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Friday, January 18, 2008

Love that Chimera!

Chimera, a fragrance by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
I have noticed a bit of a trend. On FaceBook, there's an application called "BPAL of the Day" that lets you post which Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab fragrance you're wearing that day. It lists it on your profile, along with the scent description if there's one on the Black Phoenix site still; you can even link it to your review at BPAL.org.

Anyway, I was looking over my mini-feed and decided to review my perfume choices.

Imagine my surprise! I have twenty-two entries since December 18, when I added the app. (I usually only enter a fragrance on weekdays, and rarely update on the weekend.) And seven of them are for Chimera, from the Bewitching Brews line.

SEVEN. That's one third. And the cool thing? I don't even own a bottle; I only have a 1 mL imp's ear that came as a freebie (or "frimp", for "free imp") from a decant circle. Even better? I'm still not out of the perfume. Factor in the number of times I've worn it before I installed the application and the times I've worn it on the weekends, and I've gotten at least a dozen days of Chimera out of that one imp! Consider that I usually apply morning and afternoon, and that's twenty-four applications. Not bad at all!

In case you're interested, here's the scent description from the Lab's website: "The fiery, volatile scent of cinnamon, thickened by myrrh, honeysuckle, and copal."

I would describe it as a warm, rich fragrance with a subdued sweetness. I think the richness is the resins (myrhh and copal) mingling with the cinnamon, and the honeysuckle I think adds that touch of sweetness. It's divine. I've ordered another imp, since I can't justify buying a bottle right now: I just bought a bottle of The Fruit of Paradise, a limited edition Yule scent.

I hope my order gets here before I run out!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

BPAL Longings

Well, I have a wishlist for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab at BPAL.org, but it's only visible to members. So I thought I would list it here, too...

Gimme Now

Bewitching Brews

Definite Wants

Ars Amatoria

Ars Draconis
Dragon's Milk

Bewitching Brews
Hamadryad | Plunder

The Salon
La Vague

Bengal | Vinland | Yerevan

Limited Editions
Purple Phoenix


Ars Morendi
Embalming Fluid

Bewitching Brews
Black Pearl | Blood | Blood Kiss | Blood Pearl | Phantasm

Carnival Diabolique
Antonino, the Carny Talker


Erato | Euterpe | Obotala | Terpsichore

Mad Tea Party
Croquet | Jabberwocky | Two, Five, and Seven

The Apothecary | Goneril | Lady MacBeth

Rappacini's Garden
Asphodel | Blood Rose

Cockaigne | Silk Road


Limited Edition
Long Night Moon | Diwali | Red Lantern | Red Moon