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UGH, Monk smells amazing. It smells like flowers and incense, and just sort of downright low-key sexy. It's got a suppleness that is understated, and actually would amp up the sexiness to any blend, and would definitely cozy up to your Lupercalia. Good throw and wear length.

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This one is low-key gorgeous---simple yet clear and bright. I could definitely see it being a helpful scent for studying, meditating, or any activity that requires mental focus. My mom liked it so much that I gifted it to her, though if she hadn't taken such a liking to it I'd definitely have kept it. ☺️

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Beautiful bright green that dries down to more of a saffron-sandalwood incense. Fresh, but calm and focused. 

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Oh yes, Monk could totally be a Shunga. Aren’t there Japanese erotic stories about misbehaving monks? The sandalwood incense note is tied to earth with the honey and saffron. This has good staying power too — I can even still smell it after showering. Really nice.

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I was worried I wouldn't like Monk, because this is my first blend with ti leaf so I didn't know what to expect, but I love it!

 

At first sniff it is weirdly aquatic and green at the same time, with a...kind-of creamy sweet note.

 

As it dries down the honey is more distinguishable, and the sandalwood is also a bit stronger. The ti leaf keeps it all green and fresh, without having one of those OMG-greenery! kinds of feelings (not at all like your oakmosses, or grass, or flower greens). It's almost like a bamboo kind of note, with a shade of eucalyptus. I can't really pinpoint the saffron, but the oil does have the most miniscule bit of an earthy quality, so I would chalk that up to the saffron. :)

 

All in all this one is awesome! It feels like a nice fresh spring/summer scent, or exactly the kind of fragrance you'd expect to smell at a spa~

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Monk is mostly about the strong white tea on me, backed by the honeyed part of the honeyed saffron, and some sandalwood incense. It shares some similarities with a previous Shunga, The Mystery of Giant Testicles on a Brothel Visitor, but that one is warmer and creamier, with its beeswax and roasted nuts. I prefer that scent over this one.

 

My skin chemistry really amps the ti leaf in this far more than I would like. I bet this would smell much nicer on those that do not amp that note.

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This is gorgeous. I couldn't pass up trying even though the whole rpg thing is of no interest to me. Sandalwood is one of my favorite notes but i usually find bpal sandalwood to be sharp and unpleasant or completely undetectable. This is beautiful sandalwood incense smoothed out so nicely by the creamiest honeyed saffron. The ti leaf is the perfect amount bringing this into shunga territory. 😍

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