BPAL 2014 Halloween review and giveaway

Win the Weenies: BPAL Halloween Giveaway

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BPAL 2014 Halloween review and 5 oil giveaway

Congratulations to our winner: Jennifer M! And thanks to everyone who entered.

Ask yourself the following questions…

    Is Halloween your favorite holiday of the year?
    Do you start planning your costume on Nov 1st the year BEFORE?
    Do you think there is no such thing as too many pumpkin spice options?

Then, have we got a giveaway for you! Because if you answered “yes” to all of the above, then you need to acquaint yourself with the BPAL Halloween collection.

Lovingly dubbed Halloweenies, this yearly launch from the gorgeous ghoulies at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab puts a scent to everything from ancient macabre tales to a modern-day toilet papering, with a good dose of leaves, sugar and pumpkin scattered throughout. It is in a word; intoxicating. And time and time again remains my favorite BPAL collection of the year.

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As always, the limited edition collection contains some revisits, new scents and new additions to classic categories.

Let’s jump right in like a big ol’ fresh raked pile of leaves! Here are the five scents we got to check out, and the five scents we’re giving you a chance to win…

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Pumpkin Spice Everything – single note.

Did you know BPAL did single notes? What’s a single note? Why, just what it says it is. Sometimes you know exactly what to expect. Sometimes less so (as in one of the other Weenie single notes this year; Fog Machine Juice!)

But here, you know what’s coming. This is pure spice. The scent all pumpkin spice items long to be. The scent that drives all us basic bitches crazy. Pure pumpkin dusted with cinnamon and allspice, that is neither too candle, nor too cookie.

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Pumpkin I – Pumpkin cream with cardamom, black tea, allspice, and ginger milk.

Folks who like their pumpkin a bit sexier will want to take Pumpkin I for a sniff (it’s from the annual Pumpkin Patch category.) This is warm pumpkin scent, like a pie fresh from the oven, served with a dollop of cream and a cup of spicy tea. It’s like having Thanksgiving dessert in India! And it smells as delicious as you’d imagine.

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Sonnet d’Automne – Tenebrous Love: a shivering white musk with vanilla-infused white cocoa, amber incense, and dead, dry leaves.

This scent is an interpretation of the piece of the same name by french poet Charles Baudelaire. Sonnet d’Automne appeared in Fleurs du mal, meaning Flowers of Evil, which “expressed the changing nature of beauty in modern, industrializing Paris during the 19th century.”

This smells exactly like a moonlit walk on a crisp night. There are leaves crushing beneath your feet and cold moisture in the air. I don’t get much vanilla or cocoa, but the amber does creep out on the dry down, as does mint from somewhere. It’s a beautiful fall aquatic scent.

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Another category within the collection is an ode to the fall; Seven Visions of Autumn. The eternal heat we’ve been having in Los Angeles directly lead to this scent journey, “a winding path of memory and longing.”

I love what Beth wrote about it: “Though (autumn) harbingers the onset of the death of the year, it rings in a peculiar melancholy, a bittersweet life of its own. The harvest ensures the strength of the community, the leaves fall to give renewed life to the earth, and the winds and wildfires cast away the detritus and make way for new growth. Autumn is equal parts grief and compassion. It is the soul’s twilight: the dusk of reflection before the solitude of winter.”

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so beautifully describe a season before!

Visions of Autumn III – Bourbon vanilla, aged patchouli, honey, and Ceylon cinnamon.

Wow, where’s the oud coming from in this? Oud is all I smell. Not that that is a bad thing. 2013’s Tricksy turned out to be my favorite weenie last year and that was patchouli, oud and Manuka honey. Hmm, maybe it’s the patchouli and honey in III that is giving me oud flashbacks? Here’s what you need to know, this is gorgeous; earthy perfection.

Visions of Autumn IV – Somalian myrrh, orange blossom, champaca flower, and verbena.

This is the chameleon of the bunch for me, and perhaps, my favorite of all. The verbena comes on strong, almost soapy at first. But it fades quickly and what’s left behind is the sweetness of the flowers grounded by the deepness of the myrrh. Just lovely.

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And now, we want you to sniff them all! Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below and you could be our next BPAL winner. Good luck!

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50 thoughts on “Win the Weenies: BPAL Halloween Giveaway”

  1. fall scent , don’t have any.
    For me it doesn’t exist fall, winter,or summer,I wear the scent, make up shade, nail polish shade,or clothes color I love the whole year long,I don’t fallow trends or seasons. Basically I can wear the same shade polish all year long.

    For me vanilla, is always great scent all year long , it may always be mix with another scent, for example Vanilla blackberry currant, vanilla sugar etc.

  2. All of these sound great! I love “autumn” scents in general, but picking an absolute favourite usually comes down to a toss-up between campfires, apple cider, and dried leaves.

  3. My fave scents for fall are pumpkin and apple. I love Blue Pumpkin Floss from BPAL. Every once in a while I’ll bust out Snow.Glass.Apples. That is, by far, the BEST.

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  5. Wow, Thank You for this Awesome Giveaway! I am an Aromatherapy Fanatic, if it Smells Good than I Got to have it! I Literally Sniff Everything before I Will Buy it and My Mom Calls me a Little Hippie b/c I am Always Burning my Lavender Vanilla or Frankincense & Myrrh Candles and Incense! I Hooked on Essential Oils b/c When I Was Working in the Spa as an Esthetician We Used Scented Oils All the Time Even in the Carrier Oils for Facials! I Was in a Motorcycle Wreck a Few Years Back on Halloween of All Nights, and I Have Horrible Neck Pain & Headaches Every Single Day so at Night I Use Epsom Salts with Lavender Essential Oil in a Hot Tub and it Does Help Some With the Pain! Fall is My Favorite Time of Year and I Especially Love the Cooler Weather (Not a Fan of Summer Time or the Heat!)I Love All the Scents of Fall and Narrowing it Down to One is Very Hard but I Love Vanilla or Pumpkin a Lot so Pumpkin Pie is Probablly My Favorite but I also Love the Smell before the Snow and it Amazes me that, that Smell Can be Bottled! Now I am Really Curious to Know What the Pile of Leaves Smells Like! Anyways, Sorry for Rambling but I Really Love Essential Oils and Anything that Smells Heavenly! Thanks Again for this Chance & Have a Blessed Day! Jana

  6. I’m not sure if there is a name for the scent that reminds me of fall, but it brings to mind the first day that it’s really cold enough to finally wear my favorite fuzzy sweater & there’s a crispness to the air almost like biting into an apple that’s straight off of the tree. A hint of woodsmoke from someone using their fireplace and the soft almost musky scent of leaves that are being burned after the fun of jumping into the freshly raked piles. Warm spices & vanilla from all the baked goods that are waiting to be taken somewhere to be shared with loved ones. All those things & more come to my mind & invade my senses when I think of autumn days that go too quickly before the chill of winter sets in & gets us prepared once again for spring’s reawakening & renewal.

  7. My favorite scent used to be Tea for Two. It smelled like an imaginary uncle’s library: tea, tobacco, leaves.

  8. I have never tried BPAL but certainly would love to try it. My favorite fall scents are pumpkin, apple, cranberry & vanilla. Thanks for the awesome giveaway BPAL sounds absolutely extraordinary!

  9. Pumpkin I sounds amazing! I am a-ok with smelling like pie 24/7. Sonnet d’Automne also sounds really intriguing.

  10. oooh, what a fabulous collection! Visions of Autumn III sounds especially lovely! I haven’t tried anything from BPAL in years, but now I’m wondering why I stopped collecting :)

  11. My favorite autumn scent is the smell of a bonfire on a chilly night. The smoky crackling wood and the crisp air, it’s wonderful. Definitely the scent I miss most, now that I live in LA, where autumn is more of an extension of summer.

  12. I found out about this brand from reddit and I so excited to get the chance to win these products. If I win these, I’m definitely going to be looking forward to Pumpkin I. Ginger milk? Mmmmmmmmm………

  13. My favorite autumn scent is woodsmoke coming from a chimney while I am outside in the chill. Of these BPAL scents, Sonnet d’Automne sounds best to me. Thanks for the draw.

  14. Ooh these all sound amazing! Fave autumn scent is damp leaves on the ground and hot cider and fresh cider donuts at the orchard!

  15. This may sound weird.. but my favorite scent is the smell of the decorations! Like when you walk into a craft store, and all of the fake wreaths are scented? I’m weird hah!

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