BPAL Snake Oil vs. Boomslang

Wow, September was a month and a half! It was a whirlwind of events, some good, others less so. I needed to take some time for myself and focus on other areas in my life. Now I’m back to reviewing indie scents.

This post is all about Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, or BPAL for short. You’ve probably seen it mentioned on my blog in the past. This post, however, focuses on Snake Oil — what I believe is one of their oldest and most popular offerings — and its snakey spin-off, Boomslang. Let’s get on with the reviews!

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BPAL Snake Oil review

Old description: By far, our most popular scent! Magnetic, mysterious, and exceedingly sexual in nature. A blend of exotic Indonesian oils sugared with vanilla.
New description: Our signature scent, our first perfume: deep, rich earthy notes swirled with vegetal musks, sugared vanilla bean, and dark spices.

Arcana Mira

Have you ever experienced something that wasn’t quite what you wanted it to be? Arcana Mira is a perfume oil turned out to be quite different from what I had expected.

Arcana Mira review

Tiare blossoms dipped in milk chocolate with coconut, sugared rum, French cocoa absolute, marshmallows, and white chocolate.

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Arcana Mira; perfume oil

Solstice Scents Review: General and Spring Collections

Thanks to the Australian retailer Femme Fatale, I had already tried a couple of Solstice Scents perfumes* when I decided to place my very first order with Solstice Scents. Boasting with an extensive library of olfactory delights, the brand sure doesn’t make the decision process easy. For my first order, I went with a couple of fan favourites, as well as some perfumes from the Spring Collection that appealed to me.

*Those perfumes were Foxcroft and Nightgown – let me know in the comments below if you want to read another Solstice Scents review!

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Don’t you just love the card the samples are attached to?

Now, on to the reviews!

NAVA Vampire Chocolate Bat

Are you ready for Halloween? Yes, it’s only September but as I get older, I notice that time runs faster every year. I swear that I’ll blink with my eyes twice and it’ll be late October already. So, yes, it’s time to carve a pumpkin, take out your Halloween decorations and find a scary film to watch. The only thing that’s missing? A Halloween perfume.

In 2017, Nocturne Alchemy, or NAVA, released a perfume called Vampire Chocolate Bat. As part of a limited-edition collection, it was available for around $24 until 31 October before it disappeared. Unfortunately, it’s not part of this year’s Navalloween release but maybe it’ll return in the future.

Nocturne Alchemy: Vampire Chocolate Bat

Vanilla bean fleck, Kobalt, Crystalline, Tahitian vanilla, French vanilla and a spot of vanilla-infused black patchouli, cacao, cocoa accord and dark chocolate truffle.

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Vampire Chocolate Bat on a skull scarf. The only appropriate setting. Okay, bats and/or vampires would be even better.