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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Coraline Collection Review

Black Phoenix Alchemy Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection Review

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Happy Saturday! I’m so glad it’s October! I thought it would be the perfect time to share the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Coraline Collection. Coraline is based off of a book (and movie) by Neil Gaiman. Keep in mind, that scents are very subjective. How something smells to me and on me may differ from your experience as my personal body chemistry is different from yours. Additionally, I have bad allergies that never cease, so sometimes I can’t discern complex scent notes.

About Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab specializes in formulating intriguing, compelling body and household blends with a dark, romantic, and sexual tone. Our scents run the aesthetic gamut of romance era, Renaissance, Medieval and Victorian formulas, pagan and mythological blends, and horror / Gothic-themed scents. By utilizing our knowledge of homeopathy and aromatherapy, the conceptual theories of hermetic alchemy, and the aesthetic artistry of perfumery, we have mastered the art of encapsulating allegorical ideas into singular olfactory experiences.

We believe in compassionate consumerism, and in giving as much back to the community as we can through charitable contributions, volunteer work, and by supporting fair trade and self-sustaining growers whenever possible. We participate in the Green Power for a Green LA program at work and in our homes, and have participated in fundraisers for many fine organizations, including the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the Orangutan Foundation UK, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Covenant House, the Red Cross, and the Humane Society.

Animal Testing Policy
With the exception of our honey-based products, everything that comes from BPAL is vegan, and we abhor animal testing. Black Phoenix does not test on animals, and we do not work with companies that utilize animal testing. Black Phoenix is entirely cruelty-free, as our four dogs, many fish, and resident cat will attest. All products are tested on staff, family, and friends.

The Website Says
This series is based on the characters, locations, and ideas found within the pages of Neil Gaiman’s novel, ‘Coraline’. This is a charitable, not-for-profit venture: proceeds from every single bottle go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which works to preserve and protect the First Amendment rights of the comics community. All illustrations for the Coraline series are by Vera Brosgol. All characters and scent descriptions are the intellectual property of Neil Gaiman and used with his permission.

Price for the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Coraline Collection
$26.00 per 5ml bottle.
Sample sizes, aka imps, are not available in this collection.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Mr. Bobo Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection

Mr. Bobo
Cooking herbs, pickles, and mouse fur. I definitely smell pickles!

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab The Ghost Children Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection

The Ghost Children
In the perfume, BPAL tried to capture the blue-violet-white of an afterimage and the silence of a snuffed candle. The scent is dry with age, taut with loss, grief, and heartbreak, and sorrowful in the unspeakable desolation of simply being forgotten.  It’s strange, sad and cold.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab The Other Hot Chocolate Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection

The Other Hot Chocolate
Mmmm chocolate.

 Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Miss Forcible Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection

Miss Forcible
A classic vintage musk. A dark musk.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab The Snow Globe Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection

The Snow Globe
Cold leaded glass, bone chip snow, and glycerin. A chilling scent.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab The Other Mother's Right Hand Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection

The Other Mother’s Right Hand
A scrabbling, skittering, clacking scent: white as bone, black as a beetle, and red as blood – orris root, vetiver, and daemonorops. Smells like incense to me.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab The Silver Stream Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection

The Silver Stream
Bittersweet: the scent of forgetfulness, peace, and oblivion. Like asphodel petals on moonlit water. A sort of strange, powdery scent.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Coraline Jones Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection

Coraline Jones
Dry grass, clean skin, and a little bit of mossy berry. This actually reminds me of clean cotton.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab The Other Miss Forcible Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection

The Other Miss Forcible
Maybe a touch of apple and wood. I can’t really identify the individual notes.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab The Other Miss Pink Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection

The Other Miss Spink
This one smells like lightly flowery.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Mouse Circus Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection
Mouse Circus
A toodle oodle of pink cotton candy noses, vanilla spun sugar fur, scattered kernels of popcorn, and a touch of polished golden wood.This one makes me smile. It immediately smells of popcorn and then a hint of cotton candy.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab The Cat Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection

The Cat
Sleek, black, dark, and clever: benzoin, honey, cedar, and dark musk. Very dark with a hint of honey.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Miss Spink Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection

Miss Spink
A grand, over-the-top tuberose gardenia. This has a very sweet, flowery scent to me. I like it.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Tea Leaves Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection

Tea Leaves
This has a pine and bitters smell to me.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab The Beldam Neil Gaiman Coraline Collection

The Beldam
This has a dark, syrupy cherry smell to me.

You may think 5 ml isn’t very much in a bottle for a perfume, but trust me, these perfumes are potent and pack a punch! These bottles will last you a long time!

I’m a huge fan of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Series and I fell in love with Coraline when we watched the movie, so I love seeing this collection. I think the scents are fun and unusual.

My favorites
The Beldam, Miss Spink, Mouse Circus, The Other Hot Chocolate

Have you heard of Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs? What are your favorite scents by them? Are you a Neil Gaiman fan?

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      I think I’d like Mouse Circus and Coraline Jones!

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    • Sirvinya

      I’ve fallen a lot in love with BPAL since I managed to see them in person at Dragon Con this year! I actually got one or two samples from the collection so now I’m going to have to dig it out to test.

    • kissmysparkle

      I’ve (literally) tried thousands of BPAL blends, and they are by far the best out there. Beth has extensive training in perfumery, and really knows what she’s doing. I haven’t tried any of the Coraline blends yet, but I really want to!

    • http://www.cinseven13.blogspot.com/ cinseven13

      I need a few of these….narrowing it down is always tough!

    • Quinctia

      I’m safe, no ginger-y ones! Those are my weakness.

    • kendrixloves

      Sorry, I know this comment is late but I have a stupid question: What is the application like? Is there a dropper or do you just dab on the wrist straight out of the bottle?

    • lumay1966

      I used order darky, earthy scents from BPAL, but I haven’t done so in ages. I find the site a bit overwhelming now, as there are soooo many fragrances.

    • Elizabeth Barrial

      Thank you, Phyrra!

    • Rachel McKenzie

      YEA!!! The Cat and The Other Miss Forcible are in heavy rotation at my house!

    • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

      kendrixloves there’s no dropper. you just dab it straight on the wrist