Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab : Otherwordly Scents To Challenge Your Beliefs

Sent for review.

So many of my friends in the Lipstick League have been raving about Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab forever, but I had yet to jump on their dark carriage. Until now.  BPAL makes amazing perfume oils that will transport you from your first inhalation. All fragrances are designed and hand blended by Elizabeth Barrial or Brian Constantine, who have been making scents inspired by anthropology and folklore for the last fifteen years. Imagine a company that is part mystical, part do-gooder with a penchant for fantastical lore and a twist of dark curiosity and you've got Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.

When you first arrive at their site, it's almost overwhelming. They have hundreds of scents that vary from sweet and light to extremely dark. It's easy to get lost in their collections and descriptions. Each one is more fanciful and darkly delicious than the next. If you're like me and get lost easily, starting with a collection of Imp's Ears is for you. Imp's Ears are tiny vials for $4 each or six for $22.  It's a great way to experiment and perhaps, to sample the vicissitudes of ancient folklore and fantasy. Check out the collections of Imp's Ears or purchase singles as you peruse the shop.

I selected 51 for my first BPAL oil. It's described as

Luminescent, glowing, and otherworldly: green mandarin, neroli, honeydew, white amber, guava, freesia, white and green musks hovering over desert scrub, smashed wood, and the dry, biting scent of night air over the Groom Lake salt flats.

From the second I opened the vial, both Loxy and I were intoxicated by the delicious scent. Light, sweet and a little sexy, 51 delivers on the otherworldly promise. The scent is like opening the door to a hidden garden in a far away land. Flowers and colors are abundant, perhaps a bit overgrown--as if their importance to their Ruler has faded, but the flowers themselves wait magically for their maiden to return home. This scent doesn't seem overly dry to me, instead lush and unspoiled. Almost as if back at home, the Aliens have figured out a way not to ruin all of our nice things.

If, like me, you are new to Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, start by searching for your favorite base or top note. I promise you'll fall gently down the rabbit hole of stories and scents while searching for a smell to complete your mood.

Do you have a favorite? What should I try next? Inspire me!

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  1. Love their perfumes. They smell so good on me I've received compliments from strangers. My favourites are German Expressionist Horror, Snake Oil, Numb, and Roadhouse.


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