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    AllSouls, AnneBonny, AntikytheraMechanism, Aureus, Badgers, BandedSeaSnake, BansheeBeat, Bow&CrownOfConquest, BroodXIX, Crowley, Dee, Dorian, DrJohnSeward, Haloes, HandOfGlory, Heretic, Hexennacht'08, Hygeia, IllustratedWoman, Jareth, KingCobra, Lucifer, LunaNegra, Luperci, Lyonesse, MidnightMass, Mictecacahuatl, Minotaur, MmeMoriarty, NarrowOpening, NightHagVisitingTheLaplandWitches, NonaeCaprotina, Ondürdis, Scherezade, SchwarzerMond, SedNonSatia, Skadi, Smut, SnakeCharmer, SnakeOil, TempleViper, Tezcatlipoca, Third Charm, Tombeur, Ü, VarietyOfPleasingAmusements, Vixen, WILF, WolfMoon'07, WombFury


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  1. arsinoe9

    Beachy, Tropical Scents

    Xiuhtecuhtli: Copal, plumeria and sweet orange and the smoke of South American incense and crushed jungle blooms.
  2. arsinoe9

    When your favorite GC blends are discontinued

    I second Crowley & would also recommend... The Bow & Crown of Conquest: Sage, carnation and cedar with lavender, vanilla, white musk and leather.
  3. arsinoe9

    What do bottles and labels look like?

    I've experienced the same thing with my last few lab orders. I'm not sure if they're supposed to be glued together, as I've not tried to pry apart any of the older "sealed" lids. I considered gluing them together myself, but decided against it. I'd hate to alter or ruin the scent by doing so. Though I'm a little bit worried about the potential for leakage with these bottles, I've noticed that the wandcapped lids are made without the little plastic piece. The wandcapped bottles are known to leak a bit sometimes, but not disastrously so. I'd love to hear suggestions from more experienced BPALers, too.
  4. arsinoe9

    How do you apply your BPAL oils?

    I use Dixie stir straws. They come in boxes of 1000. I cut them in half and keep 2 cups in the cabinet with my oils: one full of clean straws and one to hold the used ones. The used straws fill the cabinet with the most delicious scent. I dip an unused straw to the bottom of the 5mL. When I lift it out of the bottle, it retains about 2-3 mm of oil plus a thin coating on the outside of the straw. After dabbing behind my ears, I blow the rest out onto my wrist. Enough for a moderate application without double-dipping or bottle contamination. Edited b/c applying "2-3 mL" of oil would be a pretty bad idea, I think.
  5. arsinoe9

    What do bottles and labels look like?

    TwilightEyes- Fantastic pics. Thank you so much! I've already said it about 32 times, but I'll say it again... I LOVE this year's labels. Also, your dogs are precious
  6. arsinoe9

    What do bottles and labels look like?

    Thank you, Poison Queen & Kashmira! Autumn Fancies is seriously creepy cool. I'm really digging these old photos for labels.
  7. arsinoe9

    Traveling with BPAL

    Yay! I hope you acclimate quickly. I also hope your stay in Ireland is everything you hope it will be and more. I'm so excited for you. The oils you've taken with you, especially the ones in heavy rotation for the first few weeks, will be like a magic time machine for you two years from now. They'll bypass your brain & go straight to your subconscious, allowing you to relive the excitement of how "alive" you feel right now
  8. arsinoe9

    CCNow Questions & Problems

    Shipping costs are listed on this page: http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com/faq.html
  9. arsinoe9

    Lab's burnt tobacco note?

    White Peacock: Teak, ebony wood, osmanthus, patchouli, red sandalwood, vanilla orchid, tonka bean, tobacco, wild musk, spikenard, and sugandh kokila.
  10. arsinoe9

    Beachy, Tropical Scents

    Xiuhtecuhtli: Copal, plumeria and sweet orange and the smoke of South American incense and crushed jungle blooms.
  11. arsinoe9

    Lab's burnt tobacco note?

    Hi Interfector and French Tobacco are very similar on my skin, too. You might like these: HERR DROSSELMEYER 2010 Pipe smoke, sweet leather, woods and linen. THE ARABIAN DANCE 2010 Leather, coffee, hazelnut, tobacco, and Middle Eastern spices. I actually sold Herr Drosselmeyer, The Arabian Dance, and Sugar Skull because they were all too sweet for me. Dripping, sticky, burnt sugar. I'll probably eventually sell Interfector and French Tobacco for the same reason. If I dislike them all for the same reason, maybe you'll like them all for the same reason? ...Plus a few more. I don't have strong opinions about any of these. Just suggestions... ELEGBA 
His ofrenda contains coconut, tobacco and sweet, sugared rum. HAVANA
 Date palm, dried tobacco, snakeroot, and leather. HELLFIRE
 A swirl of pipe tobacco, hot leather, ambergris, dark musk and the lingering incense smoke from their Black Mass. KUBLA KHAN
 (haven't tried it, but I'd like to) Through sunlit caves of ice, roses unfurl amidst dancing waves of serpentine opium smoke and amber tobacco, golden sandalwood, champaca, tea leaf, sugared lily, ginger, rich hay absolute, leather, dark vanilla, mandarin, peru balsam, and Moroccan jasmine. PERVERSION
 Smoky rum and black tobacco with a whisper of steamy leather with a splash of crystalline chardonnay, layered over a sensual, sweet, and deceptively magnetic base of tonka. TOBACCO HONEY THE ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM
 (I second ladymeag's suggestion. It's awesome.) Teakwood, oak, black vanilla, and tobacco.
  12. arsinoe9

    Traveling with BPAL

    Hope I'm not leading you on a wild goose chase, but I'd suggest scanning through this thread: http://www.bpal.org/topic/45993-bottles-containers-and-supplies/ Also, perhaps you could email customer service at the Lab? Explain your dilemma and ask which supplier they use. They might not tell you, but it wouldn't hurt to try.
  13. arsinoe9

    Traveling with BPAL

    I can't imagine. It gave me a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach just reading about it. I'm so sorry eta- I have also received decants sealed with finger cots (miniature finger condoms) under the caps. Bath oils and massage oils, too. I purchased them all aged & second hand from the same seller on LJ. I actually thought it was a brilliant idea, as none of them leaked. None of them smelled off to me with one possible exception. That one was in a semi-soft squeezable plastic squirt bottle. It was half-full and misshapen. I still believe the slightly altered scent was due to the ancient container, not the finger cot. That said, I did remove all of the finger cots the night the package arrived.
  14. arsinoe9

    Traveling with BPAL

    Huh. Seems like others have had bad experiences with bottles that have been sealed that way...
  15. arsinoe9

    Scent Recs based on your PERSONALITY!

    Zookeeper! What a fantastic job. ...for a cat lover and kindred spirit who's ok with toys strewn about the house... LIL' MENES FELINE ENTERTAINMENTS 2012 (YULE: THE MISKATONIC VALLEY YULETIDE FAIRE) A delightful selection of Ultharian cat toys and offerings, guaranteed to propitiate even the orneriest kitty! THE CAT Sleek, black, dark, and clever: benzoin, honey, cedar, and dark musk. BASTET Bast, Ubasti, Ailuros, Ba-en-Aset. Represented as both a domestic cat and a fierce lioness, she truly evidences traits of both. She is the Mother of All Cats, Goddess of Sensuality, Fertility, and a guardian and protector of women. She is also one of the Eyes of Ra, and in that aspect is an Avenging Goddess, seeking retribution and punishing enemies of her people. Luxuriant amber, warm Egyptian musk, fierce saffron and soft myrrh, almond, cardamom and golden lotus. WULRIC, THE WOLFMAN (CARNAVAL DIABOLIQUE) Friendly, charming, and cuddly, but possessing one hell of a mean streak: cocoa absolute, French vanilla, birch tar, lavender, bourbon vetiver, wild musk, clary sage, and cistus. THEODOSIUS, THE LEGERDEMAIN (CARNAVAL DIABOLIQUE) Earl Grey tea leaves, a white fougere, jasmine leaf, pearlescent white musk, and vanilla bean. ...and finally, one of my top BPAL scents of all time, because I think everyone should try it... WILF Warm fur coupled with red and black musk, vanilla bean, patchouli, champaca flower, juniper berry, chocolate peppermint, frangipani, browned sandalwood, ferntop ash resin, and massoia bark. eta- How could I have forgotten Bastet?