Fragrances - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Alice

4.0
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6 months ago

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 …Read more

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Fragrances - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Dorian

5.0
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7 months ago

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 …
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Fragrances - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - John Watson

2.0
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11 months ago


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 …
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Fragrances - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Event Horizon

5.0
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11 months ago

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 …
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Fragrances - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Amsterdam

4.0
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11 months ago

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 …
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Fragrances - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - When all Colors to Black are Cast

5.0
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11 months ago

2018 LE Weenie

Notes from Bpal site: Ink-black musk and dried blackberries, midnight opoponax and sweet labdanum.

This fragrance is as much about atmosphere and perception as it is about scent. The name comes from a line in a poem by Lord Brooke Fulke Greville, known in Elizabethan times for his tragedies....and he died a tragic, painful death himself, so I felt this was an …
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Fragrances - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Eden

5.0
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Sep/06/2018

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 …
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Fragrances - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Moon Rose

4.0
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Nov/11/2017

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 …
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Fragrances - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Marguerite

5.0
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Nov/09/2017

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 …
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Fragrances - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - The Haunted Palace

5.0
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Nov/07/2017

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 …
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