Carla M. Lee (carlamlee) wrote,
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[shopping] Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Tonight I wore Hellhound on My Trail, which is one of my favorite BPAL scents, ever. It reminded me that I needed to look at this year's Halloween collection, and so here is this post. New scents at BPAL. I tend to only look at it this time of year, because the Halloween and then winter scents are my favorites.

Hellboy scents

First, just GLEE. I love Hellboy. The comic book, the movies (though, okay, I'm not such a fan of the second one), Ron Perlman as Hellboy. GLEE. Hellboy scents are potentially a wonderful thing for me. Let's see.

Aftershave, candy wrappers, brimstone, and cat.
Thoughts: YES PLEASE. Though possibly the cat is problematic for me.

A classic men’s cologne mixed with the scent of old, yellowed books, a splash of bay rum, and summoning incense.
Thoughts: What, exactly, does a classic men's cologne smell like? Otherwise, I like this.

Shining black leather, gleaming metal, labdanum, and myrrh.
Thoughts: This? Sounds AWESOME. I love the smell of leather and metal.

A light, feminine vanilla floral perfume and a swirl of smoke and leather.
Thoughts: I am not a big fan of florals, but I like the mix of vanilla and smoke and leather. I'd like to smell this, though I'm not likely to wear it.

Rubbery, wet, and warty.
Thoughts: Yeah, no thanks.

A soft aquatic musk with kelp and juniper.
Thoughts: I think this one could be nice. It reminds me of one of my favorite candles.

Then there are scents based on Gris Grimly's Illustrations for Tales of Death & Dementia.

Inspired by Gris Grimly's illustrations for the Oblong Box.
Electric jolts of mania: a salt-crusted coffin bobbing through tumultuous ocean waves.
Thoughts: Again, potentially a fantastic smelling scent, if it can capture the ocean without being gross.

Inspired by Gris Grimly's illustrations for the Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar.
Melty vanilla ice cream!
Thoughts: YUM! Though likely too weak for me. Many vanilla scents are.

Inspired by Gris Grimly's illustrations for the Tell-Tale Heart.
A macabre Valentine: wild black cherries, licorice root, and cinnamon.
Thoughts: Except for that licorice root, this would be awesome.

Inspired by Gris Grimly's illustrations for the System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether.
A lunatic's vintage cabernet.
Thoughts: I do not even know where to start with this scent.

Samhain scent

Ding Dong Ditch! Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's Samhain scent with cinnamon sugar and candy dust!
Thoughts: This sounds fantastic.

The whole reason for me looking at the site!

Well, we *are* doing a vampire update finally.
Croquembouche with almond silk and a drizzle of caramel.
Thoughts: I suddenly want to smell like caramel. Not almond silk, though.

Eerie billows of spun sugar, fluttering white cotton, and sheets of cream.
Thoughts: I have no idea why I love the idea of smelling like this, but I want it!

The Spirit of the Eve of Samhain, an aspect of Cailleach, the Divine Hag, in her Destroyer aspect.
While Brìghde rules the time between Beltane and Sahmain, Cailleach rules the Dark of the Year. On the night of Samhain, she transforms into Carlin, harbingering the death of the land and the onset of the snows. On Beltane, the Great Crone is slain by Brìghde so springtime can reinvigorate the land.
Black sage, ivy-twined rowan, thistle, snapdragon, heather, gorse, fumitory, and anise.
Thoughts: I'm not a big fan of the scents, but I really want it for the Destroyer aspect.

A return of 2006's Ridiculous Scent! As creepy as Spooky was spooky, this is the scent of butterscotch-kissed, caramel-smothered red apples spiked with a blast of coconut rum.
Thoughts: Remember how I wanted to smell like caramel? I think this might be my scent.

Devil's Eve, Devil's Night, Gate Night, Trick Night, Mischief Night; whatever your name for it might be, the chaos is still the same. Contrary to popular belief, this festival of pandemonium isn't unique to Detroit. Falling on October 30th, it is an evening of mayhem and destruction. On the gentler side, it may be celebrated by practical jokes, an egging, Ding-Dong-Ditch, or enthusiastic TP'ing of your most hated neighbor's trees, and on the more violent side, arson and vandalism. This is the scent of autumn night, fires in the distance, with a touch of boozy swoon, playful sugar and thuggish musk.
Thoughts: This kind of makes me want to have sex. It's the autumn night with the fires in the distance, I think.

A joyous celebration of La Catarina, La Flaca, La Muerte... Glorious, Beautiful Death. In Mexico, death is not something to be feared or hated; She is embraced, loved, and adored. La Muerte is fêted, as the celebrant "...chases after it, mocks it, courts it, hugs it, sleeps with it; it is his favorite plaything and his most lasting love." This is a Mexican paean to La Huesuda: dry, crackling leaves, the incense smoke of altars honoring Death and the Dead, funeral bouquets, the candies, chocolates, foods and tobacco of the ofrenda, amaranth, sweet cactus blossom and desert cereus.
Thoughts: I love their dia de los muertos scents, but I still have most of a bottle of one, and probably shouldn't get another yet.

A barrel of beer, a pyramid of cakes, and three sticks of incense.
Thoughts: I have a bad time with incense, so I will avoid this, but I like the idea of it.

The Cave of Cruachan in Connaught, a province that was given to the Formorians after the Battle of Mag Tuired. On the first of November, a flock of malevolent copper-colored birds bursts forth from the mouth of the cave, ushering a host of restless ghosts and wicked goblins that torment the living by blighting crops, killing livestock, stealing away brides-to-be, and replacing infants with changelings.
Smoldering brimstone, bitter labdanum, clove, black musk, and copper-colored feathers.
Thoughts: WANT! I'm not sure how this would work as a scent to wear, but I still want it.

According to William Shepard Walsh, the Gentleman's Magazine for May of 1784 stated, "this is a constant ingredient at merrymaking on Holy Eve." He also quotes Vallancey's etymological speculation: "The first day of November was dedicated to the angel presiding over fruits, seeds, etc., and was therefore named La Mas Ubhal, -- that is, the day of the apple fruit, -- and being pronounced Lamasool, the English have corrupted the name to Lambs-wool."
A popular holy day beverage in 18th century Ireland: roasted apples mashed into warmed milk and ale, with nutmeg, sugar, ginger, and clove.
Thoughts: I want this. I actually kind of want to drink it, too. I need hot hard cider and bonfires, please.

The Roman festival for Pomona, Goddess of fruit, orchards, and gardens, was celebrated on November 1. On this day, the stores amassed during summer were opened for winter.
Azaroles, nuts, and apple blossoms with red apple pulp, mulberry, blackberry, and pomegranate juice.
Thoughts: Eh.

Truly the scent of autumn itself -- damp woods, fir needle, and black patchouli with the gentlest touches of warm pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, allspice, sweet red apple and mullein.
Thoughts: Patchouli puts me off.

A companion to Bite Me. Layers well with Lick It. Hee!
Sexy and suckable: black cherry brandy.
Thoughts: I want to layer this with Lick It. OMG. Delicious.

The sticky sweet scent of candy corn! Even cornier for 2009! - cuz corny is how we roll at BPAL.
Thoughts: I think this could be good. Or maybe I would end up eating too much candy corn because I would smell it all the time.

Pumpkin Patch I
Pumpkin, almond, brown musk, and honey.
Pumpkin Patch II
Pumpkin, rosewood, red sandalwood, and tea rose.
Pumpkin Patch III
Pumpkin, fir needle, pitch, rosemary, and tomato.
Pumpkin Patch IV
Pumpkin, black musk, tobacco, myrrh, and clove.
Pumpkin Patch V
Pumpkin, chocolate, coffee bean, vanilla bean, and hazelnut.
Thoughts: I like PP I, IV, and V. Especially IV and V.

I am sadly unimpressed by the Literary Vampires collection. I'm disappointed that I don't like the Harvest Moon scent; one year I will, I hope, because I'd like to own it.

I need to go through what I have and sell off the scents I never wear. Which is, sadly, most of them. Many things just don't work on me.

To bed!

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