Scent Name: 2004: Paper Phoenix
Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – BPAL 15th Anniversary
Scent Description and Notes: “On our second anniversary, the Lab moved from the Far Land of Spare Oom (gratuitous C.S. Lewis reference) to its first real location in Atwater Village. It was small, it was weird, and we all shared one space, but it was home.
In 2004, our real unreal home, bpal.org, was founded by slythwitch, and later that year, shrieking violet took over the helm. Bpal.org has been the source of so much love and joy in my life since its inception, and because of .org, my family bound by love and spirit expanded to include some of the finest human beings I have ever known. The community that grew from .org is incomparable, both on the internet and in the so-called real world; it is a safe haven of wise, witty, kind, compassionate souls, and without it and without the people that I met through it, my life would be so much darker.
2004 also heralded our first press mention (thank you, Bust Magazine!), our first Chaos Theory series, and the first Lunacies. Our first Blue Moon came out in July of 2004, launching the Lunacies that we’ve been doing ever since. Red Moon was our official first Lunacy blend, followed Harvest Moon, Hunter Moon, and a bajillion other Lunacies over the next eleven years!
(Ok, maybe not a bajillion, but Im not in the mood to do the math!)
Prior to September of 2004, we dressed our Imps a bit differently. We wrapped synthetic bull sinew around the vials and used handwritten parchment labels. Honestly, it looked amazing, but it was an incredibly time consuming process, and left me with a couple of imp-related battle scars. As of autumn, we switched to the paper labels you see today.
Our first activism scents also debuted in 2004: Cerberus (Animal Assistance League of Orange County), Chiroptera (Bat Conservation International), Corazon (Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land), Oisin (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), and Thunderbird (the Adopt-a-Native-Elder Program), kicking off over a decade of fundraising, advocacy, and charity work.
In 2004, Antique Lace first appeared and we introduced our first forum-only blend (Formula 54!). And on December 21, 2004, Dorian a hymn to my love for Ted went live.
A memory of Antique Lace, Formula 54s pink pepper, and a splash of Dorian’s white tea and lavender fougere.“ -BPAL.org
Oil Color: Colorless on my skin.
Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a 5ml standard brown apothecary bottle. The label extends just under halfway around the bottom. The label features the name of the in small, thin black block font at the bottom of the label. The name of the collection is a larger version of the same font situated along the top. Just bellow the image is in the same font as the collection name, framing the image, which is a stylized almost Medieval drawing of a phoenix rising from the flames. All of this is set off by linen paper colored background. The label appears as follows:
Image courtesy of Tiah Schindelheim Rodriguez.
- ITB: Ooh, that’s just lovely! It certainly is Antique Lace with a refined lavender fougere, a splash of bright white tea, and a dash of pepper. It’s like what I imagine a Victorian high tea would smell like with both demure and dapper individuals in attendance.
- Wet: The white tea comes to the forefront on my skin followed by the lavender fougere. The sweet vanilla’d linen and florals sweet in after a few seconds, wrapping the fougere up in an embrace of gauzy, billowy sweetness.
- Dry: 9 hours after initial application, I’m surprised that the vanilla linen/lace notes still rings clear. I can also pick out traces of lavender, pepper, and a faded, dry floral. I think this might go in to my scent rotation.
Other Impressions: None.