April 7th, 2006

BPAL

BPAL Reviews

Previous BPAL Reviews and my Summary page of all reviews for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab scents.

Scent: Death on a Pale Horse
Description: The End of All Things: empty white musk and mint seeped with solemn lavender, doleful patchouli and vetiver, scythe-sharp yuzu and lime, with geranium bourbon, white sandalwood and calla lily.
Thoughts: This is an imp from Amanda. I didn't look up the scent desc until after I put it on. Vetiver? Eek! And calla lily? Eek! Oh, wait. Huh. The scent isn't nearly as nasty as I thought it might be. Hmm. The white musk and lavender mellow the sharp scents out. Good to know. It still has a sharpness I don't like but it is an oddly attractive scent. After a while, it ends up smelling generically male.
Buy: No

Scent: Hurricane
Description: The Dark Side of Air: a high pitched, tangy, clear scent -- light China rain deepened by murky vetiver.
Thoughts: An extra imp. I really need to start reading the descriptions on extra imps. It smells like rain and linen and water with something yucky (vetiver). It is a very strange smell. The description they give of "high-pitched, tangy, clear" is accurate and definitely not for me.
Buy: No

Scent: Iambe
Description: Daughter of Pan and Echo and dear friend to Demeter. Her scent is one of comfort, beauty and joy: Sudanese amber, patchouli, rose, gardenia, gladiola and white tea.
Thoughts: This is one from Amanda. I really wanted to like it. It has a really nice scent and draws me in until something nasty grabs me by the nose. Bleh. I can't tell if it is the patchouli or the gladiola I'm objecting to. In this case, I think it is the gladiola. Ah, well.
Buy: No

Scent: Lucy's Kiss
Description: Created to represent the essence of Bram Stoker's tragic heroine, Lucy Westenra. Seductive, wanton and deadly, but underscored with a soft, wistful innocence. The gentle scent of rose and a blend of Victorian spices
Thoughts: This is very feminine. It goes on really sweet but warms up on the skin and mellows the sweetness into something else. There is tinge of something I'm not fond of. I think it has too much of perfume feel for me. But, it is nice. Rich and very Victorian.
Buy: No

Scent: Lilith
Description: Mother of Demons, Vengeful Fury, Darkest Seductress, Queen of the Djinn, Goddess of the Gate. Red wine, myrrh, black musk, and attar of rose.
Thoughts: Very lush and very feminine. I like it. It is not my norm. It would be a good character scent or occasional club scent. It sticks around for a long time and is complex. The different parts to it come out at different times with no apparent rhyme or reason.
Buy: No but keep the imp