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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Recent Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Reviews

Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab -Eden

on 9/6/2018 3:52:00 PM

I very much love this scent! I am a newbie when it comes to BPAL: my extreme distaste for mainstream perfumes has resulted in my needing to look elsewhere - ultimately leading me to BPAL. I ordered 7 imps, and while I have not tried all 9 yet (plus the 2 free extras), Eden is wonderful and I am seriously considering purchasing a full-sized bottle. On myself, the scent pulls sweet figs, milk and honey, and a bit of an incense; sweet, yet earthy - reminiscent of left-over burnt incense. I often dislike sweet scents, but the incense keeps the perfume from getting too “foody.” While sweet, the scent remains very clean: it is not sticky by any means. My only complaint: the packaging for the imp’s ears is quite messy. The perfume oil can often get all over your hands if opened roughly; I learned the hard way! Would much prefer a screw-top lid rather than a plug-style vial, but accidents are perfectly avoidable if handled with care :).

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Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab -Moon Rose

on 11/11/2017 7:34:00 PM

Imagine my surprise when I found this imp along with a few orders from a recent package from BPAL!

A crisp, pale, almost translucent rose dusted by moonflower and midnight dew.

Wet - Rose! Rose! Rose! sprinkled with soft dew and wafting notes of moonflower.

On the dry down, the wet rose gets dusted lightly with baby powder, perhaps the moonflower, creating a very wispy and understated rose scent. It's very lovely and not an overwhelming rose like many of BPAL's scents. It would make a good daily fragrance.

Edited to add: The more I wore this, the more it amped on my skin. The rose was very prominent but not heady like a lot of BPAL's rose scents. I hope one day they will bring this back or I can find a full size. It's quite lovely. It would be a good intro fragrance into the world of indie perfumes because the notes are familiar & something the average consumer would appreciate.

But alas, this is discontinued. I was happy to sample this even though it is discontinued. I will add this to my daily purse for a nice perfume refresh.

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Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab -Marguerite

on 11/9/2017 2:21:00 PM

Rose, rose geranium, myrrh, ylang ylang, French gardenia, tuberose, red sandalwood, and palmarosa.

Initially, this a VERY heady, heavy fresh cut rose scent. I would go easy when applying it wet because I made the mistake of putting on too much and the wetness can be a bit of an allergy/asthma trigger for someone like myself. The myrrh is very prominent.

On the dry down, rose is still dominant, but sister gardenia has come out to play that brings this over to a white floral. The sharp greenery disappears a bit. The red sandalwood dances in the background with the tuberose. I can't say that palmrosa or ylang ylang are here anymore.

Overall this a very nice rose with a bit of muskiness from the red sandalwood and a bit of a sprinkling of gardenia. I would stay away if you are not a fan of rose. A little goes a LONG way with this scent. I have been complimented from others who have not been near me, so caution for the every day use.

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Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab -The Haunted Palace

on 11/7/2017 9:01:00 AM

The moment before the ruin, frozen. The scent of captured glory, of glowing pearls and rubies, of golden sunlit joy and regal grandeur: red rose, Tunisian amber, blood orange, toasted vanilla, heliotrope, gardenia and red musk. (

The initial wet scent is almost strong with wet gardenia, heady and strong with a coat of strong amber and rose. Almost like fresh cut green florals.

The dry down, still semi wet, the red musk comes out to play in a playful dance with amber. The blood orange is all but lost on my chemistry.

The final dry down is haunting beautiful waft of powdery, musky rose that almost goes a bit on the white side, but I suspect that it's pulling amber and vanilla covered with a dusting of vanilla.

I really like this scent. It reminds me of a dark castle wrapped in gardenias and dying roses with a faint dusting of white amber and vanilla with an underlying scent of red musk that only comes to play when your nose is close to the skin.

My bottled is aged over ten years which is probably why the citrus from the blood oranges are no longer on the forefront. The wafts of vanilla and red musk are heavenly.

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Fragrances -Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab -Miskatonic University

on 10/21/2017 5:33:00 PM

I fell in love with the description of this, so I bought an imp to try out. I was a tad bit disappointed. In the vial, it smells like super, super, sweet syrupy coffee. Very gourmand. On my skin, the coffee tones down a bit and I start to get more of a sweet, almost vanilla candle-like smell. When completely dry, it just smells sweet. No dustiness. None of what I was hoping for. I'm glad I didn't buy the whole bottle.

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