I am so picky about my fragrances. Considering I feel like my nose is broke most of the time since I can’t smell most things, I can smell way too much in regards to perfumes. I hate when they are too sweet or too alcohol-y, and I dislike generic scents. I used to wear Burberry or Bulgari, both light and citrusy, but then I found Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and really fell in love.
What I love about BPAL is how unique their scents are. They have multiple lines, a few of which are permanent or at least long-term, most of which get rotated out (so if you find a scent you like, get several vials!). They are very concentrated oils, so you don’t have the biting alcohol scent, and they last forever. Everything is designed to evoke…something, be it a feeling or a book character, or a mood, and I’ve never been disappointed. For my first order, I got a handful of “imps”, small tester vials of oils. While I wouldn’t wear all the scents, they smelled like I would expect that topic to smell. I’m going to share some of my favorite scents, but what works for me may not work for someone else, so experiment!
This is one of BPAL‘s most popular and longest lasting scents. Made with spicy scents and an undercurrent of vanilla, it’s a warm, mildly sexy scent that works to give you some appeal on a date or some power in the boardroom. It’s not my favorite, but I can’t not mention it.
This is my favorite scent and was the first imp and the first full size I ordered. Inspired by The Story of O, it is undeniably sexy and dark. BPAL describes it as “The scent of sexual obsession, slavery to sensual pleasure, and the undercurrent of innocence defiled utterly. Amber and honey with a touch of vanilla.”, and O certainly lives up to that. At first sniff, it seems a little powdery, but the scent deepens within a few minutes.
This is one of their activism scents, dedicated to Hillary Clinton and (in a roundabout way) Donald Trump. With notes of fig, vanilla, and amber, it is sweeter than my normal choices, but avoids being cloying. All proceeds are donated to Emily’s List and Planned Parenthood, so not only does it smell good, but it raises money for two great causes.
Yes, based on the exotic dancer/spy. This scent is almost sweet, but still brought to a darker tone with the bitterness of coffee. It is somewhat energizing to me, so I like to wear it to work, and if I need a boost, I sit in my office and sniff my wrists like a weirdo, so that’s a thing I do. But seriously, this is a good, well balanced scent.
This is another favorite of mine. I got an imp of this in that first batch I ordered, and then I bought the full size vial because I loved it. It’s almost smoky to me, a little musky, which I appreciate, and since I have a black cat named Bast, it makes me think not just of the Egyptian Goddess, but also of my own kitty who, by the way, also approves of this scent (although I think she just likes things named after her).
If you find that you love BPAL as much as I do, make a trip to their Trading Post website. There, they use some of their scents to create home fragrances, soaps, bath oils, and my favorite, hair gloss. I own the Hair Loosened and Soiled in Mid-Orgy hair gloss, and it goes very well with O and with Bastet. It makes my hair smell amazing, and really does help with frizz and flyaways. The only bad thing is the sprayer on the bottle gets stuck really easily, so I’m generally just pouring it into my hands and rubbing it on.
Have you ever bought a BPAL scent? What’s your favorite, or what one do you think you might try?