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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