Scent Name: Bakeneko
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – A Little Lunacy: February 2007
Scent Description and Notes: “In sharp contrast to the stark sterility of Hunger Moon, we present a carnivorous chaotic charmer: the bakeneko. The Monster Cat is a shapeshifter, and is empowered to take the form of a beautiful woman (to entice lonely gentlemen) or a winsome young maiden (to the peril of childless couples). Though some bakeneko are benevolent, and only wish to find someone to care for them, or to show gratitude to a mortal that has done them a great service, others are furry balls of malevolent mayhem. Their mischief ranges from simply destructive — knocking over lamps and destroying property, tossing ghostly, freezing fireballs from their hands — to horrifying acts of carnage.
Warm amber musk, Satsuma tangerine, black tea leaf, cardamom, cherry blossom and cinnamon.” -BPAL.org
Oil Color: A dilute Satsuma orange colored oil on my skin.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard brown apothecary bottle. The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the company in thin warm grey block font along the bottom of the label. Above that is the name of the scent in a bolded larger red font outlined in a white. The name of the collection is in the same smaller version as the company name, located at the center top of the label along with the scent date and month. The label art is pictured below:
- ITB: Wow, that’s gorgeous! Cardamom spiced black tea over dried tangerine peel and delicate cherry blossoms make for a scent that reminds me of some of BPAL’s Novel Ideas for Secret Amusement scents – delicate, evocative, and pleasantly unusual.
- Wet: That’s delicious! Cardamom-spiced tangerine and steaming black tea brush up against delicate cherry blossom before the amber musk adds hints of golden warmth underneath the top citrus spiced tea notes.
- Dry: Amber musk with a hint of black tea and a very mild citrus blush linger on my skin three hours after application. I wish some of the cherry blossom was still around, but I am still enjoying the scent as is.
Other Impressions: “It smells like sexy Thai coconut soup.” -Tony