Day 1229 – BPAL’s Blue Blankie

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Scent Name: Blue Blankie

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lilith 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “Lilith has several blankies that mean the world to her, and this is one of them. She’s had it since she was a baby, and she still sleeps with it every night. This blankie has been all over the US, has been to innumerable conventions, and has visited Paris, London, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Salzburg, and Berlin. This blankie has been a comfort in sorrow and a companion in joy. It has been clutched in laughter and has been succor in illness. This blanket has seen thousands upon thousands of dreams.

May it always keep you warm, safe, and happy, Lilith.

French lavender, skin musk, and a drop of rose water.”  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/autumn-collection/lilith-2018/blue-blankie/

Oil Color: Colorless.

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

  • ITI: Clean, soft lavender and gentle skin musk.  It reminds me of those lavender heat packs that one uses to ease muscle tension.
  • Wet:  The lavender is a little sharper on my skin, similar to freshly picked Spike lavender rather than dried French lavender. The skin musk settles just underneath the lavender, while the baby pink rose note warms sweetly on my skin.  So far, this is a soothing and sweetly feminine scent that I’d be tempted to reach for any time I wanted to calm down.
  • Dry: After about 6 hours, the scent is now a dusky rose powder with a subtle hint of herbal (although not distinctly lavender) around the periphery. It’s still a rather nice scent and something that might warrant a bottle.

Other Impressions:  None.

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Day 1228 – BPAL’s Euterpe’s Ukulele

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Scent Name: Euterpe’s Ukulele

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lilith 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “Lilith has always loved music – especially singing – but this year, she started to get serious about it. This photo was taken this past April, while she rehearsed her slow, haunting cover of Riptide.

A scent that smells to me the way Lilith’s voice sounds when she sings that song in her deep, thoughtful, sweet voice: wild plum, shadow oudh, osmanthus, and patchouli.”  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/autumn-collection/lilith-2018/euterpes-ukulele/

Oil Color: A bright highlighter yellow.

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

  • ITI: I’m still somewhat congested, but what I do get is a plum fragrance (a la Bath and Body Works) cloaked in an dark oudh, while the patchouli weaves in and out of the shadows, like an affectionate feline.
  • Wet:  The plum initially strikes me as less artificial on the skin, giving me a sense of plum skin mingled with slightly heady white blossoms and just a hint of oudh and a touch of earthy spice.
  • Dry: After a few hours, the scent is still a bit on the perfume-y side, rich in osmanthus, musky spice, and the dark tones of light plum.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1227 – BPAL’s The Queen of Hel

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Scent Name: The Queen of Hel

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lilith 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “’I am Hel,’ she said simply. ‘The dead come to me, and they do not return to the lands above. Why should I let Balder go?’
– Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman

Lilith loves cosplaying, and while she has done many characters, none has suited her quite as well as Hela has. She debuted this look at C2E2 this year, complete with tiny plush Fenris.

Tiny mistress of the underworld: gleaming black leather, luminescent green amber, and gargantuan hellhound musk.”  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/autumn-collection/lilith-2018/the-queen-of-hel/

 

Oil Color: A faintly green-tinged oil.

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

  • ITI: It honestly reminds me of a rather sophisticated fougere.  The leather certainly is highly polished and the green amber is faintly resinous under the greenness (perhaps lime rind and a dab of vetiver). The light fuzziness of animal musk just dances around the edges of the leather and green amber.
  • Wet:  More polish, less leather, but a unisex  scent electrified with a shock of lime makes it invigorating rather than stuffy.
  • Dry: The leather develops beautifully as it settles, warming to evoke images of supple gloves against a glorious skin musk tinged with a hint of lime and the delicateness of faint amber incense wafting in the far distance. After a few hours, it’s more of a lime fougere with a tinge of leather.

Other Impressions:  “It smells like coco butter and some other notes of which I’m not sure.” -Tony

Day 1226 – BPAL’s The Dream is Big Enough for Everyone

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Scent Name: The Dream is Big Enough for Everyone

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lilith 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “We believe that the American dream is big enough for everyone, for people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people and for people with disabilities. For everyone.

Lilith at the Women’s March DTLA, 2018.

Nasty Woman? Nah, Nasty Tween: honeyed fig and sugar-dusted patchouli, sweet amber oud, a drop of red currant, and vanilla cream.”  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/autumn-collection/lilith-2018/the-dream-is-big-enough-for-everyone/

Oil Color: The color of melted butter.

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

  • ITI: My first impressions of it are a spicy, patchouli-infused red hard candy. The vanilla cream coves seconds later, further pushing this into the foody territory for me.
  • Wet:  Sweet, stick fig mixed with red currant candy, sugared patchouli, a touch of incense and a faint undertone of vanilla cream.  Unless the sweetness diminishes as it tries, this will be too foody for me.  For someone who likes wintery, almost Christmas-like food scents, this might be worth a try.
  • Dry: This is much improved now that is has had a couple hours to settle.  Instead of the cloying tones, the scent is more of musky, like vanilla warmed with beeswax, amber, and a touch of earthy, sweet patchouli.

Other Impressions:  “It smells like coco butter-leather.” -Tony

Day 1225 – BPAL’s Let Your Indulgence Set You Free

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Scent Name: Let Your Indulgence Set You Free

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lilith 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “There are several scents this year that are inspired by Lilith’s performance in the Tempest, and this one was born from the triumphant smile on her face as she held the flowers her family brought for her.

A cluster of peonies, carnations, roses, lilies and sweet pea cascading over a bright vanilla smile.”  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lilith-2018/let-your-indulgence-set-me-free/

Oil Color: Colorless.

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

  • ITI: Very sweetly floral swathed in a billowy vanilla tone. The florals themselves strike me as pink and white, light, feminine, and youthful while the lovely watery, almost cool sweet pea note keeps the scent from being too young.
  • Wet:  Wow, the vanilla, rose, peony, and sweet pea are decidedly well balanced on the skin.  While it’s still sweet and feminine, the distinct sense of rose petals and dew-studded sweet pea is just so lovely.  I could see this as being a lovely spring or even bridal scent.
  • Dry: The lily and peony are stronger as the scent settles, with the vanilla’d-sweet pea both adding subtle sweetness but a coolness that elevates the scent to a wonderful level.  Definitely something that I’m going to consider for a bottle purchase.

Other Impressions:  “It smells like violet butter. It’s not a bad thing.  Violet butter and jasmine, maybe? Violet jasmine butter.” -Tony

Day 1224 – BPAL’s Lilith Nightingale

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Scent Name: Lilith Nightingale

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lilith 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “Whenever I’m sick, tired, or just run down, Lilith always tries to help out. She’s always helpful, but when someone is feeling poorly, she’s an absolute angel.

This year, now that she’s a little bit older, she’s taken to cooking a bit here and there. Here, she’s stealing my Evil Dead shirt and making kitchari for me. I was feeling under the weather, and she wanted to take care of me. Oh my GOD, I love this kid.

(She’s taken to wearing protective goggles that Brian gave her every time she cooks.)

A bundle of Ayurvedic spices warmed in cream, with a little bit of dried fig and sweet dates.”  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lilith-2018/lilith-nightingale/

Aryuvedic Spices: While I’m not sure which spices Beth included specifically, the spices that are generally used include cumin, fennel, turmeric, mint, coriander, hing, black pepper, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon.

Oil Color: The color of beeswax

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

  • ITI: At first, I’m struck y the warmth and deliciousness of the cream note (like a creme brulee), but then come the spices, ginger, coriander, and mint are discernible to my nose. The sweetness of dates swirls just underneath.
  • Wet:  Once on my skin, the fig amps considerably, with a fringe of now bitter spice and herbal elements with only the memory of cream.  It’s a bit overpowering at the moment.  If the cream comes through, the fig settles, or the herbal quality of the spices reduces at all, than I think I would like
  • Dry: Soft spiced cream with a hint of earthy sweetness.  This is much better dried.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1223 – BPAL’s Meditation Buddy

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Scent Name: Meditation Buddy

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lilith 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “Ever since Lilith was five or so, she and I have meditated together. We do Headspace, we do breathing exercises, we just sit and share space together in silence. Sometimes we do it in the morning to start our day, sometimes we meditate at night to unwind.

Our meditation space smells like vanilla-laced frankincense, Florida Water, sandalwood incense, salt crystals, candle wax, and white rose petals.”  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lilith-2018/meditation-buddy/

Oil Color: Colorless.

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

  • ITI: Soft an perfume-y with tones of baby oil and herbal incense.
  • Wet:  Florida water smells clean and citrus-infused against the warmth of the candle wax, softly aglow.  Salt sprinkled on white rose petal settle at the base of some delightful resin incense. This is certainly a calming but evocative scent.
  • Dry: After nearly a full work day, the scent is gentle and warm, like the room in which a beeswax candle has been extinguished hours ago.  The gentle ghost of rose remains just around the periphery.  It’s a lovely scent.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1222 – BPAL’s Suffragium

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Scent Name: Suffragium

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Lilith 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “When Lilith was three months old, she came with me to the voting booth for the first time. She wore a Little Democrat onesie and a Babies For Obama button, and it was one of the most emotional nights of my life. I know I’ve told this story before, but as the election results rolled in, I wept with relief because Lilith was going to grow up safe. Decency won the day, and my heart was alight with the belief that we were on an upwards trajectory as a nation, and that compassion and hope were leading us to a renewal.

November 8, 2016 was another emotional night for very, very different reasons.

Since that day, the world has gotten darker, but the darkness creates strength and fosters empathy. Lilith is now learning what social justice truly means. She has participated in protests, demonstrations, volunteer campaigns, and walk-outs. She has made protest signs with her own two hands, and has marched against the cruelty, oppression, and tyranny of this current administration. She’s beginning to grasp both civic responsibility and civil disobedience, and she’s learning how much power her voice really has. This is a scent of renewing hope, determination, fortitude, and compassion: palo santo, white sandalwood, sweet labdanum, and cedar.”  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lilith-2018/suffragium/

Palo Santo: It’s a resin from a wild tree native to Mexico and comes from the same family as frankincense and myrrh, which it tends to smell like with hints of sweet spice and sometimes a faint tone of citrus.

Oil Color: The color of straw.

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

  • ITI: It smells like cedar, licorice root, woodsy resin and something along the lines of wood polish.  It’s interesting, but we’ll see how it does on the skin.
  • Wet:  The palo santo is sweet and reminds me of licorice root in its woodiness with a faint tone of orange.  Thee cedar is strong and proud, while the sandalwood swirls between these two notes, creating a lovely oriental, rein, woody scent that is less meditation fodder or forest commune and more alluring and self-assured.
  • Dry: Soft, sweet palo santo and woods mingle with the the lovely light, white sandalwood musk and a touch of cedar.  Even after 5 hours the scent is still lovely, although it no longer has much throw.

Other Impressions:  “Mmm, you smell nice.  Myrrh and something.  Sultry.” -Tony

Day 1221 – BPTP’s Support Your Local Queens

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Scent Name: Support Your Local Queens

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Trading Post – Fatherhood 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “Lilith has loved drag for many years, and when she goes to drag shows, she’s a great tipper. She knows how hard drag queens work, and knows how important it is to support the drag community both locally and worldwide.

This is the scent of everyone else’s spilled drinks at drag brunch: blood peach bellinis, strawberry daiquiris, and mimosas.”  -https://blackphoenixtradingpost.com/shop/support-your-local-queens/

Oil Color: Colorless.

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

  • ITI: It smells like peach and daiquiri muddled together, although I’m picking up something that reads of rubber that makes me a bit apprehensive about this one.
  • Wet:  The strawberry from the daiquiri is stronger, but it’s otherwise unchanged.  Perhaps the rubber note is the artificial smell of the strawberry (I’ve yet to find a true strawberry note that smells the the luscious fresh fruit).  However, as it starts to settle, that rubber tone mellows and I’m left with more peach bellini and less artificial strawberry.
  • Dry: What a difference 4 hours makes! It’s now slightly boozy, soft bellini with a touch of red fruit that strikes me of a hint of cranberry rather than artificial strawberry.  The sent is soft, , fruity, and fun at this stage.  It’s definitely worth the dry-down.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1220 – BPTP’s Snowflakes in Chicago

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Scent Name: Snowflakes in Chicago

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Trading Post – Fatherhood 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “I don’t have much to say about this photo except it was Lilith’s first time in Chicago, her first time to see it snow and her first time catching snowflakes.

I love her dearly.

Coconut snow, wolly lavender, and the rosy glow of my love for her.”  -https://blackphoenixtradingpost.com/shop/snowflakes-are-delicious/

Oil Color: Colorless.

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

  • ITI: As a caveat, I adore the BPAL’s snow scents unabashedly.  I can’t imagine I won’t like this one. And yep, I do.  It’s that deliciously effervescent juniper-berried snow note mingled with slightly tart lime and just a dash of liminal sweetness around the very edges of it.
  • Wet: The coconut sweetness (flaked but soft) is more discernible, but all the beauty I detected in the imp remains the same on my skin.  Unless something turns sour, this may be a bottle contender for me.
  • Dry: After half a day, much of the fizziness of the snow note has faded.  What I’m left with is soft, fleshy coconut with just a hint of line.

Other Impressions:  “You know those little decorative soaps?  Yeah, that.” -Tony

Day 1219 – BPTP’s Puppet Kitty

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Scent Name: Puppet Kitty

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Trading Post – Fatherhood 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “One of the hardest parts of being a father is when your child loses something important to them.

Puppet Kitty is the most treasured of all of Lilith’s plushies, and earlier this year Puppet Kitty went missing. The panic of losing her consumed Lilith, and we all searched and searched for PK. It broke my heart when we finally stopped looking and had to just hope that she would show up sometime soon.

I cried when I found Puppet Kitty, and my heart melted when I saw look on Lilith’s face when I handed it Puppet Kitty back to her.

Every night, Lilith sprays lavender mist onto Puppet Kitty before going to sleep. This is the scent of that kitty: old, well-loved cotton, wool blankets, and gentle lavender skin-warmed by a sleeping child.”  -https://blackphoenixtradingpost.com/shop/puppet-kitty/

Oil Color: Colorless.

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

  • ITI: It smells like sheets freshly laundered with lavender fabric softener.  There’s also an interesting overtone of green apple.
  • Wet: It’s very much the same once I apply it on my skin. I do detect just a hint of skin musk and a bit more of that “sheet” note I was getting early.  Very soothing.
  • Dry: Lavender-scented freshly laundered cotton sheets remain the dominant impression hours after application.  It’s nice.

Other Impressions:  “It smells like a chocolate-lemongrass muffin.  It’s not a bad thing.  I kind of like it.  It smells feminine.” -Tony

Day 1218 – BPTP’s Truth Will Prevail

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Scent Name: Truth Will Prevail

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Trading Post – Fatherhood 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “Back in 2016, we had made plans, a bit premature as it turned out, to travel to Washington D.C. to see the first woman sworn in as president of the United States of America. It was not to be, but we Barrials are nothing if not flexible. Along with some our best friends, we decided to travel to the Capitol to protest the vile man that is ruining our great country.

A year later, she rode my shoulders again at the first anniversary of the Womens’ March in Los Angeles.

With my beautiful daughter on my shoulders, we marched, we shouted, we made our voices heard again.

Truth will prevail.

A scent of power and courage for my daughter: sweet milk and cardamom with vanilla pod and nutmeg.”  -https://www.bpal.org/topic/94124-truth-will-prevail/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard 1/32 ml imp that has been decanted for me by Yowahoshihime. Her label features the scent notes and her decanter information on the back. The front has the name of the  scent and company name along with the label art, which looks like Lilith sitting atop her father’s shoulders with a protest sign during a march.

*For the life of me, I can’t find the image online.

  • ITI: I get thick, sweet cream (like clotted cream) with strong nutmeg and a pinch of cardamom.  I don’t get much vanilla at this point, but I do like the cream note.
  • Wet: Heaps of dusky cardamom steamed in sweet milk, sweetened with sugar, a touch of vanilla, and a sprinkle of nutmeg.  I smell delicious, but this isn’t something I’d want to wear when I’m hungry.
  • Dry: After 8 hours from well along with some physical activity, the scent still remains fairly discernible on my wrist – warm vanilla milk with a touch of comforting spice.  I’m don’t normally a foody scents, but I do enjoy this one.

Other Impressions:  “It smells like you just rubbed an almond muffin on your hand.” -Tony

Day 1217 – BPTP’s Shoot the Duck

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Scent Name: Shoot the Duck

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Trading Post – Fatherhood 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “Lilith did her first roller skating trick, and I was so proud.

Wild fig, tonka bean, bergamot, and hardwood.”  -https://blackphoenixtradingpost.com/shop/shoot-the-duck/

 

Oil Color: Colorless.

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

  • ITI: Sweet and effervescent.  It doesn’t smell like any of the notes I would expect.  I would except perhaps orange blossom, a touch of champagne, and vanilla. Perhaps the citrus-like sparkling note that I am smelling is the polish. Either way, I really like this!
  • Wet: It’s like warm fig mixed with an Orange Julius or a creamsicle with a dash of effervescence thrown in.  I don’t get any woods at all.
  • Dry: After 12 hours, all that’s left is a very faint impression of slightly sweetened bergamot.  I’m a fan, even if I never picked up on any of those wood notes.

Other Impressions:  Of all the Fatherhoods tested, this was the one that garnered the most positive response.  All three women who tested it loved the smell both in the imp and on their skin.

Day 1216 – BPTP’s Three-Fingered Dad

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Scent Name: Three-Fingered Dad

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Trading Post – Fatherhood 2018

Scent Description and Notes: “Sometimes I wonder how Lilith views me.

Am I the authority figure?

Her goofy playmate?

Am I the father that drives her all over Los Angeles?

It appears that I am the skinny three-fingered man.  I believe that she captured me perfectly. Don’t you? Red and white musks, orange blossom, neroli, and sweet vanilla amber. -https://blackphoenixtradingpost.com/shop/three-fingered-dad/

Oil Color: The color of polished walnut wood.

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

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Image from https://blackphoenixtradingpost.com/shop/three-fingered-dad/

  • ITI: From the imp, I’m only picking up neroli with musky amber, but the neroli does obscure some of the other tones more than I would like.
  • Wet: Wow, that’s a whole lot of neroli and musk.  It’s almost stifling, but there’s enough of the orange blossom wafting through that it adds some nice complexity and much needed citrusy softness.
  • Dry: It dries down beautifully.  Mush of the  musky incense notes have faded to a round, warm backing set behind the delicious sweet vanilla amber, laced with tones of gentle orange blossoms.

Other Impressions:  None.

Day 1215 – BPAL’s The Eternal Virgin

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Scent Name: The Eternal Virgin

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

Scent Description and Notes: “The keeper of the secrets that are hidden [AB3] at the moment that life begins. Her light is the veil that cloaks the spirit; she is the mediator between the supplicant and the word of the gods.

White carnation, cardamom pod, and honey milk. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-fools-journey/the-high-priestess/the-eternal-virgin/

Oil Color: A very faint blushed jelly color.

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

  • ITI: It’s a stranger blend – a thick, milky cream at first, followed by a sugared cardamom and a spicy carnation.  The combination creates something that reminds me of tart berries, even though I know that there are none in this blend.  It’s certainly interesting.
  • Wet: Now, the cardamom is much more present on the initial sniff, mixed with honey-sweetened thick milk. The carnation adds a bit of fresh, slightly spicy floral to the edges of the spiced milk notes.  It reminds me of a Golden Late sipped outside among the crisp fall leaves and tart florals.
  • Dry: The scent doesn’t last as long as I would have anticipated.  It dissipates down from a subtle carnation and hints of spiced milk to a very faint very lightly spiced creamy musk within 6 hours.

Other Impressions:  “It smells like menthol rosemary.” – Tony

Day 1214 – BPAL’s The Initiatrix

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Caveat:  I’m still recovering from sinus surgery.  Scents have been either really strong or faint to my nose.

Scent Name: The Initiatrix

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

Scent Description and Notes: “Guiding the aspirant to spiritual knowledge and attainment through silence, reflection, intuition, and direct experience.

Red benzoin and rose. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-fools-journey/the-high-priestess/the-initiatrix/

Oil Color: A rose and marmalade jelly looking color.

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

  • ITI: Beautiful, dusky pink rose surrounded by the gentle resin of benzoin.  It’s warm, somewhat antique, and very feminine.
  • Wet: The rose has a touch more green on my skin and isn’t as “pink”,  but the rose note itself is stunning. I can almost smell the plushness of the petals.  There is a lovely, faint creaminess to this as well, much interacts marvelously as the benzoin girly swirls around the rose note (which is clearly the star here).
  • Dry: After a few hours, the scent is a lovely, soft pink rose with just a hint of warm resin.  Wonderful!

Other Impressions:  “It smells like my Tia Paul’s plastic-covered couch.  It’s not a bad thing.  It’s comforting.  It’s definite a comforting scent.  It smells like an older relative who cares about you, but I don’t know what it is that makes me think of that, but it does.” -Tony

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

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Name:  Eve with Sage Fuck Up

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –   Limited Edition

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

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

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

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

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Image courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.

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

Day 1212 – BPAL’s Eve

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Name:  Eve

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –   Only Lovers Left Alive

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

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

Omphacium: A famous Roman olive-oil blend

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

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

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

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

Day 1211 – BPAL’s De Sade

Name:  De Sade

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

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

Oil Color: A white wine-colored oil.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  The label wrapped around the bottle features an Art-Deco inspired phoenix with the name of the company next to the phoenix. On the other side, the title of the scent written in large, clear black font outlined with red on the front.

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

Day 1210 – BPAL’s De Sade Resurrected

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Name:  De Sade Resurrected

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

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

Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.

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

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