Saturday, January 19, 2013

Jazz Funeral - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Jazz Funeral 
Ars Moriendi
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Bittersweet bay rum, bourbon, and a host of funeral flowers with a touch of graveyard dirt, magnolia and Spanish moss. 

For a long time, Jazz Funeral was my favourite BPAL, but then I discovered more and more of their fragrances and then branched out into other indie perfume oil shops, and this one was pushed aside and forgotten. I pulled it out today because I was testing some Black Baccara scents and one of them made me think of this. It's still as lovely as I remember it being.

In the bottle, it smells like damp dirt and wet grass (I guess that's the moss). Applied, the floral comes out, though the dirt note is definitely there. Something - maybe the dirt - gives the flowers a note of decay. You know when there's a vase of lush white flowers that's been around for a few days and they are just beginning to die? You can still smell the perfume of them, but it's beginning to fade and turn just a little? That's what this is like. It sounds awful, but it somehow works - I adore this perfume. The damp earth recedes as it dries down, and it becomes more of a white floral, but still with that element of decay. The bourbon and - I assume - the bay rum give it a bit of warmth and depth. The sillage is in the head kicker category - I stopped wearing this at work a long time ago because a lady who sat a couple of desks away from me complained that it gave her a headache. Lasting power is long too - I've had this on for about 6 hours and it still smells quite strong.

5/5 I'm glad I was prompted to pull this out again - I forgot how much I loved it.

Day 19!


  1. This sounds like a scent that I would love! I am a fan of dirty and mossy scents, I like white florals more than any other florals and I think I like bay rum.... sounds like a winner! But there are so many scents from BPAL that I would love to try...

    1. I find BPAL so overwhelming - there is just too much. Although I do love a lot of their scents I don't delve into it too often for that reason. And also because their international shipping is ridiculously high unless you're buying a ton of stuff.

  2. I have heard so much about Jazz Funeral from you. I don't know why I haven't tried it yet. I will add an imp of this with my next order, whenever that is!

  3. Oh man, I'm adding this to my wish list. It sounds so dark and sexy and really just my cup of tea. Well dang, I hate when I have perfume "conflicts" at work, haha. I had this job a few years ago as a client service coordinator, and one of the customers was allergic to my perfume (Very Irresistable by Givenchy) and I had to get someone else to help her because she made such a big deal about it. I'm afraid to buy this scent from bpal because I have a feeling it will be a fast path to bpal addiction (I've never tried bpal before, but I know they have a lot of awesome stuff and update their catalogue often).

    1. Haha, I do try to keep my work perfumes toned down these days.

      BPAL is very addictive, but also very overwhelming. It's so hard to make a choice. The forum ( can be helpful in narrowing down selections, but even then there's so much going on and so many threads. It makes my head spin!

  4. This sounds amazing <3 I love a hint of dirt and decay.