Day 1213 – BPAL’s Eve with Sage F**k Up

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Name:  Eve with Sage Fuck Up

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –   Limited Edition

Scent Description and Notes: “Original: the Irish moss, yarrow, and hawthorn of the Iron Age Britons, ancient Rome’s omphacium and honey, myrrh and calamus from Egypt, the frankincense and damask roses of the Florentine Renaissance, white sandalwood from the Far East, Moroccan saffron and rose water, and a swirl of incense from the souls.

A few months ago, while we were prepping the return of the OLLAs, I butchered a massive bottle of Eve. I was stressed out and distracted, and accidentally replaced the rose component with an in-house sage combo of ours that contains Clary sage and Dalmatian sage. Basically, a whole lotta sage and zero rose. Anyway, it smells amazing, so imma sell it. I even gave it a really classy and poetic name because I’m a classy and poetic guy.” -bpal.org

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the company in thin white font along the bottom while the name of the scent is pictured in what looks like a photo of a hand-printed name card.

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Image courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

  • ITB: So good! While Eve is chai and roses, this is Rich, spiced, and earthy. The myrrh, calamus, and saffron are firey but warm at the same time. Without the rose, I can smell the olive and Honey notes, which paired beautifully with gentle sage.
  • Wet:  Oooh, that’s spicy and delicious – I’m getting heavy tones of cardamon, calamus, myrrh and sandalwood as discussed warms. The save adds just a lovely herbal tone that moves out of the heavier florals to the best smelling pastry/ spiced tea shop ever.
  • Dry: After 10 hours, there’s a very light impression of calamus, resin, and hint of sage.
Other Impressions: “It smells like Johnson and Johnson’s baby powder when a hint of spice… Like a very old chai. I’m not a fan. It’s not bad, but it’s just a weird combination. It’s subtle. It makes me think of a perfume you bought at Rite-Aid in 1994. It just smells old, like it’s lost its shiny moments.  With the original, the spice is stronger. It’s similar, it’s good, it’s soft, it’s subtle. It makes me think of white, like cotton, like linens.  It reminds me of a warm, sunlight attic, complete when Grandma’s dress form. There’s a giant window and all this sunlight is coming through. It’s nice. I don’t know if I’d buy a bottle, though.” -Kelly

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Day 1212 – BPAL’s Eve

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Name:  Eve

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –   Only Lovers Left Alive

Scent Description and Notes: Eve is eternal: in three-thousand years, she has likely traveled the length and breadth of the world, immersed in innumerable cultures throughout the ages, observing the ebb and flow of humanity and the imperishability of nature itself. Despite her age, she is the character that seems most rooted, always experiencing each moment with open eyes, always fully present.

Her scent is one that travels through the eons: the Irish moss, yarrow, and hawthorn of the Iron Age Britons, ancient Rome’s omphacium and honey, myrrh and calamus from Egypt, the frankincense and damask roses of the Florentine Renaissance, white sandalwood from the Far East, Moroccan saffron and rose water, and a swirl of incense from the souls.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/only-lovers-left-alive/eve-olla/

Omphacium: A famous Roman olive-oil blend

Calamus: Also known as sweet flag, it’s said to have a scent like cinnamon, but more refreshing.

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the company in thin white font along the bottom while the name of the scent is in thicker white block font justified to the right at the top of the label.  Just above the company’s name is the name of the collection in Gothic red script.   The label art is as featured:

  • ITB: Damask roses in full bloom with a lovely spiced incense that guilds the edges of scent.
  • Wet:  It reminds me of chai spices and rose when applied directly to my skin.  Very nice amount of sillage and warmth to this scent.
  • Dry: After a few hours, it’s still warm chai spices, slightly sweetened, edged with rose and faint resins.  I can see why this one is such a cult favorite.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1211 – BPAL’s De Sade

Name:  De Sade

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –   Sin & Salvation: In Memoriam

Scent Description and Notes: “The essence of pleasure heightened by pain: the raw scent of leather.” -bpal.org

Oil Color: A white wine-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 the 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.

  • ITI: Really thick leather, very heavily oiled with tones of vetiver and something that strikes me as a gin-like juniper underneath.  It’s certainly a much more mature scent than the Resurrected, so I have hopes that the aging process will work wonders.
  • Wet:  On my skin, the gin/juniper tone is a bit stronger, overpowering some of the warmth of the leather.  Honestly, it reminds me of dungeons and leather, but the dark, murky ones explored in older literature.
  • Dry: Even aged, this is a short-lived scent on me.  Three hours later, the scent is a slightly metallic leather note.  I wish I were more impressed by this.
Other Impressions: “It smells like cake…urinal cake….in a rest-stop bathroom.  This is definitely the smell of metal rest-top toilets.” -Tony

Day 1210 – BPAL’s De Sade Resurrected

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Name:  De Sade Resurrected

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –   Sin & Salvation: Resurrected

Scent Description and Notes: “The essence of pleasure heightened by pain: the raw scent of leather.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/resurrected/de-sade-resurrected/

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the company and “Resurrected” in orange bold font justified to the left along the top and the bottom of the bottle.  The name of the scent  is in much larger while bold font justified to the right above the company name. The label art is as featured:

  • ITB: Stiff black leather, lightly oiled.
  • Wet:  Wow, on my skin, the leather is so much better.  No longer is it that stiff, black leather, but it is now more of a roughly tanned browned leather, similar to the reins of a bridle, but with subtle undertones of chicory and wood smoke.
  • Dry: I was expecting this to last  much longer, but my skin has appeared to have swallowed the scent whole.  Upon reapplication and second dry-down, the scent turns into faintly dusky, dark leather with a subtle coolness to it.  However, the scent still doesn’t last very long as it is already vanishing after 1 hour.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1209 – BPAL’s Umbra Resurrected

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Name:  Umbra Resurrected

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –   Bewitching Brews: Resurrected

Scent Description and Notes: “The deepest, darkest point in a shadow; the area contained within the shadow of an eclipse. East African black patchouli, cedarwood, vetiver and a dribble of cinnamon.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/resurrected/umbra-resurrected/

Oil Color: Light reddish oil when applied directly on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the company and “Resurrected” in orange bold font justified to the left along the top and the bottom of the bottle.  The name of the scent  is in much larger while bold font justified to the right above the company name. The label art is as featured:

  • ITB: Deep, dark patchouli pulsates under the dense woods while feral cinnamon slinks underneath. It reminds me of a jungle, shadowed by thick woods, soil rich and and loamy.
  • Wet:  The vetiver and cedarwood roil forth, over the patchouli, only to be pulled back into the dark earth, burning with a subtle cinnamon in its center.
  • Dry:  After 10 hours, the scent is still very much still lovely – slightly spiced patchouli warmed among gentle woods.
Other Impressions: I remember bemoaning the fate that I wasn’t able to acquire a bottle of this one when I reviewed the original Umbra. I’m tickled that Beth brought it back and I’ve worn it about four times before reviewing it today.

Day 1208 – BPAL’s Loviatar

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Name: Loviatar

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Excolo: In Memoriam

Scent Description and Notes: The Finnish Goddess of Agony, Torment and the joy found in inflicting pain on others. The Mistress of Torture, she has transformed in the modern era into the patron Goddess of Dominatrixes. The slap of slick, hot leather punctuates the warm, sensual embrace of black amber, red musk and dark, lascivious myrrh.” – bpal.org

Oil Color: The color of rich mahogany wood.

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 the 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.

  • ITI: Wow, that has really shifted in its age.  In Resurrected, the myrrhs and ambers danced forth, but now its strong neroli with lovely aged citrus tones surrounded by light powdered resin.
  • Wet: The scent as a whole isn’t nearly as strong and effusive on my skin.  While the neroli is still very much the dominant note in the aged version, the spices come off as a little old or stale.
  • Dry: As it settles, the red musk eases forth alongside a dark leather note, just under the citrus-laden neroli. It’s getting much better as the notes warm on the skin.  Even the sillage increase to about 8-9″ off my hand within a half hour, diminishing near the hour mark to 4.5″ throw from my skin. The neroli has now been warmed by the resins and musk, to the point that it smells like there might even be a touch of dragon’s blood within the red musk. The leather note it still present, although lightly so.  Conversely, the Resurrected version is much stronger along the lines of fiery red resins and musks with a tinges of neroli after a hour’s dry time.
Other Impressions: “Oh god, I’m not saying this to be unkind and its probably because we were just on the flight, but it smells like an airplane bathroom.

Day 1207- BPAL’s Loviatar Resurrected

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Name:  Loviatar Resurrected

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –   Excolo: Resurrected

Scent Description and Notes: “The Finnish Goddess of Agony, Torment and the joy found in inflicting pain on others. The Mistress of Torture, she has transformed in the modern era into the patron Goddess of Dominatrixes. The slap of slick, hot leather punctuates the warm, sensual embrace of black amber, red musk and dark, lascivious myrrh.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/resurrected/loviatar-resurrected/

Oil Color: Slightly reddish oil on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the company and “Resurrected” in orange bold font justified to the left along the top and the bottom of the bottle.  The name of the scent  is in much larger while bold font justified to the right above the company name. The label art is as featured:

  • ITB: I’ve never tested the original (although I do have an imp hidden around her somewhere), so this is a relatively “blind” review. I’m getting sweet, warm spice flanked by round, golden amber and deliciously mischievous myrrh.  Leather pulsates just underneath, neither overpowering the beautiful resins or undermining the overall sensuous qualities of the scent so far.
  • Wet:  Oh gosh, yes.  I can see why this is such a fan-favorite.  The red musk is absolutely exquisite on my skin, heightened to a frenzy by the amber and  myrrh.  Again, the leather exists just along the periphery, augmenting the provocative nature of the scent.
  • Dry:  Oh my goodness, yes.  Wow, the must, amber and myrrh are fiery, writhing together in spiced resinous ecstasy.  Where is the leather though after 30 minutes of dry down?  Evident only in the very periphery, but not exceedingly missed due to the sheer genius of the other notes.
Other Impressions: I imagine that the aged version of this is simply divine!

Day 1206 – BPAL’s Inferno

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Name:  Inferno

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Bewitching Brews

Scent Description and Notes: “The Dark Side of Fire: cinnamon, bitter almond, and neroli. Heavily spiced, torrid, and possibly conflagrant.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/bewitching-brews/inferno/

Oil Color: Colorless

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 the 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.

  • ITI: It smells like those round cinnamon candies and marzipan.  Hmm, I like the cinnamon, but the almond isn’t my favorite.
  • Wet: The cinnamon is a little sweeter on my skin, but it remains very similar to my impression of it in the imp. The neroli does seem to peck its head out from beneath the heavy cinnamon as the scent begins to dry down, although it isn’t strong.
  • Dry:  While the cinnamon seems to be the main driver of the scent, the bitter almond does move away from the sweetened marzipan version to a nicer, fresh-almond note.  The neroli does a good deal to balance both of the other notes, even though it doesn’t amp significantly.
Other Impressions: “Oh, I like it.  It smells like cherries, at least to me.  It makes my mouth water.” -Elodie

Day 1205 – BPAL’s Bluebeard Resurrected

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Name:  Bluebeard Resurrected

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Diabolus: Resurrected

Scent Description and Notes: A scent swirling with dark rage, unbridled jealousy, and murderous intent. Violet, lavender, white musk and vetiver.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/resurrected/bluebeard-resurrected/

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the company and “Resurrected” in orange bold font justified to the left along the top and the bottom of the bottle.  The name of the scent  is in much larger while bold font justified to the right above the company name. The label art is as featured:

  • ITB: I was lucky enough to have an imp of the original, so I’ll add in my thoughts regarding how this compares to my aged imp. In the bottle, Bluebeard Resurrected is all clean, soapy French lavender. There’s just a tinge of vetiver that peeks out from around the base of the lavender, but the lavender really is super dominant here. The aged original, however, is much more complex.  The vetiver and white musk are the dominant notes, while lavender seems to exist as a middle note instead.
  • Wet:  Resurrected is strongly herbal, almost soapy lavender with gobs of vetiver and light musk proudly proclaim their presence on my skin.  It’s strong enough that I might wait a few minutes to put this on before immersing myself in public. However, the original version of the scent isn’t quite so strong and abrasive in the lavender department.  The musk and vetiver are more apparent along with light violets and something that smells vaguely of licorice root.
  • Dry:  While the Resurrected version doesn’t last terribly long, what I do have remaining is very light violet, white musk with a hint of herbal qualities, but the lavender has all but disappeared after 3 hours.
Other Impressions: I’m pretty sure that aging will amend these differences.  Either way, if you are a lavender lover, I think you might want to consider giving Bluebeard Resurrected a try.

Day 1204 – BPAL’s Black Hellebore Resurrected

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Name:  Black Hellebore Resurrected

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Rappaccini’s Garden: Resurrected

Scent Description and Notes: Also called Melampode. In witchcraft legend, this is one of the components of the notorious flying ointment, and is used in rituals that summon the Devil. In Greek mythology, Melampus of Pylos used hellebore to save the daughters of the king of Argos from a Dionysian Maenad-like madness. In Christian myth, hellebore was born from the tears a little girl shed onto the snow because she had no gift to give to the Christ child. In low magick, it has been used by farmers to protect their livestock from the evil eye. Court magicians have used it in martial invisibility spells, enabling spies and assassins to infiltrate enemy camps. Hellebore resembles the wild rose, but does not belong to their family. The scent is a pale green herbal, darkly rooty, with a faint rose and peony-like overtone.

Borage and hellebore fill two scenes,
Sovereign plants to purge the veins
Of melancholy, and cheer the heart
Of those black fumes which make it smart.
” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/resurrected/black-hellebore-resurrected/

Oil Color: Ever so faintly tinted yellow.

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 the 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.

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Image from https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/resurrected/black-hellebore-resurrected/

  • ITI: It reminds me of Granny Smith apples covered in clean, white blossoms.  I can certainly see how this comes off as green, herbal, and peony-like.
  • Wet: Interesting. Now I’m getting freshly washed lettuce, sliced Granny Smith apples with that lovely green tartness, and white, ruffled peony.  It’s a rather refreshing scent, although it does get a little bitterly herbal as it dries.
  • Dry:  After 10 hours, I’m surprised to find that the light, apple blossom-like scent remains.  I like it.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1203 – BPAL’s Silk Road Resurrected

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Name:  Silk Road Resurrected

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Wanderlust: Resurrected

Scent Description and Notes: A panoply of cultural treasures, spanning the herbs, flowers, oils and balms of the Romans, the Byzantines, the Mediterranean, the Levant, Northern China, Eastern Europe, Iran, the Bulgar-Kypchak, Mesopotamia, the Crimean Peninsula, Anatolia, Antioch, and North Africa.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/resurrected/silk-road-resurrected/

Oil Color: It’s the color of fresh wheat.

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 the 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.

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  • ITI: Well, that’s cinnamon, coriander, and Ceylon tea right there.  It’s certainly heavily spiced with subtle intonations of tea and herbs.  I am getting something that reminds me of bark and a green, herbal note that I think might be thyme. My nose tingles a bit as well, so I suspect there might be a dash of pepper thrown in.
  • Wet: It’s much the same on my skin as in the imp, but there’s definitely pepper in it (which makes me feel light-headed).  As the scent starts to warm and settle, the green herbal notes blossom, followed by something that reminds me of olive oil.
  • Dry:  After an hour, the floral aspects (reminds me of violet and crocus) of the scent are more apparent, but the Ceylon cinnamon and spicy, herbal notes swell above the more delicate notes.
Other Impressions: “Violets and that Chinese cone incense…ylang ylang? Sandalwood?  No.  It’s almost like a little resin-y.  It’s something my parents used to get.” -Tony

Day 1202 – BPAL’s Venom Resurrected

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Name:  Venom Resurrected

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Diabolus: Resurrected

Scent Description and Notes: Darkly seductive and lethally compelling: sinuous oponax, galbanum, dark wild berries, a drop of lush jasmine and a sliver of lime.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/resurrected/venom-resurrected/

Oil Color: Highlighter yellow 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 the 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.

  • ITI: Yum, sweet and exotic, like a lush jungle right after the rain, berries dripping onto upturned, fresh florals.  There’s a cleanliness to this scent which is strangely soothing next to the very light resins. Over the last hour, I’ve been trying to put my finger on the quality of the berry note.  It doesn’t remind me of strawberries or raspberries for that matter.  Finally, it struck me:  Dewberry!  If you’ve ever smelled The Body Shop’s Dewberry perfume, the berry note in venom is a slightly lighter version of it.
  • Wet: Clean, fresh, dark berries swirl around heady jasmine and bits of lime while galbanum undulates from the base notes to support the berried floral.  It’s sensuous, dark, feminine, and almost deceptive in its progression.  I would say that this certainly lives up to its name.
  • Dry:  Slightly soapy but resinous round black berries, both extremely alluring but equally poisonous.  The resin certainly does bloom after it has had a chance to settle, making this a lovely scent for those who enjoy fruity orientals. Even after the initial dry-down, this scent has a decent throw – roughly 3.5″ from my wrist 2 hours after application.
Other Impressions: I tried this before really sitting down with my notes and I liked it, quite a bit!  I’m honestly debating ordering myself a bottle before it disappears again.

Day 1201 – BPAL’s Latex

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Scent Name: Latex

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Single Note: Lupercalia 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “With a hint of French chalk to ensure your catsuit goes on without a hitch.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-tag/latex/

Oil Color: Clear on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a sample from Jenn Nevaril, which has the bottle image on the  front, the name of the scent and date hand written on the back above the typed company acronym and decanting information.  The label art that would be on the bottle is as follows:

  • ITI: I get a hit of latex, but the dusting chalk takes over almost immediately.  I then pick up something sweetly effervescent right before it fades to a note that reminds me of a polishing cloth.
  • Wet: It does smell like fresh latex, the dusting powder, and a little bit of sweetened polish to make that latex gleam.
  • Dry: After 6 hours, only the lightest allusion to latex is left.

Other Impressions: “A lot of frankincense…no, no. Myrrh.  It smells like old ladies at church.” -Tony

“It smells good, but I’m terrible and picking out individual scents”. -David

Day 1200 – BPAL’s Vanilla Orchid

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Scent Name: Vanilla Orchid

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Single Note: In Memoriam

Scent Description and Notes: “Vanilla Orchid.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/archived-single-notes/single-notes/single-note-vanilla-orchid/

Oil Color:  Clear on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a sample from Jenn Nevaril, which has the bottle image on the  front, the name of the scent and date hand written on the back above the typed company acronym and decanting information.  The label art that would be on the bottle is as follows:

  • ITI: The scent emerges with an almost overwhelming orchid note in bloom, which is pulled back from being too strong by the vanilla tones of the very same plant.
  • Wet: The scent shifts a little on my skin.  The orchid portion, which still reminiscent of one, is almost sweeter on my skin than in the bottle.  The vanilla tones are eaten up by my skin chemistry, it seems, leaving something that smells like floral linen spray on me.
  • Dry: After 12 hours, all that’s left is a light vanilla’d nondescript floral.  It’s okay, but I imagine would be wonderful layered with other single notes.

Other Impressions: None

Day 1199 – BPAL’s Goth Queen

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Scent Name: Goth Queen

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Drag*Con Event Exclusive

Scent Description and Notes: “Clove smoke, opium poppy, blackened patchouli, and a dribble of sugared absinthe.” – bpal.org

Oil Color:  Clear on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in bold black calligraphy at the top while the name of the company is in bold block orange font outlined in red.  The label art that would be on the bottle is as follows:

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Image from Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

  • ITB: Delicious glove quickly flanked by an absinthe that is a bit different than other BPAL absinthe notes. This one smells a little like celery and I’m not sure why.  The patchouli is brighter and spicier than other blackened patchouli notes, almost like it’s heavily laden with cinnamon.
  • Wet:  Clove, cinnamon patchouli, followed quickly by that odd absinthe note.  Something about that note isn’t sitting right with me. As it starts to dry, that’s sugared over with opium smoke and more cinnamon clove.
  • Dry: The first time I wore this on Friday the 12th, the scent dried down to absinthe dribbled on heavy celery and a very subtle hint of clove.  I was devastated.  Only 5 days later, however, the celery note vanished after an hour while the clove and cinnamon-like patchouli threw beautifully from my wrist. 3 hours after application, I get light clove, opium smoke, and a hit of absinthe and patchouli.  It’s so much better!  Perhaps it just needed to settle after shipping.

Other Impressions: This scent smells drastically different based on your skin chemistry.  On my girlfriend, it’smells like gobs of cinnamon, glove, and patchouli.  On me, not so much. “It smells better on her than it does on you.  On you, it’s just bland.” -Brad from 5/12 test

Day 1198 – BPAL’s Bread-And-Butterfly Resurrected

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Name:  Bread-And-Butterfly Resurrected

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Mad Tea Party: Resurrected

Scent Description and Notes: `Crawling at your feet,’ said the Gnat (Alice drew her feet back in some alarm), `you may observe a Bread-and-Butterfly. Its wings are thin slices of Bread-and-butter, its body is a crust, and its head is a lump of sugar.’

`And what does IT live on?’

`Weak tea with cream in it.’

Bread, lightly buttered, with weak tea, cream, and a lump of white sugar. – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/resurrected/bread-and-butterfly-resurrected/

Oil Color: Colorless

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 the 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.

  • ITI: That’s butter, rich and melted with some spiced Hawaiian sweet bread (almost like fruit cake) underneath.  This is going to make me so hungry.
  • Wet: Okay, now it smells like gooey cinnamon bread drizzled with melting butter, topped with a little candied fruit.  I’m not normally a foody gal, but I actually rather like this.  Surprising.
  • Dry:  Most of it fades away after a full day, but what is left smells very subtly of buttered Hawaiian bread.
Other Impressions: “That’s straight-up Jelly Belly Buttered Popcorn.  Have fun with that.” -Tony
“Hmm. Oh, it smells like a butter pastry almost…Little Debbie Cinnamon Coffee Cake.”-Kelly.

Day 1197 – BPAL’s La Papesse

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Scent Name: La Papesse

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Fool’s Journey: The High Priestess – Aspects of the High Priestess

Scent Description and Notes: “A visionary heretic, martyred to usher in a new Aeon: rose oudh, blackened myrrh, and cathedral incense.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-fools-journey/the-high-priestess/la-papesse/

Oil Color: The color of apricot-rose jelly.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Yowahoshihime. Her label features the scent notes and her decanter information on the back. The front has the name of the  scent and company name along with the label art, which is as follows:

  • ITI: Oh, that smells like a heady incense shop.  Thick, resinous incense swirls around thick gobs of myrrh.  Yum!
  • Wet: The incense isn’t nearly as strong on my skin, but the incense with the myrrh are still a resin-lover’s dream.  I do get just a tinge  of sweet rose like a subtle flourish along the border of the other two notes. The rose does seem to warm and bloom the longer it sits on my skin.
  • Dry: Oh, wow, that develops! Rich incense of frankincense, sandalwood, and a dash of patchouli dance together with delightfully dark myrrh while a ghostly, rosy sweetness lingers below.

Other Impressions:  “It reminds me of a hotel bathroom’s soap, and not a 5 star hotel…like a 3.5 or a 4 star hotel.” -Kelly

Day 1196 – BPAL’s The Cross

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Scent Name: The Cross

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Fool’s Journey: The High Priestess – Aspects of the High Priestess

Scent Description and Notes: “The integration of spirit with the material world: frankincense, styrax, oakmoss, patchouli, and birch tar. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-fools-journey/the-high-priestess/the-cross/

Oil Color: An antique, rose-y looking oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Yowahoshihime. Her label features the scent notes and her decanter information on the back. The front has the name of the  scent and company name along with the label art, which is as follows:

  • ITI: I hard a hard time smelling this, even in the imp.  However, once I pulled out the wand, I was able to pick up on heavy birch tar and patchouli.  This scent has a roundness to it.  However, I’m not getting any of the frankincense or much of the styrax, which is a shame.
  • Wet: Ah, there’s the styrax, almost cherry-like, bathed in warm frankincense. The patchouli exists faintly along the bottom of the notes while oakmoss combined with the other notes adds a bitterness to the scent as it starts to settle.
  • Dry: This is one of those scents that disappears on my skin after a normal work day.  After 10 hours, all that’s left is a musky, sweet tone, which is pleasant enough.

Other Impressions:  This reminds me of a warmer, more resinous, and slightly sweeter version of BPAL’s Deathrocker.

Day 1195- BPTP’s Douze

Scent Name: Huit

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Trading Post – Lupercalia: 

Scent Description and Notes: “Tea roses, pink sandalwood, hay absolute, and vanilla orchid.-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/lupercalia/

Oil Color: Slightly yellow oil on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown glass vial.  The name of the company and the collection are in small white bold font framing the image.  The label art is a tinted artistic image of a rose.  The scent name is in large, shadowed white font just above the company name, which is located closer to the bottom of the label.

  • ITB: Mmm, now that’s nice.  Soft tea rose flutters gently against the divine sandalwood and hay notes while the orchid adds a bit of sophistication to the scent, moving it from what might have been too girly to something elegant and sophisticated.  It reminds me of chiffon and marabou feathers.
  • Wet:  The tea rose is even more gorgeous and clearly on my skin. There’s a touch of green too along with faint sandalwood that adds a softness around the edges of the rose.
  • Dry: The tea rose has softened softened with the warmth of the vanilla orchid and something that comes across as faintly powdery.  The sandalwood is very faint but I don’t get much of the hay absolute.

Other Impressions:  “Well, the one yesterday smelled like baby wipes (Huit).  This one smells like baby powder.” -Tony

Day 1194 – BPTP’s Huit

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Scent Name: Huit

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Trading Post – Lupercalia: 

Scent Description and Notes: “Black rose, dried apricot, and black fig.-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/lupercalia/

Oil Color: Slightly yellow oil on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown glass vial.  The name of the company and the collection are in small white bold font framing the image.  The label art is a tinted artistic image of a rose.  The scent name is in large, shadowed white font just above the company name, which is located closer to the bottom of the label.

  • ITB: Luxurious dark rose with macerated fig and ripe peach. It’s dark, slightly sweet, and almost resinous.
  • Wet:  The rose is a little less dark on my skin, but I’m also picking up a green note, like the smell of the stem once picked.  Sadly, the peach and the fig are much less apparent.
  • Dry: Given a couple hours to settle, the scent mostly dark rose with a hint of earthy sweetness.

Other Impressions:  None.