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Scent Name: Fake News

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Limited Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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