Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Halloween 2014 Scents Review!

This post contains products that were sent to me for review consideration!
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 Hey True Believers!

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab was super kind and generous to provide me with some of their Halloween themed perfume oils (or weenies as they are affectionately called) for review! I tried to pick a range of sweet, musky, and floral scents to review this time around! As you know, I’m a huge fan and staunch supporter of this brand and when you toss Halloween up in the mix, you know I’m going to be ALL over it! Luckily, this collection will be available for purchase until December 8th!

A little about BPAL:

BPAL produces a huge variety of perfume oils in a large array of scents that is bound to appeal to everyone. They have general catalogue scents, limited edition scents, licensed scents, and lunar scents (which are released for purchase only on the full moon for about 72 hours) If you are wary of buying a full 5ml bottle of a scent, they also offer imp’s ears (Except for the limited and licensed collections.) They are all cruelty free and most are vegan except for the ones that are honey based.

Full size 5ml Bottles:

  • General Catalog:  $17.50
  • Limited Edition:  $23.00
  • Licensed: $26.00-$30.00

Imp’s Ears 1/32oz: $4.00 each or 6 for $22.00 (Imps ears are not available for limited edition and licensed scents, such as this Halloween collection)

About Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab specializes in formulating intriguing, compelling body and household blends with a dark, romantic, and sexual tone. Our scents run the aesthetic gamut of romance era, Renaissance, Medieval and Victorian formulas, pagan and mythological blends, and horror / Gothic-themed scents. By utilizing our knowledge of homeopathy and aromatherapy, the conceptual theories of hermetic alchemy, and the aesthetic artistry of perfumery, we have mastered the art of encapsulating allegorical ideas into singular olfactory experiences.

We believe in compassionate consumerism, and in giving as much back to the community as we can through charitable contributions, volunteer work, and by supporting fair trade and self-sustaining growers whenever possible. We participate in the Green Power for a Green LA program at work and in our homes, and have participated in fundraisers for many fine organizations, including the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the Orangutan Foundation UK, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Covenant House, the Red Cross, and the Humane Society.

The following review is based on how it worked with my body’s chemistry. Because everyone has a different body chemistry, my opinion on how it smells may not be true for you. 

Autumn Cider

$23.00 per 5ml bottle. Presented in an amber apothecary glass vial.

BPAL’s Description:  Fermented apple juice, brown sugar, spice, lemon zest, butterscotch liquor, and orange slices.

My Thoughts:  Sweet category scent. While it was still wet on my skin the main scent I get is the fermented apple juice (yum!) brown sugar, spice and hints of lemon zest. Then as it begins to dry down I definitely smell the orange slices mingling with the lemon zest but the apples are still very strong as well. When it dries completely, the butterscotch liquor finally makes an appearance. This scent is smells absolutely delectable! A little bit of this scent will definitely go a long way and lasts me the entire day.

Samhain

$23.00 per 5ml bottle. Presented in an amber apothecary glass vial. 

BPAL’s Description: Truly the scent of autumn itself — damp woods, fir needle, and black patchouli with the gentlest touches of warm pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, allspice, sweet red apple and mullein.

My Thoughts: Musk category scent. It smells just like wet leaves and fir needle after the rain while it is wet and the black patchouli can also be smelled as an undertone to that. (If you close your eyes while smelling it wet, it almost transports you into that forest.) As it begins to dry down, the clove begins to come through. Then as it is completely dry, you smell the pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, and sweet red apple. It smells like a really lovely autumn potpourri. It’s a very complex scent. It lasted on me all day long.

Suck It

$23.00 per 5ml bottle. Presented in an amber apothecary glass vial. 

BPAL’s Description: A vampiric good time. Sexy and suckable: black cherry brandy and a whisper of red wine.

My Thoughts: Sweet category scent. This scent literally made me giggle when I first smelled it. Why was that? Because upon opening the bottle I realized it smells EXACTLY like those red heart lollipops you get on Valentines Day! It has a black cherry scent while it is wet, but on the dry down those red wine hints come through. It’s a sweet and slightly seductive scent that isn’t too overpowering.

Sugar Skull

$23.00 per 5ml bottle. Presented in an amber apothecary glass vial. 

BPAL’s Description: Vibrant with the joy and sweetness of life in death! A blend of five sugars, lightly dusted with candied fruits.

My Thoughts: Sweet/musk category scent. While it is freshly wet the first thing I smell is sugar with some sort of fruit mingled into it. As it begins to dry down I smell brown sugar coming through all that initial sweetness and the candied fruits begin to fade away. When it is completely dry I’m left smelling the brown sugar mixed in with another type of sugar I can’t identify and just a bit of the candied fruit note. This scent is very light and is nice for just light touches of sweet aroma as you move throughout your day.

Single Notes: Stage Blood

$23.00 per 5ml bottle. Presented in an amber apothecary glass vial. 

BPAL’s Description: None listed.

My Thoughts: Sweet category scent. It’s sweet and smells kind of like Trix cereal while it’s wet. Actually it smells a lot like Trix cereal! As it dries down it still smells just like Trix cereal with some citrus mingled in with it. I’m sorry I have no other words to really describe this because that is the smell I closely associate with this. This was actually quite lovely to wear all day and it wasn’t overpowering. It’s a playful scent with a soft lingering smell underneath it’s sweetness.

The White Witch

$23.00 per 5ml bottle. Presented in an amber apothecary glass vial. 

BPAL’s Description: Love pain-ecstatic, cruel-sweet: gold-flecked honey amber pulsating with red musk, patchouli coeur, bourbon vanilla, inky vetiver, pomegranate rind, myrrh, blackened violet leaf, and blood red rose petals.

My Thoughts:  Musk category scent. Honey Amber and red musk is right at the forefront of this scent while it’s wet. The patchouli coeur begins to appear as it dries down along with the myrrh. As it dries down and sets, the bourbon vanilla arrives along with the blood red rose petals and pomegranate rind. I don’t have a smell reference for the inky vetiver and blackened violet leaf so I’m not sure if I smell those. This is a sexy scent and is perfect for that gorgeous witchy woman we all have inside of us. It’s just strong enough to linger on you all day but not overpowering.

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The Witch Bride

$23.00 per 5ml bottle. Presented in an amber apothecary glass vial. 

BPAL’s Description: Pale and lovely, with eyes belladonna-wide: hemlock blossoms and ghostly nightshade veiled by wisteria, white frankincense, black amber, and narcissus resin.

My Thoughts: Floral scent that dries down to a musk. The first thing I smell is the belladonna, hemlock blossoms, and nightshade. Then the wisteria and white frankincense make an appearance as it begins to dry down.  Once it’s completely dry I smell the black amber and narcissus resin. This is a floral I can completely get behind. It’s definitely mysterious, sexy, and alluring. It’s perfectly balanced between being a darker floral and a light musk.

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