Day 1071 – BPAL’s Adventure with Bandits in a Kago

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Scent Name: Adventure with Bandits in a Kago

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements: Lupercalia 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “Nectarine and pearl peach, white frankincense, and gardenia.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/novel-ideas-for-secret-amusements/adventure-with-bandits-in-a-kago/

Oil Color: It looks like peach juice on my skin – lightly yellow with tinges of orange.

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, yellow letters set just above the name of the company, which is in small, bold white font. The label art features a bandit, still mostly clothed, enjoying some nighttime activities with a woman in kimono from the waist up.  Their activities are being watched by someone shrouded in the background.

  • ITB: Sharp gardenia, slightly soapy nectarine (think Bath and Body Works), and just a touch of frankincense so soften the other two notes that I detected on initial sniff test.
  • Wet: The combination of gardenia, peach, and nectarine are the most evident notes upon application, which the peach and nectarine being the more dominant of the three on initial application.  The gardenia, however, is somewhat overbearing.  It reminds me of older floral scents, the ones that are just too strong in an elevator.  As the scent starts to dry, gardenia turns a touch soapy – a welcome relief since it harmonizes better with the scent as a whole.
  • Dry: Gentle frankincense emerges after a few hours post application, settling down over the top of the peach and nectarine, but not over the gardenia.  The gardenia adds some floral sweetness and spice, but it is no longer overbearing although still somewhat soapy.

Other Impressions: “It kind of smells like hotel bath product.” -Tony

Day 1070 – BPAL’s Keichu Nyoetsu Warai Dogu

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Okay, I’m a die-hard leather notes fan, and the other notes listed for this scent all work really well on me normally. I have high expectations for this one, so be warned that there’s some bias here on my part.

Scent Name: Keichu Noyetsu Warai Dogu

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements: Lupercalia 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “Golden sandalwood, soft leather, champaca resin, and coconut.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/keichu-nyoetsu-warai-dogu/

Oil Color: Mandarin orange 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, yellow letters set just above the name of the company, which is in small, bold white font. The label art features a couple of “laughter toys” for women.

  • ITB: The leather note is apparent, but it’s mediated by the softness of the champaca resin (like old-fashioned Nag Champa incense) and very faint sandalwood. In the bottle, the scent is softly feminine but alluring due to the more evocative notes of leather and champaca.  It honestly reminds me of walking into Anthropology.
  • Wet:  Yum, the champaca resin richly wafts forth as soon as the oil touches my skin.  It does dominant the other notes, but I can discern the golden sandalwood, which skews slightly sweet ans almost date-like underneath the resin.  The soft leather and coconut notes just aren’t showing up for me while wet, but it doesn’t matter since I love the combination of the champaca and sandalwood.
  • Dry: Four hours after applying, the scent has turned into a resinous blend of champaca (now, much softer and sedated), faint sandalwood, and mellow coconut.  There is only an impression of leather, and I must inhale deeply in order to pick it up.  It’s a rather feminine resin, which means one could wear it during the day and not have to worry about being overpowering or too “evening” once the scent has dried.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1069 – BPAL’s Kitten with a Shamisen Daydreaming of a Phallus Palanquin

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Scent Name: Kitten with a Shamisen Daydreaming of a Phallus Palanquin

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements: Lupercalia 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “Rice milk, white musk, and pear.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/kitten-with-shamisen-daydreams-of-a-phallus-palanquin/

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, yellow letters set just above the name of the company, which is in small, bold white font. The label art features a bakeneko dressed in a kimono playing a shamisen with a yoma woman in a purple kimono.  Both seem to be dreaming of a phallus-headed palanquin.

  • ITB: Immediately, the pear note bursts forth with green Jolly Rancher exuberance, followed by slightly vanilla-inspired notes that must be a combination of rice milk and musk.  It’s rather cloying in the bottle.  I do hope it improves.
  • Wet:  What if Now And Laters made a pear-flavored candy?  This scent would smell exactly like it.  Sweet, foody pear (that’s a touch too ripe) is swathed in cloying white musk, while the rice milk struggles to tamp it down.  However, as it settles, the scent slowly becomes a little less aggressively cloying, which is a plus.
  • Dry: The rice milk and white musk are sweet and just a touch cloying, reminding me of burnt sugar vanilla body lotion.  It has some pretty significant throw and staying power as well.  If you are into sweet vanilla-inspired scents, give this one a whirl.  I’ll use more from time to time, but I tend to prefer heady or earthy resins as my daily perfume.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1068 – BPAL’s Humanite

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Scent Name: Humanite

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Devil’s Lovers: Lupercalia 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “Tuberose, white peach, orange blossom, lemon peel, and caramelized vanilla.https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/humanite/

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 set against a slightly grey text field centered along the bottom of the label.  Just underneath that is the name of the company in small, bold white font.  The image is a faintly colorized pencil sketch of what looks like a female Greek tragedian wearing a helmet, presenting a skull to the audience.

  • ITB: I’m actually surprised that the first note is a gentle white peach, followed soon thereafter by orange blossom.  As I smell deeper, I get hints of vanilla that warm up the fruity notes. The lemon peel and tuberose aren’t that evident in the bottle.
  • Wet:  The tuberose lunges forward on my skin, powdery and sweet, momentarily blotting out  any of the other notes save orange blossom. I’m really hoping for more citrus from this, honestly. I’m not much of a floral person.
  • Dry: Softly feminine, faintly floral, with just a hint of citrus.  The tuberose has turned pleasantly powdery and overlays nicely across the combination of vanilla, peach and, orange blossom.  To be honest, the last few notes have melded to become slightly reminiscent of a toned-down Orange Julius.  Non-foodies, be assured, this isn’t a cloying scent.  Instead, it’s tastefully floral, powdery, and gently sweet.

Other Impressions: None.

Day 1067 – BPAL’s II

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Scent Name: II

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – The Pleasures of the Imagination: Lupercalia 2017

Scent Description and Notes: “White tobacco, leather, and white sandalwood.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/lupercalia-2017/pleasures-of-the-imagination/ii/

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, red Roman numerals set to the bottom right of the label.  To the right and along the bottom of the label, going over the scent name, is the name of the company in small, bold white font.  Above that is the name of the collection in a lovely white cursive script.   The image is of a vintage topless woman donning a black leather mask and bending a whip in front of her.

  • ITB: Whew, that is some leather there.  The leather note is so overpowering on first sniff, making me think it’s a newer black leather note.  It’s certainly strong, enhanced by the driving power of the  thick tobacco.
  • Wet:  Strong tobacco permeates the air, followed by almost cloying sandalwood and the thick note of leather pulses heavily just underneath.
  • Dry: Wow, this mellows out to a lovely scent on my skin – seductive and sweetly resinous, like a good underground club. The tobacco and sandalwood are almost sugary when  dried, and the tobacco, no longer overbearing, resonates on the same frequency as the other notes.

Other Impressions: “It has a weird honey maple undertone to it.” -Tony

Day 1066 – BPAL’s The Silence of the Woods

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Scent Name: The Silence of the Woods

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Art of the Unicorn Part 2

Scent Description and Notes: “Red soil and scattered pine needles, acorn husks and pine cones, burgundy pitch and oak leaves, drooping black cedar branches, woodmoss, and a cluster of pale, poisonous berries.”  -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-silence-of-the-woods/

Oil Color: The color of newly minted pennies.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a sample from Mystery213.  The label features the name of the company and the name of the scent.  The bottle art is as follows:

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Image from https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/

  • ITI: If you are a woodsy fan, this certainly would be a treat.  The cedar is soft, burgundy rich and  slightly smokey.  The pine emerges as a secondary notes and keeps the scent from being too oriental, while the berries and just the right touch of subtle sweetness far underneath the other notes.
  • Wet: Heavy, smoked woods tinged with what initially smells like laudanum but settles within the minute to pitch and pine.  The berry note is very, very light, hidden among the foliage and dense forest undergrowth.
  • Dry: It smells like newly crushed fall foliage after 8 hours. I do wish it had more staying power and retained more of its smokiness, though.

Other:  None.

Day 1065 – BPAL’s Botticelli’s Unicorn

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Scent Name:  Botticelli’s Unicorn

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Art of the Unicorn Part 2

Scent Description and Notes: “White leather, opal musk, and amber-limned rose.”  – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/boticellis-unicorn/

Oil Color: A peached rose color.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a sample from Mystery213.  The label features the name of the company and the name of the scent.  The bottle art is as follows:

  • ITI: Hmm, light, sweetly fruity with muskiness that reminds me more of a freshly cleaned B&B, amber,  and a dusting of old-fashioned rose decolletage powder.
  • Wet: Ah, there’s the rose, rich and reg, it’s fragrance imperially set off by the lightly dusky opal musk and rich, resinous sandalwood.  There’s only a touch of leather in the background, which seems to frame the richness of the rose. Nice!
  • Dry:  Sweet, powdered amber, gentle musk, and dried, deep red roses. I like it.  It’s on the subdued, feminine side, it it is a really lovely rose scent for those of you who enjoy that particular note.

Other: None.

Day 1064 – BPAL’s Mythological Scene, with a Warrior Addressing a Lady Outside a Classical Mansion, Two Maidens Riding Unicorns Behind

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Scent Name:  Mythological Scene, with a Warrior Addressing a Lady Outside a Classical Mansion, Two Maidens Riding Unicorns Behind

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Art of the Unicorn Part 1

Scent Description and Notes: “Florentine orris butter, red sandalwood, white patchouli, leather accord, and ambrette musk with a drifting eddy of King mandarin, wild bergamot, bourbon vanilla, and gold-limned saffron.”  –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/mythological-scene-with-a-warrior-addressing-a-lady-outside-a-classical-mansion-two-maidens-riding-unicorns-behind/

Oil Color: A slightly apricot-tinged pale ale color.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a sample from Mystery213.  The label features the name of the company and the name of the scent.  The bottle art is as follows:

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Image by Susanna Duncombe fromhttps://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/mythological-scene-with-a-warrior-addressing-a-lady-outside-a-classical-mansion-two-maidens-riding-unicorns-behind/

  • ITI: The first note reminds me a bit of mineral oil mixed with the almost insect-like quality of ambrette.  Soon thereafter fallow mandarin, saffron, sandalwood – altogether the scent seems to be more reminiscent of fruit cake than I had expected.
  • Wet: The scent retains its vaguely insect-like quality.  I think the ambrette note really isn’t too fond of me, as most of the other notes play nice with my skin chemistry.  I do pick up orris butter and saffron with  a touch of bourbon and patchouli, but the other notes seem lost on my skin.
  • Dry:  After 12 hours, the scent is just faint hint of bourbon vanilla and the memory of patchouli.  On reapplication, the mandarin and bergamot settle to become a scent more reminiscent of  tea with orris butter and sandalwood made overly sweet by the ambrette note. It’s a pass for me.

Other: “It’s like tobacco and maple syrup.” -Tony

Day 1063 – BPAL’s Unicorn and Ram

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Scent Name:  Unicorn and Ram

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Art of the Unicorn Part 2

Scent Description and Notes: “Wooly musk, soft leather, cashmere, cardamom, and leather oudh.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/unicorn-and-ram/

Oil Color: An amber cider color.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a sample from Mystery213.  The label features the name of the company and the name of the scent.  The bottle art is as follows:

  • ITI: It’s soft and creamy in the imp, the cashmere divine against the musk and the leather oudh (which is a genius note – resinous and soft white leather).
  • Wet: A pleasing contradiction of soft and hot set up against creamy and soft. Cardamom flares initially as the scent touches my skin, but soft and ephemeral musky cashmere and oudh wrap around the scent, softening would could be too much spice if left untended.  Gorgeous.  Depending on how it settles, I may need a bottle of this.
  • Dry:  Warm and wooly, the memory of cardamom left on cashmere that has lived, tucked away next to with nice, leather boots, the scent dries down to something down-right delicious and evocative.

Other: I bought a bottle.  The scent is too genius not to.  “It’s like a clove and lemon verbena soap.” -Tony

Day 1062 – BPAL’s De Vos’ Unicorn

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Scent Name:  De Vos’ Unicorn

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Art of the Unicorn Part 1

Scent Description and Notes: “Sugared peony and rose-tinted vanilla with mallow, white musk, lavender buds, and a touch of apricot.” –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/de-vos-unicorn/

Oil Color: Colorless.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a sample from Mystery213.  The label features the name of the company and the name of the scent.  The bottle art is as follows:

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Image by Maerten de Vos from http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com

  • ITI:  Mmm, soft vanilla, nearly translucent in its paleness, gently drapes across a mallow toned down with rose. Lavender layers over apricot, white peony lends a gentle sophistication to the scent.  If it doesn’t change too much on my skin, this may be a bottle order for me.
  • Wet: The mallow, musk, and vanilla amp on my skin, but the lavender, apricot, and rose bring it down to less juvenile feel, and the peony, white faint, reminds me of ruffled chiffon layered over the top of the scent.  Yum!
  • Dry:  We have a winner.  After a few hours, the scent is fantastic.  Sugared vanilla, rose, fluffy mallow, white, buoyancy musk, and ripe apricot over top make for a delicious base that allows the subtly and delicacy of the peony to shine.

Other: “Mmm.  It’s like a delicious chai.” -Tony

Day 1061 – BPAL’s Bestiaire du Moyen Âge

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Scent Name:  Bestiaire du Moyen Âge

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Art of the Unicorn Part 1

Scent Description and Notes: “Watery cerulean musk winding through crushed grass, apple blossom, wild mint, and pine needles.– https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/bestiaire-du-moyen-age/

Oil Color: A faintly green oil, like the color of a green apple diluted 100 times.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a sample from Mystery213.  The label features the name of the company and the name of the scent.  The bottle art is as follows:

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Image posted by http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com from Secrets of Natural History.

  • ITI: Apples instead of apple blossoms, something baked or softly brown, a touch of pine, and musk.  It reads a bit beastly, but it isn’t too bad.
  • Wet: Wow, what a difference!  Apples blossoms, crisp red apples in early fall permeated by sunlight warming a beautiful glade.  A dappled musk lilts from my wrist to soften and enhance the purity of the scent.
  • Dry:  The scent is more green and slightly bitter. Grass, cut recently becomes the top note, followed by the musk, apple blossom, and the faintest hint of mint.  It’s certainly more green than in the imp or freshly applied.  However, since I adore the smell of freshly cut grass, it’s a win-win.

Other: None.

Day 1060 – BPAL’s Orpheus Charming Animals

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Scent Name: Orpheus Charming Animals

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Art of the Unicorn Part 1

Scent Description and Notes: “Dark myrrh, teakwood, olive blossom, a scattering of crushed asphodel petals, and a drop of green cognac.”–https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/orpheus-charming-animals/

Oil Color: The color of crystallized honeycomb.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a sample from Mystery213.  The label features the name of the company and the name of the scent.  The bottle art is as follows:

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Image by Alessandro Varotari from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.

  • ITI: I was expecting something a bit more forceful, but the myrrh, olive blossoms, and asphodel petals work together to soften the green, slightly astringent notes of the cognac. It strikes me as a scent that could indeed be soothing to man and beast alike.
  • Wet: Slightly stronger cognac, green but not excessively astringent or boozy, complimented by gentle asphodel petals and a faint hint of myrrh.  The olive blossom adds to soften the stronger notes, but exists far below them.
  • Dry: After 14 hours, I get absolutely nothing.  After my second application and dry-down, the scent has boiled down to green cognac, dusky myrrh, and a touch of olive blossom.  It’s rather nice and I may just procure a bottle of it.

Other: None.

Day 1059 – BPAL’s St. Clare

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Scent Name: St. Clare

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Art of the Unicorn Part 1

Scent Description and Notes: “White sandalwood and tonka with sweet tobacco incense, vanilla-infused mahogany, rum absolute, and golden oudh.”– https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/st-clare/

Oil Color: A delightful marmalade color.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a sample from Mystery213.  The label features the name of the company and the name of the scent.  The bottle art is as follows:

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Image by Botticelli from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

  • ITI: Oh yes, that’s the resinous goodness that I so love.  The tobacco and sandalwood balloon forth, thick and sweet, with a strong rum close behind.  The oudh and mahogany round out the scent nicely.
  • Wet:  The mahogany, surprisingly, is much stronger on my skin, while the rum nearly isn’t so assertive.  The resins are a bit more bellow than I’d like, but the scent as a whole is a wonderful woodsy oriental.
  • Dry: The scent 5 hours later is still strong, with a good amount of through.  The sweet tobacco, sandalwood, and mahogany are distinguishable and intoxicatingly beautiful.

Other: “Mmm.  I love anything that reminds me of an earthen house in the middle of the woods with lit candles and incense.” -Kelly

Day 1058 – BPAL’s The Unicorn, Rushing Against the Tree, Fixed its Horn so Fast in the Trunk that it Could Not Draw it Out

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Scent Name: The Unicorn, Rushing Against the Tree, Fixed its Horn so Fast in the Trunk that it Could Not Draw it Out

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Art of the Unicorn Part 1

Scent Description and Notes: “Ethereal white orris, pale early lilacs, mallow flower, Queen of the Night, white moss, and dusk-lit mist.”– https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/the-unicorn-rushing-against-the-tree-fixed-its-horn-so-fast-in-the-trunk-that-it-could-not-draw-it-out/

Oil Color: A lemonata color.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a sample from Mystery213.  The label features the name of the company and the name of the scent.  The bottle art is as follows:

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Image by Kay Nielsen from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

  • ITI:  As soon as I opened the vial, the image of a unicorn springs to mind, pale and pure (the impression of which is generated by the orris and mallow).  Followed quickly behind, however, is something earthily insect like that is a bit unsettling, which I think is from the moss, dusk, and Queen of the Night.
  • Wet: The lilac leaps forth once the scent hits my skin, followed closely by the orris and the stronger Queen of the Night.  I don’t get the unsettling notes anymore.  Instead, the scent conjures images of dew-laden early springtime blooms.
  • Dry:  Once dry, I’m left with just a very clean soapy scent with a fint of lilac.  It’s nice, but I was hoping for more complexity.

Other: “It smells like violets and Ivory soap.” -Tony

Day 1057 – BPAL’s Night Scene

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Scent Name: Night Scene

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Shungas 2016

Scent Description and Notes: “Blue musk, white frankincense, wisteria blossoms, and lemon peel.”–https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/lupercalia-2016/night-scene/

Oil Color: A creamy white.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a sample from moons_storm.  The label has the imagine of the front, the company acronym in bold block font, the name of the scent in bold font under, and the decanter information in lower case at the bottom.  The back features the notes of the scent.  The art itself is a black and white imagine of a couple making love under a full moon.

  • ITI:  My first impression is that this is more on the soapy side than I’d like.  It’s certainly clean, but it reminds me of the soap in 5 star hotels. It starts out with a brief introduction of lemon peel, which quickly fades to the clean, soapy, and slightly biting combination of blue musk and wisteria blossoms. The frankincense lurks along the bottom of the notes, which is too bad as it would remove some of that soapy feeling if it was more of a heart note.
  • Wet: The lemon peel lingers longer on my skin, but is soon overcome by the wisteria and blue musk while the frankincense softens the sharp, clean floral and musk just a little. It reminds me of an evening bath before bedtime.
  • Dry: After 10 hours, the scent that remains is light wisteria, faint, powdery musk, and a touch of frankincense smoke.  I like it much more now that it isn’t so strong.

Other: None.

Day 1056 – BPAL’s The Mark

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Scent Name:  The Mark

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – , .

Scent Description and Notes: “White sandalwood and white leather, bourbon vanilla and bourbon vetiver.” https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/in-memoriam/lupercalia-2016/mark/

Oil Color: The color of fresh saffron.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz).  This is a sample from moons_storm.  The label has the imagine of the front, the company acronym in bold block font, the name of the scent in bold font under, and the decanter information in lower case at the bottom.  The back features the notes of the scent.  The art itself is a black and white imagine of a nude Victorian woman wearing a hair cap looking at the mark left behind after the consummation of her marriage.

  • ITI: Soft and creamy sandalwood mingles with vetiver, which has a slightly woody quality to it due to the bourbon. The leather underneath is soft, supple, and more definitely white (light, strikes me as less equestrian and more decorative in its scent, like a super supple pair of leather gloves).
  • Wet: On my skin, the vetiver is stronger, but I really do love the creamy qualities of this scent.  The sandalwood paired with the leather soft and sexy,a almost vanilla infused.
  • Dry: Soft familiar floats gently on my wrist.  There’s an impression of bourbon and sandalwood, but not enough to be considered heady or overly resinous.  Nice.

Other: “Why did you put your tobacco in the pepper grinder?” -Tony

Day 1055 – BPAL’s Santo Domingo

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I received this as an imp a few weeks ago and absolutely fell in love. If you are interested in heady and heavily spiced orientals, try this.

Scent Name:  Santo Domingo

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Wanderlust

Scent Description and Notes: “An exotic, sultry blend of tobacco leaf, bay rum and heady Caribbean blossoms.” https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/wanderlust/santo-domingo/

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 block print, underneath which is BPAL’s symbol, the phrase “hand blended perfume oil” in a beautiful small Italic script. The name of the company is at the very bottom in small block print. All of this is surrounded by a beautiful Deco-inspired lattice frame in black.

  • ITB: Thick, luscious tobacco soaked in aged bay rum smack not of pirate but something far more deliciously alluring and sultry.  I can’t really pick out a distinct floral, but there is something that reminds me of anise and perhaps a very faint gardenia deep underneath the tobacco and bay rum.
  • Wet: More tropical wet on my skin – perhaps frangipani along with gardenia.  The tobacco and bay rum still exist, but the heady florals do assert themselves on my skin. It’s still exotic and sexy, but certainly more tropical than on first sniff in the bottle.
  • Dry: After 8 hours, the scent is still thick with tobacco and bay rum.  It’s softer but still definitely alluring.

Other Impressions:

Day 1054 – BPAL’s Water of Notre Dame

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Scent Name: Water of Notre Dame

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Bewitching Brews: Conjure Bag

Scent Description and Notes: “Brings peace to the spirit, a sense of calm and fulfillment, and attracts the aid of beneficial spirits.” -https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/conjure-bag/water-of-notre-dame/

Oil Color: A pale yellowish green color.

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 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.  This is an imp I received directly from Beth and Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.

  • ITI: Not what I expected.  I was anticipating something that was heavily aquatic with a touch of decay.  Instead, the scent smells like refreshing cucumber water, a light floral like gardenia or water lily, and a hint of citrus.  I can certainly see why it would bring peace to the spirit.  I immediately feel calmer when I sniff the vial.
  • Wet: It’s much stronger on my skin. While I still have a sense of cucumber water, it’s overpowered by a surprising spice (carnation, perhaps), the floral note, and the citrus, which I think might be lemongrass.  There’s something else in here too that adds a touch of duskiness, perhaps Buddha’s hand or lemon verbena., both of which turn slightly dusky on my skin.
  • Dry: Soft, gentle floral is left after 14 hours, followed by notes of light aquatic, a touch of perhaps sandalwood, and something pleasantly green.

Other Impressions: “Subtle and not overpowering.” -Kelly

Day 1053 – BPAL’s Temple Viper

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Scent Name: Temple Viper

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Carnaval Diabolique, Act III: Faiza’s Companions: The Snake Pit

Scent Description and Notes: “Snake Oil with sugar cane, frankincense, champaca, opoponax, labdanum, and hyssop.”  –https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/carnaval-diabolique-2015/temple-viper/

Oil Color: Copper on my arm.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  This is the redesigned and reworked version of a temple viper, featuring the almost fluorescently glowing titular snake about to bite, venom oozing in anticipation.  The name of the company is at the very bottom in small grey font.  Above that is the name of the scent in white, bold Western-stylized font.  At the very top is the title of the collection,  “Carnaval Diabolique” in grey bold font.

Scent:

  • ITB:  The scent is murky in its resinous tones, inky from the labdanum and somewhat sharply floral from the hyssop, pulling for attention, directing away from the more subtle notes.
  • Wet: I get less Snake Oil out of this one than the previous Snake Pit oils. It’s more of a smoky minty chocolate, which I think might be from the combination of cane sugar, vanilla, and labdanum, although the floral tone still adds a touch of sharpness to the overall feel of the scent. Just under those notes is the serpentine, resinous tones of frankincense and opoponax, which reminds me of the temples hidden away in the mountains of Japan.
  • Dry:  Gentle Indonesian oils and vanilla are evident, but it doesn’t have much throw and stays very close to the skin.  I think I can still detect a little bit of the resin, but it’s so faint that I can’t narrow it down to a single note.
Other Impressions: None.

Day 1052 – BPAL’s Western Diamondback

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Scent Name: Western Diamondback

Manufacturer:  Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab –  Carnaval Diabolique, Act III: Faiza’s Companions: The Snake Pit

Scent Description and Notes: “Snake Oil with leather, tonka bean, red sandalwood, and sage. – https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/limited-edition/carnaval-diabolique-2015/western-diamondback/

Oil Color: – It’s a faint yellow on my skin.

Bottle Design and Artwork:  This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle.  The label extends just under halfway around the bottom.  This is the redesigned and reworked version of Western Diamondback, featuring the almost fluorescently glowing titular snake rattling in anticipation.  The name of the company is at the very bottom in small grey font.  Above that is the name of the scent in white, bold Western-stylized font.  At the very top is the title of the collection,  “Carnaval Diabolique”in grey bold font.

Scent:

  • ITB:  Strong sugared vanilla, tonka bean, Indonesian oils, and sage.
  • Wet: Sugared Indonesian oils, a sensuous musk, rich tonka bean, gobs of sandalwood smoke create a scent that is vaguely foody, but more sensuous and slightly dangerous. Leather exists deep below, only detectable when I inhale very deeply.  It strengthens as it starts to dry down, and sage slowly emerges, but the other notes are still dominant.
  • Dry:  It’s soft sugared vanilla and faint tonka bean, a hint of  dusky leather well off in the distance, while sweet sandalwood and Indonesian oils perfumes the air.  I didn’t get any sage from the scent and the leather as a while was not as pronounced as I had hoped. However, I adore the Snake Pit, so it’s still going to be used frequently.  I’ll be interested to see how it ages.
Other Impressions: “It smells like sugar cookies.” -Kelly
“I like it.  It’s like orange, butter, rose…no like tulips.” -Tony