Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Stalker is Born!

Hello everybody,

While I vouch to myself that I am not going to buy anymore makeup until the end of this year, my eyes have been wandering to the perfume realm. I take pride in the fact that I want to smell nice and dandy. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, or BPAL to its devotee, has been the ground for my stalking activity these days. My love of perfume started before I began to use makeup and throughout the years, I’ve accrued quite a few bottles of perfumes. However, being a perfumista is a costly hobby, as currently a bottle of perfume hovers around the 65-dollar mark. Also, some of them may contain a vast amount of alcohol, which my skin does not enjoy.

BPAL, on the other hand, produces only pure perfume oil. Starting at $15 a pop, it is considered a bargain as a little dab can go a very long way. On top of that, they let you sample in tiny vials called “Imp’s Ears”, or known as an imp by BPAL lovers. An imp costs $3.50 USD a piece or $19.50 for six. To add more fire to the damage, BPAL has many scents, most are impable, which is the BPAL lingo for sample-able.

My wandering eyes are fixated on some of the scents and when possible, I'll imp them:
  1. (Old) Paris
  2. (Old) Shanghai
  3. Morocco
  4. Ozymandias
  5. Kyoto
  6. Moscow
  7. Havana
  8. Liz from Hellboy collection
And guess what? BPAL devotees also has a BPAL board where all scents are reviewed. I consulted this board a lot when making my lemming list.

Love the website's artwork

While the sheer number of scents available can make my head spin, I do enjoy the black and white artwork the website has. BPAL website has a retro and intriguing vibe that makes perfume shopping more interesting to me.

Anybody out there are BPAL devotees? What are your favorite scents? Please share with me, I even consider to go headlong to this madness in the near future.

Note: all pictures in this post are courtesy of the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. I'm not yet a BPAL devotee but I may soon join the rank.


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  1. I am curious about BPAL, and have been curious for a long time, but never managed to decide what to try. I rarely wear perfume because of a very reactive skin, but sometimes I miss it.

  2. Dear Tar,

    I think BPAL may be good for you because it does not contain alcohol, just essential oils. When I was younger, perfume left a burning sensation on my skin so I know how you feel. The thing about BPAL is there are a lot of scents so you need to weed through it to find the ones you like.

  3. I had never heard of BPAL before but now I'm intrigued. I like it that they have so many scents available (even though choosing one could be overwhelming!) and they are affordable too.

  4. Dear Gio,

    I first heard about BPAL from Specktra, believe it or not. There is quite a group of BPAL devotees there. Then, a guest blogger at Temptalia did a review about this, which sent me off the edge. Ozymandias smells a lot like Chanel no. 5, from what I heard. Like you said, finding some scents you like can be a bit overwhelming but the prices are not so bad.

  5. wow, I've never heard of that! I'm very curious now. Oh, and I think the Eco Tools set may be available at Target. It's on their website at least! btw, love your new profile pic! so pretty!

  6. Dear Stephanie,

    Thank you, girlfriend! I saw the EcoTools set at Target website, too. In fact, I blogged about it today. I'm also very curious about BPAL, I hope to order some imp's ears soon.

  7. Hi Stephanie,
    I am so happy that I learned about BPAL from your site. I purchased three scents from them - Sea of Glass (LOVELOVELOVELOVE), Manhattan (ehh) and Versailles (boo). Sea of Glass is crazy good - I've been wearing the it every day for the past 2 weeks. When I forgot one day, I missed it! This is coming from someone who has NEVER worn perfume because smelling stuff all day tends to give me a headache.

    Thanks for the featuring cool stuff on your site :)

  8. Hi Shu,

    This is Dao, not Sephanie :) I'm glad you like Sea of Glass. I'll make a purchase as soon as I recover from my winter shopping spree.


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