Day 1092 – BPAL s Alternative Facts

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Scent Name: Alternative Facts

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Limited Edition

Scent Description and Notes: “The truth hurts — so why tell it? Muffle the blow with Alternative Facts.

For example:

FACT: Following White House advisor Kellyanne Conway’s January 22 appearance on “Meet The Press,” sales of George Orwell’s 1984 skyrocketed, making it the fifth-best selling book on Amazon.com.

ALTERNATIVE FACT: In under a week, President Trump’s administration has already managed to improve literacy, reflecting the public’s renewed interest in privatized education, as well as its rejection of the mainstream media in favor of more “traditional” forms of information-gathering.

See how easy that is? With the help of Alternative Facts, even the most unpalatable among us can preside over a gallery of glittering, candy-coated delusions — one in which reality itself conforms to our beliefs, sincerely-held or otherwise.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS: If you truly want to obfuscate what you really smell like, this is the scent for you! Sugar-crusted vanilla, a firecracker-blast of cherry and sour lemon, a hint of scuttling spiders, encroaching fog, and trumpets of bombast, bluff, and bluster.” –  https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/alternative-facts/

 

Oil Color: Clear on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: his is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in  thicker block font just above the name of the company, which is in a much smaller version of the scent.  The image itself looks like a clip-art version of Abbott and Costello reading a newspaper.

 

  • ITI:  Strong, sticky cherry cough syrup jumps forth, followed upon concentration with a hint of musky vanilla and sugar congealed underneath.  I’m not really picking up lemon, which I think this scent needs to keep it from being entirely too sweet.
  • Wet: The cheery is still mainly cough syrup, but now it shifts back and forth to clear maraschino cherries.  As the scent settles seconds after application the lemon flicks forth like a serpent’s tongue just under the now lighter sugared vanilla note.
  • Dry:  After 12 hours, all that remains is the very subtlest ting of sticky sweet cherry  and a touch of vanilla.  I like it much better dried after several hours than I do wet or in the bottle.  Too sweet!

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1091 – BPAL’s Fake News

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Scent Name: Fake News

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Limited Edition

Scent Description and Notes: “2016 turned out to be the year of the NASTY WOMAN — and thanks to your purchases, BPAL was able to donate thousands of dollars to Planned Parenthood and Emily’s List!

Unfortunately, 2017 is already shaping up to be the year of FAKE NEWS. In anticipation of the upcoming inaugural proceedings — and the months, nay years of high-volume dishonesty that are to follow — we offer the following blend to help penetrate the dense fog of of misinformation that’s already begun settling around Truth, Justice, and other historically celebrated American ideals.

Wear it in vigilance as you sift through the memes, trolls, clickbait, hate-speech, and outright propaganda that continually threaten to overwhelm all the world’s kindness, wisdom, and informed expertise. Wear it in courage as you refute ignorance and insincerity at every turn — even from our nation’s highest-ranking figures — with indisputable facts from well-researched sources.

And try not to lose your sense of humor as you fight back, or your own essential humanity. As Anne Lamott once wrote: “You don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it too.” 

FAKE NEWS: A scent of misdirection, of 140 frantic characters typed out in spite at 3am, and paranoia-butted churlish accusations hurled at perceived enemies: crushed pink pepper pod, bitter white tobacco, gnarled patchouli, all covered in glinting, garish slashes of gold. –  https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/fake-news/

Oil Color:  The color of mashed strawberry juice on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: his is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in newsprint-like font with the name of the company in slightly smaller font just below it along the bottom of the bottle.  The image is of a stylized Twitter bird with three daggers through it.

 

  • ITI:  Delicious, resinously rich patchouli with streaks of gold, a gentle waft of tobacco, and enough pink pepper to make the nose tingle.  I like it!
  • Wet:  It still maintains everything that I enjoyed while in the bottle even on my skin.  It smells rich, expensive, and powerfully feminine with the white tobacco and gold notes.
  • Dry:  After 5 hours, the scent dissipates quite a bit.  I’m left with a gentle hint of the resinous patchouli and a touch of golden tobacco.

Other Impressions: For those who are weary of patchouli, try this scent.  I dislike earthy patchouli notes as they tend to make a scent smell to soil-like for me.  This patchouli is glorious, feminine, and well-balanced.

Day 1090 – BPAL’s Lily Witch

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Scent Name: Lily Witch

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – 

Scent Description and Notes: “Lilith named this scent, and said this perfume should smell like witches. Her interpretation is swathed in anise, lime, almond, and witchin’ herbs, and holds a bouquet of pale, graceful lilies. The end result is a sweet, nutty absinthe’d lime with a hint of spice and leather. – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/liliths/lilith-2014-princesses-ghosts-superheroes/lily-witch/

Oil Color:  Slightly yellow on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: his is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in bold, pale lavender font at the top of the image.  At the bottom of the image is the collection date in very small plum font just above the company name, wich is in a slightly larger purpled grey font. The label art is as follows:

  • ITI:  It smells like lime marzipan with a touch of seasonal spices like cardamom and all spice.  I’m not a fan of marzipan at all.
  • Wet:  The lime is much stronger on my skin (thank goodness!), followed by marzipan mingled with anise.  Below the surface, notes of leather, something effervescent, and slightly spicy brew.
  • Dry: It’s so much better dried.  Now, I get lime, soft anise, a gentle dusting of spice, and actual almond slivers rather than the dreaded marzipan.

Other Impressions: The throw on this scent is pretty good and the intensity of the wet version of the scent lasted for about 3 hours before finally settling down.

Day 1089 – BPAL’s Zorya Polunochnaya

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This is a scent that I’ve been contemplating since the release of the collection.  I’m partial to resinous woods, but the combination of notes in this scent were just too lovely sounding to pass up trying out.

Scent Name: Zorya Polunochnaya

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – American Gods I

Scent Description and Notes: “Her hair was pale and colorless in the moon’s thin light. She wore a white cotton nightgown, with a high lace neck and a hem that swept the ground. Shadow sat up, entirely awake. “You are Zorya Polu . . . ,” he hesitated. “The sister who was asleep.”

“I am Zorya Polunochnaya, yes. And you are called Shadow, yes? That was what Zorya Vechernyaya told me, when I woke.”

“Yes. What were you looking at, out there?”

She looked at him, then she beckoned him to join her by the window. She turned her back while he pulled on his jeans. He walked over to her. It seemed a long walk, for such a small room.

He could not tell her age. Her skin was unlined, her eyes were dark, her lashes were long, her hair was to her waist and white. The moonlight drained colors into ghosts of themselves. She was taller than either of her sisters.

She pointed up into the night sky. “I was looking at that,” she said, pointing to the Big Dipper. “See?”

“Ursa Major,” he said. “The Great Bear.”

“That is one way of looking at it,” she said. “But it is not the way from where I come from. I am going to sit on the roof. Would you like to come with me?”

Pale amber and ambergris, gossamer vanilla, moonflower, and white tobacco petals. – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/neil-gaiman/american-gods/zorya-polunochnaya/

Oil Color: Clear

Bottle Design and Artwork: his is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in bold, yellow letters along the bottom of the bottle, just above the smaller white block font of the company name.  The name of the collection is in even smaller white block font along the top of the label. The label art is as follows:

  • ITB:  When I sniff from the bottle, the white tobacco flowers are the most evident now, although something pale and almost wistfully delicate plays along the upper registers just behind and sometimes in front of the tobacco petals.  The more I try to tease out notes, the more the notes slip out of detection, jumping from nothingness to moonlight breeze.
  • Wet:  Yum – cool vanilla, almost like fantastic true vanilla ice cream is paired beautifully with the moonflower, tobacco petals, and pale amber.  I’m not picking up the ambergris, but what is present is lovely.
  • Dry: It’s like gossamer wings gently brushing my skin – gauzy vanilla dances delightfully with moonflower, very light amber, and just the faintest hint of tobacco and ambergris.  It’s at once warm and inviting as it is ethereal and delicately feminine.

Other Impressions: If you are debating trying this scent at all – don’t.  It’s simply gorgeous!

Day 1091 – BPAL’s Covfefe

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Scent Name: Covfefe

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Limited Edition

Scent Description and Notes: “Is it abstract nonsense poetry? Surrealist performance art? Cryptography so subtle and devious that it would make an Enigma machine blush? The verbal component of whatever spell that orb casts? Safe word? A typo fueled by cheap hooch, NoDoz, and poor impulse control? Is negative press covfefe anything like French press covfefe?

This perfume makes no fucking sense: orange marshmallow cream, bitter lemon, black pepper, orange carnation, and gin.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/covfefe/

Oil Color: A faint orange wash on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: his is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in bold, black  letters set just above the name of the company along the bottom of the label, which is in a smaller version of the font.  The image is of a Twitter bird with 3 swords through it.

  • ITI:  At first, it smells like an orange cream-sickle followed by popcorn Jellybelly jelly beans and pepper.  While it sounds like a discordant blend, it actually isn’t too bad as one note seems to slide seamlessly into the next.
  • Wet:  The pepper and gin notes are clearer once applied, but they still exist on the same plane as the orange marshmallow cream note.  The carnation is there, but it’s buried under the other notes that push it out of the way, just like Trump did with the prime minister of Montenegro.
  • Dry: Soft, dry orange cream notes with bits of lemon zest, a spritz of gin, and the memory of pepper adorn my skin now that the scent is dry.  I certainly enjoy it much more now that it’s hand a change to dry down.

Other Impressions: “Wow, that makes…no sense.  I suppose that’s the point.  It smells almost like it has apple in it. It’s not sweet apple, but not sour apple either. I’m starting to smell a lot more orange as it dries.” -Kelly

Day 1090 – BPAL’s Pediophobia

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Scent Name: Pediophobia

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – In Memoriam: Yule 2016: Phobias

Scent Description and Notes: “Fear of Dolls (But not ventriloquist dummies. That’s an entire phobia unto itself.)

White porcelain cracked by white tobacco, threads of brittle cognac, and vanilla filigree.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/pediophobia/

Oil Color: Clear on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: his is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in bold, pale pint prison type-face letters set just above the name of the company along the bottom of the label. Both the name of the company and the name of the collection frame the image in white, thin letters on both the top and the bottom of the label. The label art is of a blank and white photo of a scowling child warped in a cap and a scarf.  Behind the child is a father terrifying Santa smiling forth from his cascading beard.

  • ITI:  The vanilla is soft and gently musky, like on spun cotton or lace while the tobacco and cognac are fresh and delightfully sophisticated.  It reminds me a bit of a more grown up and heady version of Antique Lace.
  • Wet:  The vanilla is a touch ore powdery on my skin and the cognac less intense.  The scent as a whole takes on a more brittle quality, but the tobacco is still wonderfully blended with the other notes.
  • Dry: Once dry, the scent becomes delicately powdered porcelain vanilla laced cognac with the subtle hint of tobacco.  It has a little bit of a throw even now (4 hours after application), which is positive.

Other Impressions: I have worn this a number of times and I keep reaching for it still. Delightful!

Day 1089 – BPAL’s Hoiru

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Scent Name: Hoiru

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – In Memoriam: Lupercalia: Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

Scent Description and Notes: “Bourbon vanilla and suede leather, tonka and patchouli, pale amber and blackened tea leaf, coconut husk and cashmere.” –bpal.org

Oil Color:  Clear on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: his is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in bold, yellow letters set just above the name of the company along the bottom of the label. Both the name of the company and the name of the collection frame the image in white bold letters on both the top and the bottom of the label. The label art features two males engaged in rather gymnastic intercourse.

  • ITI: It smells like baby oil mixed with cashmere. If I concentrate, I can just tease out the vanilla, but it’s virtually undetectable on first sniff.
  • Wet:  Initially, Hoiru smelled like baby oil when I first applied it, but just seconds later, the complexity of the notes emerge.  Now, I get cashmere, light patchouli, blackened tea, suede, and hints of coconut husk on my skin.
  • Dry: The scent doesn’t to seem to have some of the staying power of others I’ve tried recently.  What I do get 4 hours after application is coconut husk, a touch of vanilla, and a whisper of tea.

Other Impressions: None

Day 1088 – 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 1087 – 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 1086 – 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 1085 – BPAL’s Lyonesse

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Name:  Lyonesse

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Wanderlust: The Phantom Islands

Scent Description and Notes:

Then rose the King and moved his host by night
And ever pushed Sir Mordred, league by league,
Back to the sunset bound of Lyonesse —
A land of old upheaven from the abyss
By fire, to sink into the abyss again;
Where fragments of forgotten peoples dwelt,
And the long mountains ended in a coast
Of ever-shifting sand, and far away
The phantom circle of a moaning sea.

Golden vanilla and gilded musk, stargazer lily, white sandalwood, grey amber, elemi, orris root, ambergris and sea moss.”

– https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/wanderlust/lyonesse/

Oil Color: A light barley 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 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.

Scent:

  • ITI: Hmm, interesting.  I pick up a golden vanilla note rather clearly, which is followed almost instantly by the dusky orris root and grey amber with a touch of sweet floral from the lily.
  • Wet: It smells like soft lilies and other florals amongst a landscape of dewy, verdant greens, like a luscious meadow, shrouded in a musk fog and a touch of amber.
  • Dry: Sweetened vanilla musk lingers with darkened amber and hazy sandalwood, surrounding distilled stargazer lily and very faint ambergris.  I like it, but it’s almost too sweet.
Other Impressions: “It’s like buttery and violet-y. Like that hard violet candy” -Tony

Day 1084 – BPAL’ s Accursed Casca

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Scent Name: Accursed Casca

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –

Scent Description and Notes: It was Casca who gave him the first blow with his dagger, in the neck, not a mortal wound, nor even a deep one, for which he was too much confused, as was natural at the beginning of a deed of great daring; so that Caesar turned about, grasped the knife, and held it fast. At almost the same instant both cried out, the smitten man in Latin: “Accursed Casca, what does thou?”

– Plutarch

The shattered, splintering gasp of betrayal: ambergris, verbena, neroli, and a glint of razor-sharp elemi.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/idus/accursed-casca/

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, white letters set just above the name of the company, which is in smaller, bold white font. The label art is as featured:

  • ITB:  All I get is lemon verbena.  In fact, it reminds me of the lemon verbena products from L’Occitane.  I like that particular scent, and while I’m slightly disappointed that I can’t detect my love (ambergris), I’d still use it even if it doesn’t develop on my skin.
  • Wet:  It smells like lemon verbena and a hint of something that skews metallic.
  • Dry:  It’s all lemon verbena and slight metal.  I’m a bit sad that the other notes didn’t come to play.

Other Impressions: None

Day 1083 – BPAL’s Danse de la Mort

Scent Name: Danse de la Mort

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Devil’s Lovers:  Lupercalia 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “White sandalwood, opium tar, tobacco leaf, and white amber.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/the-devils-lovers/danse-de-la-mort/

Oil Color:  The color of dilluted lemon juice.

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 consists of death, back turned toward the audice, looking over its shoulder, wearing a bonnet and lifting its skirt.

  • ITI:  The scent is sweeter than I expected, almost as if the scent of a warm, baked apple was infused into the scent. On second sniff, the amber and tobacco leafs tumble forward, making the sweetness I initially smelled all the more delightful.
  • Wet:  It still smells like baked apple at the very top of the scent, but the perfume opens up to deliciously intoxicating opium mingled with tobacco and a touch of sandalwood.  The warmth I smelled from the amber isn’t as clear, unless that is what I am detecting as baked apple.
  • Dry: After two hours, warm opium waltzes with amber and sandalwood in a delicious display of sultry spices and resins.

Other Impressions:  The Uber drive said that my husband and I were a great smelling couple.

Day 1082 – BPAL’s Blood Bespattered Locks of Grey

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Scent Name: Blood Bespattered Locks of Grey

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –

Scent Description and Notes: Woe for the blood-bespattered locks of gray, alas for the rent robe, which you assumed, it seems, only that you might be slain in it!

– Cassius Dio

Ambergris and bay leaf, lemon peel and regal mandarin, white cedar and khus, grey oudh and star anise.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/blood-bespattered-locks-of-gray/

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, white letters set just above the name of the company, which is in smaller, bold white font. The label art is as featured:

  • ITB: Ah, delightfully soft, grey ambergris floats above the faintly beautiful mandarin and white cedar.  The star anise is surprisingly gentle as a bottom note.  I’m also picking up something faintly peppery underneath it all.
  • Wet:  Yes!  The cedar and ambergris are delightfully grey and foreboding, like the think Humbolt fog that settles over the sound, obscuring everything under its spell. A touch of lemon – the light far off in the fog.
  • Dry:  After 10 hours and a walk, there’s no scent left, so be prepared to reapply.  Upon second dry-down, the scent has become soft and sweet since the ambergris has mellowed with the emergence of the oudh while the cedar has vanished.  There’s a touch of sweetness from perhaps the mandarin, but it’s so ephemeral that I can’t really identify it save for adding sweetness to the scent. If you wnjoy ambergris or soft resins, you might consider giving this a try.  As for me, I’m happy I have a bottle!

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1081 – BPAL’s Snake Skin

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Scent Name: Snake Skin

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – In Memoriam: Lupercalia 2017

Scent Description and Notes: For he seemed to me again like a king,
Like a king in exile, uncrowned in the underworld,
Now due to be crowned again.

A sinuous leather variant of BPAL’s Snake Oil.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/snake-skin/

Oil Color: Orange juice colored.

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, pinkish letters set just above the name of the company, which is in small, bold light pink font. The label art is as featured:

  • ITB: Ugh, leather and sugared vanilla are intoxicating together in this scent.  Of course, I love Snake Oil and leather, so this is pretty much assured a home-run for me unless some of the notes just don’t play well together on my skin.
  • Wet:  The Indonesian oils jump in front of the vanilla and sugar, letting the leather sulk underneath, which adds a “bad boy” or “bad girl” tinge to this sultry scent.
  • Dry:  Sugared vanilla and leather with touches of Indonesian oil.  The scent certainly stays true to its notes.  It might have been a bit rich for the club, but I’m happy I picked up a bottle. I’m sure it will age delightfully well.

Other Impressions: “Did you stop somewhere?  You smell like glazed doughnuts, specifically Krispy Kreme.  Like, the light’s one.” -Tony

Day 1080 – BPAL’s I

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Scent Name: I

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Pleasures of the Imagination: Lupercalia 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “Black amber, leather, and myrrh.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/pleasures-of-the-imagination/i/

Oil Color: The color of liquid cinnamon.

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 consists of a photograph of a woman mostly unclothed save for an ill-fitting corset whipping a bound woman underneath her.

  • ITI: Mmm, that’s a great leather note.  It reminds me of the smell of the riding tack room I had on the farm when growing up – soft brown leather, worn, but oiled to preserve the beauty of the bridles and ornately tooled leather saddles. The amber and myrrh elevate that leather note but their resinous allure into a scent that’s both nostalgic and provocative.
  • Wet:  On my skin, the black amber vaults forward, followed by hints of myrrh.  I’m barley picking up the leather note – just an edge of something that isn’t resinous.
  • Dry: After 6 hours, the scent is a  sensuous, soft combination of  sweet myrrh and resinous amber.  Not much of the leather remains, but I’m honestly okay with that since I love a good resinous perfume.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1079 – BPAL’s Le Rideau Cramoisi

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Scent Name: Le Rideau Cramoisi

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Devil’s Lovers:  Lupercalia 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “Honeyed leather and tonka with clove, champaca musk, and opium tar.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/le-rideau-cramoisi/

Oil Color:  Peach juice on a warm summer day.

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 consists of a drawing of a woman nude underneath a curtain, which is held back by someone in the foreground.  The image itself looks to be ink on colored paper.

  • ITI:  Part of me wonders if this is even the right scent.  It smells like peach musk spread over chapmaca resin and a smattering of opium tar.  Oh, sexy.
  • Wet:  Well, there goes the peach.  Now, the scent is warmed over via the clove and champaca musk, while tonka and the sweetened leather, which is very faint, sweeten up the scent as a whole. A few minutes in, the honey kicks into full effect, and on me, it smells like bathroom cleaner. Dang it!
  • Dry: The honey has decreased some, so it isn’t quite as cloying. There’s some muskiness from the champaca left and just a hint of leather and tonka.  I do wish the clove and the opium tar notes were longer lasting.  This would be a rather enjoyable scent if it weren’t for that dreaded honey note.

Other Impressions:  “It’s like what if that scented bathroom spray were classy.” -Tony

Day 1078 – BPAL’s A Un Diner D’Athees

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Scent Name: A Un Diner D’Athees

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Devil’s Lovers:  Lupercalia 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “White lavender and ambrette seed, grey patchouli, rum absolute, and vetiver.” – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/the-devils-lovers/a-un-di%CC%82ner-dathees/

Oil Color:  The color of dark amber.

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 a pencil or charcoal image of a woman in an open negligee in what looks like the throes of death or something of that ilk while on a table.  A pair of legs extends to the right on the floor.

  • ITI: The rum absolute and white lavender emerges strongly to form something that has a slightly creamy edge to it.The vetiver adds a touch of smoke, which enhances the herbal lavender while the patchouli and ambertte seed notes add some spicy quality to the scent without making the scent too oriental.
  • Wet:  The creamy quality to the lavender and rum absolute remain virtually unchanged on my skin. As it starts to dry, however, the lavender strengthens and allows the grey patchouli to dance softly underneath.
  • Dry: After 4 hours, the scent is very light, consisting of faint white lavender, mild ambrette seed and the spiciness of rum absolute and patchouli with out the earthy or boozey qualities. The notes themselves don’t fight for dominance.  As a whole, it’s a very pretty and well blended scent. If you are a lavender fan, you might need to try this one.

Other Impressions:  A stranger mentioned that he thought I “smelled lovely” in line at the grocery store.

Day 1077 – BPAL’s Initiation Sentimentale

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Scent Name: Initiation Sentimentale

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Devil’s Lovers:  Lupercalia 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “Wisteria and white sandalwood with lilac, white tea, champaca, black pepper, benzoin, and white clove.” – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/initiation-sentimentale/

Oil Color:  The color of champagne.

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 the image of death in flight, half skeleton from the waist up, half woman, nude from the waist down.  Death is holding the skull of a lover. All of this is set against the pelvic cradle and hits that have wings of the cecropia moth holding it aloft.

  • ITI: Whew, that’s a whole lot of floral, of which the wisteria and lilac are strongest.  However, just below these florals is the white tea note, which sweetens the scent and prevents it from becoming a dated floral one might find over the counter.
  • Wet:  On my skin, the lilac is a touch stronger than the wisteria.  The tea still soothes the bright florals and there’s a touch of pepper and something that skews “green” in the background that tickles my nose.  On my skin, however, it’s largely soapy and floral. I do wish the tea or the resins were more evident.
  • Dry: After 8 hours and a workout, the scent has reduced down to lilac and wisteria.  I do wish the other notes had shown up on my skin as straight florals are not really scents I wear.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1076 – BPAL’s Etude De Deshabille

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Scent Name: Etude De Deshabille

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Devil’s Lovers:  Lupercalia 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “Black amber, 7-year aged patchouli, cashmeran, and tobacco leaf.” – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/etude-de-deshabille/

Oil Color:  The color of a deep copper penny.

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 a black and white pencil drawing of a woman, her hair in an up-do accented with a bow, in a sheer chemise who is undressing.

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  • ITI: My first impression is that it smells like what I imagine a French brothel would smell like – heavy, earthy patchouli sugared over by thick amber and seductive hints of cashmeran while the coiling tobacco of gentlemen callers undulates underneath.
  • Wet:  It’s heavy, somewhat resinous, and oddly floral, as if there were a jasmine note somewhere.  I’m not sure if it’s the cashmeran that’s reading floral, honestly.  The tobacco is present swirling between all the notes, even the thickly aged patchouli and dark tones of the black amber.
  • Dry: What a difference 6 hours makes!  The cashmeran is finally fully evident as a blond wood set against amber that’s no longer so dark and overpowering.  The toabacco leaf note is now much gentler, making the scent more alluring and less brazen.

Other Impressions: “It’s like lavender with cherry pipe tobacco curled against a leather couch.”  -Tony