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Dark Shadows - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s uncommon scents

"What does a lothario or a femme fatale smell like? Would you say gluttony smells thick, sugared and bloated with sweetness — maybe a blend of dark chocolate, vanilla, butter cream and hops with pralines, hazelnut, toffee and caramel? What about places? Do you imagine that Dublin smells of misty forests, damp alder leaves and the gentlest touch of white rose? Beth Moriarty does. At the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab that she runs with her partner, Brian Constantine, Moriarty sets out to solve scent puzzles triggered by memories of emotions, desires, the mood of a specific place or even literary characters.

Moriarty’s curiosity and insatiable need to find answers to her many scent riddles have led to more than 300 Black Phoenix perfume-oil blends, inspired, she says, by magickal (more mystical than magic), pagan, mythological, Renaissance, medieval and Victorian formulas. When Moriarty was 12, she met the master perfumer and master Freemason Hiram Derby, who had learned his trade in the 1940s, in part from New Orleans’ Madame Marie Guischard, a perfumer and voodooienne. Moriarty completed a six-year apprenticeship with Derby and a year with Madame Guischard. She studied Afro-Caribbean root work, perfumery, natural magick, homeopathy, aromatherapy and conceptual theories of hermetic alchemy, all of which she uses to create her historic, artistic and possibly magical fragrances."


Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs throws their doors open for a 72 hour period around the full moon. The next full moon is March 3rd - just in time for [livejournal.com profile] seattlejo's visit. (grin)
patgund: Knotwork (Knotwork)
Dark Shadows - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s uncommon scents

"What does a lothario or a femme fatale smell like? Would you say gluttony smells thick, sugared and bloated with sweetness — maybe a blend of dark chocolate, vanilla, butter cream and hops with pralines, hazelnut, toffee and caramel? What about places? Do you imagine that Dublin smells of misty forests, damp alder leaves and the gentlest touch of white rose? Beth Moriarty does. At the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab that she runs with her partner, Brian Constantine, Moriarty sets out to solve scent puzzles triggered by memories of emotions, desires, the mood of a specific place or even literary characters.

Moriarty’s curiosity and insatiable need to find answers to her many scent riddles have led to more than 300 Black Phoenix perfume-oil blends, inspired, she says, by magickal (more mystical than magic), pagan, mythological, Renaissance, medieval and Victorian formulas. When Moriarty was 12, she met the master perfumer and master Freemason Hiram Derby, who had learned his trade in the 1940s, in part from New Orleans’ Madame Marie Guischard, a perfumer and voodooienne. Moriarty completed a six-year apprenticeship with Derby and a year with Madame Guischard. She studied Afro-Caribbean root work, perfumery, natural magick, homeopathy, aromatherapy and conceptual theories of hermetic alchemy, all of which she uses to create her historic, artistic and possibly magical fragrances."


Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs throws their doors open for a 72 hour period around the full moon. The next full moon is March 3rd - just in time for [livejournal.com profile] seattlejo's visit. (grin)
patgund: Knotwork (Kenya)
A box appeared on my doorstep today.

A box from the pushers at Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs

A bottle of King of Hearts, and two imps of Grand Guignol and Malice

I like Malice, but Grand Guignol's not my cup of chai.
patgund: Knotwork (Kenya)
A box appeared on my doorstep today.

A box from the pushers at Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs

A bottle of King of Hearts, and two imps of Grand Guignol and Malice

I like Malice, but Grand Guignol's not my cup of chai.
patgund: Knotwork (Tigger!)
It's all [livejournal.com profile] seattlejo's fault. Though [livejournal.com profile] aoniedesade certainly could be blamed for it as well....

See, while up in Seattle, my ladylove gave me an "imp" of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's "King of Hearts" scent, which they describe as "Rosewood and black cherry with white musk, red rose, red musk and a spark of lavender."

I can now see why BPAL is the perfume version of crack. This scent works VERY well with me indeed.
patgund: Knotwork (Tigger!)
It's all [livejournal.com profile] seattlejo's fault. Though [livejournal.com profile] aoniedesade certainly could be blamed for it as well....

See, while up in Seattle, my ladylove gave me an "imp" of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's "King of Hearts" scent, which they describe as "Rosewood and black cherry with white musk, red rose, red musk and a spark of lavender."

I can now see why BPAL is the perfume version of crack. This scent works VERY well with me indeed.

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