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BPAL obsession: it's back!

Thanks to a Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab launch party at Knows Perfume last night, today I smell divinely of the fragrance Dee:

John Dee: master of science, alchemy and magic, Hermetic philosopher in the schools of Rosicrucian Christian Mysticism and Platonic-Pythagorean doctrine, and Queen Elizabeth’s astrologer, advisor, cryptologist and spy. With Edward Kelly, he created a field of study and work in Angelic Evocation, and isolated the Angelic language: Enochian. His scent is soft English leather, rosewood and tonka with a hint of incense, parchment and soft woods.

I get mostly smooth cedar, with some root-beer-like sweetness (must be the tonka), and a bit of spicy smoke that is likely the incense. It's a soothing and subtle fragrance, but it's also strangely hot. As in sexy. (Must be the leather...) Androgynous, too--despite having that masculine description, I'd say man or woman (or angel) could wear this.

The runner-up for the scents I sampled last night was the impressively and unpronounceably named Szepasszony:

The Fair Lady, Winter Witch, White Maiden of the Storm. Szepasszony is a Hungarian demoness that appears as a stunningly beautiful woman with long, silver-white hair and a blinding white dress. She revels in storms, particularly when hail rains down on her. Water dripping down eaves into a puddle is an invitation for her to cause mischief: she uses the puddle as a magickal tool for casting her wicked spells. It is considered foolhardy to step into a circle of short grass ringed by taller grasses, as those mark the circles where the Fair Lady dances. A chilly, tempestuous whirlwind of clear, airy notes, slashing rain, and a thin undercurrent of white flowers.

Having no idea that I was supposed to picturing an evil whirlwind witch, I got an impression of lovely fresh air, smelling of grass, ocean, and flowers.

Differences between description and actual experience don't matter, though, for it cannot be denied that BPAL writes some of the most alluring ad copy on the planet. And now I can go sniff a bunch of their scents any day, for free, in my own neighborhood! Have I mentioned I need Knows Perfume to flourish and never, ever leave?



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 27th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
He smells of tonka *snigger* Sorry, I think tonka means something different over here...
Jul. 28th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
The toy trucks? We have those! Or something else?

Apparently in the perfumery world, tonka bean is from a tree that grows in South America, and smells rather like vanilla's exotic cousin.
Aug. 4th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Tonka.... another word for willy.
Aug. 6th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
Ah! Heh. Rhyming slang, maybe? Willy wonka / tonka...
Jul. 28th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Animal attracation
Here is my favourite:

Love Potion No 9. Enjoy! (a bit hard to find though...)


The Illusionist
Aug. 2nd, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Animal attracation
Hmm, looks like Netflix has it, actually! Always like Sandra Bullock. May check that out. Thanks!
Aug. 19th, 2010 09:07 am (UTC)
I haven't seen the whole movie yet but it reminds me of "The Nutty Professor" with Jerry Lewis from 1963.

Love Potion no 9 was made before Sandra became a mega-star in "Speed".

Sandra is an icon in my world of film-actors.

The Illusionist
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