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The Return Of The BPAL Forums and Oceanus Procellarum Brick and Mortar Lunacy Will Call Dates

2014 July 31

First up, we’d like to announce that the BPAL forums are back and looking better than ever. We thank you so much for your patience while we made this change and we send so much love to the transition team who worked so tirelessly to make it happen.

The website is still bpal.org and we hope you’ll be patient with us as we work out any little gremlins that might be hiding.

Love everyone at The Lab!

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Join us for our Lunacy event for your opportunity to meet the lab staff (California only), purchase the latest scents, and get a sneak preview of what’s coming soon.

The blends that will be available for purchase include those that went live on the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab website up to and including the Oceanus Procellarum update.

Our Lunacy events are held on the night of the full moon and are always free.

The West Coast Will Call event will be held on Sunday, August 10th from 4 to 7pm at Dark Delicacies.

 

Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia Blvd
(1 block east of Hollywood Way)
Burbank, CA 91505

www.darkdel.com

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The East Coast Will Call event will be held on Sunday, August 10th from 4 to 7pm at Healthy Living Market.

Healthy Living Market
222 Dorset Street,
South Burlington, VT, 05403

If you have any questions, please email us at willcall@blackphoenixalchemylab.com.

Hope to see you there!

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Remaining Will Call Dates for 2014

West Coast:

Tuesday, September 9th
Sunday, October 5th
Thursday, November 6th
Friday, December 5th

East Coast:

(TBD)

Want to keep up to date on all the BPAL news? Follow us on FacebookTwitterTumblrjoin our mailing list, visit our Forums, or follow our blog The Black Phoenix Gazette.

 

New At The Black Phoenix Trading Post: Gemini Scent Locket, Eat Me Hair Gloss, New Scents & A Bracelet

2014 July 23

The Goblins have been busy and we have new items up at the Black Phoenix Trading Post!

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Gemini Zodiac Scent Locket

Exquisite, elegant, and exclusive to the Trading Post.

These are heavy lockets, thick with silver, and are perfect for use as a perfume oil conduit. Dab your favorite Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab concoction onto muslin, velvet or cotton, and place the swatch inside the locket. Your body will warm the silver, and the locket will exude pure, unadulterated scent.

The Zodiac lockets are hand cast 925 sterling silver that has been partially gold washed using a method popularized in the 19th century and each is adorned with at least one stone corresponding to the sign the locket represents. Each locket’s bale sports one of the BPAL logos: the alchemical symbol for brimstone. Portions of the face of the lockets have been deliberately tarnished. They measure approximately 1.25″ in diameter. These lockets are heavy. They are not fragile, filigreed pieces; they are durable, extremely weighty with silver, and are suitable for your most adventurous airship excursions.

These lockets are exclusive to the Trading Post, and were created by and for Black Phoenix. They cannot be found anywhere else in all of Heaven and Earth.

Each piece is hand cast. This is an extremely limited run. At this time, we are unsure if we’ll be able to do another run of these pendants in the future.

All jewelry comes with a gossamer ribbon in a Black Phoenix Trading Post velvet pouch.

The Zodiac lockets were designed by Alicia Dabney of Elements and Artifacts.

 

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GREEN GOBLIN SACK Statue + Oil Blend

The goblin statues are 6 ¼ tall x 4 inches wide, and weigh 5oz. They are composed of poured resin.

Each statue is slightly different, as each and every one was hand-crafted by real human beings! Conceived of, designed, sculpted, hand-painted, and produced in North America!

Each goblin statue can fit one BPAL bottle under his arm and another in its wee lil’ sack for a total of two – count ‘em, TWO – bottles!

The Goblin Statue and Goblin Sack come as a set and cannot be separated. You wouldn’t separate a goblin from his sack, wouldja?

Each statue comes with a bottle of Goblin Sack! –

GOBLIN SACK
Vanilla-laced leather with 3-year aged patchouli and a warm sack o’hazelnuts.

 

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CRYPT PRINCESS and her COFFIN

The Crypt Princess resides in her resin coffin which is decorated with the words Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab written in a  circle around the BPAL Triple Dagger logo, and there are four happy skulls guarding her.

The coffin is 3″ wide x 6″ long x 2″ deep. Cost $75 (includes a 5ml bottle of Crypt Princess) 

CRYPT PRINCESS
O in the silence of the night, 
When the lonely moon rides high, 
When wintry winds are whistling, 
And we hear the owl’s shrill cry; 
In the quiet, dusky chamber, 
By the flickering firelight, 
Rising up between two sleepers, 
Comes a spirit all in white.

Pomegranate and autumn apple with tea roses, red musk, a bouquet of pale grave flowers, and a winding sheet of white sandalwood and dusky vanilla.

 

Eat-Me-Hair-Gloss

 

 

EAT ME Hair Gloss

Eat Me won July’s Lunacy poll!

Three white cakes, vanilla, and red and black currants.

 

Eat-Me-Atmosphere-Spray

EAT ME Home & Linen Spray

Eat Me Atmosphere spray… did not win the July Lunacy poll, but was so close the goblins thought you might like this too!

Three white cakes, vanilla, and red and black currants

 

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BLACK PHOENIX TRIPLE DAGGER Bracelet

Slim and lovely, these lightweight vegan bracelets sport a hand-cast bronze medallion with the Black Phoenix triple logo! Custom made for Black Phoenix Trading Post, hand-crafted here in the City of Angels.

Bracelet is 7.5”, with two sets of snaps for an adjustable fit.

Super-soft 100% not-leather leatherness. No cows, pigs, goats, sheep, snakes, ostriches, hamsters, lemurs, toads, or shrews – or any other animals – were harmed in the creation of these bracelets.

 

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Details On The Scents For Sale By BPAL At The CBLDF Party At SDCC

2014 July 20

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is proud to sponsor the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s San Diego Comic Con Welcome Party! We will have a small vending space at the event, where we will be selling a selection of scents whose proceeds go to the CBLDF, including two event exclusives:

ANAXAGORAS ($26)

Anaxagoras, a physiologoi, was a pioneer in scientific inquiry. His naturalistic theories of explanation were considered a danger to public religion and civic culture, making him an enemy of the polis. He was indicted on charges of impiety for asserting that the sun is a mass of incandescent, red-hot metal, the moon is an earthy sphere, and that the stars are fiery stones.

The fire of the sun, the glow of the moon, and the twinkle of flaming-white stars eclipsed by temple incense and scorched olive leaf: Tunisian amber, Italian bergamot, and blue and white musks blanketed in styrax, libanon, and myrron.

PROTAGORAS ($26)

“Concerning the gods, I have no means of knowing whether they exist or not or what sort they may be, because of the obscurity of the subject, and the brevity of human life.”

Protagoras was one of the earliest Sophists, teaching that the quintessence of good citizenship lies in self-restraint, the pursuit of justice, and the preservation of the social order. He promoted the virtues of efficient management of one’s affairs, properly running one’s household, and making worthwhile and effective contributions to Athenian society. Because of the wisdom of his teachings, he was appointed lawgiver for the colony of Thurii 

Despite his contributions, Protagoras’ outspoken agnosticism inflamed the anger of the Athenians. According to Diogenes Laërtius and Cicero, Protagoras was eventually banished from Athens, and all of his written works were collected and burned in the agora.

Smoldering scrolls and melted wax tablets.

At the event, we will be debuting phone cases that feature artwork from our chapbook for Neil Gaiman’s Snow Glass Apples. At this time, we are only able to offer cases for iPhone 5. Illustration by Julie Dillon! $40 per case!

CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party

Thursday, July 24
Westgate Hotel
1055 Second Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
8-11pm

Come support Free Speech and experience the best of Comic-Con at the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party, Thursday, July 24, at the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101), from 8:00 – 11:00 PM! This party is FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-members: Suggested $10 – $20 donation at the door, please.

Get your tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cbldf-welcome-party-at-san-diego-comic-con-2014-tickets-12300829111

CBLDF Party BPAL Scent List For 2014.

Scent Name
Agnes Nutter
Agnes Nutter v2
Alice
Alice’s Evidence
Anesthesia
Antikythera Mechanism
Aziraphale
Banana Peel in a Graveyard
Banned in Boston
Baobhan Sith
Bard
Behemoth
Beldam
Bilquis
Bliss
Blood Kiss
Bloodlust
Bordello
Buggre Alle This Bible
Burning Book
Cat, The
Chaotic
Cleric
Cohen vs. California
Convocation, The
Coraline Jones
Crowley
Djinn
Door
Dorian
Dragon’s Milk
Dragon’s Musk
Druid
Dwarf
Dwarven Ale
East, The
Eat Me
Eau De Ghoul
El Nuevo Puritano
Elf
Evil
Fairy Wine
Famine
Fighter
Floating Market
Fool, The (+ Tarot Card)
Ghost Children
Ghûlheim
Gnome
Good
Half-Elf
Halfling
Hastur
Hellcat
Hunter
Ifrit, The
Intrigue
Isles of Demons
Jasmine Cottage
Kubla Khan
La Mano Del Destino
Lady Una
Lamia
Lawful
Lemon-Scented Sticky Bat
Liberty
Ligur
Lovers, The (+ Tarot Card)
Lust
Mad Sweeney
Madame Tracy
Mage
Magician, The
Mama-Ji
Marquis de Carabas
Miller vs. California
Miss Forcible
Miss Lupescu
Miss Spink
Morocco
Mouse Circus
Mouse’s Long and Sad Tale
Mr. Bobo
Mr. Croup
Mr. Ibis
Mr. Jacquel
Mr. Nancy
Mr. Vandemar
Nanny Ashtoreth
Neutral
Nights Bridge
Norn’s Farmhouse, The
O
Orc
Other Hot Chocolate
Other Miss Forcible
Other Miss Spink
Other Mother’s Right Hand
Owens’ Tomb, The
Paladin
Pepper
Pollution
Polyphemus
Potter’s Field, The
Priestess, The (+ Tarot Card)
Ranger
Rat Speakers
Rogue
Shadwell
Silver Stream, The
Sin
Snake Oil
Snowglass Apples v4
Snowglobe
Spider
Stormhold
Sunbird + Book
Tarasque
Tea Leaves
The Velvets
Thieves’s Rosin
TKO
Tristran
Vial of Holy Water
Victoria
War
Wensleydale
Witch Queen, The
Plus Event Exclusives:
* Anaxagoras
* Protagoras

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

New Lunacy, David Mack’s Kabuki, The Gatekeeper & The July BPTP Poll!

2014 July 11

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A note from Beth about the new scents for David Mack’s Kabuki:

I am honored beyond words to present the first scents in our homage to David Mack’s Kabuki.

David Mack is the New York Times Best Selling author and artist of the KABUKI Graphic Novels, the writer and artist of Daredevil from Marvel Comics, including DAREDEVIL: End of Days which just debuted in hardcover as #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List (Co-written with Brian Michael Bendis), and the author and artist of his children’s book THE SHY CREATURES from MacMillan.

David most recently created the art & concept for the credit sequence on the #1 hit film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

David’s work has garnered nominations for seven Eisner Awards, four International Eagle Awards, and both the Harvey and Kirby Awards in the category of Best New Talent, as well as many other national and international awards and nominations.

David is a fantastic artist, and his stories are truly moving. Even better? He is a singularly wonderful person. It is an honor to work with him.

 

THE ENTERPRISE OF THE NIGHT

Inspired by the opening pages of Circle of Blood. The scent of vice and darkness: flashing neon, oil-tinged petrichor, fading perfume, smeared lipstick, and the faintest touch of gunpowder residue.

LITTLE SISTER IS WATCHING YOU

A voice on the airwaves: electric, aldehydic cherry blossom.

ICE

Devoted ruthlessness. This is the scent of razors, cold metal, icicles, and her diamond-tipped claws: eucalyptus blossom, crystalline musk, white ginger, mint, and elemi.

CHANNEL SNOW

Television static made manifest, with a glimpse of perversions hidden beneath: benzoin, black pepper, white sandalwood, olibanum, ambergris accord, galbanum, and O3.

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We have a new scent based on the villain in The Maze of Games by puzzle and game designer Mike Selinker and Lone Shark Games.

THE GATEKEEPER

A dry perfume, solemn and riddled with ancient, whispered secrets: brittle bones, the well-worn leather spines of forgotten books, crumbling papyrus, and the warm, strange scent of yellowed, crumbling manuscripts.

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++ A LITTLE LUNACY: TABULA SELENOGRAPHICA

This cycle, we’re changing up the Lunacies a bit. From Aries to Aries, we’ll be sailing through the dreamstuff of the lunar mare on a voyage that transverses the surface of Luna by way of your subconscious.

Continuing with Tabula Selenographica’s trip through the lunar landscape, we are thrilled to present:

OCEANUS PROCELLARUM

The Ocean of Storms: crystallized salt and opalescent moon stones buffeted by an illusion of wave-thrashed kelp and tattered seaweed.

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In other news:

There’s a new poll over at the Black Phoenix Trading Post and we’d like your feedback to help the goblins figure out what to make next.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the scents for Only Lovers Left Alive we’ve been getting some amazing feedback and people are already coming back to stock up on their favorites.

Finally, the reviews for our collaboration with Kelly Sue DeConnick for the Pretty Deadly scents have been really positive. We’re so glad to be working with Kelly Sue and hope you’re enjoying the scents as well.

 

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Get The Maze of Games and The Gatekeeper at Dark Delicacies this Saturday!

2014 July 10

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Puzzle and game designer Mike Selinker will be at Dark Delicacies on Saturday, July 12, from 4-7 pm, to show off his new interactive puzzle novel The Maze of Games.

As part of the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will-call, this event will feature the launch of BPAL’s new scent The Gatekeeper, based on the villain inThe Maze of Games. It evokes the scent of old books and deep intrigue. Come down to meet Mike and the BPAL folks, and get a copy of the book and a bottle of the perfume!

Sinus Iridium Brick and Mortar Lunacy Will Call Dates

2014 July 7

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Join us for our Lunacy events for your opportunity to meet the lab staff (California only), purchase the latest scents, and get a sneak preview of what’s coming soon.

The blends that will be available for purchase include those that went live on the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab website up to and including the Sinus Iridium update.

Our Lunacy events are held on the night of the full moon and are always free.

The west coast will call event will be held on Saturday, July 12th from 4 to 7pm at Dark Delicacies.

Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia Blvd
(1 block east of Hollywood Way)
Burbank, CA 91505

www.darkdel.com

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New England Will Call will be held at Healthy Living Market on Sunday, July 13th from 4 to 7pm, in the Learning Center.

Healthy Living Market
222 Dorset Street,
South Burlington, VT, 05403

If you have any questions, please email us at willcall@blackphoenixalchemylab.com.

Hope to see you there!

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Remaining Will Call Dates for 2014

West Coast:

Sunday August 10th
Tuesday, September 9th
Sunday, October 5th
Thursday, November 6th
Friday, December 5th

East Coast:

(TBD)

Want to keep up to date on all the BPAL news? Follow us on FacebookTwitterTumblrjoin our mailing list, or follow our blog The Black Phoenix Gazette.

 

Friday the 13th On A Full Moon Brings New Lunacy and Two 13 LE’s

2014 June 13
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++ A LITTLE LUNACY: TABULA SELENOGRAPHICA

This cycle, we’re changing up the Lunacies a bit. From Aries to Aries, we’ll be sailing through the dreamstuff of the lunar mare on a voyage that transverses the surface of Luna by way of your subconscious.

Continuing with Tabula Selenographica’s trip through the lunar landscape, we are thrilled to present:

SINUS IRIDUM

The Bay of Rainbows: red currant, orange blossom, yellow lemon peel, green moss, blue violet, and indigo poppy refracted through a shimmering pool of golden musk, mugwort, champa attar, and saffron-infused agarwood.

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13 is significant, whether you consider it lucky, unlucky or just plain odd. Many believe it to be unfortunate…

…because there were 13 present at the Last Supper.
…Loki crashed a party of 12 at Valhalla, which ended in Baldur’s death.
…Oinomaos killed 13 of Hippodamia’s suitors before Pelops finally, in his own shady way, defeated the jealous king.
…In ancient Rome, Hecate’s witches gathered in groups of 12, the Goddess herself being the 13th in the coven.

Concern over the number thirteen echoes back beyond the Christian era. Line 13 was omitted form the Code of Hammurabi.

The shivers over Friday the 13th also have some interesting origins:

…Christ was allegedly crucified on Friday the 13th.
…On Friday, October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the arrests of Jaques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and sixty of his senior knights.
…In British custom, hangings were held on Fridays, and there were 13 steps on the gallows leading to the noose.

To combat the superstition, Robert Ingersoll and the Thirteen Club held thirteen-men dinners during the 19th Century. Successful? Hardly. The number still invokes trepidation to this day. A recent whimsical little serial killer study showed that the following murderers all have names that total thirteen letters:

Theodore Bundy
Jeffrey Dahmer
Albert De Salvo
John Wayne Gacy

And, with a little stretch of the imagination, you can also fit “Jack the Ripper” and “Charles Manson” into that equation.

More current-era paranoia: modern schoolchildren stop their memorization of the multiplication tables at 12. There were 13 Plutonium slugs in the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki. Apollo 13 wasn’t exactly the most successful space mission. All of these are things that modern triskaidekaphobes point to when justifying their fears.

For some, 13 is an extremely fortuitous and auspicious number…

…In Jewish tradition, God has 13 Attributes of Mercy. Also, there were 13 tribes of Israel, 13 principles of Jewish faith, and 13 is considered the age of maturity.
…The ancient Egyptians believed that there were 12 stages of spiritual achievement in this lifetime, and a 13th beyond death.
…The word for thirteen, in Chinese, sounds much like the word which means “must be alive”.

Thirteen, whether you love it or loathe it, is a pretty cool number all around.

…In some theories of relativity, there are 13 dimensions.
…It is a prime number, lucky number, star number, Wilson Prime, and Fibonacci number.
…There are 13 Archimedean solids.

AND…
…There were 13 original colonies when the United States were founded.

Says a lot about the US, doesn’t it?

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Bittersweet cocoa absolute with thirteen herbs to help keep evildoers at bay:  laurel leaf, caraway, Irish moss, clove bud, Solomon’s Seal, master root, white sage, lotus root, bronze fennel, broom straw, angelica, purple basil, and star anise husk.

 

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13 AD LUNAM

A Friday the 13th that falls on a full moon during Mercury retrograde? What can possibly go wrong?

A dreamlike, ethereal scent tinged by electric Mercurial energy and a weird shiver of foreboding: blue musk, white mallow, mugwort, and opium poppy with juniper root, grape leaf, white pear, lemon verbena, lavender-infused white amber, Russian sage, and sweetgum.

Both Friday the 13th scents will be live until 11:58 pm June 14th

PSA: Under 20 Bottles Left Of Many Of The Dark Delicacies/BPAL Scents

2014 June 11

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PSA:

Dark Delicacies has under twenty bottles of each of the following DD / BPAL scents, and when they’re gone, they’re gone!
Alien Invasion
Batty
B-Horror
Black Heart
Clermont
Creature Feature
Crimson Christmas
Diabolical Offspring
Drive-in
Dr. Jekyll
Ein Kuss Von Krampus
Erik
German Expressionist
Gore Shock
Gothic Horror
Horrid Mysteries
J-Horror
Maude
Midnight Bell
Mr. Hyde
Mutant Hot Rodders
Pink Lace
Psychological Horror
Puppet Show
Red Lace
Silas
Splatter Comedy

http://www.darkdel.com
Dark Delicacies
3512 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
818-556-6660

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An update on the BPAL forums from one of our mods.

2014 June 9
by black phoenix

Don’t despair, everyone! We are DEFINITELY coming back, better than ever. We are just taking the time to make sure that the transition goes smoothly and we do everything right. I’m not much of a forum-software techie, but we’ve got people who are working incredibly hard to make this happen as quickly as possible. We miss y’all too and want to get back online as soon as we can.

Black Phoenix Presents — Only Lovers Left Alive!

2014 June 6

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is thrilled to present a series of scents based on Jim Jarmusch’s critically acclaimed film and soundtrack, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE.

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE tells the tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness.

Adam, a reclusive underground musician hiding out in the ruins of contemporary Detroit, despairs about human civilization’s decline, and worries about future survival. Eve, who is perhaps 3000 years old to Adam’s 500, takes a longer view of history and is more optimistic. She leaves her home in the ancient city of Tangier to come to his side.

As blood has been tainted by the zombies (humans), the formerly immortal Adam and Eve must secure uncontaminated blood from hospitals or they will perish. Eve’s close friend, Elizabethan dramatist and unacknowledged author of Shakespeare’s plays-Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt), is now an elder vampire who provides Eve with hospital blood. Adam gets his supply from Dr. Watson (Jeffrey Wright), a skittish hematologist who provides safe blood at a price.

Adam and Eve’s precarious footing is further threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree and uncontrollable little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska). Unlike Adam and Eve, Ava hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts, and her recklessness concerns Adam.

Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music, and droll humor, Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE is a meditation on art, science, memory, and the mysteries of everlasting love.

Jim Jarmusch has long been considered a seminal figure in American independent cinema. His films are often noted for their transcendent minimalism and upturning of traditional genres such as the road movie, western, crime-film, and detective story. Born in Akron, Ohio, Jarmusch lives and works in New York.

 

Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover.  Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?

 

FULL SCENT/DESCRIPTION LIST

A very limited run of 350 bottles have been created for each scent

 

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EVE

Eve is eternal: in three-thousand years, she has likely traveled the length and breadth of the world, immersed in innumerable cultures throughout the ages, observing the ebb and flow of humanity and the imperishability of nature itself. Despite her age, she is the character that seems most rooted, always experiencing each moment with open eyes, always fully present. Her scent is one that travels through the eons: the Irish moss, yarrow, and hawthorn of the Iron Age Britons, ancient Rome’s omphacium and honey, myrrh and calamus from Egypt, the frankincense and damask roses of the Florentine Renaissance, white sandalwood from the Far East, Moroccan saffron and rose water, and a swirl of incense from the souks.

 

ADAM 

Adam, our suicidally romantic scoundrel. His scent is a palette of somber colors, melancholy memories, and lupine, savage beauty: black leather, pale sandalwood, ambergris accord, and the memory of a long-lost Victorian fougère. His internal life seems to be reflected in his lair, so his perfume also possesses the scent of the wood of his guitars, the rosin from his violin bow, the musty wool of neglected Oriental carpets, the plastic, metal, and magnetic tape of his reel-to-reel, the dust that permeates everything.

KIT 

Immersed in his (eternal) life’s work, holding on to his memories, suffused with a love of life and literature, Kit’s scent is soft and dry as bone: Mysore sandalwood, a tattered and patched 16th century waistcoat, inkstained, still scented with the marjoram and benzoin dry perfumes of his youth.

 

AVA 

It’s always a bit weird with family.
A scant two-hundred years old, there doesn’t seem to be anything that roots Ava to her past. Her scent is utterly contemporary, and, like her personality, it is impulsive, capricious, and dangerous. Voluptuous and brittle, lovely and toxic:  sheer vanilla musk with tuberose, red mandarin, and the sweet poison of white almond.

IAN

Y’know, for a zombie, you’re alright.

A flicker of hero worship, tempered by naivety and an innately kind nature: shaggy leather, sweet rum absolute, and patchouli.

 

++ STORY POINT SCENTS

BLOOD POPSICLE

The scent of frozen Type O negative.

 

CAFÉ MILLE ET UNE NUITS

Shisha and thick coffee brewed with cardamom pods, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, and nutmeg.

 

THE DIAMOND’S GONG

A celestial hymn, singing to Earth from fifty light years away: ten billion-trillion-trillion-carats of glittering white musk, with cognac, tagetes, white champaca, Gum Arabic, and davana.

 

THE EDGE OF DOOM

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

The night flight from Tangier: drops of spilled blood color the antiseptic, bland, plastic paleness of the fuselage, with violet leaf for longing, rosemary for reminiscences, and black opoponax for apprehension.

 

THE HOURGLASS

“I feel like all the sands are at the bottom of the hourglass.”
“Turn it over, then.”

The white roses and orange blossoms of hope penetrating despair’s black fog of opoponax, black myrrh, bruised violet, clove, funereal lily, and grief-struck carrot seed.

 

JUNE 23, 1868

True love renewed by night in an English garden: moonflower, Nottingham catchfly, Casablanca lily, evening primrose, night-blooming cereus, Queen of the Night, muted by the sepia tones of tonka, tobacco absolute, bourbon vanilla, and costus.

 

QUINTESSENCE OF DUST

“What a piece of work is a man!”
“What is this quintessence of dust?”

The passing: beeswax and smoke, yellowed paper and well-worn leather books, droplets of spilled ink, faded incense, blood-tinged salty tears, and the metal of the knife that skewers that illiterate zombie philistine’s portrait.

 

SHELLEY, BYRON, AND KEATS

Uncompromising idealism, haunted romanticism, fatal ennui, and a heady amount of scandal and vice: red roses and pale carnation with a draught of laudanum, smears of opium tar, a hint of absinthe, and mercury ointment.

 

 

SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE

“When you separate an entwined particle and you move both parts away from the other, even at opposite ends of the universe, if you alter or affect one, the other will be identically altered or affected. Spooky.”

Instantaneous correlated action between entangled partners: rose-infused sandalwood with violet leaf, frankincense, geranium rose, and a spark of elemi.

 

THERE’S WATER HERE

This place will rise again. The wisdom of eternity imparting a glimmer of hope through the grace of eternal renewal: the wild glory of nature bursting through cement, metal, and urban despair, purified by the waters of Lake St. Clair.

 

WOODEN BULLET

A .38 caliber bullet fashioned from cocobolo wood and brass.

 

++ SOUNDTRACK SCENTS

[These scents were built to compliment the film's music itself, now available for purchase courtesy of ATP Recordings.]

 

STREETS OF DETROIT

Black musk accord, Ethiopian myrrh, and motor oil.

 

FUNNEL OF LOVE

17-year aged black patchouli, champaca flower, cardamom bud, green coriander, Haitian vetiver, red vegetal musk, black pepper, night-blooming jasmine, and leather.

 

DIAMOND STAR

Ambergris accord, guiac wood, white benzoin, immortelle, and Somalian myrrh.

 

IN TEMPLUM DEI

Oman frankincense, cistus labdanum, white sandalwood, and liquidambar.

 

OUR HEARTS CONDEMN US

Keralan teakwood, Bulgarian rose otto, Himalayan cedar, and oudh.

 

HAL

Saffron-infused bourbon vanilla, blackened honey, Kashmir wood, Atlas cedar, ambrette seed, hay, and Egyptian jasmine absolute.

 

THIS IS YOUR WILDERNESS

Honeyed patchouli with cypress, black pine, and tobacco absolute.

 

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