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“Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in” ~ The Godfather

I thought I was done with my perfume hobby, for a little while at least. I’d given away my unloved vials and trimmed my collection to the bare necessities. Then, I discovered Delightful Rot.

Delightful Rot Perfumery is a rather new yet intriguing perfume shop. It reminded me of a spunkier BPAL. I just had to try the scents!

With my super picky nose, I was surprised that I liked quite a few of the samples.

Here are my favorites:

Persinette
Persinette
Delightful Rot says: A beautiful, alluring woman, blessed by the fairy, this scent reflects an entirely girly and sexy combination of pink grapefruit and sweet ginger, with sassy hints of pink peppercorn and a light musk.
I say: Sweet pink grapefruit, with none of the bitterness.

67 Chevy Impala
Chevy Impala
Delightful Rot says: Bay rum, spiked with graveyard dirt, gunpowder, a touch of leather and a ring of salt, with an overtone of masculine musk.
I say: it started as a generic masculine perfume, but then turned into a smokier and darker Hunter.
This is Delightful Rot’s most popular scent. It initially drew me to Delightful Rot because I mistakenly thought it referenced a song by Evelyn Evelyn, where a 69 Chevy Impala was mentioned.

Blood Bath
Blood Bath
Delightful Rot says: Crisp water soaked with rose petals and a trickle of blood and musk.
I say: This may be the first rose that I can wear! It smells like a gentler version of Tea Rose from The Body Shop.

Sonic Screwdriver
Sonic Screwdriver
Delightful Rot says: Sweeter than the Tardis, this scent is based in the same blue tone, but much more vibrant, with hints of heat and light in the form of mandarin and passion flower.
I say: Initially, it smelled a little like cough syrup, which was rather off-putting. Then, it morphed into the most wonderful lemonade. Since the lemonade was so delicious, I forgave the offending cough syrup.

Boba
Boba
Delightful Rot says: A sweet fragrance, reminiscent of your favorite bubble tea!
I say: Sticky rice in coconut milk, the kind that’s usually served with mangoes.

I’m picky about scents. I like ones that invoke a memory or a feeling. Here are my favorites from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL).

Most Loved
Boo

Boo
Lab says:
Eerie billows of spun sugar, fluttering white cotton, and sheets of cream
I say:
cream cheese frosting, such as on red velvet cupcakes

 

Sea Foams Milk

Sea Foams Milk
Lab says:
Milk cresting on an ocean wave
I say:
gentle waters with wafting sweetness, a less salty version of Sea of Glass

 

 
October

October
Lab says:
Dry, cold autumn wind. A rustle of red leaves, a touch of smoke and sap in the air.
I say:
a dewy morning among barren trees and fallen leaves

Honorable Mentions:

Schrodinger's Cat

Schrodinger’s Cat
Lab says:
A paradoxical scent experiment! – tangerine, sugared lime, pink grapefruit, oakmoss, lavender, zdravetz, and chocolate peppermint.
I say:
Ramune candy!

Sea of Glass

Sea of Glass
Lab says:
Upon the Sea of Glass, glowing with the perfection of spiritual union and the radiance of true wisdom, rests the throne of God. A scent of inimitable purity, crystalline grace, and limitless light.
I say:
Method sea minerals hand wash!

Phoenix in the Spring

Phoenix in the Spring
Lab says:
Newborn, with flecks of myrrh still dusting its wings, the Phoenix emerges: dandelion florets, cherry blossom, spring wildflowers, and myrrh.
I say:
Cherry blossoms and green moss

 

Hunter

Hunter
Lab says:
Leonine amber, tanned hides, clove, and clary sage
I say:
Sexy man

 

I must confess, for me, BPAL is a one-hit wonder. Out of the 160+ perfume oils I’d tried, I only like less than 10. The low success rate is enough to deter me from placing future orders. However, I highly recommend trying BPAL once. It’s very different from the department store perfume experience. One whiff and you’ll know if it was meant to be.

Snake Oil
Scherezade

Lured by these exotic names, I explored the wild world of etailers and perfume oils.
Scents!
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.
Imp's Ear
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.
sniff sniff
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.
Pay Love Forward
I’m glad BPAL has led me to such a wonderful community. It ranks high as one of my favorite things.
BPAL.org