Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller

BPAL Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller

Red musk, vanilla bean, pomegranate, black currant, patchouli leaf and wild plum.

I think that patchouli gets a bad reputation. Yes, it can smell like a hippie who hasn’t bathed in two weeks, but if blended right, it can be earthy and rich and very sexy. This particular scent is considered one that you need to try if you like patchouli, so a friend sent me a decant of it. Since I love pretty much every note in it, I was very excited to finally try it. You can buy this scent on the BPAL website for $24 US for 5mL.

In the bottle: Mostly patchouli, with a berry undertone. This is a dark, dirty patchouli with a lot of earthiness and I like that.

On the skin: The patchouli is…gone? Despite being a very powerful note, I can’t smell the patch anymore and it’s really weird. Instead, I’m getting tart pomegranate and a very red wine kind of smell, possibly from the currant. I’m really disappointed by this! I wanted a fruit and patch blend and I’m not getting that at all. It’s just boozy and sour on me.

TL;DR: Tart pomegranate and red wine. No patch when on the skin. Disappointing. 3/5.


Twisted Wonderland: Silent Hill Linen and Body Spray

Silent Hill

The combination of foggy air, deep fire smoke, dark pomegranate, and hints of overturned dirt and honey.

Silent Hill is one of my favorite video game series, so when I saw that there was a perfume based on it, I had to try it out. Plus, the notes seemed right up my alley with the smoke and honey. You can buy this from the Twisted Wonderland website for $8 US.

In the bottle: Its sweeter than I expected. I’m getting mostly artificial pomegranate here, with some fog and dirt.

On the skin: Somehow, the essence of Silent Hill was captured in a bottle. You can literally smell the fog, with just a hint of smoke from a long-since extinguished fire. The honey and the no-longer-artificial pomegranate are really nice notes, adding just enough sweetness and fruity freshness to remind you that this is still perfume/body spray. It really does remind you of an old, abandoned town, but the scent is still pleasant and wearable. It truly evokes the game series; I half-expected Pyramid Head to leap out of my closet.

I do want to note that this is the body spray version of the scent, not the perfume oil, so there might be some small differences between the two. I have not tried the perfume oil, however, meaning that I can’t compare.

TL;DR: Foggy, atmospheric and slightly sweet from pomegranate and honey. Very evocative of Silent Hill. 4/5.