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Scent Name: Minamoto No Yorimasa and the Lotus Flower
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2015: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements
Scent Description and Notes: “MINAMOTO NO YORIMASA AND THE LOTUS FLOWER
Lotus root, lotus petals, and blue lotus absolute with frankincense, black amber, and blackcurrant.” -BPAL.org
Oil Color: A pleasing candied nectarine 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 a woodblock print of the mythic Minamoto transfigured from a painting into the form of a man (complete with his tell-tale black hat), making love to a female deity holding a lotus, surrounded by her flying scarves.
- ITI: Black currant musk layered over cool, watery, waxy floral tones. I’m not getting the normal Lab lotus note, which skews bubblegum-y to me, thankfully. It reads more like a watery magnolia note more than lotus.
- Wet: Ah, there’s the frankincense, although it’s darkened with black currant tendrils, juicy and deeply purplish red over a subdued waxy, watery floral. Interesting. After about 3 minutes, a subtle but pleasant bubblegum tone rises, huskily wrapped in resin and black currant, which tempers the sweetness of the lotus.
- Dry: After 3 hours, the scent settles in a lovely black currant-darkened amber threaded with frankincense smoke and a very light impression of the sweetness of lotus petals. It’s a lot darker than anticipated, but almost jam-like. It makes my mouth water.
Other Impressions: “It’s like musky, leathery, and maybe violet way in the background…something floral way in the background.” -Tony