Day 1149 – BPAL’s Hidden Pearls

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Scent Name: Hidden Pearls

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – In Memoriam: Lupercalia 2016: Shungas

Scent Description and Notes: “Iris root, gleaming orris, pearlescent white vanilla, sweet coconut milk, and pear stem.” –bpal.org

Oil Color:  Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard imp from moons_storm.  It features the the notes on the back, while the front contains the company acronym, scent name, decanting information, and label art, which is a woodblock print of several individuals in various states of undress.  The image itself is not opaque, so I’m having trouble teasing out all the details.

  • ITI: Delightful!  Sweet pear is immersed in a swirling shadow of iris root, orris, and something that reminds me of Sweet Tart candies.
  • Wet: Oh, where is that juicy pear flesh?  It’s changed under iris root (thankfully, not buggy right now), now clearly pear stem.  Thankfully, the iris is softened by the orris, but I’m not getting that lovely complexity on my skin.
  • Dry: Soft orris and iris roots with hints of sweetness left behind.  It’s nice, but it just doesn’t live up to its beauty in the imp.

Other Impressions: None

 

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Day 1148 – BPAL’s Lenus Mars

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Since Lupercalia scents just dropped on Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, I thought I’d go through my older, un-reviewed Lupercalia scents while I wait for my new order to arrive.

Scent Name: Lenus Mars

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – In Memoriam: Lupercalia 2015: Ode to Mars

Scent Description and Notes: “Mars the Healer

Roman chamomile, white musk, and ambergris.” –bpal.org

Oil Color:  Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard imp from Absinthetics.  It features the name of the scent, the notes, and the decanting information on the back, and the image of the bottle on the front. The image of a decently muscular male posing in nude, his hands behind his lower back, thrusting forward his nether-regions.

  • ITI: Soft yet forcefully quieting, the Roman chamomile dominates the scent while just a sliver of the sweet ambergris is allowed to beak from beneath chamomile’s folds.
  • Wet: The chamomile has taken over, turning the scent on my skin to herbal lozenges. The white musk is sharp and attacks my nostrils – not pleasant, but I have hope that the ambergris will help settle all the hash herbal tones in the dry phase.
  • Dry: As expected, the ambergris is this scent’s savior.  Now, it’s  a soft, almost floral amalgamation of ambergris and white musk (no longer sharp, but gentle and almost powdery).  There’s a touch of chamomile underneath, but not overly herbal or overpowering.  Much improved!

Other Impressions: None

Day 1147 – BPAL’s Kubla Khan

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Scent Name: Kubla Khan

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Bewitching Brews

Scent Description and Notes:

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!
And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail:
And ‘mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:
And ‘mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!

The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight ‘twould win me
That with music loud and long
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

Through sunlit caves of ice, roses unfurl amidst dancing waves of serpentine opium smoke and amber tobacco, golden sandalwood, champaca, tea leaf, sugared lily, ginger, rich hay absolute, leather, dark vanilla, mandarin, peru balsam, and Moroccan jasmine.” – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/bewitching-brews/kubla-khan/

Oil Color: A very faint peach wine color.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  The label wrapped around the bottle features an Art-Deco inspired phoenix with name of the company next to the phoenix. On the other side, the title of the scent written in large, clear black font outlined with red on the front.

Scent: 

  • ITI: Mmm, that is delicious.  Dark vanilla and sugared lily practically embrace the sweet mandarin, while the champaca, amber, and sandalwood festoon a resinous veil over the scent.  There’s a touch of hay absolute the more I try to concentrate on the scent, but I’m surprised I’m not getting any jasmine or balsam.
  • Wet: The hay absolute is much clearer on my skin while the mandarin steps back to allow the Moroccan jasmine and ginger to take over. Sugared lily still abounds and champaca still reigns true, but the opium, tobacco, amber, and sandalwood are lost under the notes my skin tends to amp (I’m looking at you, jasmine).
  • Dry:  What’s left after a full day of running around is a nice blend of vanilla, a hint of sugar, and just a whiff of faded opium smoke.  I really enjoyed all phases of this scent, so in the “to buy” list it goes.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1146 – BPAL’s Visions of Autumn VII

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Scent Name:  Visions of Autumn VII

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenie 2014: Visions of Autumn

Scent Description and Notes: “Tobacco absolute, myrrh, opoponax, black sandalwood, and black pepper.” -bpal.org

Oil Color: The color of motor oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the scent notes on the back.  The front of the label displays the collection name, scent name, and date, displayed in order to frame the label art:

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  • ITI: Soft, sensuous opoponax and heady tobacco shine brilliantly upon first sniff.  Wow, what a lovely balance.  The tobacco absolute is soft and welcoming paired with the resinously delicious myrrh, opoponax, and sandalwood.  I don’t get much pepper yet; however, the scent itself reminds me of a rather naughty evening while at Mass.
  • Wet:  Interesting.  I get black pepper, opoponax, and the tobacco absolute, but the notes as a whole are more diluted (save for the pepper) than in the imp. There’s something that reminds me a little of a men’s cologne in here – warm and pleasantly masculine.
  • Dry:  Wow, that’s smooth and seductive.  The tobacco absolute is now sweeter, nearly vanilla-tinged, and more languid on my skin.  Much of than has to do with the myrrh and sandalwood, the  complexity of which resins amplifies the deliciously alluring quality of the tobacco.  There’s a hint of pepper just below the surface, but not enough to make my nose tingle.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1145 – BPAL’s Visions of Autumn IV

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Scent Name:  Visions of Autumn IV

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenie 2014: Visions of Autumn

Scent Description and Notes: “Somalian myrrh, orange blossom, champaca flower, and verbena.” -bpal.org

Oil Color: The color of apple brandy.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the scent notes on the back.  The front of the label displays the collection name, scent name, and date, displayed in order to frame the label art:

  • ITI: Verbena, bright and clear, intertwines itself with the distinct orange blossom that skews more orange than blossom.  The myrrh and the champaca flower wedge themselves between the two top notes, yet the scent as a whole is not discordant, but strikes me as a sophisticated orange spice that I might smell in a bazaar.
  • Wet:  Champaca, thick and heady coils around the orange blossom and verbena notes, reducing their clarity, but lending the champaca a slightly citrusy-sweet quality.  I don’t get any myrrh,however, which is too bad since the scent does remind me of a really nice hand soap from Bath and Body Works.
  • Dry: Gone is the soapiness during the wet phase.  The scent that’s left is a well-balanced play between the myrrh and the champaca flower notes – soft and resinous.  The orange blossom and verbena are much more indistinct, but add interest to the edges of the scent, but not enough to register as clear, discernible notes.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1144 – BPAL’s Visions of Autumn III

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Dang it!  There’s a honey note I spy.  I think I bought this one before I found out that honey doesn’t play nicely on my skin.  Let’s home that this is one of those rare cases that does.

Scent Name:  Visions of Autumn III

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenie 2014: Visions of Autumn

Scent Description and Notes: “Bourbon vanilla, aged patchouli, honey, and Ceylon cinnamon.” -bpal.org

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the scent notes on the back.  The front of the label displays the collection name, scent name, and date, displayed in order to frame the label art:

  • ITI: It reminds me of a softly sweet Hot Toddy infused with vanilla.  I like it, but let’s see how it shifts on my skin.
  • Wet:  What is this sorcery?  Honey that smells like honey dusting powder and not some potent reminder of the men’s bathroom? No!  It’s a delightfully soft honey, speckled with vanilla, very subtle patchouli and just a hint of cinnamon, but not enough to burn the nose.  Wow, this is lovely, even on my skin.
  • Dry: After 10 hours, I’m left with light honey dust and a gentle hint of vanilla.  This is a pleasantry surprising scent, even for someone whose skin doesn’t usually play nicely with honey.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1143 – BPAL’s Visions of Autumn V

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Scent Name:  Visions of Autumn V

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenie 2014: Visions of Autumn

Scent Description and Notes: “Haitian vetiver, tea leaf, Himalayan cedar, and apricot rind.” -bpal.org

Oil Color: The color of an old penny.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the scent notes on the back.  The front of the label displays the collection name, scent name, and date, displayed in order to frame the label art:

  • ITI:  If you are a fan of woody perfumes, then I’d suggest trying this one out.  I certainly get slightly aged cedar with smoky vetiver, yet the apricot note swells and vies for attention.  It’s supposed to be an apricot rind note, but I get something much sweeter, like pulp or bruised apricot skin, that sweet note without being too sugary.
  • Wet:  It’s immediate vetiver, smoky and thick, sweetened only by the phantoms of what was once apricot and cedar.  It gains in complexity almost immediately, with the  apricot building, as if born forth on the  swelling tea leaf that seems to form as the vetiver begins to retreat.
  • Dry: The dried version is really subtle but very pleasant and almost calming.  The tea leaf pairs beautifully with the delicate apricot note (although it smells more like faint apricot pulp than rind).  While I no longer detect the vetiver, the cedar is gentle, delicately bolstering the apricot and tea leaf.
Other Impressions: “It’s like, kinda dusty.  Kind of like getting into your grandma’s box in the attic with her perfume.  It’s not a gross dusty, but reminiscent of the good times with grandma.  I think it’s that cedar that’s causing me to think of grandma’s attic.” -Kelly

Day 1142 – BPAL’s Visions of Autumn II

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Scent Name:  Visions of Autumn II

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenie 2014: Visions of Autumn

Scent Description and Notes: “Gurjum balsam, rose geranium, opoponax, violet leaf, brown leather accord, and patchouli.” -bpal.org

Oil Color: Bright yellow, like a diluted highlighter.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the scent notes on the back.  The front of the label displays the collection name, scent name, and date, displayed in order to frame the label art:

  • ITI:  Airy florals, faintly woody, with a water essence like cucumber underneath (although I know that note isn’t in here). The rose geranium is faint, but I think the violet leaf is the watery note I’m smelling here.
  • Wet:  What a beautiful rose geranium note!  It virtually sings on my skin, it’s lovely soprano measured by the  fluffy patchouli and opoponax, while the balsam weaves between the other notes, uniting and harmonizing with the others playing on my skin.
  • Dry: Lovely rose geranium settled nicely against the ghost of violet leaf and the soft resins of opoponax and faded patchouli.
Other Impressions: I wish I had tested this earlier so I could have picked up a bottle.

Day 1141 – BPAL’s Sonnet D’Automne

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Scent Name:  Sonnet D’Automne

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenie 2014

Scent Description and Notes: “SONNET D’AUTOMNE
Ils me disent, tes yeux, clairs comme le cristal:
“Pour toi, bizarre amant, quel est donc mon mérite?”
– Sois charmante et tais-toi! Mon coeur, que tout irrite,
Excepté la candeur de l’antique animal,

Ne veut pas te montrer son secret infernal,
Berceuse dont la main aux longs sommeils m’invite,
Ni sa noire légende avec la flamme écrite.
Je hais la passion et l’esprit me fait mal!

Aimons-nous doucement. L’Amour dans sa guérite,
Ténébreux, embusqué, bande son arc fatal.
Je connais les engins de son vieil arsenal:

Crime, horreur et folie! – Ô pâle marguerite!
Comme moi n’es-tu pas un soleil automnal,
Ô ma si blanche, ô ma si froide Marguerite?

They say to me, your eyes, clear as crystal:
“For you, bizarre lover, what is my merit then?”
– Be charming and be still! My heart, which all things irk,
Except the candor of the animals of old,

Does not wish to reveal its black secret to you,
Whose lulling hands invite me to long sleep,
Nor its somber legend written with flame.
I hate passion; intelligence makes me suffer!

Let us love each other sweetly. Tenebrous Love,
Ambushed in his shelter, stretches his fatal bow.
I know all the weapons of his old arsenal:

Crime, horror, and madness! – pale marguerite!
Are you not, like me, an autumnal sun,
O my Marguerite, so white and so cold?

– Charles Baudelaire, translated by William Aggeler

Tenebrous Love: a shivering white musk with vanilla-infused white cocoa, amber incense, and dead, dry leaves.” -bpal.org

Oil Color: The color of a pale ale.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the scent notes on the back.  The front of the label displays the collection name, scent name, and date, displayed in order to frame the image of a lovely autumnal woodland scene. The original label art is below:

  • ITI:  Well, that’s certainly acrid, dead leaves, which is rather unappealing right out of the gate.  However, on further sniff, I can pick up some of the white cocoa and amber incense, but the bitter leaf note really isn’t doing it for me.
  • Wet:  The dead leaves note is thankfully more subdued, allowing me to appreciate the delicious layering of white cocoa, vanilla, gossamer white musk, and amber.  It’s much better on the skin!
  • Dry: Okay, that’s nice.  Now it’s amber, deliciously rich, musky vanilla, a dash of cocoa, and a hint of leaves.  There’s nothing left of the bitterness I smelled it in the imp, thankfully.  This is worth the dry-down.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1140 – BPAL’s The Magi: Melchoir of Persia

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Scent Name:  The Magi: Melchoir of Persia

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Yules 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “Sweet oudh, Bulgarian rose, chamomile, and frankincense.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/yule-2017/the-magi-melchior-of-persia/

Oil Color: The color of thick, aged honey.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front:

  • ITI:  Oh!  Now, that’s a lovely blend of frankincense and oudh.  It’s sweetly heady and full bodied without being overbearing, which I think is due in part to the chamomile note.  The Bulgarian rose folds around the edges of the other notes, teasing the periphery.
  • Wet:  The Bulgarian rose is more prevalent once it’s applied to my skin, followed by the frankincense, chamomile, and finally the sweet oudh.  It does change my impression a bit from when it was in the bottle as I do like more resins than florals, but it’s still rather enjoyable.  I’m eager to see if the floral and herb notes or the resinous notes amp more once dried.
  • Dry:  The scent now evokes the image of dried, crushed Bulgarian rose adorning an alter of burning frankincense and freshly added oudh.  The chamomile, although very faint now, adds the impression on filtered sunlight greatly dappling the image.  I like it.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1139 – BPAL’s Frostbitten Snake Oil

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Review Caveat:  Snake Oil is on of my all-time favorites (outside of Dorian and O), so I have high hopes for this scent.  However, I don’t think I’ve tested Frostbite before, so I’m not really sure how the blend will ultimately smell.

Scent Name:  Frostbitten Snake Oil

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Yules 2017: The Snowdrift

Scent Description and Notes: “Dead leaves, violet candy, and sugar crystals.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/yule-2017/frostbitten-snake-oil/

Oil Color: The color of rich brandy.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front:

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  • ITI:  Hmm, my first impression of this would be that Frostbite is very similar to Lush’s Snowcake from years ago.  The Frostbite scent is like a gentle winter-time dusting, gleaming like gems in the early sunlight.  It soften’s Snake Oil considerably, taking it from a really heady resinous scent to one that is more feminine and more subdued, but not any less intriguing.
  • Wet:  Oh yeah, pure, undiluted Snowcake and Snake Oil.  Woof!  As it starts to settle, the scent turns pleasantly powdery, spicy, and something sweetly exotic, like dates.  Ooh, this gets sultrier by the minute!
  • Dry:  This fades down to a subtle, dainty powdery combination of  vanilla snow with the slightest underlying hint of spics far in the background.  Even when dry, this is lovely.
Other Impressions: “It smells like dark plum-skin powder.  I like it.” – Tony
This is gorgeous.  I imagine it’s going to age brilliantly as well.  Getting a bottle for myself…now.

Day 1138 – BPAL’s Dead Leaves, Violet Candy and Sugar Crystals

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Scent Name:  Dead Leaves, Violet Candy and Sugar Crystals

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Weenies 2017: Pile of Leaves

Scent Description and Notes: “Dead leaves, violet candy, and sugar crystals.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/dead-leaves-violet-candy-and-sugar-crystals/

Oil Color: The color of diluted lemon Jello.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front:

  • ITB:  Bitter almost greenness, like the smell of a daisy stem when you snap it.  There’s a touch of breathy violet around the fringe of the bitter leaf note, but not enough to decrease the acrid nature of the more dominant note.
  • Wet:  Okay, at least I get the violet and sugar notes now, kind of like the hard violet candy you can get from stores that sell retro candy.  The bitterness that I smelled in the bottle somewhat is masked as it starts to take on more of the scent of drying leaves.  I’m still a bit weary while waiting for the dry down.
  • Dry:  The dead leaf note stays mostly subdued under the violet, thankfully having lost the acridness that I smelled earlier.  While I like the dry version, I don’t think I’d reach for this one since I dislike the wet version of it so intensely.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1137 – Dead Leaves, Raw Leather, Bourbon Vanilla, and Clove

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Scent Name:  Dead Leaves, Raw Leather, Bourbon Vanilla, and Clove

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Weenies 2016: Pile of Leaves

Scent Description and Notes: “Dead leaves, raw leather, bourbon vanilla, and clove.” -bpal.org

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a sniffie imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label but no label art.

  • ITI:  It’s almost smoky and rough, like the Midwest in fall.  The dead leaf note is present, but it pairs beautifully with the raw leather, adding some wonderful, rustic appeal.  While the clove seems to be hiding, the bourbon vanilla enhances the slightly masculine appeal.  The scent as a whole reminds me of a cold autumnal night in a rustic saloon surrounded with some quaffed bourbon drinks yet to be bused.
Other Impressions: I wish I had enough to test on my skin, but that just isn’t the case.

Day 1136 – BPAL’s Dead Leaves, Tuscan Leather, White Amber, and Mimosa Blossom

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Scent Name:  Dead Leaves, Tuscan Leather, White Amber, and Mimosa Blossom

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Weenies 2017: Pile of Leaves

Scent Description and Notes: “Dead leaves, Tuscan leather, white amber, and mimosa blossom.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/dead-leaves-tuscan-leather-white-amber-and-mimosa-blossom-2/

Oil Color: The color of diluted lemon Jello.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front:

  • ITI:  I think I’d like this as a bath oil! The mimosa blossom is gentle and inviting while the white amber adds some musky, almost faintly powdery sensuality to the scent. The leather note peeks from beneath the clouds of delight every now and then, while the dead leaves (more like a falling leaf note) moves this scent into the autumnal category.
  • Wet: The mimosa blossom is light and buoyantly floral and slight citrus set against the deliciously sophisticated amber. The leather drifts in and out of the base and mid layers of the scent, while the leaves only tinge the exhalation of the scent.  Wow!
  • Dry:  Such a delightful beauty.  After 8 hours, I’m only left with ghostly streaks of amber with a hint of crumpled, dead leaves.
Other Impressions: “Meh, *shrugs* it’s kinda boring.  It’s not bad, but boring and smells like it would come off after a few hours.” -Kelly
“A little soapy, like those tiny floral decorative soaps that are never used.” -Tony

Day 1135 – BPAL’s Cardamom Cream Pumpkin Cake

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Scent Name:  Cardamom Cream Pumpkin Cake

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Weenies 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “Thick lumps of pumpkin cake with cardamom-cream frosting and a dusting of cinnamon.  –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/cardamom-cream-pumpkin-cake/

Oil Color: Clear.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front:

  • ITI:  Whew boy, is that sweet.  That’s definitely cardamom, rich and spicy, folded into gobs of sweet cream, topped with plenty of pumpkin spices. .  There’s also a bit of sweet cakiness (like pumpkin bread or an Old Fashioned donuts) underneath all the rich spices.
  • Wet: Damn, the cardamom almost burns my eyes.  That’s definitely cardamom pumpkin cake.
  • Dry:  Four hours later, the scent is vanilla-infused heavy cream with only the dusty remains of once-faded cardamom.  I actually like this much better now that it has time to settle.  It’s just a little too cloying when freshly applied and during the first couple hours of dry-down.
Other Impressions: “It reeks of Bath and Body Works pumpkin holiday soaps. That’s too strong.” -Kelly

Day 1134 – BPAL’s Nebulaphobia

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Scent Name:  Nebulaphobia

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Weenies 2017: Samhainophobia

Scent Description and Notes: “Fear of Fog

Sinuous, suffocating tendrils of grey ambergris, white frankincense, and cade.”  –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/nebulaphobia/

Oil Color: Clear on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front:

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-Image from https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/nebulaphobia/

Scent: 

  • ITI:  For some reason, I’m getting a buggy iris note, even though it isn’t in the scent description.  I do pick up a little ambergris behind it, but I’m missing the frankincense. Perhaps the iris is from the cade (prickly juniper), but it doesn’t have that lovely green astringent quality that I’d expect with a juniper relative.
  • Wet: Wow, so much better on the skin.  The ambergris and white frankincense bloom and swirl around the cade, which still smells more floral than green, although I am getting a hint of juniper-like deliciousness as the scent begins to dry.  Gone is the bugginess, and with that, my reservations surrounding my initial impression.
  • Dry:  Okay, I’m impressed with this scent’s staying power.  13 hours after initial application I can still pick out the ambergris, the delicate softness of the frankincense, and the perplexing floral yet green note from the cade.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1133 – BPAL’s Chiroptophobia

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Scent Name:  Chiroptophobia

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Weenies 2017: Samhainophobia

Scent Description and Notes: “Fear of Bats

A flutter of leather becomes a swarm of buffeting musks, tangled with a white flash of sandalwood and near-inaudible shrieks of eucalyptus and elemi.”  –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/chiroptophobia/

Oil Color:

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front:

 

Scent: The color of dilluted honey.

  • ITI:  Wow, this is fairly herbal in the bottle, which must be from the eucalyptus, but I’m also getting some greenish wood notes and some resins, which must be the sandalwood and the elemi.
  • Wet: Yum!  This smells like  a whirlwind of fuzzy brown musk, supple leather and a generous dollop of white sandalwood all spun together with a subtle touch of green elemi and eucalyptus that adds more wonderful depth to the scent.
  • Dry:  Sadly, my skin seems to eat this up (although that won’t stop me from applying more later). What’s left after 6 hours is very faint musk and sandalwood. It’s still wonderfully pleasant overall and well worth a bottle.
Other Impressions: “Mmm, mmhmm, okay.” -Elodie
“It smells like herbs, flowers, and baby powder, but I can’t identify a single note.” -Tony

Day 1132 – BPAL’s A Hailstorm of Knitting-Needles

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Scent Name: A Hailstorm of Knitting-Needles

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Yule 2017: An Evening with the Spirits

Scent Description and Notes: ““At a late period in the evening, after nearly three hours of experiment, Mrs Hayden having risen, and talking at another table while taking refreshment, a child suddenly called out, ‘Will all the spirits who have been here this evening rap together?’ The words were no sooner uttered than a hailstorm of knitting-needles was heard, crowded into certainly less than two seconds; the big needle sounds of the men, and the little ones of the women and children, being clearly distinguishable, but perfectly disorderly in their arrival.”

– Augustus de Morgan

Polished mahogany and black tea with a clatter of vanilla husk and oak wood.  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/yule-2017/a-hailstorm-of-knitting-needles/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front:

  • ITI:  Sweet, creamy vanilla pods steeped in fragrant black tea infuses the woods with an air repose and comfort, as if reclining in a lovely Victorian home while waiting of tea and some delicious treat to appear.
  • Wet: I was anticipating that the mahogany would amp once applied, but I’m surprised to find the oak being the dominant note once on my skin. The black tea dances just underneath that, gently pulling a hint of vanilla husk with it while the tones of wood polish and mahogany add a crispness that reminds me of juniper in a way. That final aspect builds and reorders itself until mahogany and wood polish are more discernible than the vanilla and oak.
  • Dry: After 8 hours, much of the subtitles of the scent have dissipated, although I still can tease out the vanilla with a hint of vague wood. I do wish it had lasted a bit longer, but this is an altogether pleasant scent that I could see working any time of year.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1131 – BPAL’s Odic Force

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Scent Name: Odic Force

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Yule 2017: An Evening with the Spirits

Scent Description and Notes: “The desire to inflict a mortal wound on the monster, Superstition, which, from a similar origin, a few centuries ago, inflicted on European society so vast an amount of misery, and by whose influence not hundreds, but thousands, of innocent persons died in tortures, on the rack and at the stake; — the desire made me wish to make the experiment, if possible, of bringing a highly sensitive person, by night, to a churchyard. I thought it possible that they might see, over graves where mouldering bodies lay, something like that which Billing had seen.


Eucalyptus blossom, lime rind, and white mint coalescing into a green-tinged amber glow.
  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/yule-2017/odic-force/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front:

  • ITI:  It smells like lime Hi-Chew candies!  The lime is bright and effervescent, the amber sweet while the mint and eucalyptus add a sense of coolness, like the chill that comes over you when entering a dark. slightly creepy room in the middle of the night.
  • Wet: It reminds me of fresh lime gelato garnished with mint.  No eucalypti or amber yet, but I’d be thrilled to pieces if this scent doesn’t change. Yet as I type, the scent begins to shift, taking on a more powder tone from the amber that softens the crisp sharpness of the lime.
  • Dry: Wow, that does shift.  The powdery green amber wraps around the lime, diffusing its acidity and fruitiness, leaving me instead with the sweetness of faint lime candy infused with a hint of faded mint.
Other Impressions: “It’s like car air freshener and cider.” -Tony

Day 1130 – BPAL’s The Air and the Ether

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Scent Name:  The Air and the Ether

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Yule 2017: An Evening with the Spirits

Scent Description and Notes: “But on what could an impression be left? An impression of such a nature becomes a material thing and implies a material nexus, however subtle. So far as we know there are only two things there, the air and the ether. The air is a mobile thing and could not carry a permanent impression. But is the ether a mobile thing? It is pictured as a most delicate medium with vibrating currents flowing in it, but it seems to me that a most tenuous jelly with quivers and thrills would be a closer analogy. We could conceive the whole material universe embedded in and interpenetrated by this subtle material, which would not necessarily change its position since it is too fine for wind or any coarser material to influence it. I feel that I am rushing in where even Lodges fear to tread, but if it should prove to be as I suggest then we should have that permanent screen on which shadows are thrown. The block of ether upon the stairs is the same that it always was, and so conveys the impression from the past.

 the Edge of the Unknown, Arthur Conan Doyle

Gentle, almost imperceptible, permeating all things: pale amber vibrating with ambergris and a thread of lavender.  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/yule-2017/the-air-and-the-ether/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front:

  • ITI:  Well, hello there, French lavender and ambergris. My, don’t we make an enticing yet soothing pair!
  • Wet:  Gosh, the lavender really is a beautiful note in this blend, so much so that I don’t mind it overshadowing the amber or ambergris, which lend the lavender note a bit of warmth, but don’t stand out individually.  I do hope those develop a bit.
  • Dry: Wow, this is lovely!  A gorgeously golden amber wraps itself around the lavender, keeping the herbal note soft and ephemeral, while the ambergris buoys up both notes in a hammock of musky bliss.  Yes, I will have a bottle of this.
Other Impressions: “Okay, maybe it’s because I was chopping veggies, but it smells like orange, lemongrass, and some other leafy green I’m not sure about.  Actually, it smells like lavender plant, not lavender flower, which isn’t a bad thing because I like the way the plant itself smells.” -Tony