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“And so he would now study perfumes, and the secrets of their manufacture, distilling heavily-scented oils, and burning odourous gums from the East. He saw that there was no mood of the mind that had not its counterpart in the sensuous life, and set himself to discover their true relations, wondering what there was in frankincense that made one mystical, and in ambergris that stirred one’s passions, and in violets that woke the memory of dead romances, and in musk that troubled the brain, and in champak that stained the imagination; and seeking often to elaborate a real psychology of perfumes, and to estimate the several influences of sweet-smelling roots, and scented pollen-laden flowers, or aromatic balms, and of dark and fragrant woods, of spikenard that sickens, of hovenia that makes men mad, and of aloes that are said to be able to expel melancholy from the soul.”

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About the Lab

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.

Inspired by a vast range of influences, from the passion and decadence of the

Fin de Siècle movement to the ghastliest of Lovecraftian monstrosities, we specialize in eliciting emotional responses through perfume and creating unique, masterfully molded scent environments that capture legends and folklore, poetry, and the stuff of dreams and nightmares.

Though we are at times campy, and sometimes very tongue-in-cheek, we never lose sight of our one true goal: moving the soul and spirit through the unbridled artistry of scent, and remaining unbound by conventional fashion.

Simply put: this is no ordinary perfume house.

Artfully Handcrafted Perfumes

We pride ourselves on the artistry of our products, and our skill in their creation. We have over fifteen years of experience in the field, and our joy is our work. All of our products are hand-blended here in our laboratory. Integrity and dedication is vitally important to us, and we do our best to provide the best possible product and slavishly good service to all our clients.

Socially Conscious

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. Since the day we first opened our doors, helping support and strengthen marginalized communities has been of paramount importance to me. At Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, we have never shied away from our civic duty, and since the inception of the company, we have made it a point to do everything within our power to support organizations that provide emergency aid and disaster relief, support environmental and conservation causes, help the homeless, protect civil liberties and reproductive rights, and offer succor to the LGBTQ community and marginalized ethnic, racial, and minority religious groups. It is our way of helping to protect and provide for our communities, and we feel it is our obligation as human beings to help those who may not be empowered to help themselves. We actively fundraise for a number of vital organizations, including the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Center for Transgender Equality, Planned Parenthood, Drive-By Do-Gooders, the Orangutan Foundation UK, EMILY’s List, AIDS Project Los Angeles, RAICES, RAINN, the Trevor Project, and the National Parks Foundation.

Cruelty Free

With the exception of our honey-based products, everything that comes from BPAL is vegan, and we abhor animal testing. All products are tested on staff, family, and friends.

Black Phoenix Trading Post

Black Phoenix Trading Post is our sister company. They take care of our dry goods and beauty products, which includes perfume locketssoapsatmosphere spraysbath oilsmassage oilsnail polishjewelrysocks and condom caseswristbandspropagandaparaphernalia, and t-shirts. All of their items are unique to the Black Phoenix family, and are hand-crafted.

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A Little Lunacy & Monthly Will Call Events

Every full moon, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Black Phoenix Trading Post introduce, for the span of a few days, a scent (on BPAL) and tee (on BPTP) that commemorates that month’s full moon.

Black Phoenix does not operate a full-time brick and mortar presence. However, we hold monthly events at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA every full moon. The schedule for 2011 is on our events page.

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On full moons that fall on a weekday, the lunacy event is held from 6pm til 9pm. When the full moon falls on a weekend, hours are from 4 to 7pm. These hours are subject to change, based on scheduling conflicts. Hours are announced within a fortnight of the full moon on the bpal.org forum, our livejournal announcement community, and is sent to everyone on our mailing list.

Artists

The artwork featured on our web site was created by various artists, including Beresford Egan, Aubrey Beardsley, Felicien Rops, Harry Clarke, Albrecht Durer, John Tenniel, Andreas Vesalius, Julie Dillon, Sarah Coleman, Alicia Dabney, Tanya Bjork, Abigail Larson, Brian Kesinger, Aiden Casserly, Vera Brosgol, Enrique Alcatena, Jennifer Rodgers, Renae de Liz, Andrew Fogel, and Madame Talbot. A million thanks to these artists for their creations and for what their work inspires in us.

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Our goal, both at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Black Phoenix Trading Post, is to share the things that we love through the products we create while participating in imaginative, conscience-driven capitalism.