Friday, 12 April 2013

Jacob's Ladder and Peacock Queen from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

I've been admiring Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume oils for what seems like forever. I'd been considering ordering from their website for awhile but their high international postage rates always made me hesitant. I actually found these on Ebay. One seller had several bottles for sale so I watched them and tried to win a couple of them. I so desperately wanted Snow White but I was outbid by about 10p, which was frustrating! I managed to win Peacock Queen and Jacobs Ladder. The packaging is so gorgeous - I'll most likely keep these once they're empty! I love seeing little bottles of lotions and potions like this on my dressing table.

Peacock Queen - Yule 2007

According to the Ebay listing I bought this from, Peacock Queen is described as follows:

'In dramatic contrast to the soft innocence of Snow White and the dew-kissed freshness of her sister, Rose Red, this is a blood red, voluptuous rose, velvet-petaled, at the height of bloom. Haughty and imperious, vain yet incomparably lovely to the eye, but thick with thorns of jealousy, pride and hatred.'

Isn't the description just delightful? I think it describes it very well. It has a dark sense of sweetness to it. There's a rose garden in a park near me, and that's what it reminds me of. It isn't a fresh rose scent, more aged and deep, almost like when you leave flowers in a vase after they've begun to wilt. It's a very rich scent, and rather sophisticated, it's more of a womanly scent. It's beautiful, and I can see me getting a lot of use out of it. I normally go for sweeter smells but I adore this. It has a certain degree of elegance to it, and I love it. It lingers throughout the day and the throw is very good. With usual perfumes I normally can't smell them after a few hours, but with this I kept getting a hint of it. It's really wonderful!

Jacob's Ladder - Yule 2006

The description for Jacob's Ladder is as follows:

'The meeting of Heaven and Earth: golden amber, galbanum, benzoin, ambrette, rocktose, costus and tonka.'

I have to admit that have I never heard of half of the ingredients in that description! All I know is that Jacob's Ladder is a very musky scent, and the oil is a wonderful golden orange colour. It reminds me of my Nanna, because it's very similar to what she used to wear. I'm assuming that Jacob's Ladder refers to the Bible story in the Book of Genesis (I think? My religious knowledge is pretty poor I'm afraid, I apologise if I'm wrong). Jacob's Ladder is a connection between Heaven and Earth. I'm not sure that it's a scent that I'll wear very often, but it's nice nevertheless. It could pass easily as a unisex scent. It isn't overly masculine but it isn't feminine either. It lasts an incredibly long time on my wrists, and the throw is good. It grows sweeter throughout the day on me. I do think that it is beautiful, but it's a little on the dark side. I will probably get more use out of it in Autumn.

As you can probably tell, I am thrilled with both of my purchases! I am scouring Ebay to see if I can nab a few more. These are the first perfume oils I have tried and I really love how long last compared with usual perfumes. I normally can't smell perfume on myself throughout the day, but I can with these! They've definitely won me over into looking into getting some perfume oils - I actually bought a couple from Nocturne Alchemy on Ebay the a few days ago too! I will probably give in and order from the official Black Phoenix Alchemy website at some point too...

Have you tried anything from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab? Any scent recommendations for me?

Disclosure: I bought these myself.


  1. Hadn't heard of them before reading your post & had a quick look at their website. They have some fabulous sounding perfumes! I've got my eye on the Alice in Wonderland themed ones!

    Sharleena xx

    1. So have I, they sound delicious! I might end up giving in and ordering those at some point!

  2. I have been dying to try these but there's no good reason to since I already have too many things to use up first! I know when the time comes it will be a nightmare choosing which ones since there are so many beautiful descriptions. I do love most rose-scented things, though.

    1. Haha, you have more self restraint than me! I was actually out of perfume so I had a good excuse! I agree, choosing will be very difficult! I will probably be able to narrow it down to three, to anything less than that would be impossible. You would love Peacock Queen if you like rose scents!

  3. When you get around to making your order from their website you should definitely consider getting a couple of the Alice scents, especially Eat Me, Drink Me and White Rabbit! Those three are definitely must haves, you'll be sniffing your wrists all day long! Also, a good time for you to make an order might be when the Carnivale Diabolique Collection comes to town! I know there will most probably be a few you will be wanting from there! I'm hoping to nab The Candy Butcher, Coral Snake and maybe, just maybe.. Zarita, the Doll Girl!

    The next general catalogue scent I am planning on getting is Bread-and-Butter-Fly, I've been wanting that one for so long, it sounds delicious 'Bread, lightly buttered, with weak tea, cream, and a lump of white sugar.'.. NOM!

    I do wish their shipping wasn't so darn expensive! I know it isn't their fault, but USPS's but they should at least give a discount code on shipping every now and then.. I'm sure they could afford it! I'm really looking forward to seeing what Weenies and Yules they come out with this year (about 70% of my collection is Weenies and Yules!) I'm sure Snow White will be among the Yules as I know it's a popular scent! Enjoy your perfume oils! ~ ♥ ~

    1. Oh, the Alice scents will be first on my list, I've been lusting after Eat Me and Drink Me since I read about them on your blog!

      Bread-and-Butter-Fly caught my eye when I saw it on the website too, it sounds gorgeous! I love sweet scents so it definitely sounds like it's up my street!

      I had a another look at their website this morning and shipping alone will cost £16! I'm sure the temptation and curiosity will win me over in the end but's a lot of money! I've still got my eye on Ebay and hoping to win a few more before I order from the official site!

    2. Oh, just so you know! BPAL always declare the value of the package to be $5 (at least they have every time I have ordered from them) that way we don't get any nasty customs charges when we want to order more than one perfume! ♥

    3. Ooh I was wondering about that! I'm easily confused so the more I looked into customs charged the most confused I was getting, so that's really helpful, thank you!


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