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  1. kebechet

    BPAL's Sweet Sixteen!

    HAPPY SWEET SIXTEEN, BPAL! YER OLD ENOUGH TO DRIVE! I keep starting to write this, stopping, and starting again. It’s the most wonderful and most joyous thing that I compose every year, but it’s also the hardest. How is it possible to adequately convey how important people are to me? How BPAL is my life, and all the myriad people that are part of BPAL are as important to me as blood? How do I explain what the support, love, and friendship of my family, my friends, my co-conspirators at the Lab, and our customers means to me? How it supports me and sustains me? How these relationships – these amazing, varied, vibrant and brilliant people – renew my hope every single day? Every year when I write this up, I am afraid that I will be unable to express my true, soul-deep, and heartfelt gratitude to you all. Black Phoenix isn’t just a company to me. Because of this experiment in weirdo perfume of mine, I have made lifelong friends, people who are as close to me as my own kin. You have shared all of my joys and terrors these past sixteen years. My BPAL family has been with me through so many pivotal, life-changing moments. You were with me at my wedding. You were there when I gave birth to my daughter, and you are there with me as I watch her grow up. Together, we have shared so much delight and pain and grief and bliss, and with every bit of my heart, I am so very, very grateful. Thank you for everything. Thank you for being with me these sixteen years. Here’s to decades more. I wrote this in 2016, and it’s just as true today - “This is a hard anniversary update to write. Every anniversary, I sum up the year and try to give thanks to everyone who enriches our lives. The latter is easy – my life is filled with the kindest, wisest, most compassionate people – but the former is stunningly difficult. 2016 has been cruel. 2016 has seen so much grief and loss, and the year has presented to us a series of breathtakingly devastating events, leaving so many in a mire of fear, uncertainty, and sorrow. “Since 2002, the community that has grown from Black Phoenix has become my family. Our beloved coworkers, our clients, the small companies that we work with, our forum moderators, the wonderful artists, writers, and creators that we are privileged to create for, our media outlets, our retailers, our extended Lunacy event family, our traveling medicine show convention family, the bloggers and journalists who think of us, and the wonderful, generous, kind people at the charitable organizations that we work with. “This is our family. You – if you are reading this – are part of our family, and I am grateful for you. “I know that it is cold comfort, but I want to tell you that we stand with you and you are not alone. We stand with the LGBTQ community, we stand with the disabled community, we stand with our brothers and sisters in every single minority religious, racial, and ethnic group. We stand with the trans community, we stand with immigrants and refugees, we stand with those who would protect our water and our land. We stand with you against hate. We stand with you against intolerance. We stand with you, and we will do everything within our power to fight with you and for you in this dark, uncertain time. In gratitude and with love…” Thank you. Thank you so much, everyone, for standing with us, supporting us, and sharing your lives with us these past sixteen years. Black Phoenix would not exist without your kindness, your love, your support, and your friendship, and my life would be hollow without you in it. Thank you, Brian, for being my ride-or-die. We have been through so much together. Thank you for everything you do and everything you are. Thank you for always making me laugh, always being there for me, and never, ever letting me down. I love you. Thank you, Ted, for being my heart’s joy, my true love, my soulmate, my muse, and my strength. You are as vital to me as breath and light, and as much a part of me as the blood that flows through my veins. Thank you for being my Prince Charming, thank you for always being there for me, thank you for your patience, your sober counsel, your laughter, your filthy mind, your sense of humor. Thank you for being you, thank you for being mine. Lilith, you are my muse and my angel, my little werewolf, my baby bat. You are the light in my heart, you are my joy, and every single day I love you more and more. Thank you, Jacquelynn, for all of your dedication to the Lab, for your hard work, your dedication, your creativity, your intelligence and wit, and your huge, huge heart. You are such an important, vital part of BPAL, and I love you. Tom, thank you for all that you do. Thank you for all of your help promoting BPAL, thank you for being my Other Voice, thank you for always being there for me, for being a true friend, for listening to my incessant kvetching, and for your huge heart and vast, boundless creativity. Thank you for lending us your talent, thank you for being my friend. I love you. Thank you, Chrissy, for your passion and drive, your creativity and enthusiasm. I am grateful for you and for all you do, and I love you! Thank you, Piolet, for your hard work and your strength of character. Thank you for your wisdom and your humor, your optimism, your patience, your commitment, and your friendship. I love you! Thank you, Stephanie, for your incredible work ethic, your drive, and your patience. You are a treasure, and I love you! Thank you, Alex, for your positivity, buoyancy, and thoughtfulness, and for always treating everyone around you with such kindness. You are a wonderful person, and I love you! Cerina and Sabina, thank you for all of the hard work you put into helping us get through both calm work weeks and batshit crazy seasons. We couldn’t do this without you. I love you guys! Thank you, Galen, for the incredible videos that you have been crafting for BPAL, and for all that you help us with at events! You are exceptionally talented, incredibly sweet, and I love you! Thank you, Sara, Jared, and Viv, for all the love and enthusiasm you put into every Lunacy. Without you, our events would be pale shadows. I love you both very, very much. Kaitlin, you cannot imagine how grateful I am for your help and for your friendship. Thank you for the gift of your incredible heart, your beautiful Libra charms, and your deep compassion. I love you. Thank you to Tom, Galen, Lisa, Courtney, Eva, Ali, Donna, Andra, Jared, Anne, Chris, Jason, Eric, and Stitch for making #carnylife possible. You were all amazing, and we are deeply grateful for your help. Thank you so much for being there for us, and for giving so much of yourselves to the events! Thank you, Donna and Jeff, for being our bottle babysitters! You are lifesavers, and we love you so, so much! Thank you, Em for your wise counsel, for always having my back, for always being there for me, and for always listening. I would be lost without your advice and your friendship. I love you! Ali, you are and always will be my living Manual of Style! Thank you for unbabbling my babble, re-sensing my nonsense, and letting me bounce ideas off of you incessantly, and thank you for resuscitating the forum! You are an inspiration always, and I love you. Thank you, Andra, you are a true friend, a truly amazing human being, and I love you so much! Thank you to Sue and Del at Dark Delicacies for being such true and wonderful friends, and thank you for being the greatest grandparents a little demoness could ask for! We love you! Thank you, Courtney and Lisa, for being our extended Lunacy family! Thank you for all the energy and love you put into every event! We are all truly grateful! Thank you, Cat, for being such an amazing friend. Thank you for being my co-conspirator and confidante, thank you for your kindness. I love you! Jess and Samantha, I love you both. You are such an inspiration, and the truest of friends. Thank you to Neil Gaiman, Guillermo Del Toro, Legendary Pictures, Jim Jarmusch, Peter Beagle, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Rios, Jess Schnabel, Disasterina, Erika Klash, Victoria Elizabeth Black, Fabio Listrani & Lo Scarabeo Tarot, Seanan McGuire, EFFY, Ministry of Trouble, Terry Pratchett, Terry Moore, Mike and Christine Mignola, George Perez, Peter David, Mark Waid, Thomas Negovan, Matt Wagner, Laika Studios, Jim Henson Productions, Brian Pulido, Joseph Michael Linsner, Gris Grimly, George RR Martin, Clive Barker, Mark Miller, David Mack, Gail Potocki, and Erin Morgenstern for giving Black Phoenix the opportunity to interpret your work. Thank you to the noble souls at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Your hard work changes lives. Thank you, Charles, for being an inspiration and a true friend. Infinite love and profound thanks to the artists, musicians, and DJ’s that have lent us their talent: Julie Dillon, Drew Rausch, Aristotle Pramagioulis, Alicia Dabney, Emma Rios, Madame Talbot, Quique Alcatena, Jennifer Rodgers, Manda Lander, Emily Wernet, Eric Thurnbeck, Lily Gabrielle Hoyda, Galen Adair, Keri Newton, Robert Kraiza, Tanya Bjork, Andrew Fogel, Brian Kessinger, Abigail Larson, Aidan Casserly, Sarah Coleman, Tenebrous Kate, Alicia Dabney, Mildren Louis, Brian Foote, Sarah Elizabeth Graves, Bill Crisafi, Holly Honeypot, Joshua Martin, Brian Foote, Sarah Elizabeth Graves, and DJ Accident Report. Infinite love and profound thanks to our collaborators, the event promoters that give us a home on our carny travels, and all the amazing people who host our fragrances in their shops and boutiques: Blood Milk, Haute Macabre, Loved to Death, the CBLDF, Two Minutes to Late Night, Renegade Game Studios, Ariel Italic, Lady Bearica Andrews, DJ Accident Report, Chicago Review Press, Dead For Filth, Gothic Renaissance, Ritualcravt, Think Geek, Century Guild, the Mütter Museum, Heretic Salon, Whole Foods, Pretty Indulgent, World of Wonder, Midsummer Scream, the Pleasure Chest, Oddities Flea Market, and Dark Delicacies. Love and thanks to the bloggers, journalists, magazines, and other media outlets that taken the time to write about Black Phoenix. Honestly, I cannot thank you enough. Without you, I’d just be screaming into the void. Heartfelt gratitude to all of the organizations we sponsor. You are a light in the darkness, and it is our honor to support you in your work: The American Civil Liberties Union The NAACP The National Center for Transgender Equality The Southern Poverty Law Center Planned Parenthood Burbank Temporary Aid Center The National Park Foundation The National Parks Conservation Association Trevor Project EMILY’s List Orangutan Foundation UK RAINN RAICES The Women’s Sports Foundation Drag Queen Story Hour Drive-By Do-Gooders The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Global Giving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Lake Country Fire & Rescue Humane Society of Ventura County Hispanic Federation’s Hurricane Maria Relief Fund UNHCR And last but certainly not least, I’d like to thank my ancestors, the genius loci of Los Angeles, all friendly spirits that help me out here and there, all the gods, angels, and archangels (both celestial and infernal), St. Expedite, our house ghost, the Lab poltergeist, and anyone else that might be looking out for me. AND WITHOUT FURTHER ADO - ++ 16th Anniversary: Rejected Company Names and Mascots After sixteen years of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, it’s easy to take certain parts of our journey for granted -- including our own name and mascot. However, considering the breadth of our classical influences, the capriciousness of our entrepreneurial spirit, and our overall dubious sense of humor, it could have so easily gone another way. Let’s climb into our alchemy-powered time machine for a view of what might’ve been, if we’d succumbed to more questionable influences. BELLICOSE CLAM ALCHEMY LAB If America’s political outlook doesn’t improve soon, this one is still a solid rebranding option. Yuzu, pink grapefruit, King mandarin, white musk, and lemon peel. BAGPIPE DOG ALCHEMY LAB Loyal. Faithful. Perpetually rehearsing “Scotland the Brave.” This is a mascot with real staying power. Bagpipe Dog will outlive us all. Gin and pine needle with lime and white juniper. CONSTIPATED ELEPHANT ALCHEMY LAB Because nothing says “scrappy indie perfumer with authority-figure issues” like a pachyderm who’s too P.O.’ed to poop. Ambergris accord, Mysore sandalwood, ambrette seed, cypress, nagarmotha, and grey agarwood. FISHTAIL BEAVER ALCHEMY LAB All activism scents all the time, except we’re too self-conscious to release them. They sit on a shelf and our friends love trying them on whenever they visit. We think they’re just being nice. Himalayan cedar and patchouli with vanilla husk and mint. EYEBALL SEABOAR ALCHEMY LAB Scratched at the last minute on the advice of our legal counsel, who was afraid people might misunderstand and pour the perfume directly into their eyes. “For External Purposes Only Seaboar” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. White sandalwood, sweet patchouli, sea salt, Italian bergamot, and honey. INJURED DICKCHEST ALCHEMY LAB Forget everything you know about “brand awareness” and consider a timeline in which Injured Dickchest becomes a viral internet sensation, complete with animated TV spinoff and celebrities’ kids repping our merch. If you enjoy being able to afford our products, be grateful that IDAL never made it past the brainstorming stage. Champaca blossom, bourbon vanilla, pink pepper, and green tea. MOPEY BOAR ALCHEMY LAB Tagline: “Extraordinary scents for extraordinarily forlorn people.” Truffles and clove bud with smoky incense, cardamom pod, and ginger. SMUG YALE ALCHEMY LAB Ivy League? Pshhh, the only book learnin’ you really need is the kind that comes bedecked with mythical beasts -- preferably those armed with tusks, swiveling horns, and a totally unearned sense of importance. Vanilla bean and wild grasses. SOUR PARD ALCHEMY LAB In case you’re wondering whether we’d actually have the balls to forge ahead with such an openly testy mascot, the answer is: not yet… but you stand warned. Ginjinha and dried red fruits, bitter almond, carnation, tonka bean, and red musk. STONED GRIFFIN ALCHEMY LAB If we’d known sixteen years ago which direction the legislative wind would end up blowing, things might have gone very differently for BPAL. Stoned Griffin is like a distant cousin of Black Phoenix who never quit his college band, and tells you the same three stories at every Lunacy event (but they’re really good ones). Kush, fiery red patchouli, myrrh, and sweet black musk. SADDYPANTS LION ALCHEMY LAB We simply didn’t have enough cumulative Leo energy to pull this one off. Golden amber and sweet almond with tonka bean, peach juice, and honey musk. https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-category/limited-edition/sweet-sixteen/
  2. Reek of Resistance with your friends at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! The Midterms are on November 6th. We have mere weeks before the election, and the stakes are really fucking high. I am an optimistic person by nature, but the truth of the matter is that if the Democrats don’t win back the majority, we are well and truly fucked. You have to vote like your life depends on it, BECAUSE IT DOES. YOUR LIFE and the lives of those in your community are at stake. The lives of your LGBTQ friends, loved ones, and neighbors. The lives of women. The lives of black Americans. The lives of refugees. The lives of people with disabilities. The lives of the homeless and the poor. And LITERALLY EVERYONE’S LIFE, as the dismantling of environmental laws will be the death of us all. It is NOT hyperbole to say that the result of this midterm election will impact the civil rights, the health, the safety, and the liberties of EVERYONE AROUND YOU, and you must act. The horrors of the Trump Administration MUST be held in check. November 6th. That’s the deadline. Commit all you can to the hard work it’s going to take to wrest back control of Congress. I know you’re tired. I am, too. I know you’re exhausted by the unending onslaught of horrors that the GOP has assailed us with. I am, too. I know that it is getting harder and harder to keep despair at bay. In order to have a participatory democracy, you have to participate. There is SO MUCH that you can do to push back, to resist, and to make a change for the better. But you HAVE to act. You have to vote. You have to encourage others to vote. You have to invest your time, your voice, and your resources into actually working towards making this country a safe, sane, prosperous place for all of us. But you have two weeks. Two weeks within which YOU can make a difference. YOU can stem the tide. HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP THE BLUE WAVE MANIFEST: Hey, extroverts! Sign up to phone bank for Democratic candidates! Phonebank With Indivisible Phonebank With Swingleft Also for extroverts! Reach out to a local campaign and see if they need help canvassing, handing out literature, or making calls. You can also search for candidates who are in close races in vulnerable districts. Check out swingleft.org; it will help you find the nearest House district that could swing to the Democrats. Extroverts! Go door to door! Hey, introverts! Postcards to Voters is the answer for you! If you can commit to writing ten postcards a day, that’s one hundred and forty votes you might be securing for Dem candidates! If you can manage twenty postcards every day, that's almost THREE-HUNDRED people you’re encouraging to hit the polls before November 6. If you can get your friends to help, that number increases exponentially. Even if you can’t meet that twenty postcard per day goal, every single postcard matters because every single vote matters. Tools for working locally: Resources for How to Take the House Back from the GOP Find Your Local Indivisible Chapter Swing Left If you’ve got some cash to spare, donate it directly to blue candidates fighting for vulnerable seats, or donate it to PACs and organizations that will distribute the funds to boost blue candidates. Some options: EMILY's List Senate Majority PAC House Majority PAC The Flippable Fund Share information on voter ID and residency requirement laws in your state and help people make sure that their right to vote is enforced. Voter Registration Rules by State ACLU: Voting Rights Rock the Vote: Knowing Your Voting Rights Residency Requirements for Voting FIGHT VOTER SUPPRESSION: ACLU: Fighting Voter Suppression Fighting Voter Suppression MAKE SURE YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE, and encourage everyone in your network to confirm their voter registration, too. AND MOST IMPORTANT: VOTE. Vote, encourage others to vote. Overwhelm the polls. We all have A LOT going on in our lives right now. I get it. I’m trying to run a business and raise a kid on top of all this, but it is now or never. You must find the strength, the will, and the courage to act. You have to keep fighting. I believe in you. I believe in us. I believe with all my heart that we can do this. We just need to do it TOGETHER, and do all we can to encourage others to put in the work, too. It is hard work. It is an uphill climb. But you can DO this. Do it for your family, do it for your community, do it for your LGBTQ friends and family, do it for the marginalized racial, ethnic, and religious communities that are suffering under the depredations of the GOP. WE CAN DO THIS. RESISTANCE I created this scent as a symbol of solidarity. It is an autumn scent, swirled with fall leaves, huddled against the cold winds of November. We’re together in this fight. You’re not alone. Bourbon vanilla and vintage champaca absolute with sweet patchouli, dried red fruits, leather accord, pumpkin rind, and a splash of bourbon. We have been wrestling with how to disburse funds for this scent for over a week, and decided that the best impact we can make is by helping the ACLU fight voter suppression.
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  4. kebechet

    Happy Birthday, Lilith! <3

    I kinda like this kid! - - - ++ LILITH 2018 Lilith, I have always loved you. I loved you before I knew you, I loved you before I saw you, I loved you before time began. I have loved you in every lifetime, and I will love you beyond the end of time. You are the spark in my soul that gives my life radiance; you are the warmth of the sun and the mysteries of the moon within my heart. ABSURD ORIGIN STORY I can’t say X-23 and I can’t say snickt and I can’t say Wolverine, so my ability to tell stupid jokes here is limited. Let’s say this is L-10’s origin story wherein she is accidentally plopped into a barrel of room temperature French fries, and emerges with superhuman mutations that grant her immortality, regeneration, and lethal deep-fried potato claws. When I told Lilith I was going to make her a French fries scent, she yelled EWWWWWWWW, so here’s a perfume that smells like a carbonated caramel-flavored soda (that shall remain nameless) with a hint of marshmallow. BLUE BLANKIE Lilith has several blankies that mean the world to her, and this is one of them. She’s had it since she was a baby, and she still sleeps with it every night. This blankie has been all over the US, has been to innumerable conventions, and has visited Paris, London, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Salzburg, and Berlin. This blankie has been a comfort in sorrow and a companion in joy. It has been clutched in laughter and has been succor in illness. This blanket has seen thousands upon thousands of dreams. May it always keep you warm, safe, and happy, Lilith. French lavender, skin musk, and a drop of rose water. BUBBLES AND UNICORNS My baby, please never stop singing whatever goddamn song you want to sing, and never stop singing it at the top of your lungs. Never stop doing silly dances, never stop making jokes. Never stop talking about unicorns, never stop howling like a werewolf, never stop making wishes on dandelions. Never stop playing, never stop laughing. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re too old to be joyful, or that the things you love are foolish or childish. Lilith, never stop blowing bubbles. Dandelion sap and blackcurrant bud with opalescent, shimmering white musk. THE CREATION OF LILITH I took this photo of Lilith a few days ago. I told her that it looks like her and Pickle are reenacting Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, and I show her a pic. She asks what’s going on in it, so I explain the image, and she says... “Well, that’s friggin sexist. It’s stupid to say that boys were created first and to make a whole painting about it. Plus there’s no girls in the photo, and not everyone has boy or girl parts. It’s sexist, and I hate it.” That was a much, much stronger reaction than I expected, but good on you, kid. Burn the patriarchy down. And Elohim created Adam in His Image, in the Image of God He created him; male and female He created them. The first woman, created with Adam, in all her darkness and all her light: sweet black pomegranate, French lavender, oakmoss, ti leaf, bakhoor oudh incense, and black fig. DIGNIFIED. ELEGANT. SOPHISTICATED. We were made for each other. Snake Oil and bubblegum. DON’T TELL ME HEAVEN IS UNDER THE EARTH Listening to music, blowing bubbles. A handful of honey sticks, yesterday’s patchouli, and a dusting of cinnamon sugar. THE DREAM IS BIG ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE We believe that the American dream is big enough for everyone, for people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people and for people with disabilities. For everyone. Lilith at the Women’s March DTLA, 2018. Nasty Woman? Nah, Nasty Tween: honeyed fig and sugar-dusted patchouli, sweet amber oud, a drop of red currant, and vanilla cream. EUTERPE’S UKULELE Lilith has always loved music – especially singing – but this year, she started to get serious about it. This photo was taken this past April, while she rehearsed her slow, haunting cover of Riptide. A scent that smells to me the way Lilith’s voice sounds when she sings that song in her deep, thoughtful, sweet voice: wild plum, shadow oudh, osmanthus, and patchouli. HOOLIGAN WITCHES Lilith and Mo casting spells together last winter! They solemnly swear that they’re up to no good: pumpkin cream soda, fried ice cream, and popcorn. IMPROV ZOMBIE SCENE Every New Year’s Eve for the past several years, Lilith and her soul sister Novi have rung out the old year at a kids’ dance party. This year, they spent a little time doing Zombie Improv before the party started. Pink grapefruit brains, honeyed cerebral fluid, and a splash of sparkling apple cider. LET YOUR INDULGENCE SET ME FREE There are several scents this year that are inspired by Lilith’s performance in the Tempest, and this one was born from the triumphant smile on her face as she held the flowers her family brought for her. A cluster of peonies, carnations, roses, lilies and sweet pea cascading over a bright vanilla smile. LILITH NIGHTINGALE Whenever I’m sick, tired, or just run down, Lilith always tries to help out. She’s always helpful, but when someone is feeling poorly, she’s an absolute angel. This year, now that she’s a little bit older, she’s taken to cooking a bit here and there. Here, she’s stealing my Evil Dead shirt and making kitchari for me. I was feeling under the weather, and she wanted to take care of me. Oh my GOD, I love this kid. (She’s taken to wearing protective goggles that Brian gave her every time she cooks.) A bundle of Ayurvedic spices warmed in cream, with a little bit of dried fig and sweet dates. MEDITATION BUDDY Ever since Lilith was five or so, she and I have meditated together. We do Headspace, we do breathing exercises, we just sit and share space together in silence. Sometimes we do it in the morning to start our day, sometimes we meditate at night to unwind. Our meditation space smells like vanilla-laced frankincense, Florida Water, sandalwood incense, salt crystals, candle wax, and white rose petals. THE MISTY MARSHMALLOW SUGARBUNNIES OF NIFLHEL Of the runes of the gods and the giants' race The truth indeed can I tell, (For to every world have I won;) To nine worlds came I, to Niflhel beneath, The home where pink bunny Peeps dwell. THE QUEEN OF HEL “I am Hel,” she said simply. “The dead come to me, and they do not return to the lands above. Why should I let Balder go?” - Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman Lilith loves cosplaying, and while she has done many characters, none has suited her quite as well as Hela has. She debuted this look at C2E2 this year, complete with tiny plush Fenris. Tiny mistress of the underworld: gleaming black leather, luminescent green amber, and gargantuan hellhound musk. ROOF GOBLINS This cabin has roof goblins, and they’re going to steal your apples and milk. Honeycrisp apples and sugared milk. SCORCHED MARSHMALLOWS Lilith loves to camp, but she’s not a huge fan of roughing it. This year, we opted for some cabin glamping with some of Lilith’s best friends. This is the scent of Kyle and Lilith deliberately setting marshmallows on fire, with chocolate and graham crackers as an afterthought. SENATOR BARRIAL Senator Barrial in debate class, advocating for the mandatory conversion to electric cars by 2040. When she’s Senator, she’ll make sure everyone has red velvet sprinkle cupcakes with extra buttercream frosting. THE SHE-GOAT Wild juniper, dry grasses, California sagebrush, Monterey cypress, and California lilacs. SPONTANEOUS ARGUMENTATION This past February, Lilith competed in her first debate tournament. She was asked to come in “business casual”, and this is the best we could do. A scent for child orators: pleather and chalk dust with a handful of chewy fruit candies. (We can’t say “Skittles”, even though that’s all she ate throughout the entire tournament! Don’t sue us, Skittles! Lilith just loves Skittles!) THE STORM On a ship at sea: a tempestuous noise. An electric blackberry violet tossed with seaspray. SUFFRAGIUM When Lilith was three months old, she came with me to the voting booth for the first time. She wore a Little Democrat onesie and a Babies For Obama button, and it was one of the most emotional nights of my life. I know I’ve told this story before, but as the election results rolled in, I wept with relief because Lilith was going to grow up safe. Decency won the day, and my heart was alight with the belief that we were on an upwards trajectory as a nation, and that compassion and hope were leading us to a renewal. November 8, 2016 was another emotional night for very, very different reasons. Since that day, the world has gotten darker, but the darkness creates strength and fosters empathy. Lilith is now learning what social justice truly means. She has participated in protests, demonstrations, volunteer campaigns, and walk-outs. She has made protest signs with her own two hands, and has marched against the cruelty, oppression, and tyranny of this current administration. She’s beginning to grasp both civic responsibility and civil disobedience, and she’s learning how much power her voice really has. This is a scent of renewing hope, determination, fortitude, and compassion: palo santo, white sandalwood, sweet labdanum, and cedar. THEÁOMAI I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. - Oscar Wilde Lilith has loved the theater since we first took her to see Matilda when she was five. She loves musicals, she loves plays, she loves Shakespeare and Sondheim. She loves huge productions and local improv, she loves Hamlet and drag revues. She loves the pageantry and the intimacy, and loves performing in shows and attending shows equally. This is the scent of the pile of junk food that accompanies us to almost every performance: chocolate chip cookies, pretzels, caramel corn, and a little slurp of soda. TRUE LOVE Lilith’s lavender smushed with Pickle’s coconut cream. WHOLE UNTO HERSELF Life imposes so many restrictions on us as we climb through the years: responsibilities, challenges, hardship. Lilith, my baby, may you soar through it with exuberance and grace. Never lose your joy and your sense of self, the triumph of daily pleasures, and the freedom of your soul. May the sorrows of the world never calcify around you; may the sorrows of the world never dim your light or silence your song. A prayer for my daughter: frankincense, rose, and white lilies.
  5. A reminder! Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's Lunacy event is cancelled today because of shitty hell weather. The AC is still dead in the front room, and between the Dog Days o'Summer and the ash that's raining down from all the fires, it seemed best to go dark today. [The Vermont and Dirty South Lunacy events are still on!] I hope everyone has an amazing, ash-and-flame-free weekend! See you next month!
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  7. kebechet

    Psst!

    Some stuff just went live! FUCK THIS HEAT ... because it's really fucking hot in LA right now. MOONS OF SATURN: MIMAS ... who probably needs a hug. Plus, the Emperor is in town and butterflies have fluttered into BPAL and BPTP!
  8. kebechet

    Feeling lucky?

    Happy Friday the 13th!
  9. kebechet

    THANK YOU!

    Thanks to the generosity, compassion, and kindness of our customers, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has been able to donate $5000 to RAICES so far! If you'd like to purchase one of our Biblical fundraiser scents for RAICES, please visit: https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-category/activism/deliver-them-from-the-hands-of-the-wicked/ Or you can donate directly at: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/leafund I am deeply, deeply grateful to everyone who purchased oils, everyone who shared and boosted the link to our fundraiser, and to everyone that purchased oils or donated to RAICES independently. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
  10. In an effort to justify the cruel, heartless separation of migrant children from their families, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that it is “very biblical to enforce the law”, and Attorney General Sessions invoked Romans 13 – the same Bible passage so often utilized in the past to justify slavery: “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes.” Boy howdy, you monstrous, merciless ghouls, does Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab have a Bible lesson for you. I have assembled a collection of simple, elegant scents, all of which have been inspired by timely, instructive passages in the Bible. Proceeds from the sales of these scents will benefit RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), a 501©(3) nonprofit that provides free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Central and South Texas. If you choose not to purchase any scents, please consider donating directly to RAICES if you have the means, or consider supporting one of these organizations: The Texas Civil Rights Project The Florence Project in Arizona Kids in Need of Defense The Young Center The American Civil Liberties Union Call your representatives now and tell them that you demand that the Trump Administration immediately cease this inhumane, horrific system of separating migrant children from their families. Ask your representatives to support the following pieces of legislation: S. 3036 – Keep Families Together Act R. 2572 – Protect Family Values at the Border Act R. 5950/S. 2937 – the HELP Separated Children Act R. 2043 AND S. 2468 – Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018 Both the ACLU and 5Calls provide scripts that will help if you don’t want to call unprepared. Protest, call, Resistbot, fax, and show up at your representatives’ offices. Make your voice heard, take a stand against this cold-blooded and brutal policy, and VOTE. Vote these heartless monsters out on their asses. - - - https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-category/activism/deliver-them-from-the-hands-of-the-wicked/ - - - EZEKIEL 16:49 Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. Blood musk and ashes. MATTHEW 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. White sandalwood, honey, and champaca. PSALM 82:2-4 How long will you vindicate evil and accept the face of the wicked? Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Crystalline musk, red benzoin, and vanilla husk. MATTHEW 18:10 See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. Wool-warm red sandalwood, coconut, strawberry, and blackcurrant. EXODUS 22:21 Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. Myrrh, red currant, opoponax, and blackberry. DEUTERONOMY 10:18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. Hay absolute, patchouli, agarwood, and vetiver. ROMANS 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Almond, wild fig, red rose petals, cardamom, and oudh. PROVERBS 24:11-12 Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work? Blackened oudh, leather, labdanum, and oakmoss. JOB 31:32 The stranger did not lodge in the street; but I opened my doors to the traveler. Rahat lokum, bitter almond, wild fig, and roasted hazelnuts. MATTHEW 25:34-36 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why: I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Olibanum, labdanum, spikenard, cade, cardamom pod, and olive blossom. LUKE 10:25-37 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Go and do likewise: golden amber and saffron, white sandalwood, and clove.
  11. Lilith's Boutique will be open for business at Dark Delicacies this Friday for Magnolia Park’s Night Out, 5-9pm! 3512 W Magnolia Blvd Burbank, CA 91505 She will be selling a selection of grandma-and-Lilith curated goods as well as some of Lilith's original scents, including Rainbow Swirl Kwamie Cotton, Lolidragon, and three new scents that she created: Chocolate + Pickles, the Witch’s Tea Party, and Slime Queen! Slime Queen is a cotton candy Dorian variant, Chocolate + Pickles is a combination of three chocolates (for Zoe, Lilith’s chocolate lab) and vanilla buttercream (for Lilith’s fluffy white retriever, Pickle), and the Witch’s Tea Party is a lilac-dappled earthy green tea. Lilith has chosen to donation a portion of her sales to the Ocean Conservancy! Help save the narwhals! There will be a bevy of food trucks all along the street! Dark Delicacies also has a selection of scents that we have created exclusively for them in stock, including Midian Unmade, Emerald Lace, Solstice Lace, Lavender Lace & Champagne Lace! Support a budding little entrepreneur, the first and best horror bookstore in the country, and all the awesome small businesses in Magnolia Park!
  12. Eve (With Sage Fuck Up) is live on Etsy! We've also put our Drag Con 2018 overstock up for sale so we can bolster our donation to the LA LGBT Center! https://www.etsy.com/shop/alchemylab
  13. Please forgive me for the time it took to publish this. I wanted to make sure we had all the facts before I posted, and I needed to ensure that I used the correct format for the notice as required by law. NOTICE OF DATA BREACH I have lousy news to share: some time between May 1st and May 16th, the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab site was hacked. [This does not apply to Trading Post or TAL; it was only BPAL’s main site that was affected.] There is no way for our dev team to be absolutely certain when the attack initially happened, so this is the best educated guess based on the information we have. This is the first time that our data has been breached in the sixteen years that we’ve been in business. We take our customers’ privacy, confidentiality, and security extremely seriously, and we are devastated that this incident occurred. Yesterday, we learned from our devs that all passwords on the site needed to be changed. At the time, we didn’t have further details but took immediate steps to learn what was going on, and the moment that the malicious code was discovered, our devs neutralized it. I didn’t want to post more until we understood exactly what happened. Although we cannot be sure that any of your information was accessed or misappropriated, we want to make you aware of the situation and provide you with information on what to do from here. So, here’s what we know as of today - WHAT HAPPENED Malicious code was injected into the portion of the checkout page where credit card info bound for AuthorizeNet is gathered. If you made a purchase using the AuthorizeNet gateway during this period, your credit card data may have been compromised. We do not store any credit card info ourselves on the site – none whatsoever - so there was no credit card data to harvest from before this time period. Any purchases made through the PayPal gateway were not affected. Any sales made in-person at a convention were not affected, nor were any purchases made through BPTP, TAL, our Amazon store, or our etsy shop. On May 16th, our developer found this malicious code, but didn’t immediately know what it was about. We immediately initiated the sitewide password reset to be safe while the developer tried to suss out what was going on. Most of the day was spent analyzing the code, and based on the information we now have, our developer determined that the malicious code was inserted for the purposes of harvesting credit card numbers. Once that was established, I started drafting this announcement while Black Phoenix and our developers continued to research the situation. It looks like less than 150 credit card transactions were at risk, and we will do everything in our power to directly contact anyone that might have been compromised. WHAT INFORMATION WAS INVOLVED The credit card numbers of under 150 customers who made purchases on the site using the AuthorizeNet gateway have possibly been compromised. We do not know if any other data was accessed, as a bogus admin account was created by the person(s) who created the breach. Information that could have been accessed without authorization could have included your name, credit card billing address, telephone number, email address, and credit card number data, the name on card, expiration date, and security code. WHAT WE ARE DOING We take our obligation to safeguard your information very, very seriously, and we did all that was within our power to act as quickly as possible. A bulk password reset was initiated as soon as malicious activity was suspected. As soon as the malicious code was found, our developers neutralized it. A full security audit was performed. We moved the entirety of the site to a new server with a managed infrastructure for added security. When the fake admin account was found, it was removed. Our developer is in the process of further hardening our security to ensure that breaches do not occur in the future and initiating a more robust intrusion detection system, and we are in the process of directly contacting the 150ish people whose credit card numbers may have been compromised. We are also notifying AuthorizeNet, the FBI, and local law enforcement in Los Angeles, CA. WHAT YOU CAN DO We don’t know if the hacker successfully retrieved any data, but we strenuously recommend that if you used AuthorizeNet as your payment gateway on our site between May 1st and May 16th, you keep a close eye on your credit card transactions and report to your issuing bank that your card may have been compromised. Equifax also provides Identity Theft Prevention Tips, which provides additional steps that you can take, including instructions for obtaining a free copy of your credit report and how to place a fraud alert and/or credit freeze on your report. We recommend that you remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by reviewing account statements and monitoring your credit reports. You may obtain a free copy of your credit report from each company listed below once every 12 months by requesting your report online at www.annualcreditreport.com, calling toll-free 1-877-322-8228, or mailing an Annual Credit Report Request Form (available at www.annualcreditreport.com) to: Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA, 30348-5281. You may also purchase a copy of your credit report by contacting any of the credit reporting agencies below: Equifax PO Box 740241 Atlanta, GA 30374 www.equifax.com 888-766-0008 Experian PO Box 9554 Allen, TX 75013 www.experian.com 888-397-3742 TransUnion PO Box 2000 Chester, PA 19016 www.transunion.com 800-680-7289 If you believe you are the victim of identity theft, you should contact the proper law enforcement authorities, including local law enforcement, and you should consider contacting your state attorney general and/or the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). You may also contact the FTC to obtain additional information about avoiding identity theft. Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Response Center 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580; 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338) www.ftc.gov/idtheft State Attorneys General: Information on how to contact your state attorney general may be found at www.naag.org/naag/attorneys-general/whos-my-ag.php. You may obtain information from the FTC and the credit reporting agencies listed above about placing a fraud alert and/or credit freeze on your credit report. The State of California has a web site with further information to help consumers when their data has been breached: https://oag.ca.gov/privacy/other-privacy/breach-help-tips-for-consumers FOR MORE INFORMATION We are deeply committed to our customers, and I am profoundly upset that this breach occurred. We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that this does not happen again in the future, and I hope that you can accept my heartfelt apology. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at answers@blackphoenixalchemylab.com. With all my heart, I am so, so sorry. Elizabeth Barrial President Black Phoenix, Inc.
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    C2E2 Exclusives!

    Our C2E2 scents this year are a tribute to Chicago’s history of vice, featuring the Everleigh sisters and their glamorous, notorious Levee brothel, and the response of the evangelists and social reformers who attempted to purge the town of its “exciting conditions”. ADA Turkish rose, gilded amber, apricot, and dark honey musk. MINNA We never robbed widows and we made no false representations. White patchouli, sage, and benzoin gleaming with tea leaf, green tobacco, cognac, polished rosewood, and bourbon vanilla. CALUMET 412 The Everleigh’s phone number, available 24/7 to clients and sympathetic reporters. For a good time, call. Softly-glowing gaslamps cast sinuous shadows over plush leather and brocade sofas, flicking its light between oaken shelves laden with books. A whiff of aftershave and the memory of perfume. THE GOLD ROOM The Everleigh Club was located in a sumptuous 50-room mansion in Chicago’s Red Light District. Every inch of this palace of sin was lavishly decorated, and none more than the Gold Room, which featured golden furnishings, golden draperies, gold spittoons, gold-gilded fish bowls, and a gold-leaf piano. Gleaming, glittering gold: amber and honeyed champagne, ginger root, yellow tobacco flower, and golden apple peel. THE OCTOPUS ON THE LAKE The grasping tentacles of vice: black musk, tobacco absolute, opium poppy accord, smoked khus, and oily black opoponax. THE LEVEE The most disreputable district in early 20th-century Chicago. Blackened patchouli, smoke, and sorrow painted by sweet sugar and thick honey. ++ BPTP: HAIR GLOSS DENS OF SIN Bourbon-soaked tobacco and oak paneling. THE SILVER PARLOR A flute of topaz-gold wine, a pop of champagne, a waterfall of slouching wisteria, and a cluster of pale white lilies. Perfume: $26 Hair Gloss: $30
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    Oops?

    While creating a 4lb mother bottle of Snake Oil, I had a brain fart and accidentally dropped honey accord, extra patchouli, and dragon’s blood into it. While it is another Horrible Error, I figured that it might be a Horrible Error that some people might enjoy. The mother bottle housed about 350 bottles of my mistake, and they’re up on etsy if anyone is interested. If not, I’ll keep it for personal use! - Your Scatterbrained Narrator
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