Day 1129 – BPAL’s Krikophobia

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Scent Name:  Krikophobia

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Yule 2017: Phobias

Scent Description and Notes: “Fear of Religious Services.

Sour wine drying on an ancient ciborium, crumbling pages of a yellowed sacramentary, blinding glints of bitter white sunlight shattering off a tarnished monstrance, and doleful voices droning through a haze of oppressive, smothering incense.”  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/yule-2017/krikophobia/

Oil Color: The color of apricot

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front:

Scent:

  • ITI:  Dang it, wine!  I get sour wine splashed against mental with a touch of incense wafting around it.  It’s not the worse wine scent I’ve smelled, but wine is not the greatest note on my skin.
  • Wet: Ugh, super sour wine with resin and a touch of tarnish.  Not great, honestly.
  • Dry:  The wine settles much better than anticipated, I think tempered by the book or paper note, which allows the resin to shine a little bit more from underneath wine’s presence than when wet.I’m not getting any tarnished metal notes, but I think I am okay with that.
Other Impressions: “It’s like you have violet candy and Dimetapp on your wrist.” -Tony
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Day 1128 – BPAL’ s Spirit Board

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Scent Name:  Spirit Board

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Yule 2017: An Evening with the Spirits

Scent Description and Notes:  “CRAZED THROUGH “OUIJA”
Neglected by Her Lover She Seeks Comfort of a Fortune-Telling Device

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Nov. 20.— Mrs. Eugenia Carpenter, a young woman living at 221 Myrtle, av., has been receiving attention from a young man who very recently ceased to call upon her.

Mrs. Carpenter bought a fortune-telling board called “ouija,” and from it received the prediction that her suitor would not return to her.

Last night she was found wandering almost nude in the streets.

Her reason was gone and at intervals she cried out “Ouija said so and I knew it was true.”

November 21st 1891
Boston Daily Globe

Redwood and bois de rose with white lilac, dried pink roses, and black tea.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/yule-2017/spirit-board-2017/

Oil Color: Clear and colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front:

 

Scent:

  • ITI:  Woo, okay, that’s some intense florals right now, but very much what I imagine Victorian houses would smell like.  The lilac is the most dominant floral in the bottle, followed by a more subtle bois de rose and light redwood.
  • Wet: The lilac is sweeter on my skin as the dried rose lifts it up, both of which are rounded out by the black tea (a lovely steeped note), bois de rose, and rosewood.  It’s rather strong, however, and definitely a statement floral.
  • Dry:  After 4 hours, I’m left with rosewood, light lilac, and a hint of dried petals.  It’s certainly a more sophisticated floral, but it does have a bit more throw and presence in all stages than I’d like.  I think that this would be something I would choose if I were going to the theater or to an opera.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1127 – BPAL’s The Magi

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Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Yule 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.

Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,

In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.

And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.

But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:

And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

An offering of frankincense, gold, and myrrh, with coriander, cumin, ambergris, white wine grape, and vanilla bean.

Now as at all times I can see in the mind’s eye,
In their stiff, painted clothes, the pale unsatisfied ones
Appear and disappear in the blue depth of the sky
With all their ancient faces like rain-beaten stones,
And all their helms of silver hovering side by side,
And all their eyes still fixed, hoping to find once more,
Being by Calvary’s turbulence unsatisfied,
The uncontrollable mystery on the bestial floor -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/yule-2017/the-magi-2/

Oil Color: The color of whisky, but clear on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front:

 

  • ITI:  I was expecting resins on first sniff, but instead, I get grape soda, almost Manischewitz in sweetness.  When I try to tease out more, I can pick up the coriander, gold, and the fuzzy familiarity of cumin.
  • Wet: It’s nearly the same on my skin, although the gold is a little rounder.  It’s certainly not bad, but the scent is unexpected.
  • Dry:  The sweetness of the grape has mellowed considerably after 6 hours, allowing the vanilla bean and ambergris to  thrive, supported by a dash of cumin and resin.  I like this a great deal more when dried, but I can’t help but feel like a tween again, complete with grape Lipsmakers when the scent is wet.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1126 – BPAL’s The Governing Dark’s Begun

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Scent Name:  The Governing Dark’s Begun

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Yule 2017

Scent Description and Notes: ”

It freezes – all across a soundless sky
The birds go home. The governing dark’s begun:
The steadfast dark that waits not for a sun;
The ultimate dark wherein the race shall die.

Death, with his evil finger to his lip,
Leers in at human windows, turning spy
To learn the country where his rule shall lie
When he assumes perpetual generalship.

The undefeated enemy, the chill
That shall benumb the voiceful earth at last,
Is master of our moment, and has bound
The viewless wind it-self. There is no sound.
It freezes. Every friendly stream is fast.
It freezes; and the graven twigs are still.

– Hilaire Belloc

The steadfast dark that waits not for a sun: opoponax and myrrh, gum Arabic and frankincense, blackened juniper and bitter agarwood. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/yule-2017/the-governing-darks-begun/

Oil Color: The color of pitch.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front:

Scent:

  • ITI:  Gorgeously resinous.  It actually reminds me of a shop called Rare Earth in Ashland, OR that sells a whole host of delicious incenses. The gum Arabic with the juniper and agarwood provide a lovely green, aromatic woodsy base for the  opoponax and faint myrrh.
  • Wet: The opoponax and agarwood are stronger on my skin than in the imp, making the scent seem more fragile woodsy, like balsam and long burned out incense.  While it settles, the frankincense emerges just behind a thin veil of juniper.  So far, so good!
  • Dry:  After 12 hours, the scent is a very soft combination of faded chocolate and resins.  I wish the juniper stayed longer on my skin, but the dried down version is pleasant. Overall, I’m pleased with its staying power.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1125 – BPAL’s Thirteen (13): October 2017

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Scent Name:  Thirteen (13)

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  October 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “13 is significant, whether you consider it lucky, unlucky or just plain odd. Many believe it to be unfortunate…

…because there were 13 present at the Last Supper.
…Loki crashed a party of 12 at Valhalla, which ended in Baldur’s death.
…Oinomaos killed 13 of Hippodamia’s suitors before Pelops finally, in his own shady way, defeated the jealous king.
…In ancient Rome, Hecate’s witches gathered in groups of 12, the Goddess herself being the 13th in the coven.

Concern over the number thirteen echoes back beyond the Christian era. Line 13 was omitted form the Code of Hammurabi.

The shivers over Friday the 13th also have some interesting origins:

…Christ was allegedly crucified on Friday the 13th.
…On Friday, October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrests of Jaques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and sixty of his senior knights.
…In British custom, hangings were held on Fridays, and there were 13 steps on the gallows leading to the noose.

To combat the superstition, Robert Ingersoll and the Thirteen Club held thirteen-men dinners during the 19th Century. Successful? Hardly. The number still invokes trepidation to this day. A recent whimsical little serial killer study showed that the following murderers all have names that total thirteen letters:

Theodore Bundy
Jeffrey Dahmer
Albert De Salvo
John Wayne Gacy

And, with a little stretch of the imagination, you can also fit “Jack the Ripper” and “Charles Manson” into that equation.

More current-era paranoia: modern schoolchildren stop their memorization of the multiplication tables at 12. There were 13 Plutonium slugs in the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki. Apollo 13 wasn’t exactly the most successful space mission. All of these are things that modern triskaidekaphobes point to when justifying their fears.

For some, 13 is an extremely fortuitous and auspicious number…

…In Jewish tradition, God has 13 Attributes of Mercy. Also, there were 13 tribes of Israel, 13 principles of Jewish faith, and 13 is considered the age of maturity.
…The ancient Egyptians believed that there were 12 stages of spiritual achievement in this lifetime, and a 13th beyond death.
…The word for thirteen, in Chinese, sounds much like the word which means “must be alive”.

Thirteen, whether you love it or loathe it, is a pretty cool number all around.

…In some theories of relativity, there are 13 dimensions.
…It is a prime number, lucky number, star number, Wilson Prime, and Fibonacci number.
…There are 13 Archimedean solids.

AND…
…There were 13 original colonies when the United States were founded.

Says a lot about the US, doesn’t it?

During this distinctly ill-omened time, we’ve constructed a scent comprised of thirteen comforting, soothing notes, including three chocolates, coffee husk, molasses, smoked sugar cane, rum absolute, almond, cozy cardamom, black sage, coconut meat, red benzoin, and bourbon vanilla pod. -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/13-2017/

Oil Color: A light barley color.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a decanted imp.  It features the collection name and notes on the back of the label and a copy of the label art on front.

Scent:

  • ITI:  Milk chocolate, globs of sugar, a healthy dash of cardamom, and a touch of rum absolute drizzled over almond  and coffee make this scent almost good enough to eat. While I’m not getting any of the bourbon vanilla, coconut, sage, or benzoin, I think the notes that I’ve been able to detect stand well together.
  • Wet:  The red benzoin blooms on my skin after the chocolate and coffee, followed by coconut meat, bourbon, and rum absolute.  It’s a little less sweet on my skin, although still very much a foody scent.
  • Dry:  After 12 hours, the scent is still very much present, although it’s a much softer blend of chocolate, coconut meat, vanilla, and dabs of coffee and something that’s just a smidgen resinous.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1124 – BPAL’s The Goddess of Mischief

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Scent Name: The Goddess of Mischief

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Liliths 2017

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

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

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

Girl!Loki costume by Chrissy Lynn!

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

Oil Color: Clear on  my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard BPAL brown apothecary bottle.  The label wrapped around the bottle features the name of the scent in bold, white letters along the top of the bottle, while the name of the company is at the bottom in smaller white block font.  The name of the collection situated just about the company name and is in a cactus green color. The label art is as follows:

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

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1123 – BPAL’s You Fancy Me Mad

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Scent Name: You Fancy Me Mad

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

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

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

Oil Color: The color of Lemonchello.

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

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

Other Impressions: None.

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

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Scent Name: The Wild Audacity of My Perfect Triumph

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

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

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

Oil Color: Clear.

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

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

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1121 – BPAL’s Violent Gesticulations

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Scent Name: Violet Gesticulations

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

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

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

Oil Color: The color of apricot jam.

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

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

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

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

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Scent Name: The Mournful Influence of the Unperceived Shadow

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

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



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

Oil Color: It reminds me of watered down molasses.

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

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

Other Impressions: None.

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

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Scent Name: The Hellish Tattoo of the Heart

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

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

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

Oil Color: The color of mahogany

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

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

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

Day 1118 – BPAL’s The Eye of a Vulture

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Scent Name: The Eye of a Vulture

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

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

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

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

Oil Color: Clear on my skin.

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

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

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

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

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Scent Name: The Dreadful Silence of That Old Home

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

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

Oil Color: The color of white wine.

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

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

Other Impressions: None.

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

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Scent Name: The Dead Hour of the Night

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

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

Oil Color: The color of apricot jam.

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

 

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

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

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

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cent Name: Over-Acuteness of the Senses

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

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

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

Oil Color:  Bright yellow like corn oil.

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

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

Other Impressions: None.

 

 

Day 1114 – BPAL’s Stealthily, Stealthily

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Scent Name: Stealthily, Stealthily

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

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

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

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

Oil Color:  The color of fireweed honey.

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

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

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1113 – BPAL’s Singularly At Ease

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Scent Name: Singularly At Ease

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

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

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

Oil Color:  The color of sun on snow.

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

 

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

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1112 – BPAL’s Suspicion of Foul Play

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Scent Name: Suspicion of Foul Play

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

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

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

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

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

Oil Color: The color of straw.

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

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

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

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

Scent Name: I Heard Many Things in Hell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 1110 – BPAL’s Groan of Mortal Terror

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Scent Name: Groan of Mortal Terror

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

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

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

Oil Color: The color of caramelized sugar.

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

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

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