So anyone who knows me knows that I’m obsessed with scents. From incenses to bath products, to candles, I just like it when stuff smells great. And the scents I like change with the seasons. Obviously, Autumn is a great time for anything pumpkin related, but I don’t want to smell that at all in the Spring. Also, lighter scents are great for the Summer, when you’re sweating and anything too strong can be a little gross, but I can handle heavier, woodier, warmer scents in the Winter.
So it should come as no surprise that I have a deep, abiding love affair with Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs oils. They create such unique, rich, multilayered scents that my heart goes pitter-pat everytime I open a bottle to sniff a new concoction. And it should also come as no surprise that I change my roster out with the season.
In the Autumn, I like richer, spicier scents. Anything fruity/foody is good, as long as it’s kind of a heavier fruity. I save things like peach and strawberry for Spring and Summer. But deep rich pumpkin, wine, tobacco, spices, and Halloween candy are welcome and appreciated.
So here’s my lineup for this Autumn:
(Most descriptions are taken directly from their website, or if not found there, from Scentbase.)
All Souls- “An incense blend that invokes the higher qualities of mercy and compassion, mingled with the soft, sugared currant scent of offertory soul cakes.”
Blue Pumpkin Floss- “Puffy clouds of pumpkin candyfloss with a trickle of blackberry juice.”
Bonfire- A single note that really does smell like an Autumn bonfire
Calaveras- “Clever little satirical poems in the style of epitaphs written to tease the living and ease grief over a loved one’s passing. Xocolatl, tequila, copal incense, smoke-dried jalapeños, vanilla pods, and cajeta.”
Creepy- “This is the scent of butterscotch-kissed, caramel-smothered red apples spiked with a blast of coconut rum.”
Fizzy Jack O’Lantern– “1.5 oz gin
½ oz dry sherry
½ oz lemon juice
1 tsp pumpkin butter
2 dashes of Averna amaro
Pour the gin, sherry, lemon juice, pumpkin butter, and liqueur to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake that mofo and strain it into a rocks glass filled with ice and a strong, spicy ginger ale. Stir gently, and garnish with a cinnamon stick or human finger bone.
Pumpkin #1 (2006)- “Pumpkin with pear, white wine grapes, and jasmine-laced tea.”
Samhain– “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.”
Visions of Autumn I- “White cedar, black pepper, golden amber, bay leaf, and 4-year aged oudh.”
The ones that are listed with links are available now, and if there are no links, they’re from years past and no longer available. I’m realizing that I’m still wearing oils from 2006. But they still smell AMAZING. You can search for them on Ebay, or look at their new Halloweenie scents for 2016. I’ve also been switching out some of the ‘Witchcraft’ scents from The Pickman Gallery, and they’re all pretty amazing too.
I’ll be wearing these from roughly Mabon until a week or two before Yule, at which point, I’ll switch them out for the Winter BPALs.
You can also see Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs in person at DragonCon every year, and sniff until you can’t sniff anymore. Give them a shot!
Blessed be. 🙂