Day 1566 – BPAL’s Songs of Autumn IV

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Scent Name: Songs of Autumn IV

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloween 2019:

Scent Description and Notes: “A harvest scent, bright and hopeful: hay and honey, apricot rind, white amber, apple peel, chrysanthemums, and oak. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/halloween-autumn-collection/songs-of-autumn-2019/songs-of-autumn-iv-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: The color of dilute white wine.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Yowahoshihime.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent and her decanting name. The front of the label has the phrase “Weenies 2019.”  The label art on the bottle is as follows:

Scent:

  • ITI: I was anticipating a more fruit-forward scent, but I’m suprised that the hay note is the most assertive right from the pink, followed by oak, dried apple peel, chrysanthemum and a dash of autumnal amber.  This reminds me of frolicking through the countryside hay fields, wind perfumed with distant autumnal harvests.
  • Wet: The oak is stronger now than the rest and it has a singed, almost vetiver-like tone to it that I didn’t notice in the imp.  They hay is still there, slightly damp, while the peel and chrysanthemum notes hover underneath with the amber, a suggestion of the sweet delights of late fall.
  • Dry: 8 hours into the dry-down the scent smells of warm hay touched with vetiver and dry oak rouged softly with amber musk.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1565 – BPAL’s Come, Sister

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Scent Name: Come, Sister

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloween 2019:

Scent Description and Notes:Then they began to materialise till-if God have not take away my reason, for I saw it through my eyes-there were before me in actual flesh the same three women that Jonathan saw in the room, when they would have kissed his throat. I knew the swaying round forms, the bright hard eyes, the white teeth, the ruddy colour, the voluptuous lips. They smiled ever at poor dear Madam Mina; and as their laugh came through the silence of the night, they twined their arms and pointed to her, and said in those so sweet tingling tones that Jonathan said were of the intolerable sweetness of the water-glasses:-

“Come, sister. Come to us. Come! Come!”

Icy musk draped in osmanthus and white gardenia, a whisper of ti leaf and orchid, crystalline amber, and incense smoke. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/halloween-autumn-collection/dracula-order-of-the-dragon-ii/come-sister-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Yowahoshihime.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent and her decanting name. The front of the label has the phrase “Weenies 2019.”  The label art on the bottle is similar to the one below, but reflects the correct scent name:

Scent:

  • ITI: Ooh, that’s nice and breezy.  The ti leaf and osmanthus emerge first from the imp, followed by a watery musk followed by orchid with a hint of gardenia and a sliver of incense far below.  It reminds me of water lilies.
  • Wet: White, watery orchid and gardenia over icy musk, chilled amber, and osmanthus.  I think there might be ti leaf here, but the other notes are pretty strong.  It almost smells like there’s bamboo or aloe, like a subtle touch of green I’m picking up here and there.
  • Dry: After 6 hours, the scent has mellowed into a cool white, watery floral musk embroidered with faded incense smoke.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1564 – BPAL’s The Empty Coffin

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Scent Name: The Empty Coffin

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloween 2019:

Scent Description and Notes:I drew near and looked. The coffin was empty.

It was certainly a surprise to me, and gave me a considerable shock, but Van Helsing was unmoved. He was now more sure than ever of his ground, and so emboldened to proceed in his task. “Are you satisfied now, friend John?” he asked.

I felt all the dogged argumentativeness of my nature awake within me as I answered him:

“I am satisfied that Lucy’s body is not in that coffin; but that only proves one thing.”

“And what is that, friend John?”

“That it is not there.”

Dead roses, oud blanc, and white sandalwood. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/halloween-autumn-collection/dracula-order-of-the-dragon-ii/the-empty-coffin-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: The color of dried pink rose petals.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Yowahoshihime.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent and her decanting name. The front of the label has the phrase “Weenies 2019.”  The label art on the bottle is similar to the one below, but reflects the correct scent name:

Scent:

  • ITI: Oh, this is lovely.  Deep red doses drip with a nearly balsam-like oud, shot through with sandalwood.
  • Wet: Heavy red rose in various stages of decay and oud reign supreme on my skin.  The oud still skews more woody and slightly astringent that almost borders on moth balls. There’s a hint of a lotion note, but the sandalwood is pretty faint at this stage.
  • Dry: After only two hours, this shifts considerably to a dried rose and lotion-tinged haze.  I was hoping it would retain the beautiful notes from earlier, but not on my skin.

Other Impressions: “It’s kinda like that grandma scent the other day, but not as good.  It smells a bit more on the musty side.” -Kelly

Day 1563 – BPAL’s I Am All in a Sea of Wonders

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Scent Name: I Am All in a Sea of Wonders

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloween 2019:

Scent Description and Notes: “‘I am all in a sea of wonders. I doubt. I fear. I think strange things, which I dare not confess to my own soul. God keep me, if only for the sake of those dear to me!

A delirium of mortal and immortal terror: frankincense, white oud, tolu balsam, champaca absolute, cannabis accord, and silvery amber.’ -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-category/halloween-autumn-collection/dracula-order-of-the-dragon-ii/

Oil Color: A cheery pollen yellow oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Yowahoshihime.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent and her decanting name. The front of the label has the phrase “Weenies 2019.”  The label art on the bottle is similar to the one below, but reflects the correct scent name:

Scent:

  • ITI: It starts out with silvery amber, balsam, and champaca absolute before giving way to the cannabis accord, which swells to a great crescendo at the heart of this scent. It still is quite cool and chilly even with the cannabis pulsing at the center of the scent.
  • Wet: Silvered amber, white oud, and cannabis ascend to my nose with a hint of balsam and frankincense under.  It reminds me of a chill fog on a November morning, surrounding one in quiet solitude with a hint of existential dread.
  • Dry: I kept getting whiffs of potent cannabis throughout the night, making me look around until I remembered that it was me.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1562 – BPAL’s Lucy’s Eyes

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Scent Name: Lucy’s Eyes

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloween 2019:

Scent Description and Notes: “‘Lucy’s eyes in form and colour; but Lucy’s eyes unclean and full of hell-fire, instead of the pure, gentle orbs we knew. At that moment the remnant of my love passed into hate and loathing; had she then to be killed, I could have done it with savage delight.

Unclean and full of hell-fire: a pulsing infernal amber, shot through with lilac-blue, bloodshot and blazing. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/halloween-autumn-collection/dracula-order-of-the-dragon-ii/lucys-eyes-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: A faintly pinked champagne colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Yowahoshihime.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent and her decanting name. The front of the label has the phrase “Weenies 2019.”  The label art on the bottle is as follows:

 

Scent:

  • ITI: The scent smells like clean lilac and red musk amber powder on initial sniff.
  • Wet: When I smell it on my fingers, it reminds me of baby oil. After I initially apply the scent to my skin, the lilac is a bit stronger before settling in to that pleasant baby oil and powder scent I remember from childhood, although this does have a touch more lilac to it.
  • Dry: Even after 4 hours, the scent still reminds me of lilac baby oil. It’s pleasant, but I don’t think I’d reach for this consistently.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1561 – BPAL’s Death’s Head Moth

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Scent Name: Death’s Head Moth

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloween 2019:

Scent Description and Notes:He was interrupted by a word from the Professor:-

“How?”

“By making them happen; just as he used to send in the flies when the sun was shining. Great big fat ones with steel and sapphire on their wings; and big moths, in the night, with skull and cross-bones on their backs.” Van Helsing nodded to him as he whispered to me unconsciously:-

“The Acberontia atropos of the Sphinges-what you call the ‘Death’s-head moth!’” The patient went on without stopping.

Dusty brown sandalwood, nagarmotha, brown oudh, clove husk, white patchouli, black pepper, vetiver, green cumin, and ash. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/halloween-autumn-collection/dracula-order-of-the-dragon-ii/deaths-head-moth-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: A thin, blond colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Yowahoshihime.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent and her decanting name. The front of the label has the phrase “Weenies 2019.”  The label art on the bottle is as follows:

Scent:

  • ITI: Brown, fuzzy, dusted with clove, cumin, peppered vetiver just below the cedar-like nagarmotha and resinous incense.  It’s lovely.
  • Wet: Ah, there’s the ash!  It flutters in silently next to a softer, duskier clove and black pepper before that beautiful nagarmotha note comes in, swathed in threads of patchouli, oudh, and cumin.
  • Dry: This is lovely.  It reminds me of a Yule scent filled with juniper berries, fir, and holiday incense, but it’s darker and less green.

Other Impressions: “It’s spicy, but there’s a fruit smell in there.” -Kelly

Day 1560 – BPAL’s Carotene

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My BPAL Halloweenie scents came in yesterday, so now it’s time to review!

Scent Name: Carotene

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloween 2019:

Scent Description and Notes: “Sunset orange, a marigold-bright throb of light: sweet amber, ginger root, apricot, patchouli, red mandarin, chrysanthemum, and yam. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/halloween-autumn-collection/the-fall-of-the-leaf/carotene-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: A bright and cheery yam color.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Yowahoshihime.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent and her decanting name. The front of the label has the phrase “Weenies 2019.”  The label art on the bottle is as follows:

Scent:

  • ITI: Wow, that is…unusual.  I’m getting freshly grated ginger, complete with its juices, yam mashed potatoes, mandarin juice, and resin pearls.  There’s a bit of floral from the chrysanthemum underneath, but with the other notes on top of it, it reads as steamed carrots to me.
  • Wet: The ginger is less assertive on my skin, replaced instead by warm apricot and heavier resins atop yam and ginger puree. Much of the bright, bitter but lovely mandarin has been replaced by the apricot.  I am just getting pictures of my kitchen in the fall, full of root vegetables and ginger, amid meal prep.
  • Dry: 45 minutes after application, the scent still is heavily vegetal for me.  Yam and ginger root with dried apricot, chrysanthemum, and resin remind me of fall soup with a hint of incense for some reason.  I think I’d like this better without the yam.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1549 – BPAL’s Back in Blueblack

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Scent Name: Back in Blueblack

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –

Scent Description and Notes: “The color of a raven’s wing, gleaming like an oil slick: cistus labdanum, oakmoss, black vetiver, Italian bergamot, chocolate oudh, French lavender, violet leaf and petal, and sweet aged patchouli. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/autumn-collection/lilith-2019/back-in-blueblack-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: A bright lemoned daffodil color.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Yowahoshihime.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent and her decanting name. The front of the label has an image of the label art like below:

Scent:

  • ITI: I was expecting something more bombastic, but I’m met with a gauzy French lavender grounded in oakmoss and bergamot, glinting with chocolate oudh as the scent shifts under my nose. It does remind me of freshly dyed hair that shifts colors in the sunlight.
  • Wet: It’s definitely more assertive on my skin, but I’m still loving the lavender and bergamot combination with cool oakmoss, shadowed vetiver, labdanum.  It reminds me now of the shadowed sections on a wooded trail juxtaposed with the sense of relaxation with a lovely cup of tea.  Every now and then, I get a hint of chocolate oudh before it scurries away under the cover the vetiver and lavender.
  • Dry: This one has longevity!  Nearly 10 hours later, I still can make out lavender swirled with vetiver and hints of labdanum and bergamot with the tiniest impression of chocolate at the finish of the scent.  I enjoyed this much more than I had anticipated.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1548 – BPAL’s Social Justice Paladin

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Scent Name: Social Justice Paladin

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –

Scent Description and Notes: “When she first started playing D&D, we talked a lot about alignment: what alignment we think family members are, friends of ours, characters in books, TV, and movies. We all agree that Lilith is Lawful Good – the Lawfulest and Goodest, and a paladin to boot – and she kinda hates it. She feels like Lawful Good is an embarrassing alignment to be, and that people will think you’re an obnoxious, smug goody two-shoes. Now, I get it: RPG paladins get a bad rap. They’re often portrayed as aloof, judgmental bores – self-righteous, bombastic, sanctimonious jerks. But Lilith really is a paladin in the kindest sense of the word: she’s noble and loving, compassionate and just, courageous and protective. She’s generous and empathetic, with loved ones and strangers alike, and not only does she try to do the right thing by her friends, but she also volunteers and fundraisers for causes dear to her heart when she is able. I know it’s probably annoying that I blab so much about how inherently good my kid is, but it’s something that I absolutely treasure in her.

She just wants to help, and the world needs helpers.

A shining scent, bright and warm: copal, champaca blossom, sweet amber, frankincense, and lemon peel. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/autumn-collection/lilith-2019/social-justice-paladin-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: A bright lemoned daffodil color.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Yowahoshihime.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent and her decanting name. The front of the label has an image of the label art like below:

Scent:

  • ITI: It’s a soft, breezy, lightly sweet scent of light lemon peel bundled up in amber and copal incense, embellished with gentle champaca blossoms.  Pretty.
  • Wet: Everything is a bit more watered down on my skin, although the champaca blossom surrounded by copal and amber is more forward now. The lemon peel is still there, but threaded subtly underneath.
  • Dry: Oh, that dries down beautifully! I’m getting a lemon chiffon incense (frankincense and copal dominant) with hazy champaca blossoms.  There’s something faintly nostalgic about it. It’s a white, clean, gently bright floral without being abrasive or haughty thanks to the gorgeous resins.

Other Impressions: “It’s nice and subtle.  It has a hint of grandma, but grandma’s body powder poof. It’s nice.” -Kelly

Day 1547 – BPAL’s My Tiger

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Scent Name: My Tiger

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –

Scent Description and Notes: “In folklore, the tiger is a fearsome, ferocious enemy of evil spirits and evil men and protector of the virtuous. The tiger is courage incarnate, joyful power, and a symbol of justice and righteousness. Lilith is my little tiger: a protector and preserver. She is a truly compassionate person, and ever since she was born, she has been a defender of the vulnerable and the meek. She abhors bullying and cruelty, and always stands up for people who are being harassed and oppressed. I admire her moral courage, her devotion to duty, and her dedication to doing what is right no matter the consequences.

A scent of strength and serenity: golden amber and pale lavender, sweet red patchouli and sugar cane. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/autumn-collection/lilith-2019/my-tiger-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: The color of champagne.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Yowahoshihime.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent and her decanting name. The front of the label has an image of the label art like below:

Scent:

  • ITI: I was expecting more sweet.  Instead, I’m getting a gentle, almost drying sugar cane note with threads of sweet red patchouli,, swaddled in diaphanous amber, like a thin knit cardigan. 
  • Wet: That’s really lovely.  The  sugar cane is sweeter on my skin, but the way that both the red patchouli and amber enfold the sweetness reminds me of sun-baked fields on the edge of twilight, incense perfuming the air.
  • Dry: After 12 hours, I am left with a sun-baked sugar cane note with a hint of amber musk. It’s pleasant and I’m honestly surprised it lasted as long as it did.

Other Impressions: “It’s nice, like berry ice cream.” -Tony

Day 1546 – BPAL’s Lazy Daisy

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Scent Name: Lazy Daisy

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –

Scent Description and Notes: “Lilith isn’t really all that lazy, but it is the name of her preferred stitch. Four years ago, Lilith took up knitting. Two years ago, it was weaving. This past year: embroidery. Neither Lil nor I are great at it yet, but not for lack of trying. At least no one that comes over to our place is ever at a loss for a tea towel since our embroidery adventure started.

(Tea towels. So. Many. Tea towels.)

Cotton stained with jasmine tea, Earl Grey, and a bit of oolong. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/autumn-collection/lilith-2019/lazy-daisy-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Yowahoshihime.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent and her decanting name. The front of the label has an image of the label art like below:

Scent:

  • ITI: It smells like faintly floral white tea, a spritz of lemon, faint bergamot, and early morning sunlight shining through cotton curtains.  Pretty, but reminds me more of a springtime scent. 
  • Wet: The cotton turns sweeter and lightly powdery immediately upon application.  The oolong aspect of the tea notes is more forward, and the bergamot, while more floral, is set up nicely against the other notes.  I would say this is much more of a cotton or linen scent.
  • Dry: That has some staying power!  After 6 hours, I still distinctly smell jasmine tea, cotton, and hints of Earl Grey and even lemon.  I love it!

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1545 – BPAL’s Health Goth

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Scent Name: Health Goth

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –

Scent Description and Notes: “A perfume for our Sporty Bat: juniper berry, lavender bud, bergamot, and white incense.

Lilith has always been a sporty kid who wasn’t into team sports, but that changed a bit this year. She’s always loved martial arts (especially kung fu) and yoga, recently took up archery, and is trying to talk us into letting her start fencing, too. Basically, she loved sports that she could do on her own. (Very, very Virgo.) When she was little, we tried putting her in soccer, and she hated it. Brought up softball and baseball – she shut it down immediately. Last fall, she shocked us by joining her school’s volleyball team. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/autumn-collection/lilith-2019/health-goth-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Yowahoshihime.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent and her decanting name. The front of the label has an image of the label art like below:

Scent:

  • ITI: Yep, I’m getting lavender here, cool and astringent with the juniper berry undertones.  There’s a white incense haze that waivers along the outside of the lavender.  Pretty. 
  • Wet: It’s a bit warmer on my skin on my skin due to the bergamot, which now rivals the lavender.  There’s still a subtle impression of faded incense smoke underneath, but much of the cold astringency has gone for now.
  • Dry: I’ve had to reapply a few times, but I finally caught it before it vanished from my skin.  After 6 hours, the scent reminds me of lavender incense cotton candy, although not sweet, with a dash of juniper.  It’s nice.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1544 – BPAL’s Harvest Moon

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Scent Name: Harvest Moon 2019

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – A Little Lunacy 2019

Scent Description and Notes: “Harvest Moon is celebrated in almost every culture, and the bounty of the season is marked in a myriad of ways. Harvest Moon touches the Equinox, the festival of Janus, the culmination of Homowo, the “crying of the neck” in Cornwall, and the Women’s Festival of the Moon. This is a day that celebrates abundance and beauty, fertility and progress, and the light of this full moon blesses new undertakings and reunites lost loves.

The Harvest Moon, by definition, is the Full Moon that falls closest to the Autumnal Equinox, and thus, it shares some of that Sabbat’s characteristics. This Full Moon was thus named because it rises within half an hour of the sun’s setting, in the Northern Hemisphere, and at this time farmers are able to work longer into the night by the light of this Moon. As the year draws to a close, the Full Moon rises an average of fifty minutes later each night, with the exception of a few nights surrounding the Harvest Moon, which only rises 10-30 minutes later. This moon is also, to the human eye, the fullest and largest of the year’s Moons, hanging gloriously huge, yellow and low in the night sky, and many lunar illusions play tricks our eyes at this time.

The Harvest ushers in many celebrations, including the Equinox and the Festival of Janus, God of Doors. Janus is the Roman Lord of Gateways, beginnings and endings, and transitions. Thus, the Harvest Moon is a time for blessing new ventures, the onset of new and progressive phases in one’s life, and rites of passage into adulthood. This time of year also marks one of the Festivals of Dionysus, Lord of Ecstasy and the Vine.

This Harvest lunacy combines the autumnal scents of dry leaves, mulling spices, balsam fir, pine needles, cedar, juniper berry, clove, saffron, damson plum, white sage, yarrow, and lily twined with Dionysus’ sacred grapes and ivy, a bounty of apple, black fig, and pumpkin, and the amaranth and lingum aloes of Janus, all touched by a gentle breath of festival woodsmoke and sweet wine.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/a-little-lunacy/harvest-moon-2019-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: A frosted oak colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from Yowahoshihime.  On the back, she has the notes of the scent and her decanting name. The front of the label has an image of the label art like below:

Scent: 

  • ITI:  I was anticipating something more herbal with hints of pumpkin, but the pumpkin, spices, and clove are the most forward when I sniff the imp, followed by the grapes.  On second sniff, I can tease out a subtle wine musk with a hint of fig.
  • Wet: While the pumpkin, mulling spices, and clove are still the most forward notes, the balsam fir, ivy, and fig follow close behind them on my skin.  As it starts to settle, I’m able to discern snippets of apple, grape, and a breathy green aloe. Interesting.
  • Dry:  After three hours, the woodsmoke settles over the pumpkin and spices while the scent of dried leaves, icy, warm balsam, faint sage, faded fig and saffron warm to create images of an autumnal evening near a crackling fire. I am getting subdued tones dried pine needles and something that reminds me of dewy hay outlining the periphery of the scent.  

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1543 – BPAL’s Thirteen (13): September 2019

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Scent Name: Thirteen (13): September 2019

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Limited Edition: Thirteen

Scent Description and Notes: “13 is significant, whether you consider it lucky, unlucky or just plain odd. Many believe it to be unfortunate…

…because there were 13 present at the Last Supper.
…Loki crashed a party of 12 at Valhalla, which ended in Baldur’s death.
…Oinomaos killed 13 of Hippodamia’s suitors before Pelops finally, in his own shady way, defeated the jealous king.
…In ancient Rome, Hecate’s witches gathered in groups of 12, the Goddess herself being the 13th in the coven.

Concern over the number thirteen echoes back beyond the Christian era. Line 13 was omitted form the Code of Hammurabi.

The shivers over Friday the 13th also have some interesting origins:

…Christ was allegedly crucified on Friday the 13th.
…On Friday, October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrests of Jaques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and sixty of his senior knights.
…In British custom, hangings were held on Fridays, and there were 13 steps on the gallows leading to the noose.

To combat the superstition, Robert Ingersoll and the Thirteen Club held thirteen-men dinners during the 19th Century. Successful? Hardly. The number still invokes trepidation to this day. A recent whimsical little serial killer study showed that the following murderers all have names that total thirteen letters:

Theodore Bundy
Jeffrey Dahmer
Albert De Salvo
John Wayne Gacy

And, with a little stretch of the imagination, you can also fit “Jack the Ripper” and “Charles Manson” into that equation.

More current-era paranoia: modern schoolchildren stop their memorization of the multiplication tables at 12. There were 13 Plutonium slugs in the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki. Apollo 13 wasn’t exactly the most successful space mission. All of these are things that modern triskaidekaphobes point to when justifying their fears.

For some, 13 is an extremely fortuitous and auspicious number…

…In Jewish tradition, God has 13 Attributes of Mercy. Also, there were 13 tribes of Israel, 13 principles of Jewish faith, and 13 is considered the age of maturity.
…The ancient Egyptians believed that there were 12 stages of spiritual achievement in this lifetime, and a 13th beyond death.
…The word for thirteen, in Chinese, sounds much like the word which means “must be alive”.

Thirteen, whether you love it or loathe it, is a pretty cool number all around.

…In some theories of relativity, there are 13 dimensions.
…It is a prime number, lucky number, star number, Wilson Prime, and Fibonacci number.
…There are 13 Archimedean solids.

AND…
…There were 13 original colonies when the United States were founded.

Says a lot about the US, doesn’t it?

This version of 13 is a departure from our usual theme for this ongoing project. So many of us are going through so much right now; it seems right to make an oil that contains 13 herbs, flowers, and resins of peace, tranquility, and grounding: lavender, litsea cubeba, sandalwood, ylang ylang,  king mandarin, patchouli, blue tansy, Roman chamomile, bergamot, Oman frankincense, angelica, hops, and borage. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/13-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: A pale white wine 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 as follows on the front:

Scent:

  • ITI: This 13 is very much a departure from the previous years.  It’s softly citrus-like (it’s not mandarin, so I think it might be the litsea cubeba) with bright ylang ylang and strong, soothing herbal overtones, especially of chamomile, borage, a sliver of lavender.  There’s an interesting resinous musk under all the herbal elements too.
  • Wet: I wasn’t expecting the gentle sandalwood and alluring frankincense to be so forward on my skin, but they waft beautifully forth, followed a few seconds later by the lovely and centering herbal notes.  After 10 seconds, the listea cubeba and ylang ylang with a squirt of mandarin reach my nose, like waves upon waves lapping at the shore.  Dang.  I wish I had gotten a bottle of this.
  • Dry: This still had some throw midway through the day, but by the end of the evening, this scent is a sedate and soothing combination of lavender, chamomile, and a hint of blue tansy.

Other Impressions: None

Day 1542 – BPAL’s Goblin

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Scent Name: Goblin

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Diabolus

Scent Description and Notes: Dab a bit behind each ear, and you’ll be instantly inspired to alter street signs, shake fruit from your neighbor’s trees, and hide your roommate’s car keys.

Black coconut, gnarly patchouli, and sweet benzoin. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/general-catalog-perfume-oils/diabolus/goblin/

Oil Color: a lovely copper colored oil.

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:  Oooh, yes, it’s that sweetened patchouli that I adore, like the one used  in Ritual Cravt‘s blends and a lovely dark coconut infused with resinous benzoin.  As a resin lover, this is very promising.
  • Wet: Blackened, earthy, almost incense-like coconut with that delicious patchouli and hazy benzoin just around the perimeter of the coconut and patchouli notes. This is very much a dark, incense-like scent.  You don’t need to worry about suntan lotion coconut with this one.
  • Dry: After three hours, the scent mellows into an attractive resin-soaked delight.  It smells almost like its been ever so sweetened with vanilla, even though it’s not listed.

Other Impressions: None.

 

Day 1541 – BPAL’s Bram Stoker

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Scent Name: Bram Stoker

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Inspiration

Scent Description and Notes: No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be.

Bourbon vetiver with opoponax, Italian bergamot, and hay absolute.” – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/inspiration/bram-stoker/

Oil Color: a steeped chamomile tea colored oil.

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, coloring pencil shaded typewritter-like font in red.  The title of the collection and the name of the company are in a different smaller white block font in black text boxes at the top and bottle of the label.  The label art on the bottom is as follows:

inspirationsseries-bramstoker

Illustrated by Abigail Larson.

Scent: 

  • ITI: Mmm, that’s deliciously masculine and refined.  Confident and dapper bourbon vetiver cloaks itself in Italian bergamot, which lends a very subtle sweetness to the sheer masculinity of the bourbon vetiver. The hay here is subtle but grounding.
  • Wet: I’m getting a bit more of the tender, almost grassy hay note just before the gorgeous bourbon vetiver, which reminds me of expensive aftershave and musk.  Around the edges, the bergamot flits, enticing me to fall into the velvet darkness of this gentleman caller.  There’s something strangely nostalgic about this, like Ralph Loren’s Polo Cologne.
  • Dry:  After two hours, the throw and intensity of the scent has diminished significantly.  Now, it’s a subtle hay earthy vetiver with a hint of bergamot.  It almost smells sun-faded at this point.

Other Impressions: “It’s a little on the sweet, soapy side.  It smells familiar. Actually, it reminds me of an ex-boyfriend. He used to wear one of those older, stupid expensive colognes.  Nevermind. Pass.” -Kelly

Day 1540 – BPAL’s Old Demons of the First Class

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Scent Name: Old Demons of the First Class

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Marchen: 

Scent Description and Notes: We must have all the old demons of the first class, with tails, and the hobgoblins and imps; and then I think we ought not to leave out the death-horse, or the grave-pig, or even the church dwarf, although they do belong to the clergy, and are not reckoned among our people; but that is merely their office, they are nearly related to us, and visit us very frequently. 

Siberian musk, black clove, opoponax, tonka, black pepper, and neroli.” – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/general-catalog-perfume-oils/marchen/old-demons-of-the-first-class/

Oil Color: A cherried black walnut wood colored oil.

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: Orangey neroli is at the forefront, followed by hints of pepper and opoponax and finished by musk.  It reminds me of New Orleans offerings.
  • Wet: Yes, I’m still getting dominant spiced neroli and light black pepper.  Both of these are infused in a cloud of soft opoponax and musk with a hint of an almost leathery tonka. Yes, I can see the image of dapper demons for his scent.
  • Dry:  Yum, this is still wonderful after two hours. It’s now tonka dominant, dusted with close, soft neroli, a pinch of pepper, and a soft, downy musk.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1539 – BPAL’s Haunted

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Scent Name: Haunted

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Ars Moriendi

Scent Description and Notes: A mournful, poignant scent, thick with foreboding. Soft golden amber darkened with a touch of murky black musk.” – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/general-catalog-perfume-oils/ars-moriendi/haunted/

Oil Color: A glowing, bronzed brandy colored oil.

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: That’s nice.  I’m getting a soft, perfumed amber darkened by a shadowy musk.  It’s warmly dark, faintly brooding, but it also borders on alluring.
  • Wet: Sweet, beautiful golden amber just shine one the skin, while the dark musk adds a lovely shaggy darkness that rounds out the amber. The golden aspect reminds me of gold but skews ever so slightly citrus-like. It reminds me of dappled sunlight shifting with the subtle sway of autumnal leaves and branches.
  • Dry:  Oh, that’s nice.  Warm, golden amber is feather dusted by a downy, warm musk.  It reminds me of a marabou feather-drenched chiffon dressing gown. Yum! On the bottle list this goes.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1538 – BPAL’s Spellbound

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Scent Name: Spellbound

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Ars Amatoria

Scent Description and Notes: Perfectly enchanting! An irresistibly sexual, utterly rapturous blend of three roses, radiant amber, and sensual red musk.” – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/general-catalog-perfume-oils/ars-amatoria/spellbound/

Oil Color: A deep cherry wood colored oil.

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: I get heavy red musk, inflamed by passion and perhaps a dribble of dragon’s blood to amp that heat.  Amber glows around the musk, but the red rose note is nowhere to be found.
  • Wet: Warm amber and fiery red musk dance around a dark rose.  The resins are strongest, while the rose adds a lovely heart to the scent.
  • Dry:  After three hours, the scent has much less throw, but the fiery red musk with a tinge of rose red remains.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1537 – BPAL’s Visions of Autumn I

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Scent Name: Visions of Autumn I

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

Scent Description and Notes: White cedar, black pepper, golden amber, bay leaf, and 4-year aged oudh.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color:  A beautiful saffron colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Ralenth. Her label features her decanting information, collection name, date, and the scent name on the front.  The back of her label features the scent notes. The image art that was on the bottle is similar to this one below, but features the correct Roman numeral for the name.

Scent:

  • ITI: That’s…interesting.  I am getting golden amber, but it’s muddled with bay leaf and oudh, which gives it almost a musky body undertone. 
  • Wet: I’m still getting that body smelling oudh with bay.  After 10 seconds, the cool cedar slinks forth swathed in the gentle aroma of amber. Thankfully, that body smell is fading under the last two notes, so there is hope for this scent yet!
  • Dry: I had to retest this one since the scent had vanished by my 8 hour check-in. Even two hours after second application, the scent quickly dissipates.  All that’s left  is a very faint bay pepper note that I have to strain to detect.

Other Impressions: None.