Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
I have been a huge fan of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL) for 2 years now. Beth & Ted make the most incredible range of perfume oil blends, from all natural ingredients, and the variety of different scents they create is out of this world. BPAL draws inspiration from mythology, fairytales, history, visual arts, religion, nature, popular culture, and childhood stories (to name a few!), with permanent collections dedicated to Alice in Wonderland, Neil Gaiman stories, the writings of Shakespeare, the Seven Deadly Sins, steampunk and travel. Every month a new limited edition blend is released around the time of the full moon, in celebration of the lunar cycle and what it means in various cultures. There are also limited edition blends released for major celebrations (Valentines Day, or Lupercalia, Halloween and Christmas/Yule), seasonal occasions (like the recent Summer Garden miniseries), historical events (like the election day series released on November 4 last year) and well, just because (like the amazing Carnaval Diabolique series, which is being released act-by-act, with 7 acts altogether)!
Since I started using BPAL, I haven’t used any other perfume… in fact, I must admit that I’m quite addicted to buying the limited edition blends, and have bought enough oil in the last couple of years to last about 5 lifetimes! I love the fact that these are all natural, there is no alcohol used (unlike regular department store perfumes), and they are a completely independent company with amazing customer service and good conscience. I don’t think I can rave about them enough!
I’ve tried to limit my orders from BPAL in the last year, simply because I was accumulating way too much perfume, but now and then I can’t help but place an order. I just got my most recent order today, and it has totally made my day…
Getting packages always makes for a good day!
My order! Many of those samples were free – BPAL are very generous when it comes to giving away free samples with every order!
The label art on the bottles is always amazing ♥
The samples are called “Imps Ears”, or “Imps”. They also have awesome postcards!
My bottle order consisted of:
Strawberry Moon 2009: The lunacy oil for June (released at the time of the May full moon): Wild strawberries, strawberry flower, vanilla-infused sugar, early summer grasses, and milky dandelion sap.
Litha 2009: Golden honey and moss, with honeysuckle, chamomile, parsley, white gardenia, frankincense, carnation, vervain, gum arabic, yarrow, and liquid copal.
Lilith and the Jarocho: Lilith is Beth & Ted’s daughter (I think she is just under a year old), and she is adorable! Jasmine, vanilla, Spanish cedar, moss, marigold, purple verbena, candied tamarind, lime rind, a splash of margaritas on a nearby table, a little bit of Dorian, a little bit of Snake Oil, and a bright bouquet of mal de ojo.
Velvet Tiki: Gold-washed frangipani, vanilla flower, vanilla bean, coconut, hibiscus, papaya, pineapple, bouganvilla, passion fruit, and three orchids.
Velvet Unicorn: Spun sugar, sparkling rainbow candies, strawberries, merangue, and cherry fluff.
Velvet Pink Kitty: Pink rock candy, strawberry cream, and splashes of gin, vermouth, and grenadine.
Velvet Panther: Dark musk, star anise, agarwood, styrax, vetiver, gaiacwood, King mandarin, violet leaf, and black vanilla.
I can’t wait to try these out… and of course, now I’m thinking about what to order next time…!