BPAL ( Black Pheonix Alchemy Lab) Perfume Review

I have been completely fascinated by BPAL for a while. There are forums and forums for BPAL and I’ve been wanting to try one so badly. BPAL certainly has its own cult following and I can totally understand why. There is something for everyone and they are artfully crafted perfume blends. By looking at their website, I am guessing they have over 150 fragrances and all categorized by really unique themes. BPAL’s perfumes are oil based and have a non-greasy formula .My first impression after visiting their website was that the products would be too “goth” for me, but I was wrong. They have movie themed fragrances, mystical themed and many collaborations under their belt. As luck would have it, I had not got around to purchasing any yet and my friend gifted me with a bottle of their most famous and popular scent Snake Oil.

As per the BPAL website, they specialize in formulating body and household blends with a dark, romantic Gothic tone. Our scents run the aesthetic gamut of magickal, pagan and mythological blends, Renaissance, Medieval and Victorian formulas, and horror / Gothic-themed scents

If you are not into “goth”, trust me, there will be something for you. You don’t need to be part of goth culture to enjoy these. Some of their blends sounds downright amazing such as The Zieba Tree perfume described as a dreamlike, listless scent, misty and hazed, with wisps of white sandalwood, eddying musks the colors of eventide, shimmering pale resins, davana, lemon blossom, orange blossom, and white peach. Sounds gorgeous!! They also tons of foodie perfume blends too with cookies, cakes and caramels!

***Check out our Where To Buy section at the bottom of the review.

Let’s begin our review…


Source: given as a gift to La Petite Bohéme by a friend

Description: As described on the BPAL website, Snake Oil is by far, the most popular scent! Magnetic, mysterious, and exceedingly sexual in nature. A blend of exotic Indonesian oils sugared with vanilla. This perfume arrived in a 5ml amber glass apothecary style bottle with phenolic cap.

Review: Upon opening the bottle, I am hit with the very intense scent of baby powder. Pure strong baby powder. Perfume oils are very dependent on body chemistry and I decided to start with a few light dabs on my wrists to see how it will develop throughout the day. The baby powder scent remains very prominent for about 4 hours, it has very good throw. As the day goes on this perfume undergoes a total metamorphosis. At times, I get a light woodsy scent, perhaps it’s sandalwood or incense? At times I also get a very light spice blend, I think it’s cinnamon or cassia. Snake oil is as mystical as it’s reputation as you can never quite put your finger on it. Wait now I am getting a little bit of a floral, but once again, I just can’t seem to identify what it is. Every now and again I get huffs of a delicious vanilla peeking out from all the mystery.

I will say a couple of things about this fragrance for sure 1) The scent lasts all day and night and no need to re-apply. It smells almost as strong as the moment I first put it on which I love. 2) Men go crazy for this scent. I think it’s the combination of powder and vanilla but I have had about 10 men tell me that I smell incredible today. I think it has a pheromone effect for sure. It’s pure sexy.  It’s rare that I get so many compliments on my perfume. I also read from BPAL expects that this oil ages beautifully and can also change over time. I have had this bottle for over a year and I can still say that the strongest top note is still the baby powder.

Final Thoughts: I ADORE this scent, Love Love Love Love it. It’s on my top 5 favourite perfumes list for sure.I do a get a certain feeling when I wear this, I feel confident and clean. I know I smell damn good. I will 100% purchase this again when I run out. They better never discontinue it. I am excited to try more of these fascinating perfume oils!

Product Photos: ( taken by Evran Rose)


Where to Buy:


BPAL Forum


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