Day 1193 – BPTP’s Sept

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Scent Name: Sept

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Trading Post – Lupercalia: 

Scent Description and Notes: “Golden rose, frankincense, and vanilla bean.-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: Wow, that’s a bit foody.  The warm vanilla bean is almost cloying next to what seems like a candied rose note with a dash frankincense sprinkled on top.
  • Wet:  It reminds me of Bakery Nouveau’s rose macaroons – sweet rose with a healthy dose of vanilla.  As it settles, the frankincense warms and adds a more refined edge to the sweetness of the other two notes.  It seems to make the rose feel less like a pink, super sweet rose and more like a golden, pink edged rose that is more sophisticated. When wet, the throw is about 3″ from my wrist, which I think would be acceptable in social situations without provoking intense hunger pangs from passers by.
  • Dry: Sugared vanilla and a very faint impression of faint vanilla.  It’s nice, but I think this will be even better with age.

Other Impressions:  “Eh, it smells like baby wipes.” -Tony

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Day 1192 – BPAL’s Trois

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Scent Name: Trois

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia: 

Scent Description and Notes: “White rose, orris root, and ambergris accord.-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/trois/

Oil Color: Colorless 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: Strident white floral laden with orris emerge as dominant notes, yet there’s something faintly buggy and oddly salty about this one that worries me.  Alas, I’m not getting any ambergris at all so far.
  • Wet:  I’m still getting something that’s rather buggy on my skin (probably the orris), but the rose note is crisp and pretty.  On the second application, however, the white rose almost smells like a yellow rose and the  orris is much more agreeable.  There isn’t much ambergris, though.
  • Dry: After 6 hours, the scent becomes gentle white rose with a round, resinous, musky sweetness (my beloved ambergris) that envelopes the edges of the scent.  Nice.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1191 – BPAL’s Deux

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Scent Name: Deux

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lupercalia: 

Scent Description and Notes: “Red rose petals dusted with a trove of ancient spices.-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2018/deux/

Oil Color: Slightly yellow 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: It reminds me of really fantastic potpourri:  dried red roses laden with sandalwood and other dusky, almost vanilla-tinged spices.
  • Wet:  The rose hides on my skin behind the dried spice notes and vanilla musk, although the rose does shyly sidle forth as the scent begins to dry.  The spices remind me of burned incense and old spice cabinets (all spice and coriander I’m getting for some reason).
  • Dry: Soft, powdered rose with a light pinch of spiced musk. It’s definitely toned down very quickly and sits very close to the skin after about 2 hours.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1190 – BPAL’s Nobodies Watching Wrestling

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Scent Name: Nobodies Watching Wrestling

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Limited Edition: Collaborations

Scent Description and Notes: “Who better to comment on the flips, throws, and visible panty-lines of the pro-wrestling world than a bunch of drag queens? The Nobodies’ ongoing video series maps out this cultural terrain for anyone who might not have otherwise clocked the generous overlap between wrestling and drag.

Black Leather and strawberry lip gloss-https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/collaborations/nobodies-watching-wrestling/

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown glass vial.  The label’s background looks like fuchsia glitter, on top of which are cartoon versions of the Nobodies (who helped at Beth’s booth during DragCon). The scent name is aligned to the left of the cartoon and is in a larger yellow font while the company name is interspersed between each line in a smaller white font.

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DragCon 2018 bottles. Image (c) courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

  • ITB: Wow, that smells just like a strawberry daiquiri!  On second sniff, I can pick up a sliver of the leather, but I’m still reminded of that lovely chilled drink.
  • Wet:  Freshly blended, ice cold strawberry daiquiri on my skin, no leather present until it hits the 30 second mark on my skin.  Even then, the leather doesn’t detract from how delicious that strawberry note.
  • Dry: After about 2 hours, the scent shifts to cherry chap-stick and worn leather.  I liked it much better wet, but I’d still wear this from time to time.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1189 – BPAL’s Drag is for Everyone

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Scent Name: Drag is for Everyone

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Event Exclusive: DragCon 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “Just like any art form, drag is a question with no right answer. Proceeds from this scent will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

A universal sheer frankincense and bourbon vanilla skin musk that works on every body type. It can be worn alone, or as a base upon which you layer other scents.-bpal.org

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown glass vial.  The label features a dark grey background with what looks like a darker “H”, across which the scent name is emblazoned in black, bold font outlined in red.  The name of the company is in a smaller pure red font along the bottom.

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DragCon 2018 bottles. Image (c) courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

  • ITB: I was hoping I could pick up on the other notes, but all that’s coming through at this stage is a light but masculine-leaning bourbon note.
  • Wet: Light bourbon and and a thin veil of very sheer frankincense sit close to my skin.  As it starts to settle, the bourbon becomes less masculine with the subtle warming of some very ephemeral vanilla.
  • Dry: After 6 hours, the scent settled down into a slightly resinous, faintly musky vanilla, which I adore!  I think Drag is for Everyone is just that – a great layering scent or lovely on its own.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1188 – BPAL’s Lycanthrope for your Life

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Scent Name: Lycanthrope for your Life

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Event Exclusive: DragCon 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “She’s that Instagram queen who only performs once in a full moon.  Cardamom-infused whiskey and fig cream.-bpal.org

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown glass vial.  The label features the name of the scent along the top, centered, in a bold green font.  The company name is in the same font along the bottom.  The image is of a shaggy, wolfish queen with a purple swooping hairstyle.  She’s wearing crescent moon earrings and a gold chain around her neck.

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DragCon 2018 bottles. Image (c) courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

  • ITB: Lycanthrope smells like shaggy musk, spiced cardamom whisky, and a light sweetness that is too diffuse to pick out as cream or fig.
  • Wet: Sharp cardamom and strong whisky with what smells liek a dash of pepper thrown in dance about my wrist.  After a few seconds, the fig inserts itself between the whisky and the cardamom, although I wish the cream note were present as this needs it.
  • Dry: After 6 hours, the scent has settled into an absolutely lovely version of a musky cream with a subtle hint of spiced whisky.  It’s much more sophisticated and much less foody after it has had a chance to settle. This one is definitely worth the dry-down.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1187 – BPAL’s Groom of Frankenstein

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Scent Name: Groom of Frankenstein

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Event Exclusive: DragCon 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “A shock in a jock: the perfect drag king cologne. Black leather and a snap of ozone.-bpal.org

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown glass vial.  The label features the name of the scent along the top, centered, in a bold green font.  The company name is in the same font along the bottom.  The image is of a Drag King with stubble, whose hair mimics the Bride of Frankenstein’s, but in a more masculine cut.

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DragCon 2018 bottles. Image (c) courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

  • ITB: Groom is definitely a black leather note with crisp ozone. The leather is stiff and new while the ozone crackles around it with the subtlest undertone of lemon.
  • Wet: While it stays fairly true to what I smelled in the bottle, the leather note is just so beautiful.  It reminds me of high-end stiff leather boots or polished black riding tack.  The ozone is evocative of the air before a thunderstorm while the hits of lemon and an invigorating quality to the scent.
  • Dry: It smells like sky and the earth seconds into a thunderstorm with a masculine tone.

Other Impressions:  “It smells like Michael Jordan cologne.” – Tony

Day 1186 – BPAL’s Drag on a Slime

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Scent Name: Drag on a Slime

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Event Exclusive: DragCon 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “She’s the reason the club now has rules like “No liquids onstage unless you bring your own tarp.”

Blobs of guava pulp with pink orchid, a splatter of liquid sugar, white rum, and a squeeze of pink lime.-bpal.org

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown glass vial.  The label features the name of the scent along the top, centered, in a bold yellow font.  The company name is in the same font along the bottom.  The image is of a crowned queen with a pink bouffant, dripping in slime, almost like she is made out of it.

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DragCon 2018 bottles. Image (c) courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

  • ITB: Delicious! It’s the perfect blend of fruits and light floral to keep it from going B**ches Love Unicorn fruity or Pink Fuzzy handcuffs sweet.
  • Wet: Sweet guava and pink limeade muddled together with a dash of rum, rimmed in sugar, and garnished with a soft flower.  This scent reminds me of a tropical vacation daiquiri.
  • Dry: After a few hours, the scent isn’t as sweet.  Thankfully, it still very much retains the guava, soft floral, and faint pink lime tones swathed under a sweet musk.  I really like it!

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1185 – BPAL’s Serving Gill

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Scent Name: Serving Gill

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Event Exclusive: DragCon 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “A swimsuit with no padding: the perfect gender-amphibious look.

Blue musk and blue chamomile with indigo musk, seaweed, ocean salt, fir needle, and a tangle of kelp.”-bpal.org

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown glass vial.  The label features the name of the scent along the top, centered, in a bold yellow font.  The company name is in the same font along the bottom.  The image on the bottle is a green mermaid, fishy queen with redish orange hair.

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DragCon 2018 bottles. Image (c) courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

  • ITI: Serving Gill is like buttered popcorn, chamomile, warm musk, kelp, and mimosa blossom. It’s surprising nice.
  • Wet: Popcorn, kelp, and ocean salt followed by a dark, inky musky and a smattering of fir needles dance about on my skin.  While it is technically aquatic, it comes off as a clean scent, like Lush’s Ocean Salt scrub.
  • Dry: Sea salt, chamomile, kelp, seaweed, and musk remain on my skin after an hour.  Normally, I’m not an aquatic person, but I really like this one. After 3 hours, it’s a soft, sweet musk with a hint of ocean spray behind it.

Other Impressions:  “What is that smell?  Oh god!  It’s hotel soap!” -Tony

Day 1184 – BPAL’s Slay!

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I was debating what should come next as I have still about 11 bottles from the most recent Lupercalia update along with a whole host of older imps, but I think it’s time to review my DragCon scents!

Scent Name: Slay

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Event Exclusive: DragCon 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “The consummate host: she can fill oceans of time on the mic and still leave the crowd hypnotized.

Polished black patchouli and blood-red vegetal musk, bakhoor oudh, tobacco absolute, fossilized amber resin, and bittersweet cacao. -bpal.org

Scent Note: Bakhoor oudh generally refers to the processed incense that contains oudh and other essential oils while oudh or oud refers to the raw chips or resin from the tree itself.

Oil Color: The color of sandalwood on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 5ml brown glass vial.  The label features the name of the scent along the top, centered, in a bold yellow font.  The company name is in the same font along the bottom.  The image on the bottle is a red vampire Queen, smiling, with blood dribbling down the corner of her mouth.

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DragCon 2018 bottles. Image (c) courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

  • ITB: Gorgeous earthy patchouli with some sweet tobacco over red, dark musk. It should age very well.
  • Wet: Once again,the patchouli is the most dominant note (although much less earthy), but now I can smell the rich cocoa that twines itself around the patchouli while tobacco and resinous incense twin around the base.
  • Dry: Wow, that is lovely once dried.  The tobacco just sings on my skin next to the resinous oudh and dark patchouli while the red musk and amber sweeten deliciously.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1183 – BPAL’s Moons of Saturn: Telesto

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Scent Name: Moons of Saturn: Telesto

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Limited Edition: A Little Lunacy – Moons of Saturn

Scent Description and Notes: “One of the Oceanids, the Three-Thousand Daughters of Tethys and Oceanus. Draped in a sun-bright peplos of flowing champaca, Bengal oudh, golden vanilla, neroli, and amber cream, she personifies divine blessings. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/moons-of-saturn-telesto/

Oil Color: Golden honey.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Mystery 213. 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: It reminds me of a crystal or alternative shop, air heavy with champaca and oudh.
  • Wet: Wow, so much more interesting on the skin.  I’m still getting the champaca and oudh, but the neroli is much more present and clear against shifting bottom notes that remind me of bubblegum one minute and spiced amber against rich wood the next.
  • Dry: Soft, gentle amber note harmonizes beautifully with the musky  vanilla tones just above the wavering impression of incense.  Very nice.

Other Impressions:  “It smells like the herby section of a candy shop.” -Tony

Day 1182 – BPAL’s Fate’s Jester

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Scent Name: Fate’s Jester

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Fool’s Journey: Faces of the Fool

Scent Description and Notes: “Speaking truth to kings, beggars, and popes alike, immune to retribution and lordly wrath as he flings wise quips like cream pies and barbed arrows.

A motley tunic, festooned in bells: red currant and lemon peel over sugared patchouli and a bit of buttercream. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/fates-jester/

Oil Color: The color of apricot brandy.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Mystery 213. 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: Hmm, it smells like sugared lemon and cream. It honestly reminds me Lemon Scented Sticky Bats, but a softer sweet version of that.
  • Wet: Candied lemon peel is all I can smell for the first few seconds, then a light, creamy note and perhaps the faintest impression of a slightly tart berry.
  • Dry: It dissipates fairly quickly (3 hours), but what is left is really nice.  It reminds me of a cream musk with a hint of berry and lemon sugar sprinkled on top.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1181 – BPAL’s The Legerdemain

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Scent Name: The Legerdemain

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Fool’s Journey: The Magician – Faces of the Magician

Scent Description and Notes: “The twilight in between the stage performer and the Magus; the sleight of hand trick transforms into true sorcerous skill: black silken musk, dark clove, guiac wood, black pepper, frankincense, and cardamom. -Image from https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-fools-journey/the-legerdemain/

Oil Color: The color of cold butter.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Mystery 213. 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: Ooh, that’s…interesting.  I certainly get pepper and something that strikes me as buggy (like iris to my nose) initially. On second sniff, I get the musky silk notes, which is definitely more aggressive with the pepper, clove, and cardamom.
  • Wet: Thankfully, the pepper isn’t as strong on my skin. The guiac wood emerges from underneath the strong spice notes while the silk and frankincense quickly follow. It is disquieting and unnerving.
  • Dry: While I don’t like it wet, it’s much more agreeable after it has had several hours to settle.  The scent mellows down into a lovely frankincense over a soft, woodsy musk with the memory of spices long since used.

Other Impressions:  This scent does seem to not play well with my sinuses.

Day 1180 – BPAL’s The Magician’s Wand

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Scent Name: The Mountebank

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

Scent Description and Notes: “Energy, will, and the manifested Word of the Magus. It is the generative process, the act of creation: ash, rowan, oak, and elder wood, polished with sweet resins but handworn, glowing with inner fire. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-fools-journey/the-magicians-wand/

Oil Color:A rosy apricot color.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Mystery 213. 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: Round, golden resins and woods delight my nose.
  • Wet: Delightful reins surge forth, followed by a sweet polished gold tone that wraps itself around the regal wood tones, specifically elder and rowan. It reminds me of It reminds me Ellie’s Song, but sweeter and slightly more resinous.  However, it isn’t so similar that I would pass this one up.
  • Dry: Musky myrrh and Frankenstein bedeck polished woods that glow under the evening lights.  There’s almost a vanilla’d tone to scent as well, but my gosh, this is a gorgeous scent if you are a fan of woods and resins.

Other Impressions:  To my wishlist this goes!

Day 1179 – BPAL’s Eyes Skyward, Eyes Shut

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Scent Name: Eyes Skyward, Eyes Shut

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

Scent Description and Notes: “Divine ecstasy and divine madness. Ambivalence and absolute faith.

Frankincense and lemon peel drifting on a cloud of lemongrass, white coconut, sandalwood, and vanilla absolute. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-fools-journey/eyes-skyward-eyes-shut/

Oil Color: A soft, aged apricot color.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Mystery 213. 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: Initially, I get lemongrass with coconut, but as I continue to smell it, the vanilla absolute  emerges, morphing into something very akin to Lush’s Trichomania.
  • Wet: Lemongrass, lemon peel, and vanilla’d coconut on my skin.  It’s just a bit more lemon peel than what I could detect in the imp.  A touch of sandalwood that tinges the edges develops as the scent warms on my skin.
  • Dry: After a full 14 hours, the only thing that remains is soft coconut with a hint of incense.  Honestly, I like this more than I thought I would and I’m very pleased with the longevity of the scent.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1178 – BPAL’s The Fool’s Rose

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Scent Name: The Fool’s Rose

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

Scent Description and Notes: “Purity of ideal, unsullied innocence, liberation from base desires and worldly trappings.

White rose, frankincense, verbena, and angelica root.  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-fools-journey/the-fools-rose/

Oil Color: The color of faded walnut wood.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Mystery 213. 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: Whew, that’s a jarring lemon verbena there, but it is soothed somewhat by the pale rose note.  I do pick up hints of frankincense around the edges of the other two notes, which is rather pleasing.
  • Wet: Strong verbena with flourishes of roses trumpet forth as soon as the oil touches my skin. There’s still hints of resin, but it’s not as strong as it was in the imp.
  • Dry: After a couple hours, the scent reduces to a simple white rose with a touch of verbena and floral musk.  It’s nice, but not a standout.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1177 – BPAL’s The Fool’s Dog

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Scent Name: The Fool’s Dog

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

Scent Description and Notes: “Sometimes playfully walking with the Fool, sometimes tugging on his stockings, sometimes attacking in a pack, sometimes tearing the ass out of his pants, sometimes chomping him right on the nuts: feral and tame, guardian and hunter, loyalty and opposition. Sometimes guiding the Fool off the cliff and other times warning him of dangers ahead.

A warm canine musk, trampled grass, a gleam of ivory-white fang, cardamom pod, and crushed yew. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-fools-journey/the-fools-dog/

Oil Color: White wine.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Mystery 213. 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: It reminds me of crushed vegetation, but with a more white and slightly creamy tone to it. I think that might be from the ivory and cardamom notes.
  • Wet: Ivory and warm, spiced musk twirl around verdant fields on my skin.
  • Dry: Warm, musky ivory with the thinnest thread of green are all that remain of this scent.  It’s certainly unusual, but I’m not sure it’s a go-to scent for me.

Other Impressions:  This one has longevity!  After 12 hours, the scent is still going strong with some throw even. All of the green has gone, leaving a beautiful warm, musky ivory note.

Day 1176 – BPAL’s The Scapegoat

Scent Name: The Scapegoat

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Fool’s Journey: Faces of the Fool

Scent Description and Notes: “To save a trump card, sometimes you must make sacrifices: tolu balsam, leather, labdanum, black pepper, and benzoin. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-fools-journey/the-scapegoat/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Mystery 213. 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: Balsam and benzoin softly emerge, while something that reminds me of klamata oil bubbles up underneath.
  • Wet: What a round and lovely scent.  I’m still getting klamata oil-rubbed tolu balsam sprinkled with pepper. The resin builds slowly, just over a clean, white leather note.
  • Dry: Sweet tolu balsam and benzoin are all that remain on my skin after 10 hours.  As a resin lover, I’m more than pleased.

Other Impressions:  “Mmm, it’s okay.  It’s not bad on you, but it’s not my favorite.  It reminds me of powder perfume worn by, like, an older French lady in the 1920s, walking around in her bath robe.” -Kelly

Day 1175 – BPAL’s The Mountebank

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Scent Name: The Mountebank

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

Scent Description and Notes: “The Hustler, the Scoundrel, the Grifter, using the magic of misdirection, charm, and subtlety to swindle his way through this world, and through all worlds, seen and unseen. Eloquent and glib, he is the quintessential knave. He is the Guardian of Gamblers and the Protector of Con-Men.

A confidence trick: leather, sweet balsam, white sandalwood, thieves’ rosin, and dusty lavender. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-fools-journey/the-mountebank/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Mystery 213. 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: That is much sweeter than I had anticipated.  My first impression is vanilla candied lavender atop a balsam dais. Yum!
  • Wet: Oh god, the lavender is heavenly!  Seriously, it’s soft, dusty, pale lavender with faint vanilla and some sensuously delicious sandalwood. I imagine a French boudoir, bay windows, bedecked with gauzy silk, thrown open to the lavender-laden breeze.
  • Dry: Wow!  Thick, heavy, musky vanilla-ed resins mix languidly with sugared lavender and honeyed sandalwood.  It’s luxurious, languid, and decidedly seductive.  I usually associate resins with sexiness, but this is one unexpected and decisively sexy floral that I plan to add to my rotation!

Other Impressions:  “It’s like cardamom and those decorative rose guest soaps that you were never allowed to use.  However, after 5-10 minutes, it develops!  It’s richer and sweeter now, becoming more natural when it looses the false rose tones. That develops nicely!” -Tony

Day 1174 – BPAL’s Blacklight Reactive Poster

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Scent Name: Blacklight Reactive Poster

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – In Memoriam

Scent Description and Notes: “There was a store about a mile away from the house I grew up in that fascinated me throughout my whole childhood. The façade was painted in insane colors, and it was covered with weird, leering cartoonish illustrations. We drove by it almost every week, and I’d keep asking my parents what was inside – there was nothing on the storefront that indicated what the store was about – and they’d blow me off while making it implicitly clear that I was to never, ever enter that building.

When I was 12, I asked my parents to take me to the library so I could study. I waited about fifteen minutes to make sure that my dad had driven off, and then I walked over to the fascinating, forbidden mystery store.

The store was covered, wall-to-wall, in posters that glowed in garish fluorescent colors. Tie-dyed t-shirts, blankets, and flags were everywhere, and the cases were filled with what looked to me like endless rows of genie bottles. Peace signs were everywhere, and tons of merchandise was emblazoned with a plant I didn’t recognize.

Before they shooed me out – very kindly – this was the scent that imprinted on me: nag champa, patchouli, and weed smoke.

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Please do not smoke, eat, or huff this oil. Do not rub it on your gums, do not put it on your privates, do not vape it. It is a perfume and meant to be used as such. No funnybusiness!

(This perfume contains no actual weed. Zero cannabis. None. Zilch. What do I look like? A dispensary?) -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/blacklight-reactive-poster/

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Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me with a hand-printed label with the scent name and company acronym. The label art of the original bottle is as follows:

  • ITI: Thick, heavy brown patchouli and nag champa followed by a strong whiff of a very…potent smelling weed note.  It reminds me of late afternoon festivals in Seattle.
  • Wet: Yep, that’s weed, which vies for dominance next to the patchouli and incense.
  • Dry: After a few hours, the weed note vanishes, leaving a relaxing combination if nag champa incense and light patchouli.  This one is well worth the dry-down.

Other Impressions:  “It’s like somebody rubbed chocolate and orange on a feminine version of Old Spice.  Actually, it smells like a weed dealer’s house. If it wasn’t for being associated with weed dealers, it’s oddly pleasant.  I like it.  It seems like it would be calming.” -Tony