Mage Perfume Oil $6.75$28.00

Mage Perfume Oil


All mystique and thrumming power: gurjum balsam, Sumatran dragon’s blood resin, olibanum, galangal, oleo gum resin, and frankincense.

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Class refers to your character’s choice of adventuring profession.

RPG Series

Illustrations by the inimitable Julie Dillon.

Presented in an amber apothecary vial

“You all meet at an inn…”

Pen and paper role-playing games have been a tremendous influence in my life since my formative years. My parents bought me the magenta D&D boxed set back in 1982, along with the Player’s Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual. My lifelong passion for fantasy, science fiction, war games, and mythology was well-channeled through RPGs, and I credit playing D&D with helping me sustain my imagination and sense of wonder through adulthood.

I played with one particular group through the bulk of my late teens and early 20s, and this series — along with the atmosphere tools that Black Phoenix Trading Post has introduced — was inspired, specifically, by the time that we spent campaigning together. Our group was somewhat prop-driven in our gaming: we felt that setting a mood was conducive to our style of gameplay. Little things like changes in lighting, minor sound effects, and music made a world of difference, and we found that utilizing miniatures, model railroad scenery, and other tools in order to physically illustrate strategies and provide visual cues was tremendously useful. How much more immersive would it have been if we’d been able to smell the crypt we were crawling through? Or the stench of steel and blood that permeates a warrior’s cloak? What do the wizard’s spell components smell like? What does winter in the desert smell like? Or spring in a druid’s sanctuary?

Pen and paper role playing games are, to me, dynamic stories that are propelled by the active participation of many individuals. You can’t have a strong storyline without creating characters of some depth. When you create a character, you generally have their personalities, priorities, and history in mind, along with a clear vision of what your character looks and sounds like. But how does she smell? What does the world around her smell like?

In most pen and paper fantasy RPGs, three of the primary attributes that you must choose for your character are race, class, and alignment. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s RPG scent series was designed to emulate the character creation process, and are meant to be layered in order to create a character concept. In short: you layer your class, race, and the two fragrances that compose your alignment to construct your character scent. RPGs in all their myriad forms — CRPGs, MMOs, and old school pen and paper — have brought me immeasurable joy. This is my homage. This series is dedicated to my first DMs — my parents — for laughing off the nutter-perpetuated AD&D Satan Scare of the 80’s. Thanks for taking the time to play with your little girl. I miss you, and I love you.


  1. Faith

    Wild magic. A ritual deep in the forest.

    A good room oil.

  2. Gloame

    A surprise favorite! It’s indeed very resin-y, which I love, but it smells very green. Not fern-y/fougere green, but *alive* green. I don’t know what Mage this is modeled after, but it reminds me more of a Druid.

  3. Rebecca

    My most used and favourite scent. Long lasting scent, which evolves over time.
    Not too sweet, and the musk is very pleasant and gives off a feeling of energy and when I wear it.

  4. tDiym

    When I open my BPAL box it smells like all the bottles I’ve collected over years of BPAL. I so love the smell of the box that I was actually thinking of taking one drop of each bottle and mixing them all together just so I could have that smell.
    Mage is it. It’s all the things I love to smell in one bottle.

  5. john

    It’s a nice smell with an almost acidic sharpness that is mellowed out by floral sweetness. I find it very pleasant to have around, but as a man it’s a bit to floral for me to wear.

  6. dementia_divine

    In the imp: Resins! I’m not familiar with all of the notes listed here, but I can definitely smell the olibanum (I once tried the Lab’s single note), and I’m not getting much of the dragon’s blood from the imp.

    Wet: The resins in this aren’t very heavy. One would think this would be a very heavy scent with all of the resins listed, but it is actually far lighter than I thought it would be. I do get the olibanum, and after a few minutes, the dragon’s blood resin adds a light spiciness to the scent. I’m also getting something that’s almost lemon-like (but definitely isn’t lemon).

    Dry: Light, sweet resins.

    Verdict: I’ll be keeping my imp for layering purposes! I’m so glad that the dragon’s blood wasn’t problematic. My current favorite RPG combo is Neutral Ranger Elf, but I think this one could be good as well.

  7. khs.primm

    It starts off with a very pleasant strong pine scent. After a short while it gives way to a warm spice scent with a humble pine background.

  8. Jenna

    I enjoy this scent, it is very Earthy, straight out of the bottle it is a strong pine and earth scent, as I wear it the Dragon’s Blood peeks through with other notes, mellows to a nice woodsy scent with the dragon’s blood and some spices coming through.

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