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  1. Have you visited Dark Delicacies in their new location yet? Come meet us there on Sunday when BPAL has a TRUNK SHOW from 4-6pm at the new store on Hollywood Way! We’ll be unloading some “lost” treasures, unreleased prototypes, and old faves dug out of crates — full product list below. Spread the word, and save some pennies for Dark Delicacies as well, they’ve got many new tricks and treats to entice you with. 🎃 FORMULA GGSG3: Gravedigger Bay rum, black leather, tobacco absolute, patchouli, bourbon vanilla, and soil. FORMULA JTEN1: Doom Wild plum, opium tar, honey, and vetiver. FORMULA JTP1: Poison Ear grey, metal, and cyanide accord. FORMULA SGMSP1: Bones Three sandalwoods, orris root, and benzoin. FORMULA GSH34: Popcorn Really buttery popcorn. Super buttery. FORMULA GSH36: Candy Sour gummies, lollipops, and coconut. FORMULA GSH21: Sweet Blob in Flower Patch Strawberry cheesecake ice cream, chocolate milk, bluebonnets, and dandelions. FORMULA UOS1520: Overconfident Hipster White gardenias, ylang ylang, pikake, lily of the valley, and peonies. FORMULA FFSZ1: First Mate Egyptian musk, coconut, white ginger, and tea leaf. FORMULA FFSIS4: Brothel Champaca blossom, sweet incense, black tea, sandalwood, and myrrh. FORMULA FFSS8: Spaceship Chrome and leather, a whiff of diesel, the whoosh of an oxygen generator, and a little bit of rusted metal. FORMULA FFSM4: Captain Brown leather, white cedar, bourbon vanilla, and sassafras. FORMULA FFSS1: Surgeon Aftershave and a drop of laudanum. FORMULA FFSK7: Strawberries and Motor Oil Fresh picked strawberries, strawberry juice, cream, tea roses, and a drop of motor oil. FORMULA FFSMM2: Booze Thick smoky stout with notes of chocolate, coffee, and apple. FORMULA FFSST5: Hospital Antiseptic, starched linen, and needles. FORMULA SGCM7: Vampire Roots and upturned earth, yew berry, night-blooming jasmine, and dark musk. FORMULA SGHAN3: Birthday Cake A really sugary, super frosted birthday cake. FORMULA SGSG4: Candy Witch Chocolate fudge cake with pumpkin icing. - - - Early Prototypes of BPAL scents: CHESHIRE CAT v1 DORMOUSE v3 MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY v2 DOC BUZZARD v1 SNOW WHITE v1 SQUIRTING CUCUMBER v4 ADAM v1 DOC CONSTANTINE v7 Unreleased BPAL: 404: NOT FOUND v1 406: NOT ACCEPTABLE v1 502: BAD GATEWAY v1
  2. We are boogieing through the bad astrological conditions as best we can, but Sphere + Sundry's here to help in a big way with this ceremonial toolkit capitalizing on Venus in Taurus. Our dear Elizabeth has contributed an oil blend, full description below! https://sphereandsundry.com/offerings/bright-goddess-of-the-skies/ BRIGHT GODDESS OF THE SKIES Once more, O Venus! hear my prayer, And ease my mind of anxious care; Again vouchsafe to be my guest, And calm this tempest in my breast! To thee, bright queen, my vows aspire; O grant me all my heart’s desire! – Hymn to Venus, Sappho [Translated by Francis Fawkes] The scent feels like a cascade of pale, crystalline roses; it is a silken bedsheet clinging like the langurous drape of a half-open dressing robe. It is the crashing wave of rapture, it is the scent of passionate words breathlessly gasped between entwined bodies. It is the ecstasy of the moment of release from the pain of heartache. It is a bouquet of swelling joy that beauty inspires, and it contains the essence of the blossoming of self-love that enables you to truly love others. Utilize this oil to develop your appreciation of your own beauty, to open yourself up to the beauty of others, when creating art or when you wish to enhance your appreciation of the arts, for opening your heart and unblocking your receptivity to love, to aid healing romance-rooted emotional trauma, and to bind lovers together. This is a perfume of love, of mending hearts, of union, and of the expression of love and union through the arts; this is a hymn to Venus. Honey absolute (Apis melliferra), vanilla absolute and CO2 extract of vanilla (Vanilla planifolia), Bulgarian white rose otto (Rosa x alba), Bulgarian rose absolute (Rosa x damascena), white champa flower (Michelia alba), Motia attar, jasmine sambac absolute (Jasminum sambac) Sumatran benzoin (Styrax benzoin), ylang ylang essential oil (Cananga odorata var. genuine) solvent-extracted cassie absolute (Acacia farnesiana), rose-infused vegetal musk, 24k gold, pink and red rose petals.
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    Solstice Divination Fair in PA

    Hello friends, and happy Solstice! Beth asked me to remind everyone that our friends at BloodMilk and Haute Macabre are presiding over this incredible event in Philly today: The Solstice Divination Fair http://hautemacabre.com/2019/06/haute-macabre-at-the-solstice-divination-fair/ Pass it along! We will definitely be there in spirit.
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    Welcome to BITCH PLANET

    Attention, fellow Non-Compliants: your official BITCH PLANET perfume release has landed! https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-category/bitch-planet/ These ten original perfume blends created in collaboration with Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro will appeal to fans of their brilliant comic as well as anyone society deems unwelcome. Proceeds from this collection benefit the Brink Literary Project’s Frames Prison Program, which helps increase literacy rates and reduce recidivism among incarcerated persons. Learn more here: https://www.brinklit.org/education/prison/ And here's our video announcement:
  5. Hello, everyone! Big morning: we've got your STRAWBERRY MOON Lunacy scent + tee shirt, a new flight of DUETS, and a Twilight Alchemy Lab release on our Etsy shop with four oils designed to help you withstand all the grody astrologies the universe has conspired to fling at us. May the full moon rapturously shine upon you!
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    Game Over

    This is another one I've been wearing for months and am just SO HAPPY to read reviews from people who appreciate it. Game Over goes really metallic on me, and gets even moreso as it dries, but I've always really liked that in a way that surprises me. This isn't the type of scent I would consider in my wheelhouse, but I catch myself wearing it a lot when we're vending and when I'm going out all dressed up.
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    Pumpkin Spice Absinthe

    Not really a review, but I love this scent so much, and seeing the reviews from OTHER people who love it make me so happy. The humor of the IDEA of the scent was such an initial draw, I loved the concept of desecrating the mystique of absinthe with something so warm and cheerful and MAINSTREAM. The joke's on me -- it's the best of all these worlds, just like Halloween itself! And it makes me think about the traditions that go along with absinthe and with preparing and seasoning pies in the fall, and how these relatively simple herbs and spices manage to connect us to the past and evoke certain feelings, even when packaged semi-ironically. So now I wear this all the time, and unlike certain fall scents which don't really work in the summer heat, this one is light and cool enough because of the absinthe component that I get to enjoy Halloween literally whenever I want.
  8. Greetings, fiends! We hate to take away the nice things, but we gotta make room for NEW nice things. Below is a list of everything that's coming down THIS THURSDAY, also compiled here in case you wanna help us spread the word. 💀 LUPERCALIA 2019 💀 HEXENNACHT 💀 LILITH’S WINTER TRAVELOGUE 💀 VERNAL EQUINOX FULL MOON 💀 DUETS
  9. BAM! We just released a mini-update running the gamut from perfumes to jewelry to apparel. I've condensed everything here for easier browsing. But I'll go ahead and include the scent descriptions below! FLOWER MOON (As before, Dan Santat's label art is also available as a tee shirt!) The apex of the year’s fertility, the reawakening of the sexuality of the Earth and her inhabitants. This full moon celebrates both the fecundity of the creatures and flora of this world and the vibrancy, rejuvenation and life-affirming energy of Spring. Flower Moon embodies the unrestrained bliss, energy and color of the season: wisteria, frangipani, tuberose, ylang ylang, double sugar narcissus, white sage, and a mix of California wildflowers – all gleaming gold with a thick sheen of honey. ++ DUETS Introducing Duets: simple two-note perfumes. I had been looking for ways to unwind this past winter, so I created these two-note combinations as part of my relaxation process. It felt in many ways like humming a tuneless lullaby to myself, and much like a scented meditation. The result is a small series of gently entwined scents, an olfactory pas de deux. These perfumes are ideal for layering, or can be worn alone. Duets will be appearing and disappearing here and there with the Lunacies throughout 2019. Illustrations by Harry Clarke. 👯 BLACK PEPPER AND SANDALWOOD 👯 PALO SANTO AND FRANKINCENSE 👯 PATCHOULI AND VETIVER 👯 PINK AMBER AND PEONY
  10. Just in time for DragCon, we're unveiling TWO new scent collaborations with stand-out queens! We'll have these at the booth, but they're also already on the site. BLACK HAÜS Perfume Oil, with Victoria Elizabeth Black ($28) https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/collaborations/victoria-elizabeth-black/black-haus-perfume-oil/ Shades drift through a crumbling manor. Fragrant winds chill the lifeless rooms. A skittering in the darkness. Overgrown ivy creeping through a neglected lavender patch, a whiff of long-forgotten cologne, indigo oudh, mahogany, and teakwood, ti leaf, ectoplasmic musk, and aged leather. MIDWEST MORNING AFTER Wig Spray, with Jaymes Mansfield ($28) https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/shop/collaborations/jaymes-mansfields-magical-wig-sprays/midwest-morning-after-wig-spray/ Everything you just did was totally normal, and your family’s not going to find out. Cover up a thousand nighttime sins with the veneer of perfect innocence: virginal cream soda, with extra cream. And here's our BLACK HAUS video promo! Many thanks to L'Ordre de l'Infiniment Nada for letting us use an excerpt from their haunting new album.
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    New GOOD OMENS Perfumes!

    We've expanded our perfume collaboration with Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, just in time for the new TV adaptation by Amazon Prime and BBC Two! Your favorite characters and moments from the 1990 novel enshrined in sublimely wearable scents: https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/…/neil-gaiman/good-omens/ Proceeds go to charities selected by the authors: http://cbldf.org https://www.orangutan.org.uk/ Label artwork by Julie Dillon! And here's the Lab's official video announcement:
  12. Hello! Last year, Lilith welcoming everyone to DragCon was the Lab's VERY FIRST YouTube video. Kind of staggering to realize how much happens in a year! Anyway, now it's tradition, so here's this year's chat with Lilith about all things drag. She has grown so much, it's astonishing! Thanks for helping us get the word out about this year's DragCon exclusives -- which I included in the caption under the vid, if you missed them. See you at the Con!
  13. We look forward to RuPaul’s DragCon ALL DAMNED YEAR, and the best part is that it’s practically in our own backyard. It’s an honor to be part an event where so many of our passions converge, particularly in times when so many are still struggling for the visibility and equality they deserve. And is this already the FIFTH DragCon? How can that be, when we’re all just as dewy and glamorous as ever? (Many thanks to those who know us well enough to filter heavily.) Without further ado, here are the exclusive products we’ll be selling ONLY AT THE CON, May 24-26. If you can’t attend, there’s still time to connect with someone who’s going! Label art can be previewed here. Oh, and our NYC friends The Nobodies will be working at the booth once again. Come say hello! They’ll help ensure that no wig goes unspritzed. ++ DRAGCON 2019 PERFUME OILS ($26) Art by Kate Leth VILLAIN EDIT Okay, fine, you DID say those things… but they were taken completely out of context! Here’s a blend to help you ease into your new status as a femme fatale: Black leather, pomegranate, saffron, pink pepper, and tobacco. KAI KAI Will they or won’t they? Or did they already?? How thrilling to live in a world where femme-phobic stereotypes are being challenged and it’s no longer taboo for queens to hook up with each other. The scent of two drag queens in love: Red musk and cotton candy. ++ DRAGCON 2019 WIG SPRAYS ($26) Art by Eric Thurnbeck BRUNETTE WIG SPRAY Sweet oudh, fossilized amber, tonka bean, coffee, and tobacco absolute. PLATINUM WIG SPRAY White musk, silvered white tea leaf, Italian bergamot, and bourbon vanilla. WIG REVEAL WIG SPRAY A panoply of layered hues: champagne with a twist of white ginger, peach, raspberry pulp, and orange flower absolute.
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    It's that time of year again, fellow witches! HEXENNACHT 2019 The Night of the Witches. In the Teutonic calendar, April 30, not October 31, was the night that the witches congregated to celebrate their Work through ecstatic dance, wild music and revelry. The witches fêted with spirits, fairies, and a bevy of otherworldy creatures atop Brockenberg peak in the Harz region of Germany, where they lit an enormous bonfire and cavorted naked until midnight… at which point they donned their robes, boarded their brooms, flying rams and sacred goats, scooped up their cat familiars, and sped off into the night. In later days, it was believed that on this night the witches conjured the devil, who would then select one of them for his bride. This perfume is the scent of the witches’ revel: German fir and forest herbs, incense and bonfire smoke, broom straw, and the wet, glimmering scent of skin warmed by dance.
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    Introducing: BEARD OILS

    It's official, we've broken into the beard oil biz! Thanks to everyone who volunteered their face fur for testing, we've gotten such extraordinary feedback and we can't wait to gather customer reviews. https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-category/body-beauty/beard-oil/ Coming soon, to a beard near you!
  16. Beth's contribution to Sphere + Sundry’s new Jupiter’s Bounty series is live! THE FULFILLER WHO WHISPERS WORDS OF WISDOM This is a perfume of sagacity and good counsel, and the prudence and judiciousness that leads to good judgement. It is a scent of stability, prosperity, and sovereignty – but more specifically, the creation, fortification, and nurturing of a kingdom that you build for yourself through self-respect and sound choices, the ability to govern your impulses wisely, and utilizing generosity, compassion and kindness as a means of protecting and expanding your dominion. This is a perfume dedicated to Jove. I will sing of Zeus, chiefest among the gods and greatest, all-seeing, the lord of all, the fulfiller who whispers words of wisdom to Themis as she sits leaning towards him. Be gracious, all-seeing Son of Cronos, most excellent and great! Initial preparation began on March 7th in Jupiter’s day and hour, and the consecration occurred between 6:06-6:55am Pacific on March 26, 2019. Peru balsam essential oil (Myroxylon balsamum), steam-distilled terebinth essential oil (Pinus palustris), pulverized organic fig and chestnut, handcrafted vegetal musk, blue chamomile and Roman chamomile essential oils (Matricaria recutita and Anthemis nobilis), hyssop essential oil (Hyssopus officinalis), clary sage essential oil (Salvia sclarea), blue yarrow essential oil (Achillea millefolium), valerian essential oil (Valeriana sp.), wild-harvested pinon pine resin (Trementina), chamomile flowers (Matricaria recutita), sarsaparilla root (Smilax regelii), wild-harvested cedar berries (Juniperus monosperma), organically grown orange peel from the TAL garden, juniper berries (Juniperus communis), bayberry root bark (Morella cerifera), crushed oak galls, organic rosehips (Rosa canina and Rosa rubiginosa), locally wild-harvested white sage leaf and white oak bark (many thanks to the genius loci of Los Angeles), and dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale). Each bottle contains a piece of lapis that has been washed in whiskey.
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    New HELLBOY Release!

    The cat's out of the bag: we collaborated with Lionsgate on a new series of licensed HELLBOY-inspired scents -- including our first-ever beard oil release! https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-category/collaborations/hellboy-the-movie/ This is in addition to our existing Hellboy collection, which was a partnership with Mike Mignola himself: https://blackphoenixalchemylab.com/product-category/hellboy/ Please help us spread the word! Thank you, and may Satan bless you.
  18. UPDATES! GET YER UPDATES! We're going to be joined next Friday by bestselling writer and cartoonist KATE LETH — in addition to creating on some of your favorite comics, she also makes tons of wonderful stickers, pins, and other fun stuff. See the link! Also, we're overdue for our customary springtime tampon & pad drive, supporting those living on LA's mean streets who are experiencing period poverty. Your donation of products worth $20 or more will get you a free bottle of the following: MARSHMALLOW CHICK SANGUINEM MENSTRUUM "It would indeed be a difficult matter to find anything which is productive of more marvellous effects than the menstrual discharge. On the approach of a woman in this state, must will become sour, seeds which are touched by her become sterile, grafts wither away, garden plants are parched up, and the fruit will fall from the tree beneath which she sits. Her very look, even, will dim the brightness of mirrors, blunt the edge of steel, and take away the polish from ivory. A swarm of bees, if looked upon by her, will die immediately; brass and iron will instantly become rusty, and emit an offensive odour; while dogs which may have tasted of the matter so discharged are seized with madness, and their bite is venomous and incurable." -Pliny the Elder The copper tang of blood musk, swept by a cloud of dying bees and red poppies of madness, drizzled over a freshly-microwaved marshmallow treat. We'll turn over your donations to Drive-By Do-Gooders! (Message me personally if you have any questions.) See you at our place, in whatever PJs suit the weather...
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    We're chuffed: the metalheads we sponsor teamed up with the drag queens we sponsor, surprising us with this arty video ad for their respective WHIFF LASH and MX. NOBODY perfume blends. These are the moments that remind us how great it feels to be part of a vast network of creative partnerships, helping and inspiring each other. And never forget: shoes are just socks... with bones.
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    Behold, the future of fragrance! We fed the Lab's entire catalog of perfumes into a neural network, with the intent of creating whatever new products it spit back at us. The results are finally here, featuring eye-popping artwork by Drew Rausch. Dare you dab your pulse points with scents such as HARLEQUIN MILK, or BLOOD TWINKLE, or FOOLISH WOODEN CUCUMBER? Prepare to update your tastes accordingly — The Singularity has arrived at long last, unfurling a scentscape that's so very us... so very you... so very NOW. Heads up: due to a temporary site glitch (THANKS A LOT, HAL) you have to click through to page two to see the full category of scents.
  21. Unlike most April 1 announcements, these products actually exist! Below are three bold new releases: a new collaboration with dragsters The Nobodies, a Carnaval Diabolique-inspired edition of LAB RAT, and a new linen/atmosphere spray for that special mattress in your life. MX. NOBODY "Weed-smoke and lime-tinged vapors rising from a cauldron of green slime, suspended by cracked leather straps above the heads of an unsuspecting audience." CARNAVAL RAT" Eau de Carnaval Diabolique. The cumulative weight of dozens of scents — a cacophony of carnies, haunts, snakes, grindhouse dancers, and other attractions, all simultaneously clamoring for your attention." [EDIT to say: this run is limited to 200 bottles!] STREET MATTRESS ATMOSPHERE SPRAY "Dandelion sap, baby powder, ribgrass, spurge, and nutgrass squished into a poly cotton blend, poked by a rusty bonnell coil."
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    Snake Skin

    For he seemed to me again like a king, Like a king in exile, uncrowned in the underworld, Now due to be crowned again. A sinuous leather variant of BPALs Snake Oil. Only side-by-side with Snake Oil can I tell the difference between these in the bottle. It really was appropriate to name this after the snake's skin -- the leather wraps around the familiar blend like a sheath. And it's a grower, constricting slowly until it just might become the thing someone notices about the scent if they just happened to catch it in passing. It also nicely amps the woods in Snake Oil, which probably don't get enough love. If you have a man in your life who loves Snake Oil but it's too sweet for him to wear, he will probably be unstoppable with this.
  23. Get thee to Sphere + Sundry, where our contributions to their new Asclepius series will help you court the favor of the Greek god of medicine. Also features stellar products from Borealis Ironworks and Tony Mack! Here are snippets of the perfume descriptions: https://sphereandsundry.com/offerings/skilld-to-heal-mankind/ SKILL'D TO HEAL MANKIND "This sacred perfume contains hydro-distilled Frankincense essential oil (Bowsella carteri), hyssop essential oil steam-distilled from the leaves and tops (Hyssopus off. decumbens) and hyssop herb (Hyssopus officinalis, fossilized Himalayan amber oil (Oleum succini, dry distillation in sunflower oil), aniseed essential oil (Pimpinella anisum), clary sage essential oil (Salvia sclarea), myrtle essential oil (Myrtus communis), bay leaf essential oil and organic bay leaves (Laurus nobilis), white vegetal musk, Indian rose attar, organic sunflower oil, Greek olive oil, frankincense tears (Boswellia sacra), gum mastic resin (Pistacia lentiscus var. Chia), life everlasting flower (Helichrysum stoechas), Rose of Jericho (Anastatica hierochuntica), wild-harvested rose buds (Rosa damascena), yellow rose petals from the offertory bouquet, and ethically collected snake sheds." https://sphereandsundry.com/offerings/thy-vigrous-force-inspires/ THY VIG'ROUS FORCE INSPIRES "This sacred perfume contains hydro-distilled Frankincense essential oil (Bowsella carteri), steam-distilled Hungarian hops flower essential oil (Humulus lupulus), beeswax solvent-extracted absolute, French lavender essential oil and lavender absolute (Lavandula angustifolia), attar of jasmine, organic sunflower oil, Greek olive oil, organic lavender buds (Lavandula officinalis), organic hops flower (Humulus lupulus), frankincense tears (Boswellia papyrifera), life everlasting flower (Helichrysum stoechas), Dittany of Crete (Origanum dictamnus), yellow rose petals from the offertory bouquet, and ethically collected snake sheds."
  24. Sometimes the spirit just moves ya! That's how the VERNAL EQUINOX FULL MOON and seven SERPENT SPRING perfume blends came into being. Inspired by this particularly sweet spot on the calendar, we offer this bonus Lunacy scent and a clutch of spring-feverish Snake Oil variants. And don't forget, we're entering the last 48 hours of WORM MOON's availability! (You've got a bit longer to acquire the tee.) All the blessings of spring be upon ye! VERNAL EQUINOX FULL MOON A glowing gold lantern hanging low and large in the sky heralding the first breath of spring. Fossilized amber resin releasing a cascade of crocus and daffodil petals, glory-of-the-snow, graceful iris, radiant life everlasting, and a rainbow burst of tulip. ++ THE SERPENTS OF SPRING But, Snake, you must not come where we abide, For you would tempt us; we should hear you say: 'Oh, somewhere was a world was cold and spare, And voiceless; somewhere was a Being was not Engrossed with substance, with no fervencies Of love and hatred, and he made me, Snake! The wise Elohim, they who made the rest Of Creatures, made them ail-too manifold Mortised and rampired, jointed, vascular; And I was put an alien in their world, All head, all spine, all limb, all loin, Swift as a bird and single as a fish.' Above you fruits unglanced at bend and glow, And, bare and voiceless, you do tempt us, Snake! These scents were created over an unseasonably warm weekend in winter when I was overwhelmed by an urge to mess with spring variants of Snake Oil. 150 bottles were created of each scent, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. ALL HEAD, ALL SPINE, ALL LIMB, ALL LOIN Snake Oil and green musk, black leather, black amber, ambergris accord, sandalwood incense, and oily black musk. I WAS PUT AN ALIEN IN THEIR WORLD Snake Oil, mimosa, neroli, crushed herbs, and star jasmine. SNAKES BASKING IN THE FIRST SUNBEAMS OF SPRING Snake Oil, orange blossom, wildflower honey, and cinnamon. SNAKES IN THE LAST SNOWS OF WINTER Ice-rimmed minted-slushed Snake Oil and winter’s last snowdrops swimming in a small pool of melted sleet. SNAKES SLITHERING THROUGH STINGING NETTLE Snake Oil, nettle leaf, dandelion sap, mullein, and tea blossom. SNAKES IN THE LEMON TREE Snake Oil draped over lemon bark and vetiver, dotted with lemon peel. SNAKE EYES GLEAMING IN SPRING’S FIRST TWILIGHT Snake Oil and threads of pale lavender with shadowy oudh, sweet oakmoss, violet leaf, and rose geranium.
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    Etsy Relase: FIRST FRUITS

    Surprise Etsy release — a limited run of 120 bottles. The goddesses must be appeased! https://www.etsy.com/listing/691675503/first-fruits-5ml-black-phoenix-alchemy FIRST FRUITS An aparche for the Eleusinian goddesses: a crystalline, uplifting blend of white pomegranate, golden grapes, apricot, black fig, and lemon and orange rind.