Day 1499 – BPAL’s Spinning on Graves

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Scent Name: Spinning on Graves

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lilith 2017

Scent Description and Notes: Late at night, as you walk through a dark and creepy cemetery, all is quiet except for the giggling of two kids: one is eight and one is fifty-eight.

They are standing in the middle of the tombstones; the bigger kid is spinning the little kid around by her arms.

They spin and spin and then fall down laughing.

What could be more fun than falling down on people’s graves?

Dorian and lavender mist, crushed grass, cypress leaf, and a drop of clove.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: A faded ice wine color.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art is a picture of Lilith spinning on the grass in a graveyard.

Scent:

  • ITI: I’m getting a cool Dorian fog laced with lavender, cypress, and gently trodden grass.  Oh, I like this one. 
  • Wet: It’s much the same on my skin, but I have to say that I really love this cold, funerary take on Dorian.  The lavender mist, cypress, and crushed grass notes frame the fougere while setting a beautifully, mournful scene.  As it starts to settle, I get a sliver of clove, but not enough to change the tone of this scent.
  • Dry:  After 5 hours, there’s still some scent left consisting of faded fougere silvered with ethereal lavender mist and a touch of cypress.  It’s brilliant and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t find a bottle earlier.

Other Impressions: “Oh, I love that. It’s a white floral, light spring floral with that hint of fall that I love so much.  To me, it’s the best of both worlds.” -Kelly

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Day 1498 – BPAL’s Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

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Scent Name: Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lilith’s Birthday : 2014

Scent Description and Notes: Salutations to the supreme Lord Ganesh, whose curved trunk and massive body shines like a million suns and showers his blessings on everyone. Oh my lord of lords, Ganesha, kindly remove all obstacles, always and forever from all my activities and endeavors.

Lilith’s favorite deity – by far – is Ganesha, inspired by her kindergarten teacher and the works of Sanjay Patel. Her meditation technique, however, is as much a product of her Mom & Me practice at home as her enthusiastic love of Teen Titans. I’d attempted to persuade Lilith to meditate with me many times, but she didn’t have much of an interest in doing so until she started watching Teen Titans again in earnest. Kindergarten was a challenging transition year for her, and meditation was something she employed often to cope with the stress. I tried to encourage her to chant a variety of mantras, and she used many of Ganesha’s, but her go to was always Azarath Metreon Zinthos.

So, thank you, DC Comics, Sanjay Patel, and (especially) Ganesha, for helping give my daughter tools to help her through rough days.

This is a meditation blend that I created for Lilith: sweet frankincense, Mysore sandalwood, and a few drops of rose and clary sage.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: A vibrant goldenrod yellow oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art on the imp is the same that appears on the bottle.

Scent:

  • ITI: That is meditative.  I get clary sage quite clearly with a hint of sweetness and resin, but those aren’t distinct enough yet when compared to the clarity of the sage now. 
  • Wet: Soft sage and faded sandalwood incense with the subtlest undertone of dried rose.  I might actually want to use this as a meditation scent myself.
  • Dry:   After 4 hours, all that’s left is light sage with a subtle undertone of gentle sweetness.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1497 – BPAL’s (Not so) Penitent (Mini) Magdalene

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Scent Name: (Not so) Penitent (Mini) Magdalene

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lilith’s Birthday : 2014

Scent Description and Notes: Lilith, Ted, and I were playing dress up one night, and during her snack break in the kitchen, it occurred to me that she – and the whole accidental tableau – reminded me strongly (and strangely) of Georges de la Tour’s Penitent Magdalene.

So, of course, Ted and I threw together an impromptu 30-second staging with junk lying around the house and took a photo.

Learning art history through role playing and silly photo shenanigans!

Candle wax, smoke, red sandalwood, a dusting of kitchen spices, and a dribble of vanilla ice cream.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: The color of apricot jam spread on a warm scone.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art on the imp is the same that appears on the bottle.

Scent:

  • ITI: It smells like vanilla birthday cake and kitchen spices to me.  Hmm, I’m hoping there’s more complexity once applied to the skin. 
  • Wet: I’m getting congealing candle wax, vanilla frosting, and hints of kitchen spices.  It smells like a birthday party at home to me.
  • Dry:  After 4 hours, the scent remains candle wax scented with vanilla and a hint of faded  kitchen spice.  It’s nice, but not for me.

Other Impressions: “It smells like a warm holiday drink.  It’s really comfortable, relaxing.  I like it.” -Tony

Day 1496 – BPAL’s Hearts for Ghost Friends

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Scent Name: Hearts for Ghost Friends

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lilith’s Birthday : 2014

Scent Description and Notes: Lilith named this one, and I think it’s absolutely perfect.

I know I’ve told this story before, but the kindness behind it means so much to me that you’re all going to have to bear with me while I tell it again. The privilege of being the narrator!

While we were at Lafayette Cemetery this spring, Lilith discovered all the beads, toys, and trinkets that people leave on the crypts. As she wandered through the cemetery grounds, she arranged the beads that she found into hearts and pillaged my purse (and Ted’s pockets!) for change and small items she could leave for the ghosts. She told me that people leave things like this for their ghost friends so that the spirits know that their “people friends” are thinking about them, and so they won’t be lonely while they wait for more people to come visit them. Lilith and I still talk about the ghost friends she met in New Orleans that day. Evidently, some of them have taken up residence in my basement and behind our bar because she couldn’t bear to leave them behind. The more the merrier, right?

Friendship beyond death. The scent of ghostly companionship, and imaginary friends that might not be quite so imaginary: oleander and frankincense with white rose, soft carnation, spectral white musk, and velvety magnolia.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: A thin pollen yellow color.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art on the imp is the same that appears on the bottle.

Scent:

  • ITI: I was going to wear this to a concert tonight but decided against it as I wanted more of a dark resin than the steely bright magnolia note swathed with oleander and  musk. This does remind me of New Orleans, though. Very evocative. 
  • Wet: Magnolia, cool and lightly aloof emerges next to a subtle waft of light rose with a few carnation petals.  The white musk and oleander round out the scent, but as a whole, the scent strikes me as thin, funerary, and lightly mournful.
  • Dry:   Cool magnolia, oleander, and white musk.  The frankincense never really showed up on my and there’s only enough of the rose to add a little to the floral tone. It’s still very much a cool and damp scent.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1495 – BPAL’s Goofballs

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I have a backlog of Liliths, so while I wait for the new release, I’m going to review ones I’ve had sitting in my collection previously untested.

Scent Name: Goofballs

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lilith’s Birthday : 2014

Scent Description and Notes: This one – name, scent, and photo selection – is entirely Lilith’s. She wanted this scent to smell like “how friendship feels when you’re hanging out in the grass.” Per Lilith’s description: ‘wet grass and sunshine, dogs and wood, and my feet in warm dirt and flowers I pick.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: A lemon yellow oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art on the imp is the same that appears on the bottle.

Scent:

  • ITI: It smells like dewy grass, gently trampled flowers, soft loam underfoot, and a gentle breeze wafting through a park. Wow, this is a fascinating one.  
  • Wet: This smells much the same as in the imp, but I am detecting a lightly lemony tone that might represent the sun. The wet grass and softly warmed soil notes next to the wildflowers against the background of woods really does invoke images of childhood.
  • Dry:   Soapy. I really wish it had maintained its original notes as they were so lovely, but all I’m left with is a generalized soapy, clean smell.  Dang.

Other Impressions:  “It’s like mixed berry, lemon grass, and verbena.” -Tony

Day 1494 – BPAL’s Hexennacht

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Scent Name: Hexennacht 2019

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Limited Edition

Scent Description and Notes: “The Night of the Witches. In the Teutonic calendar, April 30, not October 31, was the night that the witches congregated to celebrate their Work through ecstatic dance, wild music and revelry. The witches fêted with spirits, fairies, and a bevy of otherworldly creatures atop Brockenberg peak in the Harz region of Germany, where they lit an enormous bonfire and cavorted naked until midnight… at which point they donned their robes, boarded their brooms, flying rams and sacred goats, scooped up their cat familiars, and sped off into the night. In later days, it was believed that on this night the witches conjured the devil, who would then select one of them for his bride.

This perfume is the scent of the witches’ revel: German fir and forest herbs, incense and bonfire smoke, broom straw, and the wet, glimmering scent of skin warmed by dance.

Illustration by Stefan Eggeler, 1922.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/limited-edition-in-memoriam/hexennacht-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art on the imp is the same that appears on the bottle.

Scent:

  • ITI: I was expecting something much more herbal and foresty, but there’s something strangely sweet like beeswax or raspberry leaf in here over a strange but oddly familiar aquatic note. 
  • Wet: I’m still getting aquatic and sweet, but the straw note is more distinct on the skin. I’m wondering if the aquatic tone is the salty skin note. Swirling far in the distinct is a sliver of incense smoke, but I’d say this scent is primarily aquatic and lightly herbal at this point.
  • Dry:  Ah, there we go.  After 2 hours, the scent finally reveals a soft, fragrant fir note mingled with faded incense, straw, dried herbs, and salty skin musk.  That’s much better.

Other Impressions:  “It’s a pleasant, non-descript spice.  It’s not really remarkable, but I like it.  It’s nice.” -Tony

Day 1493 – BPAL’s Annales Veteris et Novi Testamenti

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Scent Name: Annales Veteris et Novi Testamenti

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Good Omens

Scent Description and Notes: “Archbishop James Usher (1580–1656) published Annales Veteris et Novi Testamenti in 1654, which suggested that the Heaven and the Earth were created in 4004 B.C. One of his aides took the calculation further, and was able to announce triumphantly that the Earth was created on Sunday the 21st of October, 4004 B.C., at exactly 9:00 A.M., because God liked to get work done early in the morning while he was feeling fresh.

This too was incorrect. By almost a quarter of an hour.

The whole business with the fossilized dinosaur skeletons was a joke the paleontologists haven’t seen yet.

Fossilized amber, dusty white sandalwood, galbanum, balsam of Peru, and brown oakmoss.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/neil-gaiman/good-omens/annales-veteris-et-novi-testamenti-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: A honeyed burnt sienna colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Absinthetics. Her label features the scent notes on the back along with her decanting information and the scent name. The label art is as featured below:

Scent:

  • ITI: It starts off sweetly resinous in amber tones before something earthy but almost soapy surges up behind it, which might be both the balsam and oakmoss. I was hoping for more sweet resins tones, but that might change upon application. 
  • Wet: It’s still heavy oakmoss and balsam following a split second of rich, golden amber; however, rays of galbanum and sandalwood are able to peek though as the scent warms.  It does skew unisex to me, but I’m liking it at this point.
  • Dry:  Ok, this one is worth the dry-down.  An hour later, this scent sings in golden notes of amber, galbanum, and powdery white sandalwood, intensified ever so slightly by the balsam in the background.  I’m not sure where the oakmoss went, by the resins are amazing in this blend!

Other Impressions: “Oh, it’s like Chanel No. 5 for men. It’s like a masculine version of it.”  -Tony

“Mmm, you smell good.” -Kelly

Day 1492 – BPAL’s Cardamom and Coconut

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Scent Name:  Cardamom & Coconut

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –

Scent Description and Notes: “Like a poofy, spicy cloud.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-category/a-little-lunacy-limited-edition/duets-a-little-lunacy-limited-edition/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  The label features the name of the company in ombre shadowed cool light pink font along the bottom.  The name of the scent is positioned above that in a larger aged lace color version of the same font shadowed along its borders. Image art is as follows:

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Image courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

Scent:

  • ITB: Wow, that’s a stunning cardamom – fuzzy, fragrant, and delicious over a dried shredded coconut note.  Yum!
  • Wet: The coconut is a bit more forward once applied, more balanced with the cardamom than in the bottle.  The cardamom is still as delicious as ever.
  • Dry:   Fuzzy coconut fluff with a hint of pleasant but subtle cardamom spice.  It verges on foody, but I still think this has some versatility beyond that. The scent doesn’t have a great deal of staying power as by hour 5, the throw is only about an inch and it’s become much more mellow than I would have liked. 

Other Impressions: It smells kind of like coconut and lime.  It reminds me of a Bath and Bodyworks scent from 2002 – like Pina Colada. It’s not a bad smell.” -Kelly

Day 1491 – BPAL’s Patchouli and Tobacco

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Scent Name:  Patchouli & Tobacco

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –

Scent Description and Notes: “Gritty, smoked, sensual.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/a-little-lunacy-limited-edition/duets-a-little-lunacy-limited-edition/patchouli-tobacco-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  The label features the name of the company in ombre shadowed cool light pink font along the bottom.  The name of the scent is positioned above that in a larger ripening tomato red version of the same font shadowed along its borders. Image art is as follows:

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Image courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

Scent:

  • ITB: I opened this to apply it right before a medical appointment, but immediately decided to wait until later as the tobacco is rich, fragrant, and almost chewy against a sinuously delightful patchouli – far too strong for the early morning.
  • Wet: On Kelly, the scent remains that stunningly fragrant but heavy tobacco note. There isn’t a whole lot of patchouli on her skin as the tobacco is so strong in the early stages. It reminds me of a vintage British smoking lounge. On me, much the same.  The tobacco is strong and chewy.  I can almost picture the cigar rolled thickly with it, and a very subtle hue of patchouli far underneath the strong top note.
  • Dry:   Two hours after application, it remains largely chewy, thick, fragrant tobacco.  There’s a touch of woodiness underneath that might be from the patchouli, but it’s mostly tobacco. Around hour 4, the patchouli finally becomes more detectable, adding an interesting spice to the tobacco. 

Other Impressions: “I think I like this better in the bottle than I do on me.  The tobacco really sticks out and I’m not getting much patchouli.” -Kelly

“Mmm, tobacco spiced muffin.” -Tony

Day 1490 – BPAL’s Cacao and Clove

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Scent Name:  Cacao & Clove

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –

Scent Description and Notes: “Dirty raw chocolate.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/a-little-lunacy-limited-edition/duets-a-little-lunacy-limited-edition/cacao-clove-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  The label features the name of the company in ombre shadowed cool light pink font along the bottom.  The name of the scent is positioned above that in a larger cayenne pepper red version of the same font shadowed along its borders. Image art is as follows:

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Image courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

Scent:

  • ITB: Strong cacao, almost coffee-like in its strength, threaded with spiced holiday pastries, rum raisin, and laden with clove.
  • Wet: The rum raisin note, wherever that’s from comes more to the forefront followed by raw, dark chocolate and freshly ground clove is festive, foody, but lovely in terms of spice.
  • Dry:   I really love the dried version of this blend.  I’m getting a delicious clove note, fresh and spicy, bolstered just a tad by a hint of warm cacao just behind it.  This does come off as more of a spiced blend than a foody one once it has had time to dry. 

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1489 – BPAL’s Kamau Kogo

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Scent Name: Kamau Kogo

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – 

Scent Description and Notes: “Almond milk, coconut husk, and sweat-salted skin.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/bitch-planet/kamau-kogo-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle. The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in small bolded block font in yellow, outlined in red centered at the top of the label.  The name of the collection is in tilted Star Wears-like font along the bottom of the label in the same color scheme just above the company name, which mirrors the color and size of the scent name. The label art is as follows:

Scent:

  • ITB:  Almond milk and young coconut flesh mixed with husk shards on top of a lightly salted musk.  It reminds me of the almonds and milk body washes that I enjoy so much, but a touch more florid and salty.
  • Wet: I’ve worn this a couple times over the last several days and I’m always pleasantly surprised at the soft sweetness of the coconut flesh next to the almond milk. It starts off as bright sun tanning coconut flesh spritzed with a white floral before the almond milk comes in and soothes the top note before the sweat-salted skin tumbles together with the other notes in a delightfully feminine, creamy, tropical and skin-but-better delight.
  • Dry: I do find that I need to reapply as my skin eats it after 5-6 hours.  After my second reapplication, and closing in on my 5th hour, I’m getting an almond and subtle coconut husk musk.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1488 – BPAL’s Bitch

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Name:  Bitch

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – In Memoriam: Panacea

Scent Description and Notes: Snappy-quick PMS relief. -BPAL.org

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is the lab’s vintage 5ml brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the company in small white vertical font on the left-hand side.  The name of the sent is placed along the right-hand side in the same fashion, weight, and size. The background of the label is black with a heart stabbed through with three swords, wrapped in a crown of thorns emblazoned on the front.

Scent:

  • ITB: It’s cool and soothing, like the scent of mineral oil and something that’s coolly herbal and almost herbal tea-like with a hint of maybe eucalyptus.  It’s hard to identify, but it’s pleasant and a very different scent from the Lab.
  • Wet: This is so hard to pin down.  It still retains the cool and soothing essence on the skin along with herbal undertones.  It brings up images of blue green for some reason.  Maybe there’s Comfrey in here and maybe thyme with hints of either camphor or eucalyptus.  Either way, it does help with PMS, soothing and centering me.
  • Dry: It’s faintly herbal with a hint of grass and something that still hints of eucalyptus but dryer. It works for what’s intended, but I wouldn’t wear this one a date night.

Other Impressions: “It’s hard because I’m smelling a couple of different things, but there’ something familiar about it.  There’s some sort of citrus in this, like lemon peel maybe, or Cuties, or a citronella type smell. And I don’t want to smell like citronella.” -Kelly

Day 1487 – BPAL’s – Squirting Cucumber v4

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Since this is a prototype, I’ve included my initial review in black, my Version 4 review in green.

Scent Name:  Squirting Cucumber v4

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Prototypes: Trunk Show Retail Exclusive – Unreleased Scents

Scent Description and Notes: Yikes! A spurt of wet, grassy greenness” – BPAL.org

Oil Color: Colorless

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  The label wrapped around the bottle features an ornate acanthus, ivy, and shell leaf design motif surrounding the scent name. The name of the company is in black bold Art Deco font.  The image art is as follows:

Scent:

  • ITB:  Fresh, juicy, just-cut cucumber.  It’s wet, green, fresh, and delicious! On my skin, it’s less cucumber and more something slightly floral and aquatic. I’m getting fresh cucumber flesh and that lovely cool wetness that comes along with its flesh over next to hints of grass and something somewhat sharp aquatic.  
  • Wet: I still get the cucumber impression, but it’s muddled with the other notes that take away from the delicious purity of a freshly sliced cucumber. I really love how delightfully cucumber this in, in all its essence from the leaves to the flesh.  I’m still getting something aquatic here or vaguely like a sharp white floral. 
  • Dry: Thankfully, the aquatic overtones have mellowed out some, allowing the cucumber to settle back toward the top with the grassy notes. I’m getting clean soapiness with a faintly green or high white floral sub-note. It doesn’t have a great deal of throw after 4 hours, nor much longevity, but it’s nice. 
Other Impressions: It’s interesting.  It’s like soap but it has a spice backing to it…like a cinnamon, almost a peppery one.  A Cayenne one!  I like it!” -Tony

Day 1486 – BPAL’s Butterflies and Plovers

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Scent Name: Butterflies and Plovers

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Lupercalia 2008: Shunga – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements

Scent Description and Notes: “Blood orange, King mandarin, nectarine, patchouli, violet, ylang ylang, and amber.” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: A lightly yellowish orange oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle. The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in thin white block font just above the collection name, which is  in a baby blue smaller version of the same font.  Below that is the company name, which is in a smaller version of the scent name, although in an orange.  The label is a shunga woodblock print of both of a Noh character, fully dressed save for one crucial part being manually pleasured by a female-looking character. Butterflies adorn his kimono and plovers adorn hers.

Scent:

  • ITB:  This is a gorgeous blend of mandarin, blood orange, and well-balanced patchouli tinged with violets. It’s citrus’y but not overpoweringly bright. I like it.
  • Wet: Wow, that’s great.  Musky blood orange and mandarian overlaid with a soft, almost anise-like patchouli that reveal ylang ylang and a hint of violet as it settles.
  • Dry: Nearly 12 hours later, I’m surprised there’s any scent left. What I am getting is a watery mandarin sweetened with ylang ylang and amber.  It’s feminine, subtle, and lovely.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1485 – BPAL’s Harlow’s Lace

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Scent Name:  Harlow’s Lace

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Retail Exclusive: Dark Delicacies

Scent Description and Notes: “This is a first for us — a pup fundraiser to help out our friends at DD, whose dog Harlow has had a terrible medical emergency requiring surgery.

To that end, we present HARLOW’S LACE:

‘A gentle, soft blend of sugar-spun vanilla, honey absolute, warm puppy musk, ambrette seed, sweet labdanum, tabacco absolute, and white cognac.’” -BPAL.org

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  The label features the name of the company along the bottom in a bleached bone block shadowed script, mirroring the name of the collaborating store, Dark Delicacies, positioned along the top.  The name of the scent is in a larger version of the same font also shadowed just above the company name.  The image art is as follows:

Scent:

  • ITB:  Wow, that’s warm and sweet.  It reminds me of vanilla honeyed cakes drizzled with cognac maple syrup. When I delve into the scent, I can pick up traces of tobacco and labdanum, but the sweetness washes over those fainter notes in this form.
  • Wet: It’s still very much true to form on my skin as it was in the bottle. I’m not normally a foody person in terms of scents, but this one is pleasantly nostalgic in its sweetness.
  • Dry: Five hours later, the scent is still warm, cozy, and sweet.  It’s just a wonderful combination of honeyed vanilla cakes brushed with cognac, perfumed with a thread of tobacco and ambrette seed.  I’ll be interested to see how this ages.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1484 – BPAL’s Villain Edit

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Scent Name: Villain Edit

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Event Exclusive: DragCon 2019

Scent Description and Notes: “Okay, fine, you DID say those things… but they were taken completely out of context! Here’s a blend to help you ease into your new status as a femme fatale: Black leather, pomegranate, saffron, pink pepper, and tobacco.-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 of a Phi Phi O’Hara-esque queen with teal hair and teal and pink accessories set against a bold black and white block background.

Scent:

  • ITB: That is intriguing.  I’m getting black leather boots softened with tobacco and warmed by saffron and a hint of redness.  I’m not getting pomegranate per say, nor am I getting pepper save for a very, very subtle exhalation twinge in my nose.
  • Wet: Ah, there’s the pink pepper right next to a deliciously perfumed tobacco and leather.  The pomegranate is more discernible, adding a berried blush to the scent just atop the lovely saffron.  Wow, I like this so much more than I had anticipated.
  • Dry: After 5 hours, the set mellows int a very attractive faint pomegranate musk sweetened with fragrant tobacco and a subtle hint of saffron leather. I like this more than I anticipated I would.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1483 – BPAL’s Screamers

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Scent Name:  Screamers

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Comic Book League Defense Fund Event Exclusive: San Diego ComiCon 2019

Scent Description and Notes: “The unbridled ecstasy of a shrieking, glorious fandom bacchanal: pulsing blood orange, neroli, white sugar, and almond blossom.

Developed exclusively to benefit CBLDF’s vital work by our wonderful friends at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab!” -https://cbldf.myshopify.com/collections/bpal/products/screamers-by-black-phoenix-alchemy-lab

Oil Color: A bright hi-lighter yellow oil on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  The label features the names of both companies framing the top and bottom of the label in yellow block font outlined in blue.  The name of the scent is centered across the Union Jack background in a larger version of the same font, outlined in red.

Scent:

  • ITB: Well, that’s interesting.  I was expecting something a bit more sweet but the neroli bursts forth swathed in bitterness and almond blossom.  I hope it changes once on the skin.  It’s one of the few times I’m actually rooting for the sugar note.
  • Wet: I’m still getting bitter neroli steeped with dark orange zest. The orange blossom with faint marzipan tones sweetens the scent a touch as it starts to settle with a pinch of sugar.
  • Dry: After three hours, the scent has mellowed to a soft sugared blood orange over a much tamer neroli.  There’s a dryness to it that I think is from the almond blossom, but it’s fairly non-descript. 

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1482 – BPAL’s British Invasion

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Scent Name:  British Invasion

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Comic Book League Defense Fund Event Exclusive: San Diego ComiCon 2019

Scent Description and Notes: “An olfactory phenomenon: a vintage musk, black suede, Tuscan leather, and aftershave with sandalwood, white cedar, and Italian bergamot.

Developed exclusively to benefit CBLDF’s vital work by our wonderful friends at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab!” -https://cbldf.myshopify.com/products/british-invasion-by-black-phoenix-alchemy-lab

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  The label features the names of both companies framing the top and bottom of the label in yellow block font outlined in blue.  The name of the scent is centered across the Union Jack background in a larger version of the same font, outlined in red.

Scent:

  • ITB:  I’m getting spicy suede, cedar, musk, and bergamot on first sniff.  Very masculine, but refined with a hint of rustic undertones.
  • Wet: Astringent and herbal.  I’m definitely getting strong cedar next to aftershave and bergamot.  It almost smells like there might be rosemary in there. Soon, it sweetness a bit, giving way to musk and a sueded leather.
  • Dry: After several hours, the scent settles down into a musky leather/suede musk dominant scent with a subtle pleasant astringency from the aftershave.  This is a more masculine scent, but as a woman, there’s enough I like about this that I would wear it regardless. 

Other Impressions: “There’s something herbal about this one that reminds me of menthol.  It opens the sinuses.” -Kelly

“Mmm, I love Christmas Vic’s Vaporrub. It’s actually oddly comforting.” -Tony

Day 1481 – BPAL’s Pink Grapefruit and Pomelo

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Scent Name:  Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –

Scent Description and Notes: “Bright and tart.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/a-little-lunacy-limited-edition/duets/pink-grapefruit-and-pomelo-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  The label features the name of the company in ombre shadowed cool light pink font along the bottom.  The name of the scent is positioned above that in a larger Morning Glory purple version of the same font shadowed along its borders. Image art is as follows:

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Image courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

Scent:

  • ITB: Wow, that is a mouthwatering combination of citrus!  I’m getting ripe, juicy pink grapefruit next to a lovely pomelo note.  What a bright, delightfully tart, and invigoration combination!
  • Wet: It’s much the same on my skin as in the bottle and I’m thrilled about that. It’s so uplifting.
  • Dry: After several hours, I’m getting a muddled grapefruit and pomelo musk, which I still adore.  

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1480 – BPAL’s Lavender and Patchouli

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Scent Name:  Lavender & Patchouli

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –

Scent Description and Notes: “Soporific and filthy.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/a-little-lunacy-limited-edition/duets-a-little-lunacy-limited-edition/lavender-and-patchouli-perfume-oil/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  The label features the name of the company in ombre shadowed cool light pink font along the bottom.  The name of the scent is positioned above that in a larger Morning Glory purple version of the same font shadowed along its borders. Image art is as follows:

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Image courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

Scent:

  • ITB: What a stunning lavender note.  It’s soothing and gentle, like French lavender at its best.  A subtle earthiness meanders faintly along the bottom, but it’s not distinctly patchouli to my nose yet.
  • Wet: This is like BPAL’s Temple of Dreams lavender.  I still am only getting a hint of earthiness below the lavender, but the lavender note itself is so relaxing and beautiful that I hope it stays this way.
  • Dry: After 9 hours, I’m left with a warm, sweet patchouli lavender that reminds me ever so slightly of kettle corn. 

Other Impressions: None.