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Perfume review: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s “Aperotos Eros”

Continuing on the perfume reviews, in hopes of becoming better at discerning notes and such.

Tonight I will wear (and review) BPAL’s Aperotos Eros. It’s part of the general catalogue, in the Ars Amatoria collection, and is (currently) available from the lab and priced at 17.50$.

I have failed to find a satisfying picture of the label, but it is the typical label of the Ars Amatoria collection, with a beige background and dark brown lettering wording out the name of the oil and of the lab. Quite stylish.

On to more important stuff..

The lab describes this oil as such:

“Strong as death, and cruel as the grave,
Clothed with cloud and tempest’s blackening breath,
Known of death’s dread self, whom none outbrave,
Strong as death,

Love, brow-bound with anguish for a wreath,
Fierce with pain, a tyrant-hearted slave,
Burns above a world that groans beneath.

Hath not pity power on thee to save,
Love? hath power no pity? Nought he saith,
Answering: blind he walks as wind or wave,
Strong as death.

Unloving love: benzoin, Indian musk, massoia bark, myrrh, ambrette seed, galbanum, bergamot, and fir.”

Wet in the bottle, I can smell the different resin-type notes such as myrrh, benzoin, musk and galbanum. There is a faint note of bergamot in the backround.

Wet on skin, the ambrette seed definitely comes out to play, and the indian musk is much stronger. The other notes are more subdued.

Dry on skin, the notes blend in together to become sort of indistinguishable musky blend. I can smell the pine very faintly.

This oil has a very grounded, very sexy musky feel. It’s definitely not “flighty”, definitely a dark type of perfume. This is a type of oil that probably could work well on a man as well as a woman (something that I consider very good). It’s deep and rich, without being overwhelming. If I had to describe it with a color, I would say a nice, warm sort of brown.

Definitely a keeper in my case (as if I needed more musky scents).


Perfume Review: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s “Hypothermia”

So I have decided I should be doing perfume reviews on here, since it’s one of my passions and I can use them as reference for myself (because, trust me, I have enough bottles to not remember what they all smell like. and that’s not even including samples)


Tonight I will review BPAL’s “Hypothermia”, a limited edition that dates back from the Yuletide 2009 collection (for those of you who might ignore the fact, Yule is the winter solstice sabbat/festival, so it is a collection centered around winter and christmas).  Being a limited edition, it is discontinued, and I bought my own (partial) bottle from a forum user.


So yeah, here is some picture of the packaging. The art on BPAL’s limited edition perfumes is always gorgeous, and I, in general, love the aesthetics of their products a whole lot. I’m not quite sure what the art is supposed to represent, though. Some sort of ice queen using her underlings as a sleigh? Maybe.


The lab’s description of this oil read as follows:

“Poor naked wretches, wheresoe’er you are,
That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm!
How shall your houseless heads, and unfed sides,
Your loop’d and window’d raggedness, defend you
From seasons such as these?

Bone-chilling, heart-stopping cold.”


Well, the description sure explains the art somewhat. “Bone chilling, heart stopping cold” isn’t much as notes description go, and I’m not much trained in the art of distinguishing notes without any sort of hints, but I will do my best.

Wet in the bottle, first, it smells sort of.. sweet? floral? but then I feel some sort of slightly minty smell, mixed with something similar to evergreens or pine trees or fir. I definitely get the “cold” part, but it smells a bit artificial, or forced.


Wet on skin, it smells of the aforementioned things, only less strongly so, mixed with some sort of earthy.. almost chocolate-y? note.


Dry on skin, the earthy note subdues, and the smell of minty coldness is somewhat faint. I would say that this oil, in general, is very subdued, subtle, and doesn’t have that much throw. I feel something sweet mixed in, not that far from the smell of sassafras. There is also a faint dusty feel.


Overall, I feel this is a good one for people who like fresh smelling thing, it has a very very green smell, but it’s definitely subtle and subdued. It was different from my expectations, but not exactly in a bad way. Would do well both on male and female. Personally, it will never be one of my favorites, and not something I would go to on a daily basis, but it is a nice step away from my usual perfume routine. Good for a change.