Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (also known as BPAL) is an online retailer of perfumes. The company is owned by Elizabeth Moriarty Barrial and Brian Constantine. The perfumes are hand-blended using sustainably sourced oils. They are also cruelty-free. They are currently based in Los Angeles, CA.

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816 products

4,626 reviews

58% would repurchase

Recent Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Reviews

Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab -Alice

on 4/6/2019 1:39:00 PM

A very pretty, very feminine scent. Sharp carnation and well-rounded rose in the bottle, with a milky touch that (thankfully) didn't sour on me. A couple hours in I swear I smell floral honey cakes, or maybe shortbread. Eventually, this dries to a powdery rose, giving it distinct impression of a Victorian tea party in Hyde Park. I like all of the notes individually but unfortunately, anything powder is a deal-breaker for me.

Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab -Dorian

on 3/16/2019 2:02:00 PM

Mmm, where do I start? Dorian is a gorgeous, well-balanced unisex perfume. When slathered on, the lemon takes precedence and melds beautifully with the more herbaceous fougère and pale musks (the traditionally masculine notes). As it dries, the sharpness tempers considerably, leaving a very subtle sugary scent with a base of rich black tea. I can’t get over the delicate freshness of Dorian. I love when perfumes mix green notes and sweet notes, and this is a top-tier example of that as far as I’m concerned. Will definitely repurchase!

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Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab -John Watson

Description – I know, my dear Watson, that you share my love of all that is bizarre and outside the conventions and humdrum routine of everyday life.
Tweed and crisp linen, lime-tinged aftershave, the sleek steel and oil of a well-cared for service revolver, and the echo of a Jezail bullet shell.
In the Bottle – I can smell the lime-tinged aftershave. You know what? I like lime. Therefore, I shall give this a whirl. Elementary, my dear Watson.
Wet and in first 5 minutes – Lime and linen. Quite delish. A hint of gun oil – that clean, machine-smelling oil. This is not a bad thing. But wait! The machine oil begins to overtake the lime and linen. How odd. Watson is ready for battle on me. I’m sure he’s quite the gentleman with others, but here his pistol is cocked and aimed, ready to fire.
After half an hour – I believe Watson has indeed removed his linen shirt. Still a whiff of the old lime aftershave, but we also have gun oil, which reminds me of ‘eau-de-mechanic”. This is not a bad thing – I quite like a man who’s prepared to get his hands dirty. And, he appears to be getting his hands dirty on me…
Oh, Doctor Watson, you shouldn’t.
Final Verdict – John Watson is not a man I can take out in public. I shall keep him at home.

Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab -Event Horizon

Description – A disconcerting scent, heavy and oppressive, through which no light, no matter, and no spirit can escape. Black opium, labdanum, opoponax, black orchid, and benzoin.
In the bottle – A dark heat.
First Impression – Positive. Can’t quite pick the smells. Dousing myself, as I’m hopeful. I’m getting the black orchid, quite a deep scent, dark, mysterious. Almost like a deep purple smell, but not sweet.
After 5 minutes – I must be lost in it, I can’t quite get the smell. It seems to have got into my skin. Do I need more? The scents I’m getting are quite lovely, purple and dark. No sweetness, which I’m glad for. I do get the impression of deep space and the sun appearing over a planet before me. A whiff of ozone.
After 30 minutes – I’ve been sniffing myself this entire time, trying to pinpoint the smells. I get ozone as a top note, and underneath, this fleeting purple scent I am just adoring. I need to put more on.
Okay, an extra layer has left me with this sense of excitement, something big building up, like a thunderstorm but bigger and more life-changing. A very exciting smell. I’m repeating myself, but it’s like I know something is coming and I need to just accept that everything I know now will be completely different and new as it draws me in and sucks me forward. I just love this scent. A keeper.

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Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab -Amsterdam

IN the Bottle - Can't quite pick it. Faint floral, not sweet. Perhaps a little minerally fresh water.
Wet and in first five minutes - I've had to put this oil at mid-point, between elbow and wrist, as I'm wearing something else, so this should be interesting.
Not too sweet, definitely getting a 'real' tulip and dewy grass, snapped stalks, smell. I'm not into strong perfume florals, so this is quite refreshing. It makes me think of walking through a tulip field just as the sun comes up, brushing against the flowers with my legs, maybe dipping down occasionally to smell one.
15 minutes to half an hour - as the scent sinks into my skin it's a little softer, but not too much to lose this feeling. It drifts in the background. I would say its throw is quite good, it's a lingerer.
Final Verdict - For those who like a 'real' smelling floral, this is perfect to wear with a lovely spring dress. It's a daytime scent; beautiful clear light and airy breezes. I personally like 'darker' exotic perfumes, but this is really quite lovely. I wouldn't purchase it again, myself, but I will use what I have for certain.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

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