Day 1124 – BPAL’s The Goddess of Mischief

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Scent Name: The Goddess of Mischief

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Liliths 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “Lilith has a ton of empathy for the God of Mischief. I think many kids identify with Loki because they know what it’s like to be passed over, to be ignored in favor of a shinier relative or friend, and what it feels like to not be as strong or powerful as some of your peers. He may be evil(ish), but he has a sense of humor and a grasp of irony that kids relate to, and that’s worth its weight in Alfheimian gold nuggets.

Thor is great and all, but Loki has /gone through some shit/, and Lilith respects that.

But what are the main reasons why Lilith digs Loki? “He looks like me, and he’s really funny.”

Girl!Loki costume by Chrissy Lynn!

White lavender and sweet amber, green oudh, and inky musk.  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lilith-2017/the-goddess-of-mischief/

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 along the top of the bottle, while the name of the company is at the bottom in smaller white block font.  The name of the collection situated just about the company name and is in a cactus green color. The label art is as follows:

  • ITB:  Oddly enough, it’s a white leather note that I smell first, even though there is none present.  On second sniff, the white lavender is clearer followed by the inky musk and a touch of oudh.  Amber, unfortunately, is missing in this stage.
  • Wet: I think it’s the white lavender that is giving me the leather impression,, even on my skin.  It’s strong, herbal, with just enough softness from the musk and faint oudh to keep it from smelling too medicinal.  As it sits, the amber shyly peaks out, warming the scent ever so gently.
  • Dry: After 11 hours, I’m left with a rather lovely blend of delicious amber,  oudh, and only the impression of something refreshingly herbal.  Definitely a keeper!

Other Impressions: None.

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Day 1123 – BPAL’s You Fancy Me Mad

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Scent Name: You Fancy Me Mad

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenies 2017:  The Tell-Tale Heart

Scent Description and Notes:  “Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded — with what caution — with what foresight — with what dissimulation I went to work! I was never kinder to the old man than during the whole week before I killed him.

Percolating with derangement: flashing spikes of orange blossom, neroli, lemon, and bitter clove in a bubbling mass of opoponax, patchouli, and thick, black vetiver.-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/you-fancy-me-mad/

Oil Color: The color of Lemonchello.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a decant which features the  scent information on back and the image that would be on the bottle on front.  The label art is as featured:

  • ITI: Lemon essence, strong neroli, orange blossoms are the most dominant notes upon first sniff, but the pleasant patchouli does seems to develop on deeper inhalation.  Thankfully, because that note isn’t too earthy, it doesn’t detract from the bright, citrus scent as a whole.
  • Wet:  The lemon is much more balanced with the neroli and orange blossom. The vetiver lingers gently beneath while the patchouli adds a modicum of pleasant earthiness to the scent. I’m liking it so far, especially as a bright citrus mid-spring scent.
  • Dry: After sitting for half a day, the scent has morphed into a perfume I imagine a mature woman wearing – orange blossom, musky powder, and a hint of neroli.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1122 – BPAL’s The Wild Audacity of My Perfect Triumph

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Scent Name: The Wild Audacity of My Perfect Triumph

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenies 2017:  The Tell-Tale Heart

Scent Description and Notes:  “I smiled, — for what had I to fear? I bade the gentlemen welcome. The shriek, I said, was my own in a dream. The old man, I mentioned, was absent in the country. I took my visitors all over the house. I bade them search — search well. I led them, at length, to his chamber. I showed them his treasures, secure, undisturbed. In the enthusiasm of my confidence, I brought chairs into the room, and desired them here to rest from their fatigues, while I myself, in the wild audacity of my perfect triumph, placed my own seat upon the very spot beneath which reposed the corpse of the victim.

A jubilant and deranged lime absinthe.-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/the-wild-audacity-of-my-perfect-triumph/

Oil Color: Clear.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a decant which features the  scent information on back and the image that would be on the bottle on front.  The label art is as featured:

  • ITI: Oh, it smells like lime rind and fizzy champagne.  While I’m not getting absinthe in its entirety, the effervescent nature the note lends to the scent makes me feel like I’m celebrating New Years with the best vodka, lime, and soda water drink possible.
  • Wet:  It stays pretty true to form on my skin – uplifting zesty lime with a hint of fizzy adult beverage.  The darker green notes of the absinthe begin to develop as it settles on my skin, not not enough to take away from the effervescent and fun impression I have when smelling it.
  • Dry: I had to reapply this one after some cooking as the smell had all but dissipated. On second dry-down, The scent reminds me of a perfume-y version of watered down lime essence  with a bit of tonic water underneath.  It’s nice, but it doesn’t last on my skin.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1121 – BPAL’s Violent Gesticulations

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Scent Name: Violet Gesticulations

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenies 2017:  The Tell-Tale Heart

Scent Description and Notes:  “No doubt I now grew very pale; — but I talked more fluently, and with a heightened voice. Yet the sound increased — and what could I do? It was a low, dull, quick sound — much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I gasped for breath –and yet the officers heard it not. I talked more quickly — more vehemently; but the noise steadily increased. I arose and argued about trifles, in a high key and with violent gesticulations; but the noise steadily increased. Why would they not be gone?

An erratic pomegranate mint, high-pitched and flailing with eucalyptus, above a throbbing core of black musk.-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/violent-gesticulations/

Oil Color: The color of apricot jam.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a decant which features the  scent information on back and the image that would be on the bottle on front.  The label art is as featured:

  • ITI: My initial impression was that I liked it – bright pomegranate with eucalyptus mint.  However, as I try to tease out the notes after my initial sniff, it starts smelling more and more like more minty Scrubbing Bubbles.
  • Wet:   Eucalyptus first and something that comes off almost like a galangal note are the most dominant once applied.  The mint, musk, and very faint pomegranate note make the scent waiver back and forth between being too much like bathroom clear and being a pleasantly green, almost citrusy perfume that would be lovely in early spring.
  • Dry: Settled, the perfume is much softer, the black musk having tamped down the eucalyptus enough so that it’s on par with the subtle mint.  I don’t get any pomegranate, though.  I like it better now that it’s dried, but I don’t love it.

Other Impressions: “In the imp, I can see why they call it that.  It kind of attacks the back of the roof of the nose.  There’s like a lot of orange on my fingers now, like orange and violets.  But it smooths down on your skin.  It’s not violent at all. It smells like a powder makeup aisle at Ulta with all the samples out. It’s nice.” -Tony

Day 1120 – BPAL’s The Mournful Influence of the Unperceived Shadow

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Scent Name: The Mournful Influence of the Unperceived Shadow

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenies 2017:  The Tell-Tale Heart

Scent Description and Notes:  “I knew what the old man felt, and pitied him, although I chuckled at heart. I knew that he had been lying awake ever since the first slight noise, when he had turned in the bed. His fears had been ever since growing upon him. He had been trying to fancy them causeless, but could not. He had been saying to himself — “It is nothing but the wind in the chimney — it is only a mouse crossing the floor,” or “It is merely a cricket which has made a single chirp.” Yes, he had been trying to comfort himself with these suppositions: but he had found all in vain. All in vain; because Death, in approaching him had stalked with his black shadow before him, and enveloped the victim. And it was the mournful influence of the unperceived shadow that caused him to feel — although he neither saw nor heard — to feel the presence of my head within the room.



Unutterable dread: thick black patchouli, shadow musk, myrrh, and threads of hot saffron mired in sweet, viscous labdanum.-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/the-mournful-influence-of-the-unperceived-shadow/

Oil Color: It reminds me of watered down molasses.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a decant which features the  scent information on back and the image that would be on the bottle on front.  The label art is as featured:

  • ITI: Dark resins teem with labdanum, aged patchouli, and something that reminds me of cinnamon Neccos while inky shadows pulse in the undergrowth.  I’m excited to skin test this one!
  • Wet:  Oddly enough, the myrrh is much less prominent on my skin.  Instead, the shadow musk and saffron  drift forth, soft yet still unmistakably foreboding with the labdanum and patchouli.  I like it, but I wish the myrrh was as prevalent as it was in the bottle.
  • Dry: This is even better once dried.  The scent looses much of its Necco sweetness.  Instead, I’m left with a sweetened, resinous and richly beautiful myrrh note bolstered by very faint labdanum light and pleasant patchouli note in the distance. There’s just a touch of musk, but it no longer is inky and dark, but brown and fuzzy, enhancing the gorgeous myrrh note.  I’d say that if you love myrrh, this is something you should try.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1119 – BPAL’s The Hellish Tattoo of the Heart

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Scent Name: The Hellish Tattoo of the Heart

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenies 2017:  The Tell-Tale Heart

Scent Description and Notes:  “But even yet I refrained and kept still. I scarcely breathed. I held the lantern motionless. I tried how steadily I could maintain the ray upon the eve. Meantime the hellish tattoo of the heart increased. It grew quicker and quicker, and louder and louder every instant. The old man’s terror must have been extreme! It grew louder, I say, louder every moment! — do you mark me well I have told you that I am nervous: so I am.

Blood musk and pulsating black pepper, a throb of bitter almond, and cracked pimento.-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/the-hellish-tattoo-of-the-heart/

Oil Color: The color of mahogany

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a decant which features the  scent information on back and the image that would be on the bottle on front.  The label art is as featured:

  • ITI: Spicy blood musk with a healthy smattering of marzipan and burnt coffee, which I think is supposed to be the bitter almond note. The pepper fills the background, causing my nose to tingle and my throat to constrict ever so slightly.
  • Wet:  I can actually pick out the pimento on my skin, but that’s followed by the bitter almond, then the black pepper, while the blood musk, raging and heady, strives to engulf the other notes that bloomed on my skin after initial application.
  • Dry: The blood musk is really beautiful in this blend, especially paired with the pepper and pimento.  It’s like Red Hots meets mulling spices.  The bitter almond fades to add some ephemeral sweetness to the  more expressive notes.

Other Impressions: I’m not sure which note it is, but my skin welled up and turned rather red when I applied it to my neck.  I don’t get the same reaction on my hand, but it does turn slightly red, but I just wanted to add this information in case anyone else’s skin is particularly sensitive.

Day 1118 – BPAL’s The Eye of a Vulture

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Scent Name: The Eye of a Vulture

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenies 2017:  The Tell-Tale Heart

Scent Description and Notes:  “It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture — a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees — very gradually — I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.

Milky white fluid obfuscating a pale, lilac-blue iris.

-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/the-eye-of-a-vulture/

Oil Color: Clear on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a decant which features the  scent information on back and the image that would be on the bottle on front.  The label art is as featured:

  • ITI: Phew.  It smells like milk that has just started to curdle, body sweat, buggy iris, and lilac that is screaming beneath the rather unpleasant oppressive smells.  This scent is certainly evocative of a bodily malady.  I’m not too sure how I feel about putting it on my skin….eek!
  • Wet: It starts out a little better.  The milk smells less spoiled and more like tea milk with baby oil… but then the iris kicks in with its insect-like tone that immediately turns me off on the scent.  The lilac is pretty though – soft, very purple, and true to form.  If it weren’t for the iris the milk and the lilac might have made for a nice pair.
  • Dry: The dry-down is surprisingly pleasant in comparison to sniffing it in the imp.  The milk turns almost like vanilla musk with a touch of milk followed by something that reminds me of a gently lilac-scented sachet I had as a child.

Other Impressions: This one is a morpher, so be sure to try it on your skin and let it dry down before final judgement.

Day 1117 – BPAL’s The Dreadful Silence of That Old Home

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Scent Name: The Dreadful Silence of That Old Home

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenies 2017:  The Tell-Tale Heart

Scent Description and Notes:  “Polished mahogany blanketed by myrrh.-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/the-dreadful-silence-of-that-old-house/

Oil Color: The color of white wine.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a decant which features the  scent information on back and the image that would be on the bottle on front.  The label art is as featured:

  • ITI: Deliciously resinous myrrh and rich mahogany are enhanced  by a slightly perfume-tinged polish.  Enjoyable.
  • Wet: The mahogany polished wood is really the star.  It’s fragrant, sumptuously woodsy, and sophisticated, almost like a wood fougere.  The myrrh certainly adds to the sumptuousness of the scent with a deeply resinous and dark tone.  It reminds me of an old, well-kept Victorian home, ridiculously appointed in rich velvets, oriental rugs, and masterwork mahogany carvings polished to a glorious sheen.
  • Dry: Myrrh scented mahogany is this scent’s final formal.  It has a decent amount of staying power, even if it becomes subtle and stays close to the skin.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1116 – BPAL’s The Dead Hour of the Night

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Scent Name: The Dead Hour of the Night

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenies 2017:  The Tell-Tale Heart

Scent Description and Notes:     “Mist-shrouded pine and moonflower creeping over flaccid opium poppies.-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/the-dead-hour-of-the-night/

Oil Color: The color of apricot jam.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a decant which features the  scent information on back and the image that would be on the bottle on front.  The label art is as featured:

 

  • ITI: Mmm, that’s a chillingly cool scent.  The mist note intermingled with the pine come remind me of snow deep in the woods, cool, crisp, and raw. Opium poppies dance just around the edges of the two top notes, adding just a hint of danger to the scent.
  • Wet: The opium poppy is stronger on my skin, but once again, the chilly mist and pine are the dominant (and welcomed) top notes. I think I can pickup some moonflower as there’s a faintly sweeter tone to the scent, but it’s not enough to detract from this scent’s star players.
  • Dry: Hmm, the opium poppy settles wonderfully with the pine, making the scent woody resinous, but the pine is deeply aromatic and evocative enough paired with the mist to still be standout notes.  It reminds me of Black Forest or Woods in Winter, but better.

Other Impressions: This reminds me more of Yules than of Poe.  If you enjoy cool pine scents, give this a try.  I will be seriously contemplating a bottle myself.

Day 1115 – BPAL’s Over-Acuteness of the Senses

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cent Name: Over-Acuteness of the Senses

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenies 2017:  The Tell-Tale Heart

Scent Description and Notes: “And have I not told you that what you mistake for madness is but over-acuteness of the sense? — now, I say, there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I knew that sound well, too. It was the beating of the old man’s heart. It increased my fury, as the beating of a drum stimulates the soldier into courage.

Hyper-aware, swirling with delusions: orange blossom, lemon balm, and clove.”-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/over-acuteness-of-the-senses/

Oil Color:  Bright yellow like corn oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a decant which features the  scent information on back and the image that would be on the bottle on front.  The label art is as featured:

  • ITI: Oh yeah, that is lemon balm, but one made with the rind and lemongrass.  That comes screeching out, making me pull back the vial momentarily, but the orange blossom soothes that note. I don’t get any clove, though.
  • Wet: The lemon balm starts out a little gentler when immediately applied, but my skin chemistry amps it toward the lemongrass side followed by soft orange blossom.  The scent reminds me of what low-sugar Fruit Loops would smell like if they were made into a more mature perfume.  Sadly, still no clove for me.
  • Dry: Seven hours after application, I’m left with faint lemony orange blossom that’s much more soothing and agreeable than its wet iteration. I’m a bit disappointed that the clove didn’t show, but perhaps aging might remedy that.

Other Impressions: None.

 

 

Day 1114 – BPAL’s Stealthily, Stealthily

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Scent Name: Stealthily, Stealthily

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenies 2017:  The Tell-Tale Heart

Scent Description and Notes: “When I had waited a long time, very patiently, without hearing him lie down, I resolved to open a little — a very, very little crevice in the lantern. So I opened it — you cannot imagine how stealthily, stealthily — until, at length a simple dim ray, like the thread of the spider, shot from out the crevice and fell full upon the vulture eye.

It was open — wide, wide open — and I grew furious as I gazed upon it. I saw it with perfect distinctness — all a dull blue, with a hideous veil over it that chilled the very marrow in my bones; but I could see nothing else of the old man’s face or person: for I had directed the ray as if by instinct, precisely upon the damned spot.

A dim ray upon the vulture eye: smoked violets and bulbous orris, threads of crumbling lavender, and wet iris butter.-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/stealthily-stealthily/

Oil Color:  The color of fireweed honey.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a decant which features the  scent information on back and the image that would be on the bottle on front.  The label art is as featured:

  • ITI: Insect laden iris immediately turns me off, much like the vulture-like eye that inspired the scent.  Violet attempts to enfold the abrasive note in its gentle and delightfully feminine embrace, yet the lavender throws discord into the mix. Hmm.
  • Wet: The lavender erupts on my skin, only to catch itself momentarily on the iris.  Thankfully, my skin is amping this particular version of lavender, so the iris isn’t as off-putting. The violet is very gentle underneath the two top notes while I do get a touch of orris just beneath.  It’s much better on the skin.
  • Dry: After six hours, all that’s left on my skin is gentle orris and faded violets with a touch of iris butter.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1113 – BPAL’s Singularly At Ease

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Scent Name: Singularly At Ease

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenies 2017:  The Tell-Tale Heart

Scent Description and Notes: “The officers were satisfied. My manner had convinced them. I was singularly at ease. They sat, and while I answered cheerily, they chatted of familiar things. But, ere long, I felt myself getting pale and wished them gone. My head ached, and I fancied a ringing in my ears: but still they sat and still chatted.

Rum cakes and black tea, blueberry scones and biscuits.”-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/singularly-at-ease/

Oil Color:  The color of sun on snow.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a decant which features the  scent information on back and the image that would be on the bottle on front.  The label art is as featured:

 

  • ITI: Rich blueberries, gooey cream cheese filled scones, fragrant berry tea all make for a scent that seems like the perfect tea party.  I’m generally not a foody, but this is an agreeable berry scent.
  • Wet: Blueberry cordials and cakes, and rum.  Wow, I’m surprised at the clarity of these foody notes, even on my skin.
  • Dry: After several hours, the scent is like macerated artificial  berries and the smell of warm pastries.  I’m not fond of the artificiality, so to the swap pile this goes.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1112 – BPAL’s Suspicion of Foul Play

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Scent Name: Suspicion of Foul Play

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenies 2017:  The Tell-Tale Heart

Scent Description and Notes: “If still you think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body. The night waned, and I worked hastily, but in silence. First of all I dismembered the corpse. I cut off the head and the arms and the legs.

I then took up three planks from the flooring of the chamber, and deposited all between the scantlings. I then replaced the boards so cleverly, so cunningly, that no human eye — not even his — could have detected any thing wrong. There was nothing to wash out — no stain of any kind — no blood-spot whatever. I had been too wary for that. A tub had caught all — ha! ha!

When I had made an end of these labors, it was four o’clock — still dark as midnight. As the bell sounded the hour, there came a knocking at the street door. I went down to open it with a light heart, — for what had I now to fear? There entered three men, who introduced themselves, with perfect suavity, as officers of the police. A shriek had been heard by a neighbour during the night; suspicion of foul play had been aroused; information had been lodged at the police office, and they (the officers) had been deputed to search the premises.

Clean wood floors, a clean tub, clean, clean, clean, with no stain of any kind, no blood-spot whatsoever.”-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/suspicion-of-foul-play/

Oil Color: The color of straw.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a decant which features the  scent information on back and the image that would be on the bottle on front.  The label art is as featured:

  • ITI: It smells like disinfectant and wood polish.
  • Wet: On my skin, there’s a little bit of a pine and lemon tone to the disinfectant, like Pine Sol.  Along with the wood polish note, soapy tones  with a hint of bleach burst through the unified exterior of cleanliness.
  • Dry: The chemical tone from what reads as disinfectant has resolved into just a “clean” note alongside the remnants of lemon floor polish and soap.

Other Impressions: “It smells like you’re about to ask me if I have a cigarette in a film Noir smoky bar.  It’s what a “dame” would wear…. No sh*t, it’s called that?  Hehehe, called it.” -Tony

Day 1111 – BPAL’s I Heard Many Things in Hell

Scent Name: I Heard Many Things in Hell

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenies 2017:  The Tell-Tale Heart

Scent Description and Notes: “The disease had sharpened my senses — not destroyed — not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily — how calmly I can tell you the whole story.

Hearken and observe: black iris, French lavender, Roman chamomile, and frankincense.”-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/i-heard-many-things-in-hell/

Oil Color: Clear on my skin, but the color of dilute honey in the imp.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a decant which features the  scent information on back and the image that would be on the bottle on front.  The label art is as featured:

  • ITI: I’m conflicted.  The scent initially came across as clean, yet there’s something that reminds me of cooking oil behind that cleanliness (which I presume is from the chamomile).
  • Wet: The lavender now comes through just above the chamomile, but with the addition of the iris, it reads a little “buggy” to me, like the smell of an ant’s nest. I don’t get any of the frankincense, unfortunately.
  • Dry: Most of the buggy quality has dissipated and I’m left with a subdued lavender and chamomile with subtle added sweetness from the frankincense.

Other Impressions: Tony didn’t agree with me on the bug tones, but he never realized that ants have a scent.  “Is it called Scarborough Fair?  It smells like parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme…mostly rosemary. “-Tony

Day 1110 – BPAL’s Groan of Mortal Terror

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Scent Name: Groan of Mortal Terror

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Halloweenies 2017:  The Tell-Tale Heart

Scent Description and Notes: “Presently I heard a slight groan, and I knew it was the groan of mortal terror. It was not a groan of pain or of grief — oh, no! — it was the low stifled sound that arises from the bottom of the soul when overcharged with awe. I knew the sound well. Many a night, just at midnight, when all the world slept, it has welled up from my own bosom, deepening, with its dreadful echo, the terrors that distracted me. I say I knew it well.

Opaque grey amber and opoponax swelling up like thick smoke, pressed under the weight of baleful tobacco. https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/weenies-2017/groan-of-mortal-terror/

Oil Color: The color of caramelized sugar.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a decant which features the  scent information on back and the image that would be on the bottle on front.  The label art is as featured:

  • ITI: Rich tobacco and amber surge up and swirl around the opoponax. There’s almost a burnt sugar undertone to this combination as well.
  • Wet: The scent smells much the same on my skin so far.  The tobacco is really nice, but I wish the “grey” aspect of the amber came through more.
  • Dry: This stays true to first impressions, at least my skin.  If you like tobacco and smoky resins, then give this one a try.

Other Impressions: “It smells like black pepper, prunes, and violet. It’s…not bad! Violet and black pepper are definitely the stronger aspect, but there’s a sweetness that smells like prunes.” -Tony

Day 1109 – BPAL’s Daybreak

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Scent Name: Daybreak

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Liliths 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “Just a photo of Lilith and Pickle that I took one morning. I love this little human so, so much.

Last night’s lavender drops and a whiff of Pickle’s vanilla coconut pupper shampoo.  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lilith-2017/daybreak/

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 along the top of the bottle, while the name of the company is at the bottom in smaller white block font.  The name of the collection situated just about the company name and is in a lilac color. The label art is as follows:

 

  • ITB:  I get a lovely, French lavender note.  I can’t really tease out the other notes, but I’d say the lavender note is creamer than what I would imagine, so that might be the coconut vanilla.
  • Wet: Mmm, it smells like freshly picked lavender on my skin. There’s maybe a touch of vanilla at the tail end of the scent, but oh my gosh – that lavender is a star.
  • Dry: My skin eats this scent.  I’ve reapplied to review about six times.  Each of those times, the scent was gone after I returned home.  Seventh time is a charge, I suppose.  While it’s still incredibly faint after 5 hours, I can pick up a hint of vanilla and coconut.  The lavender is just a memory, sadly.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1108 – BPAL’s The Drunkard’s Dream

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Scent Name: The Drunkard’s Dream

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – American Gods III

Scent Description and Notes: “The drunk in the graveyard raised his bottle to his lips. One of the gravestones flipped over, revealing a grasping corpse; a headstone turned around, flowers replaced by a grinning skull. A wraith appeared on the right of the church, while on the left of the church something with a half-glimpsed, pointed, unsettlingly birdlike face, a pale, Boschian nightmare, glided smoothly from a headstone into the shadows and was gone. Then the church door opened, a priest came out, and the ghosts, haunts, and corpses vanished, and only the priest and the drunk were left alone in the graveyard. The priest looked down at the drunk disdainfully, and backed through the open door, which closed behind him, leaving the drunk on his own.

The clockwork story was deeply unsettling. Much more unsettling, thought Shadow, than clockwork has any right to be.

“You know why I show that to you?” asked Czernobog.

“No.”

“That is the world as it is. That is the real world. It is there, in that box.”

Red currant and labdanum with opoponax, vetiver, grave moss, white sandalwood, and khus. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/neil-gaiman/american-gods/the-drunkards-dream/

Oil Color: The color of barrel-aged whiskey.

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, 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:  Vibrant red currant surrounded by what almost smells like a champagne note make my nose tingle upon first sniff.  There’s some resins just behind that almost champagne note along with khus, which shimmies forth as a mid to bottom tone.
  • Wet: If this is the Drunkard’s Dream, I can certainly see why it would be so alluring.  The red currant virtually sparkles against the sandalwood and opoponax, while the  vetiver and khus lift the scent from the base, allowing the scent to be almost festive (red currant) against the resins and subtle darker notes.
  • Dry: After 14 hours, this scent is still lovely.  The red currant is soft but still tartly fruity, yet balanced by the sandalwood and opoponax, which are still clear.  There’s a faint khus hint, but the green notes have largely vanished.

Other Impressions: “I’m just getting faint powder and…like clove?” – Tony

Day 1107 – BPAL’s Murder for Murder, Blood for Blood

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Scent Name: Murder for Murder, Blood for Blood

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – American Gods III

 

Scent Description and Notes: ““So. I got to say it, because nobody else here will. We are at the center of this place: a land that has no time for gods, and here at the center it has less time for us than anywhere. It is a no-man’s-land, a place of truce, and we observe our truces, here. We have no choice. So. You give us the body of our friend. We accept it. You will pay for this, murder for murder, blood for blood.”

Black oudh, patchouli, opoponax, black pepper, and blackened cacao.” – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/neil-gaiman/american-gods/murder-for-murder-blood-for-blood/

Oil Color: Orange 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, 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:  Oh, darkly earthy and brooding is this one.  The patchouli is the first identifiable note once I unscrew the cap.  It’s the wet, very dark patchouli that sets of the opoponax, oudh, and pepper so nicely as the other notes lend a sweet, resinous spiciness that keep the patchouli from being too intense.  The cacao note treads along the borders of the scent, drifting in and out of detection.
  • Wet:  Wow, I wasn’t expecting the sweet, woodsy aspects of oudh to suddenly jump to the forefront, but it does so aggressively, momentarily causing me to pull my wrist away from my nose. Along with the oudh is the cacao, which adds even more to the sweetness of the note.  As it starts to settle, the patchouli once again comes into focus, as does the opoponax, but I’m missing the delightful spiciness of the pepper note.  Perhaps Beth was intentionally alluding to the adage:  “revenge is sweet.”
  • Dry:  There’s that deep, earthy patchouli.  It’s not the most dominant note on my skin, flanked by a sweet, almost musky oudh, opoponax, and hints of cocoa.  Sadly, no pepper.  It’s definitely a dark and brooding scent that I think might age rather nicely.

Other Impressions: “I was hoping that faint turd smell was power of suggestion, but nope. Yeah, it’s like hard candy and poop.”-Tony

Caveat:  My husband thinks earthy patchouli smells like poop. He’s had that reaction to a few other dark patchouli notes.

 

 

Day 1106 – BPAL’s These Shabby Days

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Scent Name: These Shabby Days

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – American Gods III

Scent Description and Notes: ““…Our kind of people, we are…” He waved the cigarillo about, as if using it to hunt for a word, then stabbing forward with it. “…exclusive. We’re not social. Not even me. Not even Bacchus. Not for long. We walk by ourselves or we stay in our own little groups. We do not play well with others. We like to be adored and respected and worshiped—me, I like them to be tellin’ tales about me, tales showing my cleverness. It’s a fault, I know, but it’s the way I am. We like to be big. Now, in these shabby days, we are small. The new gods rise and fall and rise again. But this is not a country that tolerates gods for long. Brahma creates, Vishnu preserves, Shiva destroys, and the ground is clear for Brahma to create once more.”

Memories of myrrh and gold, and the dying smoke of a snuffed cigarillo. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/neil-gaiman/american-gods/these-shabby-days/

Oil Color: The color of flowing embers 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, 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:  Sweet tobacco smoke and myrrh spill forth as the bottle is uncapped, followed  by a cool gold tang that weaves between the cigarillo and myrrh.
  • Wet:  The gold comes across as a bit more tangy and cool, almost like there’s an aquatic base to the note.  Soon after, the myrrh and cigarillo notes languidly skulk forth.  I wish the gold were not so apparent on my skin as I do love myrrh and tobacco.  It just is a little “off” on my skin.
  • Dry: Ah, there we go, much better now that it’s had some time to settle.  After a few hours, the myrrh and cigarillo smoke linger lightly on my skin.  The gold?  No where to be found.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1105 – BPAL’s The Forgettable God

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Scent Name: The Forgettable God

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – American Gods III

Scent Description and Notes: “He had stood beside the man as he got into the car, had opened and closed the door for him, and was unable to remember anything about him. He turned around in the driver’s seat and looked at him, carefully noting his face, his hair, his clothes, making certain he would know him if he met him again, and turned back to start the car, to find that the man had slipped from his mind. An impression of wealth was left behind, but nothing more.

A faint impression of scent, a memory slipping like water through a sieve. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-category/neil-gaiman/american-gods/

Oil Color: Clear.

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, 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:  It’s always a challenge when the notes are intentionally vague, so what you see here is subjective and based on my own note memories. What I go get slips under my nose, shifting from a very nondescript “clean and cool” scent like soapy water and baby powder to notes that I think I can almost tease out – blue musk, a faint fougere, fresh linen, the memory of vanilla or skin musk long faded.
  • Wet:  Yes, there’s definitely a fougere in here along with linen or crisp, clean sheets, soapiness, a pinch of musk, and a floral (which might be from the fougere) that strikes me as imperious, so perhaps wisteria.  Every now and then, if I inhale deeply enough, vanilla waivers on the threshold of recognition.  It’s almost hotel-level clean.
  • Dry: It’s more soapy with just a touch of fougere way in the background.  It’s a definite “clean” scent, but it is almost clinical in its cleanliness.

Other Impressions: “Do you want the nice or the genuine version? This one also smells like powder, but it’s the cleanest version of restroom automated powder spray scent and Irish Spring.” -Tony