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  2. Lucchesa

    V'al Hanissim

    V'al Hanissim is a gorgeous addition to the Lights of Men's Lives family of scents: warm, golden, burnished, lit from within. It's primarily warm beeswax on me with glowing amber backing it up and adding a little old-fashioned elegance. These are both notes that tend to last well on my skin, and I can still smell it faintly 24 hours after application. Absolutely lovely!
  3. feyofthefellwood

    Winter Stars

    Sampled my sister's decant. This is a lovely, dreamy scent with a smooth lavender sweetened by the other elements. Would definitely be a good sleep scent.
  4. Silvertree

    FYI: customer service delays

    Anyone reaching out with customer service requests this week, please note it may take us longer than usual to reply, as Lab staff are tending to a family emergency. If you'll keep directing requests to answers@blackphoenixalchemylab.com, we'll do our best to answer promptly. You will not receive a faster response via personal communication or social media messages; please consider that receiving these notifications at all hours can make it even tougher to set work aside during a difficult time. Many thanks from Team BPAL!
  5. Soupy Twist

    Black Coffee & Cinnamon Buns

    Strong sweet black coffee with just a dash of cinnamon in the bottle. Goes on as coffee with cinnamon, but soon the coffee starts to fade and turn into that "coffee burp in the back of the throat" note and I’m getting stale, faintly sweet bun dough. Sort of like I had coffee and a cinnamon roll for breakfast and this is what’s left on the diner counter an hour later.
  6. doomsday_disco

    Cold Moon 2019

    On me, this is mostly about the chilly, slushy snow. After a while, it goes through a bit of an odd phase. I think one of the lunar oils is a citrus-y note that doesn't play well with the snow note on me? But mostly, I get the slushy snow note. I decided to try this one because I always feel like I should try the scent that goes with the shirt I buy, but this scent isn't one I could really see myself reaching for... I prefer other scents with the slushy snow note more.
  7. doomsday_disco

    The Poinsettia Gown

    The Poinsettia Gown would be right at home in the Lupercalia update. I get more jasmine than rose from this one, and it's a softer variety of jasmine, not a super heady, indolic one. Both floral notes are accompanied by an exquisite cream that takes this into flormand territory, kind of like if you had some floral-infused scones with cream nearby. I thought this might be too similar to Allegory of Chastity, but I think I may like this one more? It's creamier and less rose-y. I am not sure I need a full bottle of this, as I do not reach for scents starring jasmine that often, but I do think this is a really lovely flormand, and I'll definitely be hanging on to my decant.
  8. doomsday_disco

    White Gardenia & Vanilla Cream

    This is a really strong scent. It smelled so strong without the vial being open that I had to put it in a tin and place that tin several feet away so that I couldn't smell it anymore. I got myself to test it last night, and while I can smell both notes in the vial, the gardenia is the star of the show, and it's SUPER LOUD on me. I do not get much vanilla cream on my skin, sadly, although I know it must be hiding in the background, afraid to join the gardenia on the center stage. If you love gardenia, you'll probably love this. But the vanilla is not strong enough on me to make me love it like many flormands.
  9. artisjok

    Long Lasting Patchouli?

    The Yule Gingerbread Patchouli Leather & Black Musk is said to be long lasting, and is still available. Brumation looks really good. Tricuspid Valve Stoned Griffin Alchemy Lab Black Light Reactive Poster Occupy Wall Street Feed Me and Fill Me with Pleasure all come to mind, as well as East African Black Patchouli SN. Hastur & Depraved are GC
  10. vanilla323

    Candy Corn-Colored Pumpkin Floss

    This was mostly candyfloss on me. I didn’t get much orange or lemon at all. I did get a hint of candy corn but sadly the throw and staying power are pretty weak so that was all fleeting. Cute Halloween label though.
  11. vanilla323

    Big Bertha's Big Molasses Muffins

    This was a spicy muffin scent when I first got it. But as it’s aged it’s now a spicy molasses scent and that’s all. It’s almost a molasses single note. Decent staying power but not super special.
  12. vanilla323

    Long Lasting Patchouli?

    Banshee Beat and Revenant Rhythm! They’re tough to get but worth it for patchouli lovers!! 💜
  13. Jeena

    Long Lasting Patchouli?

    My skin has a habit of eating up oils. Does anyone know of a nice, LONG lasting, warm (and mostly soil like) patchouli blend with (dare I say) obnoxious throw? I'm the type of person that loves to smell my perfume... all day. If it helps, my fav patchouli blend from BPAL is the La Roue de Malhuer Hair Gloss with a "blackened patcouli" note. I love it, but I need something less... fruity? Thanks in advance for any replies!
  14. biggnerd

    And Sing, And Sing

    Starts off with a strong herbal lavender. It dries down to a soft, cottony tuberose. Tuberose smells like a plug-in or laundry detergent on me, tropical ones. This is a really good smelling detergent. I wouldn't be mad if my sheets smelled like this at night. I think the moss is helping to keep the tuberose from being too loud and a little more soft and cottony than normal.
  15. doomsday_disco

    Chestnuts & Hearth Smoke

    This is mostly about the hearthsmoke. The chestnut note isn't the dessert-y, Mont Blanc sort of chestnut that I adore; rather, it is more like chestnuts being warmed on some cast iron at a Christmas market, whose hard shells need to be pulled away to reveal the curiously fuzzy interior that surrounds the nut. So.... more like the smoke and the outer shells than the edible part. Not bad, but not a scent I could see myself reaching for.
  16. doomsday_disco

    Coffee Bean, Cardamom, & Vanilla Pod

    This one starts off strong on the cardamom (the good kind!), backed by some coffee bean. Over time, the cardamom softens, and the coffee bean becomes the star on me, sweetened by a bit of the vanilla. There's just a tinge of cardamom left after a few hours if I go looking for it, but it's not nearly as prominent as it was before. This was my favorite of the coffee scents that I tried from the Yules. I'll have to wear this one on its own to see if I need more of it before the Yules disappear. But if I don't upgrade to a bottle, I'll definitely be hanging on to my decant.
  17. doomsday_disco

    Cola de Mono

    Smelling this in the vial, I was surprised that it was oddly bright? I looked up aguardiente and saw that it is be a generic term for some alcoholic beverages and it could be fruit-based. Well, that explained the brightness and the orange that I got from it once I applied this to my skin. Cola de Mono is mostly the orange-y aguardiente on me backed by some coffee, sugar, and spices. At first, the combination is oddly sort of appealing, but then it goes through this funky phase before mostly becoming a sugar-dominant scent on me with touches of the other notes. I would have kept the decant around if it weren't for that funky middle phase, but alas.
  18. doomsday_disco

    Black Coffee & Old Books

    Black Coffee and Old Books is predominantly a black leather scent. It's got a strong black leather note backed by some coffee, but the coffee is pretty timid compared to the leather. Over time, the leather softens, the scent becomes more powdery, and I get some of the actual book pages -- but by then, the coffee was super faint. Not bad, but not my type of book scent. I was hoping to get more book pages and coffee from this one.
  19. doomsday_disco

    Dusk in Autumn

    On me, Dusk in Autumn was mostly dead leaves accompanied by some black tea leaves and a bit of sweetness from the currant cake. I didn't get a distinct cake note, which I had been hoping for, but I also didn't get a ton of smoke from this, for which I am thankful. I am glad I got to try it, since I was curious about it and ended up culling from my list of possible decants, but I can't really see myself reaching for this one since I was hoping for some more sweetness.
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  21. sarandipitee

    Tattered Lace

    This is such a soft, lovely, sweet addition to the Lace family. I only have a partial decant that I treasure so it comes out when I’m feeling like I need a BPAL boost. On my skin it’s mainly sugared vanilla tea, light coconut, and opium linen. It’s got great throw and is different enough from my black and antique laces that tracking down a full decant might be necessary.
  22. sarandipitee

    Schrodinger's Cat

    Very much sugared citrus with emphasis on the grapefruit. Insanely low throw on me - I have to stick my nose to my hand to experience anything. It’s nice and would be lovely for summer but the lack of throw isn’t worth the bottle upgrade for me.
  23. sarandipitee


    Gentle, sweet, floral. A soft lily of the valley shampoo blend. Too floral and soapy for my taste.
  24. Kmichh

    Popcorn Ball Snake Oil

    This smells like a salty buttered popcorn ball coated in caramel! Mmmmmm. Drool-worthy. I want popcorn now! 🤤
  25. zankoku_zen

    Streuobstwiese Soap

    This smells faintly of apples, white flowers and a whiff of grass. It's beautiful and I wish I had purchased it fresh. I do have to say that for a soap that is close to 10 years in age, it's still amazing. Lovely lather.
  26. zankoku_zen

    Gingerbread & Lemon Sugar

    Lemon sugar, ginger, and a whiff of gingerbread spices. Lemon Scented Sticky Bat does Christmas Spice. Imagine if you caught LSS Bat, but with gingerbread instead of just lemon. There you have it. Good throw and wear length.
  27. zankoku_zen

    Gingerbread & Candyfloss

    Soft cotton candy and spiced gingerbread. This is spicy cotton candy on me. Like cinnamon cotton candy. Medium throw, average wear length.
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