I have a BPAL Underpants dupe for you…
Hello we heartsters. Just a quickie to alert you to two must-haves from the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab holiday launch (Yule 2013.) Actually, I’m sure there are more must-haves in here. How could there not be from a collection with 60+ scents in it? But, these are absolutely, positively, go buy right now, must-haves.
Any BPAL fanatic knows of Underpants. Maybe they even, like me, have a near empty imp somewhere that they paid a stupid amount of money for just to catch a slight whiff of the scent that BPAL dreams are made of. If you are not this kind of fanatic, allow me to explain…
Underpants is an oil from 2006 that was developed as an ode to the moderators of bpal.org. It was from the beloved Monster Bait collection. Its description, Who doesn’t want a monster in their pants? Sexy sugar-smeared saffron sandalwood over lickable vanilla cream with a splash of butter rum. And to say it was heavenly is like saying the Sistine Chapel has a pretty painted ceiling.
This folks, is a BFD.
Now, it’s not entirely identical. But its notes; orange blossom, neroli, white musk, shimmering amber, yellow sandalwood, Himalayan cedar, radiant saffron, and golden honey, evoke the warm, saffron-laced gorgeousness of Underpants. And you need a bottle pronto.
Another must have is Stardust ($23). And I knew from the first read that I needed this oil:
“When the holidays roll around, not everyone has mistletoe, caroling and cookies on their minds. This scent is a paean to celebrating hard: nights covered in glitter and dusted with cocaine, flutes of Cristal clutched in shaky hands, leather and lace, the Spiders From Mars in the background, and twisting, sweaty limbs entangled in dark corners. Hairspray and cigarette smoke is the incense in this temple to decadence, strobe and mirrors replace the devotional candles, and Bolan sings the hymns. This scent is for everyone that has every drifted off into Quaalude-induced reverie to the beat of a tribal 4-on-the-floor: the sound of Mott the Hoople, Sweet, Slade or the Dolls.
This scent reflects the futurism, self-indulgence and excess of the Glitter 70′s: champagne, white mandarin, tuberose, ylang ylang and flashing white musk with jonquil, tobacco flower, Queen of the Night blossom, white sandalwood and a pale poppy.”
It’s anti-Christmas, hedonistic, and completely sexy. And I think whether you were around during that time, or have just studied it through the music and photographs (like I have), you will be able to close your eyes, sniff and be transported. And, my god, what more do you want from a perfume? (Bonus, it smells really delicious! White floral lovers will be pleased.)
Honestly, stop right now and go get both…