Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Murder of Crows - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

A Murder of Crows
Halloweenie: Pumpkin Patch 2007 Companion
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Sleek iris and verbena, grey amber, benzoin, davana and glossy herbs.

Nadja requested a review of this one, and I was happy to oblige because I love me some iris. In the vial, I can smell the iris - it's floral and pretty without being girly, slightly astringent and lemony from the verbena.

Annoyingly, once applied on my the iris all but disappears and all I mostly get is the verbena. It smells herby with a faint indistinct floral note for a while as it dries down.

After about 30 minutes, the iris becomes more prominent again, while the herbal notes retreat to the background.

Unlike many BPAL scents on me, this perfume sits very close to the skin with little throw. It disappeared entirely within a few hours.

3/5. It's a nice enough perfume and the iris is lovely when it appears, but I have far better iris scents.

Day 1!


  1. Iris is one of those things I often forget what it smells like.

  2. Oh, love the name! I like iris too but never smelt it with herbs. Interesting.
    Yay Day 1! Happy New Year :)

    1. Happy New Year to you too, Su! <3

  3. That name is so fabulous!! Thank you for reviewing this one!! I love iris but it seems that there are better irises out there than this one, especially as I´m not a big fan of verbena... Do you know of any indie perfume oils with really awesome iris? I only know of commercial scents...

    1. No, I don't either. My favourite Iris scents (Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d'Iris, Acqua di Parma Iris Nobile, Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist) are all commercials too. If I see any when I'm sample shopping I'll make sure to include them and see if I can't find one!

    2. Yes, thank you, do tell if you find one! I´m doing my own hunting and have some indie irises on my "to sample" list...