Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - Snake Oil

''By far, our most popular scent! Magnetic, mysterious, and exceedingly sexual in nature. A blend of exotic Indonesian oils sugared with vanilla.'' (BPAL)

In the Bottle: When I first sniffed this perfume oil, it immediately reminded me of an exotic Indian (Indian from India, not Native American) store and the incense they're usually burning in those stores. The scent is warm and welcoming. My sister, on the other hand, said it reminds her of old navy socks. Don't ask me how she knows what navy socks smell like. I liked it a lot and she found the smell repulsive.

On Skin: If you believe it or not, I tried this perfume before I went to bed. Just a drop for my both wrists and I couldn't stop smelling it. It was even better than in the bottle! I couldn't agree more with the BPAL description of it: sensual, mysterious, exotic, warm and magnetic. Once I went to bed, I kept my hands above the blanket (even though I was freezing) just that I could smell it. And I must tell you - it was a wonderful night. Every time I woke up, the smell would rock me back to my dreams.
No wonder why this is one of their most popular scents!
After a while the vanilla really stepped forward and it's not that cheap vanilla. It's more like sleeping on the soft and warm vanilla cloud.
More than 17 hours later, I could still smell it!!! I wanted to make sure it's not just me, so I asked my mother and sister to smell my wrist. They were both blown away by the scent! And my sister though the scent was repulsive in the bottle... now she was all like - which perfume is that? It smells divine! =)

I could go on and on about how much I like this one. But I won't. The fact is that 3 out of 4 family members liked the smell in the bottle, and 4 out of 4 liked it on my skin. It's also the longest lasting scent I've ever had/used. And I used just a little drop.

If you'll ever order from their site, make sure you get Snake Oil also. You can order a sample in smaller glass vials called imp's ears which are approximately $3.5 (depends on which scent you'd like to have a sample of).

You can get this perfume oil on BPAL website for $15 for a 5mL bottle.

All BPAL perfumes (with the exception of honey products) are vegan and completely animal friendy. All perfumes are tested on Elizabeth. =)

Thank you for looking!


  1. You make this sound so good! The scent sounds delicious :-)

  2. I need this! and I am so checking out the ones with honey!

  3. It smells delicious too! =)

  4. I knew you would. I mentioned honey on purpose. ;)

  5. Sounds intriguing! :) Have to check it out! My favourite perfume is Naomi Campbell Mystery. Does it remind it in any way?

  6. No, it's nothing like Mystery. This one is exotic, warm and sweet, Naomi's Mystery is woody, sweet but also citrus-y.

  7. This is one of the first ones I ever got, it's YUM! So glad you like it. It's hugely popular of course! And I know what you mean about the incense thing - that's exactly what I thought of when I first smelled it!

  8. Which ones do you have and do you like them?

  9. I hadn't heard of BPAL before, and after poking around their website for a few, I am intrigued... I adore how their site is peppered with original Alice illustrations, poetry, and random artwork. Good find, and I am so excited to order some stuff now. I can tell I am going to really enjoy following your blog and recommendations.

  10. I agree with you. Most people just give up on their site, because it has hidden places. =) It's a nice place though. And thank you, Karen, I hope I'll live up to your expectations. =)

  11. I've heard a lot about the Snake Oil, but I've yet to check out scent descriptions. Thanks for including this. I also think it's a huge bonus how you always get samples of other smells. And for Halloween, oh man, there is a plethora of new smells they come out with that are divine.

    You might want to include a link to their forums since paying with paypal is so much easier than using their CC way of paying.

  12. I bet they have tons of great smells. =) I will include link to their forums next time. Thanks for reminding me!

  13. Nea/ fashioned in FinlandJanuary 27, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    I love exotic scents and I think I want this one :D

  14. I know BPAL and has not yet the chance to try Snake Oil. I love intense, exotic, incensy, sensual/sexual scents. It seems to be the case of Snake Oil.

    I have read ton of reviews of it and your makes me even more want to order it. (Problem is that I want LOT of their scents :))

    Have you checked their forum? http://www.bpal.org/

    You have many hours for reading :)

  15. Yep, I've already registered at the forum. But there is sooooooo much to read. =)

  16. I knew I would love their scents, they have that vibe that fits well with my personality. I'll definitely be getting this one.

  17. I've looked around on their website before. I almost ordered but didn't. This scent intrigued me. I do like the smell of inscense so I would like this one. That's amazing that it lasted that long on your skin. It must love you.


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