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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and my thoughts...
I TOTALLY am into this community. :) Thank you guys for thinking of it.

Well, my allergies and the migraine have gotten to the point where I cannot wear traditional perfumes (atmoizer or sprays). But being the smell whore that I am, I couldn't just go with nothing and 'soap and deodorant' was NOT going to be my signature scent. :)

One of my very best friends turned me on to the oil blends from
Black Pheonix Alchemy Lab.

She gave me several imps of different scents to try out. (imp = small sample tube, for those that do not know) I fell in love with Queen Mab and it has become my daily scent that I wear most often. I have a 10ml bottle that I got probably 6 or 7 months ago (maybe more) and it isn't even half way gone. Because these are blends of 'pure' and essential oils, very little goes a looooong way.

I also like this company because they produce blends from inspiration. Just cruising the site and reading the descriptions of the different blends can be intoxicating in and of itself.

I will share with you some of the blends I have tried...

Queen Mab : the description from the site is - Warrior, Trickster and Goddess of Magic and Poets, she is one of the Tuatha De Danaan and the Queen of the Faeries. A very complex scent, both shadowy and fierce: black orchid, sandalwood, night-blooming jasmine, osmanthus, Somalian rose, and Chinese musk.

I find this scent extremely relaxing, calming and not too over-powering. It is floral and sweet, but I doesn't smell like a garden on me. When first applied, you can distinctively smell each of the notes and over a few hours, it fades into a blend that almost suggests what I call 'naughty baby powder'. I still smell the notes of sandalwood, black orchid and Somalian rose, but with my body chemistry it becomes something else. :) Truly, this is my favorite thus far.

Rose Cross: from the site - A profound symbol of an individual’s personal initiatic process, spiritual refinement and evolution, synthesis, grace found as a result of trial and suffering, and the alchemical process by which we transform the raw essence of our souls through light in extension. This is a holy oil, a representation of the triumph of spirit over matter: purest rose with sacred frankincense.

This is a very 'pretty' scent. Very rosy, but darker thanks to the frankinscense. I wear this when I want to feel very girly and pretty, with confidence. It doesn't change much over time, still smells of dark roses to me.

Lady of Shallot: from the site -
The scent of calm waters just before a raging storm, limned with achingly-beautiful blooms, an icy scent, but somehow warm, and mirror-bright: bold gardenia, crystalline musk, muguet, water blossoms, clear, slightly tart aquatic notes and a crush of white ginger.

This is a very clean scent, but floral. The gardenia is bold but not overwhelming. Also very pretty scent. A VERY small amount of this scent, indeed goes a long way. It can be a little over-powering if you put too much on.

All Night Long : from the site - As if the name didn't spell it out for you. This blend relieves all sexual inhibitions by simultaneously relaxing and arousing.

Very spicy and has the smell of cinnamon. I find this a very sexy smell. And as you can see, some of the blend descriptions don't have the 'ingredients' listed. I find that this is only in certain sections that are inspired by something specific. For instance, this blend is from the "Voodoo Blends" section.

Before this post gets way out of hand, I'll mention the other blends I have. If you are interested in my personal opinion on these, I'll be happy to share them with you. The site has a handy search tool as well, so you can search by scent name in the advanced mode.

Nanshe, Hearth (this was a 2005 Limited Edition, no longer available), Twilight, Temple of Dreams, Doves Heart, Block Buster, Polyhymnia, and Capricorn.

I have ordered recently as well and this is what I have on the way:

Hellfire, Sin, Wrath, Fenris Wolf, Iago, Coyote, Dublin, Titus Andronicus, Kyoto, Tombstone, Dragon's Claw, and Thanatos.
I ordered these in imp (sample form) to see if the boyfriend would like them. I had him try De Sade, which is a little too masculine for me and so far, he really likes the smell and it smells pretty good on him too. :)

Ordered to try out as well:
Fire Pig (2007 Limited Edition), Panacea Relief pack which includes Elixir X: GRR for headache relief, Elixir XI: OOF for sinus pain relief and Elixir XII: UGH for muscle ache relief.

Baron Samedi, Jazz Funeral, Fae, Blood Rose, Black Rose, Sophia, Follow Me Boy, Has No Hanna and Queen.

I will certainly let you know what I find out and am definately willing to share. :) The other neat thing about Black Phoenix is that there is an adopted forum
http://www.bpal.org/ where people share thier findings about scents from the Lab as well as a swap section.

When I did wear more traditional perfumes, my absolute favorite was CoCo by Chanel. I also wore Truth by Calvin Klein, Eternity Moment by Calvin Klein, Beautiful by Estee Lauder, oh and many more. These are the ones on the top of my brain right now. Unfortunately, when it became evident that I couldn't wear any of them anymore, I gave them all to my sister. Which was kind of neat, because I got to teach her how to apply perfume and is now a great memory.

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jenmarie From: jenmarie Date: February 14th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are a couple of other BPAL fans in this little group here. :)

I haven't tried them yet, but I do have some imps I'm waiting for, and a bottle of The Masque that I got cheap on Ebay that should be here soon.

That Queen Mab sounds like something I'd definitely like!

I also ordered some samples from DSH Perfumes, as I like how oils work on me overall. I'm very dry-skinned, so most fragrances don't have much longevity on me at all, but the oils last considerably longer.

My 'stand-by' scent - on which I always get compliments - is Japanese Musk by The Body Shop. Great sillage and it seems to work really well with my body chemistry. :)
jlhill From: jlhill Date: February 16th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm very dry-skinned, so most fragrances don't have much longevity on me at all, but the oils last considerably longer.

Aha! So that's why perfumes fade so fast on me! I had no idea.
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