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Obligatory BPAL Post

So, probably many of you have heard of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. In case you haven't, other than "they make smelly stuff" I'll let the webpage speak for itself. For those of you familiar (har), I got my imps in last night! Despite a mad rush to get logged in for raid night AND set up dinner, I ran to the mailbox to check... it was there! A box about the size of a VHS tape. Tiny! (For some reason I envisioned something larger than perfume samplers, more like I found it impossible to make any first impressions because as you open the box you just drown in a scent overdose, so I had to wait until this morning to give anything an official test. (Not to mention I was busy Shadow Bolting things and getting gold.)

Under the cut is a list, by "element" (color coded) of all the ones I want to try eventually. The "element" choices are purely editorial; I needed a way to narrow down my order! They break down roughly into "watery/clean", "musky/firey/woodsy", "earthy/planty", "airy/flowery".) Bold means I now have them and Italics are ones I ordered tried. (Using this post as a reference necessitated me changing that.)

The first one I tried is the embalming fluid. I wanted to try some scents that have a "clean" feel to them, cold, watery, or icy. From the bottle, I got a nice whiff of each of the advertised scents. I couldn't make out the lemon in particular. But then, I put it on. HELLO! The lemon-drop quality of this one stayed prominent for quite a few hours. It was only around lunchtime that I found that the aloe had emerged. Now about 8 hours since application I have only the subtlest white musky residue left. This may be because I did not apply it very liberally. Despite the over-lemonyness, I did like this, but might not order a full bottle. The candyish nature is a turnoff.

I've suggested to a few friends who are also deeply into the imp ordering that we have a little imp testing/swapping/donating party for things we reject. I hope it flies! Comment if interested.

Athena tore Arachne’s tapestry to shreds, crushed her loom, and bonked the mortal on the head, forcing her to feel remorse for her actions. In guilt and grief, Arachne hung herself. Again, because the goddess is merciful, she took pity on the woman and, after sprinkling aconite upon her corpse, transformed her into the first spider. A gossamer scent, as light as a spider’s footfall, touched with sighing mists: pallid flowers, dusty woods and soft herbs.

This is the captured scent of a cold, moonless night, lost deep within the darkest wood. Haunting and desolate, this scent evokes images of fairy tale tragedy and half-remembered nightmares. Thick, viscous pine with ambergris, black musk, juniper and cypress.

Starry white lilies lend an eerie brightness to the deep black wooded scents of cypress and oak, layered with a touch of crushed dried leaves and the faintest aquatic note.

The Dark Side of Earth: deep, brooding forest scents, including juniper and patchouli. The scent of upturned cemetary loam mingling with floral offerings to the dead.

Dark musk and black amber with frankincense, red sandalwood, neroli and bergamot.

One of the horrible, painful, cruel, brooding, mocking and malignant children of Nyx, he is Death Incarnate, and is seen as a willowy young man, accompanied by a butterfly, bearing an inverted torch and funeral wreath in his hands. In modern thought, thanks to Sigmund Freud, it is the Death Instinct: love of death, destruction and decay, and the desire to embrace the quiescence, silence and peace of the grave. Dry white sandalwood and soft Siamese benzoin over a lugubrious blend of myrrh, Moroccan rose, mastic, tomb moss and a thin whiff of Greek incense.

The scent of loss, love and the echo of time without end: sorrowful violet and chamomile with muguet, white geranium, calla lily and tea rose with a hint of autumn leaves.

Earth sorceress and mother of Mordred, she is, in essence, the harbinger of King Arthur's doom and the downfall of Camelot. She is a sister, or sister-self, to Morgan Le Fay. A bouquet of five night-blooming flowers deepened by dusky violet, purple fruits and the barest breath of medieval incenses.

"A man who knows everything and who never dies." Said to have lived for centuries, the Comte de Saint-Germain is truly a man of legend and mystery. He was an aristocrat, master alchemist, adventurer, magician, artist, and seer with a lust for exquisite jewels, and was reputed to have attained knowledge of the Elixer of Life. His knowledge was so vast and all-encompassing that his claim to have lived hundreds of years - he allegedly knew Jesus and was present at the Council of Nicea - was widely accepted as true. He is a Hermetic Magician's hero for the ages, and his scent is an elegant, timeless, truly refined cologne, bold yet classic: gilded amber, hypnotic lavender, brash carnation and deep mosses.

A quiet scent, soft, calm and enigmatic. A perfume of mystery, of whispers, and of secrets behind secrets. White sandalwood, lilac, gardenia, violet, orris, lavender and ylang ylang.

A paean to true holiness, spiritual purity, and sacred enlightenment. Based on an incense blend sacred to the Virgin Mary: perfect rose absolute and Palestinian Lily of the Valley with olibanum, labdanum, frankincense and myrrh.

In ancient India it was believed that a specific combination of flower petals, when strewn across a couple's bed, would amplify desire and sexual pleasure. This blend is a blend of the same floral essences, refined into a gloriously sinful perfume blend. Frangipani, with rose, tuberose, and jasmine.

A scent swirling with dark rage, unbridled jealousy, and murderous intent. Violet, lavender, white musk and vetiver.

Stately, bold, aristocratic and cruel. Opulent galbanum and amber, glistening peach, and a bouquet of French florals, with a merciless undertone of jonquil and heartless vetiver.

Orchid, white musk, and bergamot wafting over juniper berries, with a gentle touch of soft, earthy patchouli.

This perfume is an interpretation of the Hanging Gardens by night, based on further accounts of its fruit and flora: date palm, ebony, fir, pomegranate, plum, two pears, quince, fig, and grapevine with plumeria, three gardenias and dry rose.

A rich, bold blend of imperial rose, carnation, lush jasmine, lily of the valley, dark musk, amber, bergamot and gilded tangerine.

The eldest of the Muses, she is Eloquence, and thus, governs heroic and epic poetry, and her eloquence has served to calm quarrels even amongst the surliest of Gods. She is crowned in gold, and holds a roll of parchment or stylus and tablet. Hers is the scent of creative inspiration, and it is a boon to writers, poets and arbitrators: lavender and bright mint with bergamot, verbena, thyme and a touch of sweet orange and warm almond.

Thaleia the Flourishing is the Muse of Comedy and Pastoral Poetry, and shares the same name as one of the Gratiæ. She is a very down-to-Earth Goddess, and has a special fondness for rural folk. She wears a crown of ivy leaves and carries the Mask of Comedy and a shepherd’s crook. The Blooming One is the Goddess of Comedians and inspires creativity in wit and the joy and release we have in laughter. A vivacious, dazzling, merry scent: honey, ylang ylang, apricot, ciste, blood orange and gardenia with earthy, warm tonka.

Lightning slashing the midnight skies over the endless reaches of the ocean. The electric tang of ozone, marine notes, and a drop of sharp rain.

Pure internal harmony and spiritual bliss: the perfected meditation blend.

A light, pure scent: white musk, green tea, aloe and lemon.

The Dark Side of Air: a high pitched, tangy, clear scent -- light China rain deepened by murky vetivert.

Upon the Sea of Glass, glowing with the perfection of spiritual union and the radiance of true wisdom, rests the throne of God. A scent of inimitable purity, crystalline grace, and limitless light.

A gentle vision of purity, goodness and virtue: white tea, carnation and Damask Rose.

Refined, austere and graceful. A recipe gleaned from Classical Rome: cypress, juniper, chamomile and rose.

A gentlemen's blend, possessed of dignity, charm and refinement, but in truth masking a corrupted, hideous, soulless core. White musk, lime, lilac and citron.

The Whirler! She is the Muse of Dance and the Dramatic Chorus. She holds both a lyre and a plectrum. Terpsichore is the mother of the Sirens by Achelous, the River God. Bright, joyful and expressive, her scent is kinetically charged, graceful, and an inspiration to all dancers: vanilla and carnation with neroli, iris, stephanotis, sweet pea, apple blossom and palmarosa.

An ancient blend, swollen with arcane power: galangal, high john essence, frankincense, cedar, and sandalwood.

A Sanskrit blessing and word of greeting that bears a powerful symbolism. It represents the Oneness of all of existence, the union of matter and spirit, perfect wholeness. It is accompanied by a gesture: Anjali -- hands pressed together, fingertips heavenward, pressed together over the heart's chakra. This oil blend is a serene, soothing Indian blend, created to bring calm and joy to the heart and peace to the spirit. Sandalwood, jasmine, rose, patchouli, cedarwood and lemongrass.

A subtly menacing blend of lemon verbena, white sandalwood and cedar, dimmed by droplets of the darkest patchouli.

Seduction, sensuality, the Act, and the aftermath all in one. The scent of warm, damp skin flushed with the glow of passion, touched by the luxuriant potency of ylang ylang and myrrh.

A tragic heroine from German lore. In despair over a faithless lover, she threw herself into the Rhine. In death, she has become a siren that haunts that river to this day, luring sailors to their doom. Neroli, sandalwood, ylang ylang.

Feminine sexuality in it's rawest form. Palmarosa, red sandalwood, attar of rose, patchouli.

A fiery Martial blend that embodies primal rage, lust for conquest, and all-encompassing desire. Dragon's blood essence, heavy red musk, Indonesian patchouli and swarthy vetiver with a drop of cinnamon.

Devilishly playful: white peach, amber, golden musk and patchouli.

The scent of sacred incense swirling up the steep slopes to Swayambhunath Stupa. Saffron, blessed sandalwood, Himalayan cedar and the miraculous lotus of the Buddha with chiuri bark and Nepalese spices.

Mania, Roman Goddess of the Dead, Matron of Madness, Governess of the Ancestral Spirits, Bestower of Divine Frenzy. Her scent swirls with a high-pitched tumult of laurel, stargazer lily, splintered woods, peony, mandarin and white musk, and is spiked with pale pepper.

The whip-wielding Goddess of Divine Retribution, Justice and Vengeance, and is the force that balances the scales of Tyche's fortune. She is also called Adrasteia, 'she whom none can escape', and Erinys, 'implacable'. Nemesis is the executrix of Olympian justice, and her primary duty is to punish hubris and mankind's offenses against the natural order with inflexible, remorseless and raging fury. Her symbols are a sword and scourge, a measuring rod and scales. Cypress, ginger, fig, dried rose, red patchouli, tonka bean and cyclamen.

(freebie) New Orleans
Reminiscent of hothouse blooms on a humid night, ripe, but touched with decay. Sweet honeysuckle and jasmine with a hint of lemon and spice.

? French Love



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Mar. 7th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
we were just talking about these this weekend. if you have an imp party, I'd love to come.
Mar. 7th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
Noted! Discussions are underway. Drop me an email at my LJ address. :)
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Mar. 7th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
good heavens, lady! that's alot of smellin'!

Says the girl who was thinking about just getting ALL the stations of the sun.
Mar. 7th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
Sensory overload!! LOL

I am overwhelmed by the different combinations - not to mention I don't even know what half the ingredients ARE, let alone what they may SMELL like... :D
Mar. 7th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
I kind of picked things that sounded good. I'm no expert!
Mar. 7th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
As salami_salome could tell you, I have zero scent knowledge. My favourite perfume back in the day was one that actually made teachers think I had been drinking - bad mix with my body chemistry I guess - though it smelled fine in the air... LOL

These sound better than the old alcohol based jobs I had so long ago though, so I am tempted to try some - under the supervision of a knowledgable scent person!! LOL (I have no reliable sense of smell)
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Mar. 7th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
Ummm, I don't know, what's an ItXian?
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Mar. 8th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
Ohhhh! Sounds vaguely familiar. I glanced at the Mage book once in then nineties. :)
Mar. 7th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
I just got samples of Katmandu, Ephemera and Burial today.
Mar. 7th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
Yay! I would love to try those! Obviously :) Did you try them yet?
Mar. 7th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
I smelled them I haven't tried them on yet. See my latest post! You will be trying them soon once we get together.
Mar. 7th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
Nooooooooooooo! Et tu, Kim?
Mar. 7th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
I really want to try Oberon and Nameste!
Mar. 7th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
That can and will be arranged if I can help it!
Mar. 7th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
I also have Namaste. Though on first sniff, it's my least favorite. Which probably means it will end up as my favorite.
Mar. 8th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
Oh jeez. Since losing my job, I keep stumbling onto things I want to spend obscene amounts of money on.

I'm picky when it comes to fragrances. I don't like anything too PERFUME-Y and floral scents, unless they are very, very light, make me ill. How heavy is the Embalming Fluid scent? It sounds right up my alley, save for the musk.

Thanks for the link, though. I will definitely be ordering some of this stuff when I get myself employed.
Mar. 8th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
The Embalming Fluid is very light, but I'm not kidding about the lemony. That could just be what my own body chemistry brought out, but when the forums were up, many of the other reviews said the same damn thing. There were others on there however that said "This is like embalming fluid but better!" so who knows. I'll be annoyingly posting more of these reviews unless I get bored with it.
Mar. 8th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
Your account of the strong lemoniness is what made me think I'd dig it. I love the smell of lemons. And citrus works well on me.

I'll definitely read your reviews. Who knows, maybe I can scrounge up the cash to buy some.
Mar. 8th, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
I haven't worn perfume in years, but back when I did, I tended to go for watery/clean or dark Chinese stuff. I had a Chinese boyfriend back when I was wearing the Chinese stuff, and boy, they must've gotten something right, because it drove him absolutely mad for me.
Mar. 8th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
Oh boy. This can get out of hand. I've tried about 90% of the catalog, and a good deal of the limited editions. It's so much fun, though.
Mar. 8th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
Ah, the obsessiveness. =)

I'm curious to smell Nemesis. I love patchouli and tonka and I want to be able to identify fig.
Mar. 15th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
Others I want to try:

A negatively charged scent. Ambergris, Spanish Moss, oakmoss and three electric mints.

John Dee: master of science, alchemy and magic, Hermetic philosopher in the schools of Rosicrucian Christian Mysticism and Platonic-Pythagorean doctrine, and Queen Elizabeth’s astrologer, advisor, cryptologist and spy. With Edward Kelly, he created a field of study and work in Angelic Evocation, and isolated the Angelic language: Enochian. His scent is soft English leather, rosewood and tonka with a hint of incense, parchment and soft woods.

Soft, lush myrtle and dry, sweet melilot with wild rose, pomegranate juice and peach blossom against a background of deep aquatic notes and a twirl of melancholy autumn breezes.

The World Ash. Nine woods, nine leaves, and three herbs each for Ratatosk and Vidofnir, with three final herbs to placate Nidhogg.

A paean to true holiness, spiritual purity, and sacred enlightenment. Based on an incense blend sacred to the Virgin Mary: perfect rose absolute and Palestinian Lily of the Valley with olibanum, labdanum, frankincense and myrrh.

Upon the Sea of Glass, glowing with the perfection of spiritual union and the radiance of true wisdom, rests the throne of God. A scent of inimitable purity, crystalline grace, and limitless light.

Bittersweet yet powerful: salty aquatic notes and bursting with dragon's blood.
Mar. 16th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
black musk
A gloriously elegant representation of Lady Death. Dry, bone-white orris, black musk, serpentine patchouli and our murkiest myrrh.

A mournful, poignant scent, thick with foreboding. Soft golden amber darkened with a touch of murky black musk.

The overwhelming agony of passion crystallized into a singularly dark and magnetic blend: bittersweet neroli, black patchouli and black musk, gilded by apple, bergamot, blood red rose, teak, and vanilla.

Named in honor of Vlad III, Tepes, of the Order of the Dragon. Black musk, tobacco, fir, balsam of peru, cumin, bitter clove, crushed mint, and orange blossom.

Malevolent, dark and shadowy: sinuous black musk, wet leather and vetiver.

Mother of Demons, Vengeful Fury, Darkest Seductress, Queen of the Djinn, Goddess of the Gate. Red wine, myrrh, black musk, and attar of rose.
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