Black Phoenix Trading Post: Hair Glosses

Black Phoenix Trading Post (BPTP) is the sister shop to Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. While the Lab does perfume oils, the Post does other merchandise like atmosphere sprays, nail polish and t-shirts. Many of their hair glosses, nail polish and atmosphere sprays correspond to other items available at BPAL. Today I will be reviewing five of their hair glosses in the scents Dragon’s Milk, The Moon Reflected in Every Rice Paddy, Sharing the Cake Between the Lion and the Unicorn, Enveloped in Silk, and Holliday. All of these scents are no longer available on the BPTP website.

What is a hair gloss?

Hair gloss or hair oil is a mixture of oils and other ingredients that are meant to make your hair shiny and more manageable. Several perfume house make them with some of their bestselling scents, so not only will your hair look better, it’ll smell better too.

Here is what BPTP has to say about their hair glosses:

“We have combined Tahitian monoi, camelina oil, argan oil, and karanja oil to give your mane a gleaming finishing shine without leaving it gloopy, weighted-down, or greasy. Camelina oil provides a protective coating for the hair follicles, argan oil nourishes stressed hair, enhances elasticity, and repairs cellular damage to the hair strand itself, and a touch of Monoi oil adds moisture and enhances softness. Your hair will be silkier, shinier, glossier, more vibrant, and frizz-free. Black Phoenix’s Hair Gloss is paraben and sulfate free, and contains no petro-chemicals, no GMOs, and no triclosan.”

The Glosses I Purchased

I got decants of five hair glosses: Dragon’s Milk, The Moon Reflected in Every Rice Paddy, Sharing the Cake Between the Lion and the Unicorn, Enveloped in Silk, and Holliday.

Dragon’s Milk

Dragon’s blood resin and honeyed vanilla.

This is the hair gloss version of the beloved BPAL scent of the same name. Dragon’s blood is a weird note on me; I either love it or I hate it. Luckily, I really like this. It’s definitely dragon’s blood, but it’s very evenly balanced with the honey and vanilla. It’s not headshop-y at all, just a little spicy.

The Moon Reflected in Every Rice Paddy

Madagascan vanilla, rice powder, iris root, and pale musk.

This gloss was part of 2017’s Lupercalia collection and it’s received rave reviews across the internet. Vanilla and musk are notes I love,and rice powder sounded like an interesting component. The hype is totally worth it, because it’s a magnificent vanilla with just a hint of powdery rice and iris. It’s stunning.

Sharing the Cake Between the Lion and the Unicorn 

Honey cake

Sharing the Cake was from the 2016 Unicorn collection. I love honey and gourmand scents, so this one was on my wishlist.

It’s exactly what the description says: deliciously rich honey cake. It’s sweet and amazing and I love it.

Enveloped in Silk

Strawberry cream, white musk, and orris root.

After the strawberry success that was Arcana Strawberries Crave Waterfalls, I wanted to find a hair gloss that had that had more strawberry goodness. This totally fits the bill; it smells like super fresh strawberries and a hint of whipped cream. If you like strawberries, you’re gonna LOVE this.

Holliday

Red musk and bourbon vanilla with blackened amber, gunsmoke, honey, and a splash of rum.

The notes for Holliday are much more up my alley. It’s mostly bourbon vanilla, honey and amber with a touch of rum. The musk is in the background to ground it all out. The gunsmoke is subtle, but it adds a little bit of a masculine, smoke note in there. I imagine that this is how Westworld would smell. Sexy, a little dirty and dangerous.

I also received a sample tube of the famous Pink Wig Spray (A glittering cloud of cotton candy and rhinestone white musk). True to the name, this scent is bright, sugary cotton candy with a hint of something else to ground it. It’s super vibrant and fun.

Does it work?

For reference, my hair is long, thick and wavy and I live in a humid climate.

I applied the gloss to mostly dried hair in the morning by spritzing it onto my hands and then running them through my hair. I feel like it definitely made my hair shinier and it helped to hold the waves in place so they didn’t frizz as much. It’s not a miracle product or anything, but it makes my hair look pretty and it smells good. It might do more for frizz if you live in a climate that isn’t tropical.

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Mary Read

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BPAL Mary Read

Salt air, ocean mist, aged patchouli, sarsaparilla, watered-down rum, leather-tinged musk, and a spray of gunpowder.

You know what’s better than a regular pirate? A badass lady pirate. Mary Read was just that, and she pillaged and plundered during the golden age of piracy along side another famous female pirate, Anne Bonny. The scent really sounded evocative of piracy and the Caribbean, so I was happy when an imp of it came along. You can find this scent on the BPAL website for $17.50 US for a full size and $4 US for an imp.

In the bottle: Spicy! I’m getting a lot of sarsaparilla, patchouli. and musk.

On the skin: This is a very strong scent with a lot of throw. The salt and musk really ramp up once applied and you can definitely smell the gunpowder and the leather. The spices tone down a little bit, but they’re still there. This really encapsulates the scent of a pirate without all the sweat and dirt. Jack Sparrow probably smells like this.

TL;DR: A strong mix of salt, spice, musky leather, and gunpowder. Very pirate-y. 4/5.

Arcana: Bee’s Knees

Arcana Bee’s Knees

Peach nectar, eggnog, whipped cream, and sweet rum

In case you haven’t noticed, I love peach. It’s one of my favorite fruits and I love the smell of it too. Arcana’s peach note is particularly lovely, so when I saw this scent that sounds like boozy peaches and cream, I had to try it a decant of it. Bee’s Knees was a special scent for Arcana’s Cocktails for Charity collection that was released in 2015. It’s not currently available, but it sometimes re-appears in December with their Yule collection.

In the bottle: It smells like the lovechild of a peach and Arcana Mother of All Souls. Very boozy, but also quite creamy.

On the skin: Oh, this is really good. The booze calms down a bit, but you still get a lot of the eggnog spices like nutmeg. The peaches and whipped cream are sweet and rich. The rum rounds it out with just a little kick. It’s super festive.

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C’mon, I couldn’t NOT mention “The Bee Movie” in a bee related post,

TL;DR: Peaches and cream with eggnog spices and non-boozy rum. Perfect for the holidays. 5/5.

 

Arcana: Mother of All Souls

Arcana Mother of All Souls

Three dark, decadent vanillas entwine around white chocolate, a small sip of rum, and one drop of French cognac.

After having smelled the heaven that is Solstice Scents Cenobite, I’ve been on a quest to find a replacement scent since Cenobite was discontinued (WHYYYY). Many people on here recommended the recently released Mother of All Souls by Arcana, which is another boozy vanilla scent that seems quite similar to Cenobite. This scent is part of the Arcana Doll Parts collection; it was recently brought back and you can purchase it on Arcana’s ebay page for $19 US.

In the bottle: WHY HELLO THERE COGNAC. This is the first thing that hits my nose. Super strong cognac and a rich vanilla; boozy vanilla is an understatement here. While the cognac here is very realistic smelling, it is aggressive.

On the skin: Once applied, the cognac disappears almost completely and what remains is a soft vanilla with a subtle chocolaty edge. There’s also a tiny hint of the rum. I find that it stays close to the skin. In terms of Cenobite, I tried them on opposite wrists and here is what I found: Cenobite is much richer and stronger with a sexy edge, while Mother of All Souls is gentler and delicate with a feminine edge. Therefore, I would not call this a dupe of Cenobite. I think it’s actually closer to Arcana’s Two Finger Ballet, with TFB being more gourmand; Mother of All Souls is TFB’s bartender older sister.

TL;DR: Soft vanilla with a hint of chocolate and rum. NOT a dupe for Cenobite. 3.5/5

Sixteen92: All the World’s a Stage

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Sixteen92 All the World’s a Stage

Rum-soaked apricots, dark chocolate, hazelnut liqueur, praline, amber, bourbon vanilla

This scent was the Sixteen92 2015 Circle Exclusive that came with the Women of Shakespeare collection. It’s tricky to find for that reason, but I managed to find half a bottle through the indie community on reddit. The notes are right up my alley and I was just in a production of “As You Like It”, so I had to get my hands on it. This scent has been discontinued, unfortunately, so you would have to buy it from someone who happens to have it.

In the bottle: I’m getting primarily chocolate, hazelnut and booze. Its sweet and gourmand, but not sugary.

On the skin: The apricots and praline come forward with a healthy dose of rum. The chocolate still lingers in the background with the hazelnut. There’s just a hint of amber in there to ground everything. I don’t get much vanilla, but I’m okay with that. Nothing in this smells artificial either. For some reason, there is something almost holiday-esque about this; the smell reminds me of a Christmas Pudding. The throw is good too. On me, the scent lasted for about 4 hours. If you like gourmands, but hate it when they’re too sweet, try to find a bottle of this.

TL;DR: Fruity, nutty dessert goodness. 4/5