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About ivyandpeony

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    Favorite BPAL blends, no particular order (newer stuff tends to get stuck at the beginning thougWh): Ava, Clockwork Couture F, Molly, the Reaper of Justice, Sweets to the Sweet, White Rose, The Girl, Dreadful Lies, Metal Phoenix, Glühwein, Day of the Skulls, Katrina Van Tassel, The Emathides, Boomslang, Mead Moon, Pisces 2007, La Primavera, L'Estate, Clemence, Hellion, The Maltese Cross of Sanctus Germanus, Aeronwen, The Torture Queen, Judith & Holofernes, Hanami, Svadhinaopatika, Pinched With Four Aces, Bakeneko, Cheshire Moon, A Great Cry In Egypt, Monsterbait: BiggerCritters, The Oval Portrait, The Ecstasy of Passion, Chrysanthemum Moon, Jacob's Ladder, Dolce Stil Nuovo, The Mouse's Long Sad Tale, Storyville, Lyonesse, Devil's Night, Pumpkin King, Spirits of the Dead, The Haunted Palace, Snake Charmer, Silk Road, Ace of Hearts, Bengal, Honey Moon, Kali, 13 (the original's my fave), White Rabbit, Sin, Jezebel, Snow White, Sudha Segara, Hetairae, The Lion, Dana O'Shee, Alice, Chimera, Formula 54, Le Serpent Qui Danse, Dia de los Muertos 04, Rose Red, Euphrosyne, Versailles, Three Witches, Ingenue, Whippoorwill, Kumiho, Queen Mab This list NEVER seems to get shorter, by the way!) Favorite notes: Amber, tea, ginger, honey, vanilla, clove, fig (the darker kind works better than the green kind), cinnamon, cardamom, ambergris, carnation, lilac, peony, magnolia, gardenia, chocolate (especially white chocolate), sandalwood, benzoin, patchouli, white and light musks, pepper, tangerine, pink grapefruit, lime, narcissus, orchid, linden blossom, freesia, tuberose, daffodil, sweet pea, lilies of all types, dandelion, sweetgrass, ivy, pear, cognac Notes that depend on their varietal, their strength &/or their companions in the blend: Rose (white is my favorite), jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, lotus, coconut, plum, lemon, blackberry, currants, wine, smoke, tobacco and tobacco flower, tonka, darker musks (the darker, the riskier), pumpkin, most tropical fruits, acai berry, hibiscus, oakmoss and other mosses, opium, ylang-ylang, violet, verbena, teak, rosewood, juniper, pine, poppies, wisteria Notes that work rarely, mostly never, especially if they dominate a blend: aquatics, civet, cedar, cherry, caramel, peach, almond, anise, dragon's blood, apricot, "butter" notes, ozone, metallic notes, leather, earth/soil, raspberry, strawberry, geranium, mints, vetiver, mimosa, sarsparilla, leather, apple blossom & apple peel (although plain ole apple often works just fine!), sage, melon, nag champa, rum Notes I don't think I've figured out, even after all this time! Myrtle, amaranth, hazel, elemi, yarrow, hyssop

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  1. ivyandpeony

    A Do’s & Don’ts Refresher

    The official guidelines link has glitched out on us, but you will find a general guide here if you happen to have questions while we are repairing. Please feel free to contact mods/admins with questions & remember that if you receive a note from us, it’s a gentle reminder, not a personal attack. No one else sees it & we are still glad you’re here. Thank you, guys!
  2. ivyandpeony

    Imp and Bottle Cap Issues (breakage, leakage)

    I haven't had a leaky bottle or imp cap issue in a long time, but I completely sympathize! I would encourage all of you to be sure to let the Lab know via e-mail. They don't have enough staff to constantly monitor threads like this one, but if you let them know when you received the order with the leaky imp (and I promise, it doesn't matter if it was an imp you bought or a frimp) they may be able to check their stock and prevent more faulty caps from getting out there. They are completely dependent upon the QC at the bottle supplier - imagine the expense if they were to have to test every container they buy before filling it - and it is helpful to them to know when something like this happens.
  3. ivyandpeony

    International Shipping Info+Questions

    I just read on one of the Facebook groups that there's a glitch on the Lab site that's screwing up shipping for imps. Apparently bottle-only orders aren't affected but as soon as you add an imp or imps to your order, it triggers the glitch.
  4. ivyandpeony

    Who do I email with questions? BPAL/BPTP contact info

    I would try sending an e-mail directly to answers@blackphoenixalchemylab thru your e-mail instead of using the website form. I've heard a couple people say they got answers much more quickly that way - could be a glitch with the website. Good luck!
  5. My rec isn't a GC, but it might be easier to find because the Salon was around for so long - Garden Path With Chickens (Damp grass, ivy leaves, morning glory, daisy, rose geranium, heliotrope, white gardenia, climbing roses, peppery nasturtium, phlox, begonia, verbena and sun-warmed herbs). Don't let those floral notes that are listed chase you away, this one is a sunny bright green scent.
  6. ivyandpeony

    Sell me on patchouli?

    I love Visions III too and agree with your description, Leira. So many BPAL fans adore Goblin, but it's always seemed like the patchouli was on the raw, hippy-dippier side of the scale. But Gingerbread Goblin is so different to me! The patchouli seems so much softer and fuzzier. And for anyone trying to find a smoother, more mellow patchouli, my advice is always: age it, age it, age it. Patchouli seems to get softer as it ages. The woodiness that seems so raw to me in fresh patchouli becomes more of a spiciness.
  7. ivyandpeony

    Viewing past orders on the site?

    I'd message the Lab at answers@blackphoenixalchemylab after the holiday rush to find out. In the meantime, you might be able to find what you're looking for by searching your e-mail for the earlier orders. I know it's not as convenient, though.
  8. Oh, thanks! I have a bottle of Cicuta in my undecided box - I will definitely give it a re-whirl and see how it clicks with me. I bet it's been two years since I skin tested it. I just got my bottle of Scholar's Tower tucked in my Halloween order. It is definitely a member of The Lion - Jacob's Ladder - Hesiod's Phoenix - La Lugubre Gondola family. Anyone who loves those scents should try to score a bottle (and should have at least one back up bottle of The Lion tucked away and aging as we speak!)
  9. ivyandpeony


    I am an ambergris lover too! Look for "grey amber" or "gray amber" when you're perusing notes, since it's another name the Lab uses for it. I'd almost swear that there's ambergris accord in The Girl, even though its description includes white amber, not grey. Under the Harvest Moon (Blue and white musk, summer roses, wild crimson leaves, grey amber, carnation, lavender bud, and vanilla bean) is a really lovely crystalline autumn blend. The Torture Queen from Carnival Diabolique is maybe my favorite blend that lists it as a note (white amber, vanilla musk, white tea, ambergris, gardenia, and chrome) - and another favorite from CD is The Maltese Cross of Sanctus Germanus (golden amber, blood orange, ambergris, lilac, frankincense, and agarwood). Silver Haired Bat (Gleaming white amber and silvered ambergris accord with copoiba balsam, benzoin, Atlas cedar, black pepper, and oudh) is gorgeous, although harder to track down (it was a Bats Day exclusive last year IIRC). Unveil the Grace in Thine Eyes (orris, luminous ambergris, and golden amber illuminated by a sunlit golden musk) is another LE with it that I've tried but I need to revisit it. I uncovered a few LEs with ambergris that I haven't tried (or have since forgotten): Aubin Grandpied Bunmanchi, Childhood Playmate (pale fur, lavender water, Corsican immortelle, white thyme, benzoin absolute, ambergris accord, and sorrowful carrot seed), The Shadowy and The Sublime (Moroccan amber, wisteria, ambergris accord, white rose, magnolia, white mint, angelica, bergamot, and myrrh), A Nocturnal Reverie (Violet musk and oudh with black amber, ambergris, agarwood, black currant, dark musk, fig, and lavender incense). I have to go look in my BPAL box ASAP. I bought quite a few of the Century Guild scents but now I'm baffled because I don't remember buying or trying Curved Sky and it sounds so much up my alley!
  10. ivyandpeony

    Daylight Kissing Her Wan Hair

    So happy to have tracked this one down! At first there's nothing but sweet pear and apple, but as it dries down they back off a bit and a lovely soft muskiness develops. I'm not getting any clove at all. But I think I'd like it with or without the clove showing up at the party.
  11. ivyandpeony

    How full is full?

    Bumping this because a member was looking for it.
  12. You can sign in to your account on the Lab's web site and check your order status there. If something went wrong you won't have a pending order - or if it seems to have been pending too long, e-mail the Lab at customerservice@blackphoenixalchemylab.com.
  13. ivyandpeony

    Who are the authorized resellers?

    From their site, it seems that they are resellers of a number of brands but they are not an official BPAL retailer. The Lab may sell older limited editions via Etsy, ebay or trunk shows, but none of their retailers do. Although I don't know anything about this particular shop, businesses like this one aren't necessarily bad - there are a number on ebay that sell decants of high-end perfumes and I've purchased scents from some of them over the years. Basically it's like you are buying from a forum member or ebayer who is reselling for profit. The Lab already got their money when the bottle was originally sold and their customer service can't help you if you aren't happy with your purchase, but you might be able to find a rare bottle that isn't available.
  14. ivyandpeony

    Allergy Questions, Allergies and other reactions to oils

    I think that alcohol can cause vasodilation (think of the stereotypical guy with the red face leaning over the bar) - of course, different degrees for different people, but it would make sense that drinking alcohol might increase your skin's sensitivity to certain things like cinnamon. I wore Jailbait once and got hot and sweaty and that's the only time that it ever made me break out.
  15. ivyandpeony

    CCNow Questions & Problems

    I'm closing this thread because the Lab is no longer using CCNow as its credit card processor. Can I get an AMEN and a HALLELUJAH! Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions about this thread.