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Ulgggggh.

How is this sooo goood?

I’m now pressing my nostrils on my wrist, trying to draw in all of the spiced vanilla scent of the famed Storyville. This perfume oil masterpiece is an extremely rare and discontinued blend, fetching well over hundreds of dollars for a measly 5mL. I’m INCREDIBLY fortunate that I got the change try it. I was surprised by its gentleness, since vanilla usually hits me like an explosion. Storyville was stunning.

HUUUFFFF

Thank you so much Becca for gifting me the sample!!! You made me EXTREMELY HAPPY.

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.