Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Laughter of Loki

BPAL Laughter of Loki

Serpentine green musk with fiery red ginger, sweet basil, alder leaf, white patchouli, cistus, and mistletoe.


Ever since I began looking into indie perfumes, this one has always been on the top of my wish list. Laughter of Loki is from the 2014 Ragnarok collection, which was limited edition. It’s highly coveted and it has been permanently sold out for years, with bottles going for up to $100 on ebay. Luckily, I was offered a decant of it by a lovely user on the BPAL forum, and I was then gifted an almost full bottle of it by some very kind friends.

I’ve always loved reading about mythology, especially Norse mythology, and Loki was always my favorite. When I saw this, I knew I needed to find it. The notes are also super interesting and unusual, especially red ginger, basil, and mistletoe. Hell, I didn’t even know that you could put mistletoe in perfume! So, did this perfume live up to all the hype that I built up for it?

As mentioned before, this scent is sold out and it doesn’t look like it will come back, so you would have to find someone who is selling a bottle.

In the bottle: Very green. I think I’m getting the alder leaf and mistletoe here.

On the skin: Now we’re talking! It’s less green now, and the musk has come forward alongside the patchouli. The green notes are still there but they’ve moved to the back. There’s a tiny kick of the ginger and basil in there to surprise you. “Serpentine” in the description fits it well. It’s very sexy and there’s something distinctly warm about it. It fits Loki perfectly. It really is a scent that needs to be accompanied by a sly, curled smile and a twinkle of mischief in the eye.

TL;DR: Sexy musk, patchouli and greenery with a bite of ginger and basil. Very Loki. 5/5.


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