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Updated 10 January 2009:


Bony Moon and Earth Ox are live at BPAL!



In the stark darkness of February, food is so scarce that some are forced to chew bones and make marrow soup for nourishment. It is a time when we honor our ancestors with fasting, solemn ritual, and reflection on the triumphs and accomplishments of those who have passed before us.


White sandalwood, dry cedar, and radiant, crisp lunar herbs.




A new year's blessing! Peony, China's national flower, with bamboo for flexibility, plum blossom for perseverance, courage, and hope, tangerine for wealth, orange for happiness, lychee for household peace, pine resin for constancy, golden kumquat and quince for prosperity, narcissus and King mandarin for good fortune, peach blossom for longevity, oakmoss, plum, and tobacco for stability, and a splash of blazing red of dragon's blood... to help you scare away the rampaging Nian.




Lupercalia is upon us, and the world is suffused with symbols of love and lust. Here at Black Phoenix, that is triply true! Our offerings during this Season of Schtupping contain adult material, and by clicking through to view the images and purchase our products, you are agreeing that you are a dirty bird who is 18 or older, and that you are permitted by law to view suggestive imagery.


For your pleasure, we are thrilled to present another whimsical sojourn to the bedrooms of Edo-era Japan -- Novel Ideas For Secret Amusements II: A Shunga Exhibition.




Ode to Aphrodite, a series inspired by the timeless beauty of vintage nude postcard photography; in our vision, each of these women illustrates a facet of the splendor of the goddess of love.


Before we go any further, we present a scent whose proceeds support the work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund:


413 U.S. 15 / Miller Vs California


In 1974, a court ruling established a litmus test for obscenity in the United States. Does the First Amendment protect dirty birds? Yes, and no; it depends on where you are and what your neighbors perceive as naughty. The Court's majority opinion stated that material could only be defined as obscene if


"( a ) the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest; [and] ( b ) the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law; and ( c ) the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value"


If all three conditions are satisfied, voilà! - your work is obscene.


But is it art?


Although a work considered to have literary, artistic, political, or scientific value cannot, in theory, constitutionally be found to be obscene regardless of whether it appeals to prurient interest or is patently offensive, the question lies in how we can possibly determine with certainty whether or not a film, photograph, tale, or limerick has social value when philosophical and moral compasses vary so wildly from person to person and community to community.


Is a perfume inspired by an 18th Century painting of a dildo obscene?


What would your friends and neighbors say?



Leather, cognac, fig, ripe berry, and cream, stuffed into a plain brown paper bag.




For traditionalists with a sweet tooth, we present Box of Chocolates! -


Dark Chocolate and Cherry

Dark Chocolate and Pepper-Smoked Caramel

Milk Chocolate Buttercream

White Chocolate, Marshmallow, and Coconut

White Chocolate and Strawberry

White Chocolate and Sugared Violets


The whole Box can be purchased as a set for $100.




Inspired by the sensuality and smuttiness of the season, we have added two new scents to the general catalogue:




And eros again the loosener of limbs makes me tremble

A sweet-bitter unmanageable creature.


Myrrh, lilac, and honey wine with crimson tea leaf and sweet resins.






An unwholesome scent. A craving, an itch. This scent smoulders with a lust that singes the edge of your nerves and leaves your soul chilled: red amber and scorched musk with voluptuous carnation, charred vetiver, sensuous tonka, and orris.




Box of Chocolates, Ode to Aphrodite, Bony Moon, Earth Ox, The Yules, and Wind in the Willows are $17.50 each, the Resurrected and Anniversary scents are $20.00 each, Miller Vs California is $25.00, and the Shunga scents are $23.50 each. The whole Box of Chocolates is available for $100US. The Yules, Resurrected, Anniversary, and Wind in the Willows scents will be live until January 15, 2009, and Miller Vs California, the Box, Ode to Aphrodite, and the Shunga series will be live until March 13, 2009. Bony Moon and Eath Ox will be live until January 13, 2009.




Bony Moon is live at the 'Post!




Adorable artwork by Jennifer Williamson! It will be live until January 13, 2009.


Love is in the air at BPTP, and to celebrate, we're offering a complete Valentine's Day sensory experience:


A room spray…



Good God, what a night that was,

The bed was so soft, and how we clung,

Burning together, lying this way and that,

Our uncontrollable passions

Flowing through our mouths.

If I could only die that way,

I'd say goodbye to the business of living.


Honey, myrrh, ylang ylang, and almond.



An exercise in control and release:



For cooling the libido and soothing the senses.

Cucumber mint, sea lettuce, French lavender, geranium bourbon, and lemon balm.




For stimulating the libido and arousing the senses.

Vanilla, palmarosa, patchouli, jasmine, cocoa absolute, bergamot, sweet orange, nutmeg, ylang ylang, rose otto, and Haitian vetiver.



And a set of perfumes designed to illustrate the synergy of love and lust:


In alchemy, the white and red roses symbolize the male / female polarity, the active and receptive, the light and the dark. Together, the roses become the alchemical concept of Mercury: perfect unity.


Our Red Rose scent is the embodiment of vigorous passion, and our White Rose personifies purity, virtue, and unconditional love. The scents individually are powerful, but layered together - combined - they become their perfected self.



Red rose buds, with amber, clove, tonka, Indian musk, fir, and tobacco.



White rose buds, with vanilla tea, benzoin, orris, coconut meat, and frankincense.



The Trading Post Valentine offerings will be available until March 13, 2009.

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