Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Theodosius, the Legerdemain

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BPAL Theodosius, the Legerdemain

Earl Grey tea leaves, a white fougere, jasmine leaf, pearlescent white musk, and vanilla bean.

Since I was a little kid, I’ve always had a thing for carnival or circus related things. When I saw that BPAL had a collection called “Carnival Diabolique”, you know I immediately checked it out. This particular scent caught my eye because it seems to be in the same scent family of Dorian and Jareth, with the main focus being on the fougere. I was curious to see how this would compare to the other members of this perfume group. You can purchase this on the BPAL website for $24 US.

In the bottle: Very lemon, which is weird because lemon is not listed as a note. Perhaps its there along side the Earl Grey.

On the skin: The Earl Grey tea is quite strong in this blend, alongside the prominent lemon. It’s less sweet than Dorian and less floral than Jareth. Its definitely the most masculine smelling of those three though. I can detect some jasmine leaf, but it isn’t overwhelming for once. Its more similar to Dorian than it is to Jareth.

TL;DR: A less sweet version of Dorian with a stronger tea note. Masculine. 4/5.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Wicked

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A sophisticated, womanly scent: rich myrrh and jasmine draped in the subtlest rose.

This little guy was a free sample that I received with a previous order. I was hesitant with this one, since jasmine usually hates me. You can buy it on BPAL’s website. It’s $17.50 US for a 5mL full size or $4 US for a sample Imp.

In the bottle: Oh boy. Okay. Upon smelling the bottle, I was pretty much socked in the jaw by the most powerful jasmine note I have ever smelled. It’s so powerful that I honestly find it to be a little overpowering. The myrrh and the rose were just barely detectable. Even though the rose is faint, it was still enough to give me a headache (rose notes generally do that to me). The scent itself is a little too “grandma’s vanity” for me, way too floral and strong.

On the skin: I couldn’t bring myself to put this on my skin because it just gave me a headache. The jasmine is out for blood and I’m not having it. If you like jasmine, then you might really enjoy this, but this scent is my kryptonite.

TL;DR: Aggressive, angry jasmine. Smells like an evil grandma. HELL NO/5.