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Scent Name: Bunraku Theater
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2016: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements
Scent Description and Notes: “Beeswax and hay absolute with sweet hops, pumpkin rind, and tobacco.” -BPAL.org
Oil Color: A faded pollen yellow colored oil.
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 an uncensored woodblock print of the below:
- ITI: Phew, that’s sweet – melting beeswax with sticky tobacco and dark pumpkin pulp and rind make for a strange combination. The sweet hops comes in over the top, adding a strange spirit-tone over top that I’m not terribly taken with.
- Wet: Yep, still the same on my skin. I think I’ll allow this to dry for an hour before I scrub my skin clean. Cloying and strong with throw like a quarterback, this one isn’t for the faint of heart or delicate of nostril.
- Dry: Thank the gods, the tobacco takes the lead after 5-7 minutes, imbuing the scent with a heady, chewy, a caramelized sheen, balancing the beeswax and pumpkin under just enough. After 4 hours, the scent is sticky sweet beeswax infused with tobacco and pumpkin flesh. It’s still far too sweet for me, though.
Other Impressions: “Yeah, I can smell that one across the room, like damn. It’s not bad, but there’s too much of it. I wish it would let go of my nostrils.” -Tony