bamboo, BPAL, Buddha's Hand, Chinese New Year, Chinese New Year 2012, chrysanthemum, coconut, dragon's blood, king mandarin, kumquat, limited edition, lychee, mandarin, narcissus, orange, orchid, peach, peach blossom, peony, pine, pine resin, plum, plum blossom, pussy willow, quince, resin, sesame, tangerine
I had so much hope for this one when I ordered it, but I remember hating it when I tested it right from the lab. Now that I have had some experience testing, the quince and orchid should have been indicators of how I’d react upon sniffing it. My hope is that time has mellowed it some and made it more appealing.
Scent Name: Water Dragon
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Chinese New Year 2012
Scent Description and Notes: “A new year’s blessing! Peony, China’s national flower, with bamboo for flexibility, Buddha’s Hand for introspective spiritual growth, plum blossom for perseverance, courage, and hope, coconut for camaraderie, chrysanthemum for a life free of grief and struggle, tangerine and orchid for wealth, orange for happiness, lychee for household peace, pine resin for constancy, golden kumquat, pussy willow, and quince for prosperity, sesame for sweetness, narcissus and King mandarin for good fortune, and peach blossom for longevity, with a splash of blazing red of dragon’s blood… to help you scare away the rampaging Nian.“ – BPAL
Oil Color: – (Cannot tell in brown apothecary bottles)
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle. The label extends just under halfway around the bottom. The label features the name of the company and the name of the scent the bottom in the same white block font. Of course, the scent name is much larger. The image is water dragon (blue) submerged under water with bubbles around him. It’s a lovely image and I wish I could find a picture. I’m just too lazy to take one and upload it.
- ITB: Nope, It smells like something rotten has been covered over the citrus and florals.
- Wet: Still gross. Quince dances on my skin like a dervish while the Buddha’s Hand, which smells like lemon, tries to calm it down to no avail. I get some bamboo, chrysanthemum, and more citrus (mandarin and tangerine) with a touch of sesame, but I’m fighting the urge to wash it off immediately. It’s taking all of my will power.
- Dry: It’s a bit better once dried – the quince is still there and still makes me cringe, but I can pick up more floral and more citrus, including the lychee and the plum. If there wasn’t any quince in it, I’d like this much, much better.