“Say nothing for the Bedlam might be listening”
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is known for making unique and whimsical scents. This time, as they have in the past, they are drawing inspiration from the literary works of Neil Gaiman. I got lucky enough to receive some of their concoctions from the Coraline collection.
Some may remember the name from the 2009 film, but I prefer the graphic novel version myself. An only child, Coraline struggles with living in a new place and escapes into another world where things are quite similar to her own. As she explores she finds more sinister motives to the cast of characters on the other side of the locked door. Coraline is a story about overcoming fears and exploring the imagination.
BPAL’s lovely oils are housed in 5ml small amber bottles. No crazy shaped bottle necessary. They are best kept in cool, dark spots. While unnecessary, keeping mine in the fridge makes for chilly pick-me-up while preparing to go out. This keeps the fragrance stable, prolonging the life of each bottle (they can last for years!)
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab uses all vegan ingredients with the exception of honey-based scents. They are strictly oils, meaning no unnecessary fillers like alcohol or synthetics. And one big positive of BPAL is their oils are never tested on animals.
The BPAL Coraline Collection has another awesome selling point that includes a charity that comic geeks will love. A proceed of all sales of the scents go toward the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. This organization is dedicated to defending First Amendment rights for members of the comic book community.
The scents for this collection are based on some of the characters within the story including Coraline herself. The we heart this team had the chance to sniff, test and wear each scent in this fun collection.
Mr. Bobo – Cooking herbs, pickles, and mouse fur.
The Cat – Sleek, black, dark, and clever: benzoin, honey, cedar, and dark musk.
Coraline Jones – Dry grass, clean skin, and a little bit of mossy berry.
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.
Miss Spink – A grand, over-the-top tuberose gardenia a bit of tea splash and biscuit crumbs.
Miss Forcible – A classic vintage musk – also with a bit of tea splash and biscuit crumbs.
we’re dying over these adorable illustrations by Vera Brosgol!
My favorite by far is The Cat with it’s dark notes of cedar, honey and musk. I have been wearing The Cat during work and cannot stop sniffing my wrists. When I think of a sleek black cat, this scent fits perfectly.
Mr. Bobo is one of the more unique of the collection, there is a definite briny scent of pickles! I’ve never smelled anything quite like it. It is a more masculine scent overall. Coraline Jones is lighter, reminding me of a berry-scented soap. The soap suds note seems to fade on skin, leaving just a clean berry scent left behind.
Because Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab uses blends of oil, the scent does not fade as fast as alcohol based perfumes. My favorite spots to apply the oil are my wrists and collarbone.
Curious about the rest of the Coraline collection? Make sure to check the comments to see what our review team thought of the oils that capture the whimsical characteristics of Neil Gaiman’s book.
Readers – What do you think of the BPAL Coraline Collection? Which character scent are you drawn to?
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Lucy loves Lady Gaga, lattes, trashy television and anything zombies. She’s a geeky girl who likes tech gadgets, reading tons of books, playing with gender roles and is constantly surrounded by a small army of cats.
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