, dragging her very aroused lover across a wooden bridge.

  • ITI: Husky vanilla breads itself languidly across the  delightful tones of rosewood, full bodied hinoki wood, and a touch of oak.  The ambrette seed isn’t too apparent at this stage.
  • Wet: Ah, there’s the ambrette, dancing merrily with the amber.  While the vanilla husk simmers faintly in the background, the hinoki wood and rosewood notes sing against the sweet resins. As it settles, the smoky quality of the vanilla husk peaks out, adding a lovely complexity to the other notes.
  • Dry:  Oh, those resins are amazing – rich, full bodied, and sweet without being cloying next to the ambrette seed and deliciously smoky vanilla. The woods intensify the resins, reminding me of  a sweeter version of the way Japanese wooden temples smell in the late summer afternoon.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1168 – BPAL’s The Silk Strings of the Shamisen

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Scent Name: The Silk Strings of the Shamisen

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Shungas

Scent Description and Notes: “Wisteria and white clove, green tea leaf, and frankincense.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2018/the-silk-strings-of-the-shamisen/

Oil Color: The color of wheat.

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 a woman playing the shamisen while astride a man.

  • ITI: Mmm, that’s a lovely tea garden scent.  The wisteria is cool, crisp, and sophisticated up against the delicious iced green tea scent.  Imagine sun tea but with wisteria and  just a touch of clove.
  • Wet: The wisteria is a little stronger on my skin, but oh my gosh, the frankincense and clove are just delicious next to that floral.  I’m still getting the green tea, but it’s much subtler underneath the herb and resin notes.  It strikes me as a cool springtime scent that’s sophisticated and romantic.
  • Dry:  Soft wisteria and powdered frankincense settle gently against the dusty clove.  There’s just a phantom of tea left, but not enough to be immediately recognizable.

Other Impressions:  The scent has some fantastic throw while wet and during dry-down, but it ultimately dries close to the skin.

Day 1167 – BPAL’s The Pleasure of Aristocratic Women

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Scent Name: The Pleasure of Aristocratic Women

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Shungas

Scent Description and Notes: “Honeyed amber, teakwood, almond, and coconut.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/the-pleasure-of-aristocratic-women/

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 two women pleasuring themselves on phallic objects hanging upside down from a pole, which one male is holding.

  • ITI: I’m usually pretty worried about honey, but this is nice!  It smells like honey-sweetened almond milk, like the high-end soaps that you’d find at Nordstrom or Bloomingdale’s.
  • Wet: Almond milk and a honeysuckle honey with the subtle sweetness of coconut drifts wonderfully from my wrist.  The scent sits faint close to the skin (a 2-3″ throw), so it isn’t going to overpower anyone in an elevator.
  • Dry:  I’ve had to reapply this several times as it does not tend to stay on for a whole work day. After about an hour’s dry-time, I’m still getting a very floral honey note with very subtle undertones of amber and just a touch of coconut.  It’s something that I could see wearing frequently on warm summer evenings.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1166 – BPAL’s Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

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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.

Day 1165 – BPAL’s An Oiran Of The Yoshiwara And Her Customer

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Scent Name: An Oiran Of The Yoshiwara And Her Customer

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Shungas

Scent Description and Notes: “Kadu leaf, white lavender, plum and ume blossom, a drop of pale cedar and crystal musk.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2018/an-oiran-of-the-yoshiwara-and-her-customer/

Kadu is apparently a leaf used in Ayurvedic healing and is also known for its extremely bitter taste.

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 an oiran and a male customer, who is mostly nude save for a kimono over his shoulders, right before engaging in coitus.

  • ITI: Hmm, clean and green herbal notes with a very lovely ume/plum blossom notes mixed in with just a touch of bitter, which I’m assuming is from the kadu.
  • Wet: The white lavender is slightly more pronounced on my skin, followed by a very gauzy crystal musk dusted with plum and ume blossoms.  I’m not getting any bitterness anymore, but there’s still the impression of green just along the edge of the lavender note.
  • Dry: After 8 hours, all that’s left is a close-to-the-skin scent that smells vaguely green, musky, and clean, but nothing distinct enough to point to a single note.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1164 – BPAL’s The Pearl in the Volcano

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Scent Name: The Pearl in the Volcano

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Shungas

Scent Description and Notes: “Rice milk, warm myrrh, red currant, red amber cream, and a trickle of vetiver.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2018/the-pearl-in-the-volcano/

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 a very detailed vulva.

  • ITI: Hmm, not sure if I like this.  The red currant reminds me of fruity bathroom air freshener (the soy kind) with hints of cream and something a little sharp underneath, which might be the vetiver.
  • Wet: The red currant on my skin is less air freshener and more cough syrup (almost cherry), followed by amber and and a vetiver note that reminds me of moth balls. I’m starting to think that red currant and I just don’t play well together.
  • Dry: Much better dried.  The currant, now much more mellow, provides a sweet sophistication next to the now more prominently delicious, creamy resins.

Other Impressions:  This one is very much worth the dry-down.

Day 1163 – BPAL’s Hojojutsu

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Scent Name: Hojōjutsu

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Shungas

Scent Description and Notes: “Red currant and rice milk with almond blossom and white tea.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2018/hojojutsu/

Oil Color: The color of diluted lemonchello.

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 a woman, bend over, whose vulva is roping the member of an older man, who looks a little upset.

  • ITI: Strong almond blossom clashes with jammy fruit, very floral white tea, and just a touch of milkiness.
  • Wet: It’s oddly fizzy and creamy, like Smarties in 7-Up, bathed in rice milk.  The fruity, candied sweetness of the red currant is a bit too sweet, but the almond blossom and rice milk are really lovely together.  There’s a touch of tea that I’m getting as it develops on my skin.  Honestly, I wish the red currant wasn’t in there because the other three notes or divine together.
  • Dry: After 5 hours, the notes lose their distinctness.  I’m left with a sweet “red” fruit and a touch of cream.  I’ll pass on this one, but if you like fruity scents, this might be one to try.

Other Impressions:  “It smells like a strawberry creamsicle.” -Tony

Day 1162 – BPAL’s Knee Bolster of Ono

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Scent Name: Knee Bolster of Ono

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Shungas

Scent Description and Notes: “Blue lilac, white sage, orris root, sweet pea, a smear of crushed blueberry, and tobacco leaf.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2018/knee-bolster-of-ono/

Oil Color: Clear on my skin.

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 three couples engaged in coitus in various directions.

  • ITI: Slushy blueberries, powdered orris and a little something sweet.  The lilac, sadly, is a little buggy in the vial. Hopefully, it will temper itself on my skin.
  • Wet:  Okay, I wasn’t expecting blueberries and…plastic?  Now it’s shifting to moth balls.  Whatever the note that is reading super strangely for me  is, I can’t tell.  There’s a little sage and maybe sweet pea, but that mystery note is really making my head spin.
  • Dry: Ah, better!  Candied blueberries are tangled with sweet pea and orris while the tobacco leaf adds some heady grounding to the other notes.  Lilac, thankfully, just adds a vague “purple floral” note to the scent rather than the bugginess that I smelled before.

Other Impressions:  “It smells like somebody rubbed fake strawberries on leather.” -Tony

Day 1161 – BPAL’s Monk and Actor

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Scent Name: Monk and Actor

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Shungas

Scent Description and Notes: “Soft auburn musk, clove bud, honeyed patchouli, oakmoss absolute, cashmere labdanum, cedar, and mimosa blossom.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2018/monk-and-actor/

Oil Color: Faintly  yellow on my skin.

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 an older monk and a younger male actor dressed in geisha attire engaged in coitus.

  • ITI: Interesting.  On first sniff, I’m met with a lovely, creamy wood with a very subtle and subdued floral musk and a touch of cashmere.
  • Wet:  Ah, there’s the slightly more forceful cedar, flanked by almost a fuzzy musk (which must be the auburn and perhaps a touch of the clove bud).  The labdanum emerges, swathed in gauzy cashmere and a touch of warmed patchouli.  Faint honey weaves itself around the heavier notes, yet it isn’t sickly sweet but more of a beeswax note, which is genius with these woods.
  • Dry: This reminds me of BPAL’s Scholar’s Tower now that it’s dry, but less resinous and more creamy and musky.  It’s less resinous, though.  On its own, the scent is deliciously warm, musky, and woodsy with very soft beeswax patchouli, and a faint sprinkle of hazy clove and cashmere.  Lovely!

Other Impressions:  “Amber-y, but it also reminds me of those nice Chinese cone incenses, but feminine. And relaxed/chill. It’s really pleasant.” – Tony

Day 1160 – BPAL’s Caressing The Wild Rabbit

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Scent Name: Caressing The Wild Rabbit

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Shungas

Scent Description and Notes: “White tea, honeycomb, vanilla orchid, and a drop of soft sandalwood.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2018/caressing-the-wild-rabbit/

Oil Color: It has a very faint yellow tinge on my skin.

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 a close up of a woman’s vulva being caressed.

  • ITI: The white tea note here is simply lovely, like a  sweeter, slightly more floral and resinous version of Whittard’s Chelsea Garden tea. It’s sophisticated, dewy, and vibrantly pristine thanks to the vanilla orchid. Certainly, it’s very evocative of early spring.
  • Wet:  While it’s less sweet initially, it is similar to the notes in the imp, but there’s something that reminds me of ripe nectarine underneath it all.  It actually makes my mouth water!  The sandalwood billows out from underneath these notes as the scent settles on my skin, yet careful to highlight the vanilla orchid and the tea without overpowering them or even opposing them.  It’s a surprisingly harmonious blend so far.
  • Dry: The tea note stays pretty consistent over the last hour of the dry-down.  The nectarine impression I was getting has now vanished.  What I have left is the lovely, bright tea note, a ghost of sandalwood, and a very subtle, slightly creamy vanilla note blanketed by the white tea.

Other Impressions:  This is one of my all-stars for Black Phone ix Alchemy Lab’s Lupercalia release.

Day 1159 – BPAL’s Vivid Enjoyment Of The Memory Of Rupture

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Scent Name: Vivid Enjoyment Of The Memory Of Rupture (“Rapture” on the label, “Rupture” on the website)

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Shungas

Scent Description and Notes: “Rice milk, white ginger, oakmoss, ti leaf, and cardamom pod..” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2018/vivid-enjoyment-of-the-memory-of-rupture/

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 a woman thinking about a phallus while pleasuring herself.

  • ITI: Very interesting. The scent is faintly creamy, but more robustly spicy with just a hint of green sweetness. The white ginger, rice milk, and cardamom pod remind me of a very sexy horchata, although there’s a bit more green in this and a very faint peach undertone.
  • Wet:  The ginger is a bit spicier on my skin, like freshly grated ginger rather than ginger typically found in mainstream perfumes.  I’m still getting something reminiscent of peach just between the cardamom, ti leaf, and faint oakmoss.  The rice milk was present upon immediate application, but it settles much further into the background, leaving a pleasingly sharp ginger with invigorating green and woodsy tones.
  • Dry: The sharp spiciness dissipates after a few minutes, replaced by a powdered, pleasant ginger, softened by gentle rice milk, which is warmed with a cardamom musk.  After 6 hours, I’m left with a delightfully subtle combination of ginger powder and creamy rice milk.  Very enjoyable, especially since the scent shifts in so many interesting ways as it settles on the skin.

Other Impressions:  “Wow, that smells like tobacco.” -Tony

Day 1158 – BPAL’s Snow Scene With Cherry Blossoms Beside The Phallus Statue

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Scent Name: Snow Scene With Cherry Blossoms Beside The Phallus Statue

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Shungas

Scent Description and Notes: “Cherry blossoms cascading onto a snowdrift, white wisteria buds, and ume petals.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2018/snow-scene-with-cherry-blossoms-beside-the-phallus-statue/

Oil Color: Clear on my skin.

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 a man and a woman making love in the snow next to a phallus statue.

  • ITI: It’s sweet and crisp, definitely reminiscent of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s other delicious Snowball Yule scents and snow notes.  There’s almost a faint bubblegum undertone, which develops into the salty umami of ume. A hint of soft floral adds to the ephemeral cool and serene nature of this scent.
  • Wet:  Hmm, there’s that bubblegum now, but that starts to melt into snow and pine while the ume unfolds underneath. There is a gentle softness surrounding the core of these notes that is absolutely lovely.
  • Dry: I keep having to reapply it since the scent vanishes from my skin before I can get back home. Finally, after 5 hours, I’m home and there’s enough left on my skin to review. I get a very subtle snow-like creaminess and the faintest hint of soft, delicate floral musk.  It’s really lovely, but I do wish this had more staying power.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1157 – BPAL’s Hyakki Yagyo

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Scent Name: Hyakki Yagyo

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Shungas

Scent Description and Notes: “Demonic black musk, inky myrrh, black coconut, champaca blossom, and smoky clove bud.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2018/hyakki-yagyo/

Oil Color:  A rich marmalade color on my skin.

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 phallus and vulva-headed ghosts.

  • ITI: Oh yes!  As a resin lover, this hits all the right chords straight out of the bottle – thick, smoky resins, pulsating, dark musks, spicy clove, and champaca blossom.  I can’t wait to slather myself in this.
  • Wet:  The champaca and super inky myrrh are the most discernible once applied to the skin.  The inky quality of the musk comes off as slightly buggy until the black musk mollifies it and wraps it in its dark, sensuous cloak.  The clove only warms on my skin after 30 seconds of settle time.  I don’t detect any coconut at all, though.
  • Dry: I’m surprised at how quickly this vanishes on my skin, especially considering the heavy resins and spices.  3 hours in, I’m left with must a very faint impression of clove and perhaps a little musk.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1156 – BPAL’s Twilight Grooming Scene

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Scent Name: Twilight Grooming Scene

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2018: Shungas

Scent Description and Notes: “A vibrant green chypre with orange blossom, pine needles, and violet leaf.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2018/twilight-grooming-scene/

Oil Color:  A very faint white wine color.

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 4 courtesans in various states of undress, grooming themselves.

  • ITI: What a lovely green chypre supported by gentle violet leaf and a soft, almost musky orange blossom note.  I don’t get any of the pine (and honestly, this scent is absolutely gorgeous without it).
  • Wet:  The orange blossom shines on the skin against the verdant chypre while a softly sweet pine note threads itself between the other evident notes.
  • Dry: The green chypre settles down brilliantly to a sleepy, mossy musk nestled amongst the light violet leaf note and mildly sweet orange blossom.  I don’t get any pine at this point, and frankly, I’m fine with it.  It’s a lovely,  gentle scent. 

Other Impressions:  “Interesting.  It’s indistinct, but pleasant.” -Tony