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.


  1. I'm not obsessed with BPAL like I feel I should be. For some reason, most of the smells are exactly the same to my nose. But I do adore and have Loviatar, Midway and Antique Lace. :-) I do have an imp of Gluttony and it is so yummy!

  2. I'm already obsessed with BPAL. I order from them monthly.:) I've been picking up the Lunacy scents every month since July, and I've been picking up imps along the way as well. My absolute favorite scents so far are Samhain '09 and Loup Garou. Lust sounds great, I'll have to grab an imp sometime! I've always got a wishlist of scents I want to try from them.

  3. Black Rose sounds great. Laura (Madeleine Bouquet) sent me some really nice BPAL samples and I've been trying them. One thing I noticed that I really like is that they're so much stronger than anything else I own! They seem to really last all day, too.

  4. My favorite is Snake Oil. Nando had one called Dead Man's Hand that smelled like leather; I also LOVED Three Witches...that one was discontinued. If I ever have "me" money, I will definitely peruse the new scents!

  5. i found BPAL about a year ago and immediately fell in love. i have been into making my own scents for a while now, but dont have the extra time or money. i have a question for you, well two actually: have you tried the aromaleigh scents and how do they compare to BPAL?

  6. I tried the AL scents but prefer BPAL's, I just like the "darker" scents.

  7. How did I miss this post.. I'm just getting into the BPAL addiction, still waiting on my first order, the waiting is driving me crazy. I've heard a lot of good things about them.

    I'm fairly lucky in that I can wear almost any scent, even some that I don't like, as long as I can tolerate it until it dries down a bit. I usually prefer light florals, aquatic/green/clean, and some foody (LOVE vanilla in fragrances), but every so often a heavier or more spicy or woodsy scent gets my attention.

    I can already tell this is going to be a fun and expensive new addiction.