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Failmingo

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  1. Failmingo

    The Beldam

    Just wanna say how excited I am to find these reviews, having just noticed that this blend is still not included in the collection on the BPAL site. Gonna see if I can change that! At first sniff it seemed like some kind of dark vanilla/cedar goo, but on the skin I'm getting that mysterious tart fruit note (cherry? currant? prune?) and a hint of anise amidst this backdrop of swirling resins. The oil is almost gummy on the skin, how decadent!
  2. Pretend we're telling you all this in person! As of this moment, our convention weekend products are LIVE! This includes: ๐Ÿ’ฅ Seven peach-themed perfumes, in the tradition of our Atlanta appearances ๐Ÿ’ฅ A series of Duets specifically crafted to raise funds helping those affected by Hurricane Ida ๐Ÿ’ฅ Our long-awaited August Lunacy offeringsโ€”which means double Duets, darlings! All can be found lumped together here: https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-tag/august-2021/ Please note that we'll be dedicating a portion of all the "con exclusive" sales to help with disaster relief, via the same orgs: The Cajun Navy, Imagine Water Works, and House of Tulip. We began sending donations earlier this week, ahead of the actual sales. (If you'd prefer to donate to these orgs directly, that is a perfectly valid and useful option!) https://cajunrelief.org/ https://www.imaginewaterworks.org/ https://houseoftulip.org/ Meanwhile, we've got to do something with all the bits of free swag you'd normally get from shopping at the BPAL booth, which is currently piling up around our ears. So let it be known that while supplies last, we'll be cramming some of that loot into every order received this weekend, from now until 5pm (EST) on Monday. Thanks again for all the love and support in the past weeks re: our con cancellation. It turns out this week would have been a very spicy time to travel anyway, and we're very happy to have the home-turf advantage as we look for ways to help with the current spate of disasters. So many hugs to be given right now, especially to our friends in Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, New York, and Philly. Basically, all the places!
  3. BPAL is very excited to contribute to the Kickstarter for the gorgeous new Rosebud Tarot, in the form of a perfume that's impossible to obtain any other way: BUDDING REALIZATION "Receptivity and acuity united in purpose: damask rose, olibanum, red sandalwood, pink peppercorn, honey amber, and clove bud."
  4. Just an update on the Dragon Con event exclusive products, which (per our recent announcement) will all be sold on our website: they'll go live on our site at 10am (EST) Friday, September 3rd, and will vanish at 5pm the following Monday! That list of products again: ๐Ÿ‘ VANILLA WAFERS AND PEACH CREAM ๐Ÿ‘ FUZZY PEACH SWEATER AND A MUG OF LONDON FOG ๐Ÿ‘ GEORGIA PEACH, OAKMOSS, SAGE, AND VETIVER ๐Ÿ‘ PEACH AND SUGARED ORANGE SLICES ๐Ÿ‘ WORKING TITLE: THIS IS A PERFUME ABOUT MY DOG SMELLING WEIRDLY LIKE PEACHES ๐Ÿ‘ PEACH BRANDY SNAKE OIL ๐Ÿ‘ POMEGRANATE, SPICY GERANIUM, BLACK MUSK, AND PEACH PULP PS, Most of these are reviewed in our recent "Sneak Peach" preview.
  5. Failmingo

    IMPORTANT - Dragon Con Update

    The basics, and then the gossip: โ€ข Regretfully, due to health concerns, BPAL is pulling out of Dragon Con โ€ข Instead, we will be releasing this year's convention exclusive products online โ€ข If you had been planning to attend the con to pick up for others, please email Customer Service (if you have someone picking up for you, please let THEM be the point of contact with the Lab) Yesterday, amidst the rising tide of Delta variant Covid-19 cases, Dragon Con announced that proof of vaccination (or negative test results) would be required for entry at this year's convention. We salute them for taking this responsible precaution, which will surely save lives. However, when BPAL originally committed to attending, the Delta variant and breakthrough cases were not a concern as they are now. Also, due to the region's rising level of infection, we cannot count on receiving adequate medical care in the event of ANY illness or injury. As a family business this is deeply concerning and we've decided we cannot expose ourselves or our employees to this level of risk. As a result, we feel we have no choice but to withdraw. We recognize this will be a terrific disappointment to many of our customers. It's a loss for us as well, in terms of our reservation fee and the event sales which are part of our annual budget, not to mention the chance to reunite with those we haven't seen in far too long. We extend our sympathies to loyal customers as well as the Dragon Con team, all of whom have been stuck similarly weighing difficult decisions related to their own safety as well as others'. To help lessen the sting, we have decided to make all of our 2021 Con Exclusive products available online, so that no one misses out on a particular scent they had been planning to buy; more on this release will be forthcoming ASAP. If you were planning to serve as a BPAL "fairy" (i.e. picking up products to distribute to others), please reach out to Ted: answers@blackphoenixalchemylab.com. We are asking that ONLY those individuals reach out, to lessen the strain on Customer Service as we sort all this out. If you have already paid someone to pick up products for you, please make sure they see this announcement, and let them serve as your point of contact with the Lab. If you have additional questions, please reach out to me (tom@blackphoenixalchemylab.com). You're welcome to message me with questions here, which I'll answer if I'm able. Thanks in advance for rolling with these changes, folks. We knew we were already offering a reduced, compromised version of the BPAL experience (sampling through masks, etc.). As exciting as it was to see how many were game to go on that adventure with us, we're certain this is the best way to go.
  6. Failmingo

    New Friday the 13th Blend!

    Tomorrow will be the last Friday the 13th until next May. Plan ahead with our latest batch of "13," a lucky amulet in the form of an exquisite perfume oil. Available only through 8/15! https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/friday-the-13th/13-august-2021/ "Thirteen herbs to stave off the plague, coated with chocolate and delivered with a spoonful of sugar: butterburr, fennel, marigold, borage, rosemary, wood sorrel, clove pink, self-heal, yarrow, lemon balm, sweet cicely, rue, and masterwort." [This perfume doesnโ€™t really stave off any diseases. In order to actually keep viruses at bay, please get vaccinated if you are able, mask up diligently, and wash your hands!]
  7. The announcement of our Dragon Con 2021 exclusive scents has arrived in the form of a special video preview โ€” a "sneak peach," if you will. Embedded below! The following perfumes will ONLY be available to those attending the convention: ๐Ÿ‘ VANILLA WAFERS AND PEACH CREAM ๐Ÿ‘ FUZZY PEACH SWEATER AND A MUG OF LONDON FOG ๐Ÿ‘ GEORGIA PEACH, OAKMOSS, SAGE, AND VETIVER ๐Ÿ‘ PEACH AND SUGARED ORANGE SLICES ๐Ÿ‘ POMEGRANATE, SPICY GERANIUM, BLACK MUSK, AND PEACH PULP Plus these two, which will *also* be available to those shopping from home: ๐Ÿ‘ WORKING TITLE: THIS IS A PERFUME ABOUT MY DOG SMELLING WEIRDLY LIKE PEACHES ๐Ÿ‘ PEACH BRANDY SNAKE OIL $28 apiece, available while supplies last! Here's where you can find the latest updates from Dragon Con about their health and safety standards for the event: https://www.dragoncon.org/updates/ Your shopping experience at the BPAL booth will be significantly different this year, in the following ways: โ€ข Customers will not be allowed to handle anything at the table. Staff members will happily provide you with test blotters for any fragrances you'd like to try. This will take a little more time than the usual grab-n'-sniff process, but also the capacity of the building will be reduced, so hopefully it will all even out. โ€ข Masks will be required at our booth AT ALL TIMES. Regardless of vaccination status, your nose and mouth must remain covered, even while smelling the test blotters. (No vented masks, no bandanas.) We know having a barrier of any kind between you and a scent you're sampling is a strange inconvenience, but the venue itself is enforcing a strict "masks at all times" policy and we don't want to end up being a problem area where people feel they have an excuse to break that rule. Thanks in advance for rolling with these cumbersome changes, we are truly doing our best to conduct ourselves safely while still showing up for our friends and fans on the other side of the country.
  8. I'm about to share the July Lunacy announcement more widely, and wanted to make sure to circulate info about down dates as well! Firstly, this Lunacy update is accompanied by two bonus collections: a pair of scents tying in with an upcoming interactive program launched by our Shakespeare buddies, and also a new set of RPG scents. As for what's coming down: we lose all the Lupers on August 16th. No Lunacy scents are being taken down this month, but next month the Double Lunacy stuff will vanish. So there ya go!
  9. Dragon Con is still a month away, but they have already begun issuing formal safety guidelines for the event. Sounds like a good time to start helping folks know what to expect at the BPAL booth! https://www.dragoncon.org/updates/ For starters, customers will not be allowed to handle anything at the table. Staff members will happily provide you with test blotters for any fragrances you'd like to try. It will take a little more time than the usual grab-n'-sniff process, so please be patient and understanding as we adapt to this odd new way of doing things. Also, masks will be required at our booth AT ALL TIMES. Regardless of vaccination status, your nose and mouth must remain covered, even while smelling the test blotters. (No vented masks, no bandanas.) We know having a barrier of any kind between you and a scent you're sampling is a strange inconvenience, but the venue itself is enforcing a strict "masks at all times" policy and we don't want to end up being the kind of problem booth where people feel they have an excuse to break that rule. (On the more cheerful side, there WILL be con exclusive scents, and those will be announced soon!) None of this is ideal for anyone, but we are very excited to trot our vaccinated asses out there and safely see as many folks as we can. More info as we know it!
  10. Failmingo

    New S+S Oils: Jupiter in Pisces

    New Sphere + Sundry drop! We've contributed four talismanic oils crafted to harness the magic and majesty of Jupiter in Pisces. Available in limited quantity, and part of a truly dazzling range of useful products. https://sphereandsundry.com/product-category/series/jupiters-empyreal-vantage/ OUTFLOW BOUNDARY "The rush of cool air as a thunderstorm moves overhead; this boundary lifts moist, warm air and may cause new thunderstorms to appear. An oil of prolific, generative creativity โ€“ ideas coalesce in a swirl of mist and lightning. This oil can be used alone as an all-purpose inspiration blend or combined with other oils to amplify its focus, whether it be inspiration in the arts, problem solving, engineering, philosophy, theology, or academia." TURBULENT FLOW "Continuously undergoing change. An oil of the Philosopher Queen, Turbulent Flow is the ordered chaos at the intersection of philosophy, faith, introspection, and knowledge. This is an oil of evolution and change, but the focus is on the evolution of your worldview, values, and belief system, enabling you to shake off the shackles of ideas that no longer serve you." MULTIPLE STORM INTERACTION "When cyclones move towards one another, they may either circle around one another or spiral into each otherโ€™s central point and merge. An oil of the convergence of ideas and philosophies, of finding companionship and friendship with those who uplift and enrich your life and whose lives you can improve in return. This is an oil of connection, empathy, intuition, and mutual healing, and an attraction oil that focuses on drawing kind, wise, and loving people into your sphere." THE EYE "Within the Eye, you are shielded from the surrounding storm. A kingdom at peace requires a sovereign at peace. This is an oil of finding serenity, invoking the peace of mind necessary to make prudent choices. The Eye facilitates achieving and maintaining a level head, and crafting the equilibrium necessary to govern yourself, your life, and your kingdom with calm, mercy, and wisdom."
  11. Heads up! A couple of new perfumes that are exclusively available as rewards on the Century Guild's latest book Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/centuryguild/alphonse-mucha-expanded-edition-lost-art-nouveau-masterpiece LE PATER "Wild black plum and dried berries deepened by blackened vanilla husk, 3-year aged patchouli, oakmoss, vetiver, Mysore sandalwood, and black leather." LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL "Catarratto bianco comune and Airรฉn grapes dappled with fossilized white amber, life everlasting, and tabac." Available at the $79 and $103 pledge levels, each bottle of perfume is full size (5 mL) and presented in an amber glass apothecary vial.
  12. Failmingo

    Dragon Con Update!

    Just a post updating folks about the situation with Dragon Con, which will soon be upon us! 1. We are currently planning to attend! BUT, as you may have noticed, we're still currently living through a pandemic, and anything could change at any moment. 2. If we make it, our booth and retail experience will likely be overhauled to minimize contact and keep people safe. We don't know yet how any of that will work... details TBA! 3. We promise we will continue closely monitoring convention standards, health reports, and all the variables that might affect the safety of our customers and our staff. Ultimately we will make the best decisions we possibly can, up to and including when we're at the event. We'll try to be as clear and direct as possible in keeping everyone updated, to minimize disappointment or concern. Although there's likely to be SOME disappointment and concern no matter what, since we simply can't guarantee the cozy, familiar experience that we've all gotten used to over the years. In fact, we can't guarantee almost anything! That's literally all we know for now. If you have additional questions, you're welcome to message me and I'll answer as best I can, though "I don't know yet" is likely to be a common refrain. Thanks, everyone!
  13. Failmingo

    THE LAST UNICORN + June Lunacy

    Lunacy is here, and it brought friends! Tomorrow we are going to blast the world with this video announcement for The Last Unicorn (embedded below). https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-tag/June-2021 Brian sez we're leaving the Lupers up for the moment, so Feb. Lunacy is the only stuff that's coming down soon: https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-tag/February-2021/ Galen and I will begin reviewing the Hierophant stuff tomorrow!
  14. Weโ€™ve really done it this time. The RABBIT MOON Lunacy has arrived, and it brought some friends... including our in-depth olfactory exploration of the tarot, after a break of some years. Hereโ€™s everything youโ€™ll find in todayโ€™s release, which can also all be found lumped together in this link: https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-tag/may-2021/ ๐Ÿ‡ RABBIT MOON perfume and tee, featuring art by Drew Rausch ๐Ÿ•Š The Foolโ€™s Journey: THE HIEROPHANT - eleven perfumes focusing on symbolic aspects and faces of this archetypal figure ๐Ÿ–ค BROOD X: a perfume paying tribute to our temporary insect overlords! ๐Ÿ‘ฏFive new DUETS โ€” simple, two-note fragrance blends โœจ CLEANING HOUSE and SEALING SANCTUARY oils by Twilight Alchemy Lab ๐Ÿ A limited quantity of two in-house errors: BLOODY CORRIDOR, and PSNAKE OIL ๐Ÿ‘‘ To mark the occasion of returning to the tarot, weโ€™ve also revived the 2014 Lilith scent THE HIEROPHANT AND THE EMPRESS. โœ”๏ธ REMINDER: The Winter 2020/21 perfumes will be coming down within the week! Along with the January Lunacy offerings. Donโ€™t forget them...
  15. Hi ho, hi ho! We aren't sharing this "publicly" yet, but I wanted folks here to be the first to hear it so there will be plenty of time to process your feelings before we start re-releasing The Last Unicorn this summer. In a nutshell, there are going to be some differences. I know everyone wants to recapture the EXACT scent they fell in love with before, but ingredient accessibility over the span of a decade can make that impossible; in certain cases we'll be approximating original formulas using updated components based on what's actually available now, not unlike the "Resurrected" collection a few years back. And in other cases (I don't know which yet!) the formula itself will be tweaked, reflecting areas in which our beloved perfumer has been convinced FOR YEARS that she could do better. It's essentially the same spirit that has inspired us to update the labels, beloved and familiar as the old ones have become. We have grown! And we want to present our best work. So we know there's likely to be a certain element of surprise in this collection, welcome or otherwise, and we wanna be up front about it so the actual release itself isn't too marred by disappointed reactions, and no one ends up feeling tricked. Questions are welcome, I'll answer what I can, when I can! Overall this re-release represents a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes and we're terribly proud of it. Please keep that in mind amidst your unavoidable pangs of nostalgia for the original stuff. We feel them too, but we've simply gotta do what we must in order to keep holding our heads up. Thanks for listening! Back to your previously scheduled screaming.
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