Lured by these exotic names, I explored the wild world of etailers and perfume oils.
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, or BPAL, is a purveyor of perfume oils, concentrated bottles of pure scent goodness. They offer numerous general catalog and limited edition scents, in full bottles as well as samples, affectionately known as Imp’s Ears.
BPAL has a strong cult following. Born from enthusiasts, a loving community at BPAL.org was formed. Aside from the thousands of reviews, there’s a wonderful Swaps section. It was from Swaps that I was able to sample over a hundred BPAL scents.
Unfortunately, after the samplings, I realize that I don’t actually enjoy many flavors of BPAL. However, I simply adore the BPAL community. The folks at BPAL.org are among the friendliest I know. I think the Pay It Forward section exemplifies the attitude most forumites have: “you don’t pay love back; you pay it forward.” If you have the blues, chances are someone will offer to cheer you up with some sweet treats or Imp’s Ears.
I’m glad BPAL has led me to such a wonderful community. It ranks high as one of my favorite things.