As I have gotten older, I have begun to appreciate a different way of smelling good. When I was younger, it was all about the name brands, the expensive perfumes by my favorite celebrities. In my advanced aged (*ahem* 30s *ahem*), I have learned to like perfumes that were created throughout history… with oils. While all perfume is made of oils, they are all watered down with alcohol and have very little natural smelling ingredients, like herbs, flowers and earthy smells. The perfume of history was heady and reacted to the body’s heat, and that’s the kind of perfume we have with Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs. I got to unbox six amazing scents from a company that dabbles in smells that take us to our favorite horror stories and time periods. Check out the video below and then keep going for scent profiles and pricing!
We’d like to send a huge thank you to Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs for sending us these perfumes. I was so pleasantly surprised with their scents and quality that I have been wearing them literally every day since receiving them. Let’s go over each scent!
Here at PopHorror, we have several H.P. Lovecraft fans. You can see an example of this by reading fellow gaming writer and overall awesome human being, Matt Stumpf’s, review of Call of Cthulhu. In that same vein, we have scents straight out of Arkham. This is from the Picnic in Arkham line of scents. First up, we have Al-Azif. Fun fact, the book that you are searching for in the game, The Council (read our review here), was the Al-Azif. This perfume has a very heavy, musky incense fragrance. The best word I can think of is “dark,” which is also how the website described it. I just adored their product description.
“A sinister, sinuous incense of summoning, a herald and paean to the Primordial Gods of Darkness, Chaos, Madness and Decay.”
Next in this line is Miskatonic University. This fragrance is syrupy sweet with the scent of Irish Coffee, musty books and polished oak and is perfect for rainy Sundays with a blanket and some Lovecraft. Fun fact: this scent is named after the college from Lovecraft’s literary canon, and is also the title of a genre-based school called The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies.
The last perfume in this set is called Cthulhu, the sleeping God of the Hour. Cthulhu is a clean smell bringing to mind deep, dark menacing waters. They describe it as a “wet, slithering scent,” and I have to agree. This is great one for hot summer days, since body heat won’t make it overwhelming. There are many more in the A Picnic in Arkham line, and I highly recommend checking them out.
These two perfume vials are from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s Inspiration line. First up is the most masculine scent of all, Bram Stoker. The fragrance profile is bourbon vetiver, sweet myrrh, Italian bergamot (bergamot is a citrus fruit that is the base of Earl Grey tea) and hay absolute. The bergamot cuts the heaviness of the myrrh, making it musky but not overwhelming.
The second scent I received in this line is Mary Shelley, which is described as absinthe (possibly the anise notes), lightning and stormclouds (perhaps the smell of rain?), laudanum and Victorian Oriental perfume. The Victorian perfume adds a level of heaviness and floral notes, but it isn’t as dark as the Al-Azif. Fun fact: people used to put laudanum in their absinthe to induce visions. That’s one hell of a party.
The last two bottles they sent me are definitely my favorites. The red bottle was a surprise that I didn’t know was coming, and the reason they sent it was pretty cool. It’s called Crowley (get it!!), and it is based on a character from the book Good Omens by the late Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, soon to be a show premiering on Amazon. This has been one of my favorite books since I was a teenager, so getting this perfume was a real treat, and it smells phenomenal. The scent is complex with musk, red patchouli, lilac, mahogany, lemon rind, oakmoss, leather, and vanilla. I just adore this smell… and not just because it’s my namesake.
The last perfume I received to unbox is my second favorite of the bunch. It’s called Zombi. I adore the smell of roses, and this scent is like a walk in a cemetery… the odor of dried roses left on a grave, rose leaves, Spanish moss and dirt from six feet under. This is very “perfumey” scent, but it has that dark, dirt smell that I just love.
That’s all for the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab unboxing. I can say I am a definite convert in regards to my perfume choices after smelling these six bottles. If you aren’t a fan of the more herbaceous or musky perfumes, oils may not be for you, but if you love quality, long-lasting oils with a vintage feel and a horror theme, then these are definitely something you should check out. I will be honest, there are so many lines and fragrances, the website can be overwhelming. It is easier to pick a theme that you like and go from there. The perfume prices range from $4.50-$19.50 depending on size. You can browse the website HERE. Enjoy the next 30 minutes of reading through some fun descriptions and picking out your new favorite scents. Keep an eye on Pophorror for more amazing unboxings coming your way!