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Scent Name: Seated Couple Leaning on Hips
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia 2015: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements
Scent Description and Notes: “SEATED COUPLE LEANING ON HIPS
Sake, skin musk, and ambrette seed.” -BPAL.org
Oil Color: A candied tangerine 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 shunga woodblock print of a nude man and a courtesan engaged in coitus in the scissor position.
- ITI: This is a bit more floral than I had anticipated. It’s more of a warm floral sake note, akin to Fresh’s Memoirs of a Geisha sake scent, with a touch of salty skin musk. I’m missing the ambrette seed, but that could be what’s making the sake so perfectly sweet, like a good nigori-saki.
- Wet: Odd, now the sake comes off as a bit more grass-like before moving back into the sweetness I smelled earlier among with the skin musk. There’s a light perfume-tone that might be from the ambrette seed.
- Dry: Thankfully, this still remains true to form well after it has dried. Five hours after application, I am still smitten by the ambrette-warmed sake perfumed with light skin musk. As a sake scent lover, I find this absolutely divine and I’m rather distraught that I never tested it until now.
Other Impressions: None.