Thursday, December 3, 2009

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

One of those silly Facebook questionnaires asked "what store would you max out your credit card?" My answer is definitely Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab!

I love their scents. I've got their lovely sample imps scattered all over the place, with a dozen different favorites depending on my mood. I'm not good with scents and their descriptions, so I often pick scents with very different ingredients to try and figure out what it is I like. There's no real rhyme or reason, I adore so many! There are forums where other users can advise you, but I try to avoid them to avoid becoming hopelessly addicted!

BPAL offers "Imps Ears", 1/32 oz glass vials for $3.50 apiece or 6 for $19.50. I always order 6 at a time, how could anyone choose just one or two? Imps aren't available for certain collections (these are listed on their imps page) but you'll easily find a dozen scents you have to try. There are a handful of imp sets (samples for each scent in a particular collection); that info is also on the imp page.

My two go to scents are as follows:

From the "Rappaccini's Garden" collection, "Black Rose" which is described as - Exquisitely melancholy. The background scent to an ancient exequies. Heavy, dark and floral: a blend of roses, with a touch of amber and musk.

From the "Sin & Salvation - 7 Deadly Sins" collection, "Lust" which is described as - Uncontrollable passion and insatiable sexual desire: red musk, patchouli, ylang ylang and myrrh.

If you haven't had the pleasure of sampling their scents, go order some! I'm not sure how long I've been using their products - a friend sent me a Black Rose imp years ago (6 1/2? 7 years? Thanks Redwitche!) and with each order I find another scent I can't live without. Don't be overwhelmed by all the categories and choices - simply scroll through and select a handful from various categories. Used imps are usually on eBay, often in lot form, frequently you can find limited editions as well. Just search for BPAL or Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab.

If you order direct, check the home page for processing time. It often takes 14-21 days, a combination of hand blending their product and the overwhelming demand! Well worth the wait, just don't blame me if you get hooked.