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Wonders (and Terrors) Abound in BPAL’s Weekly Link Roundup

2016 February 12
by black phoenix


Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits! This week’s batch:

Peru is suffering an epidemic of rabid bats, which have killed a dozen indigenous children over the past six months.

An Medieval text on display at the British Museum shows how alchemical symbolism evolved through the 13th to 18th centuries.

A handy guide to ancient Tagalog deities in Phillipine mythology – with infographics!

☠ It’s here! It’s queer! It’s the Beyond Anthology of queer sci-fi and fantasy comics, and it’s getting great reviews.

☠ Truly futuristic tarot insights from a long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away): try this spread inspired by Daisy Ridley’s character from The Force Awakens.

☠ Buzzfeed has fun imagining Jane Austen facing writing workshop mansplainers.

The way these 6 religions describe the afterlife will blow your mind! (Tags: #clickhole #satire #humor #possiblystillaccuratetho)

☠ So far the trailer for The Purge: Election Year is the best thing to come out of this year’s Presidential race. Enjoy below!

Lupercalia 2016: Trading Post Update!

2016 February 9
by black phoenix


Love is in the air at Black Phoenix Trading Post! Our selection of hair glosses, nail lacquers, bath sundries, and atmosphere sprays are sure to stoke the fire in your loins.

(Please note: don’t put any of our products on your naughty bits. The fiery loin stoking is intended to be figurative, not literal. You’ll get a really, really fiery stoke if you don’t heed this common sense warning.)


Gustav Klimt’s ode to masturbation: pale sandalwood, white cream vanilla, and a touch of tea rose.

SMUT Hair Gloss

Quintessential BPAL filth. Three swarthy, smutty musks sweetened with sugar and woozy with dark booze notes.



So much pink! So much glitter! So many vulvas!


Vulva-pink crème.

BOOT GIRL Nail Polish

Shimmering French pink with a mist of silver.


An ejaculation of red glitter.

HAIL SATIN Nail Polish

Toe-shoe pink with an iridescent lilac sheen.

LUPERCI Nail Polish

Ivy-green crème.


Labial pink with fine iridescent glitter.


A shocking hot pink glitter with opalescent purply glitter bits!

WOMB FURIE Nail Polish

An enflamed fuchsia glitterbomb!



We are thrilled to announce another Black Phoenix Trading Post / Villainess collaborative project! BPTP and Villainess have teamed up to create Bliss Smooch – concocted by Villainess, scented by Black Phoenix!

About the Smooches…

“The Smooch is a Villainess original; a multi-tasking product cleverly disguised as the most indulgent thing to ever touch your skin.

We start with a carefully balanced blend of feather-light (yet vitamin-rich) grapeseed oil, and an exotic vegetable butter – mango, unrefined shea, or black cocoa, coconut oil to melt at skin temperature, and lashings of cherry kernel oil. And then we add the good stuff; raw sugars or sea salts to exfoliate without any rough edges to abrade your gorgeous skin, crushed botanicals or bright ticklish jojoba beads to gently slough off dead skin cells. When you get a Smooch into the damp luxury of a warm bath or shower, they emulse into an impossibly light milky lotion that rinses away cleanly. Exfoliating and moisturising in one easy step, Smooch leaves you smooth and supple – in other words, perfectly kissable!

This Moisturizing Body Scrub is both water-activated and preservative free. To maintain their luscious textures, avoid pre-activating them, and to prevent microbial growth keep them as dry as possible during use. We recommend using a Smooch completely within 30 days of your first use.”

LOVE Smooch

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.
– Oscar Wilde

Pink roses, sugared pomegranate, apple blossom, white ginger, and velvet-white vanilla.

LUST Smooch

Unfailing golden arrows dipped in lust: shimmering amber and copal with red musk, red patchouli, beeswax, hay sugar, and a drop of Turkish rose.



Inspired by the art of Franz Von Bayros, we present the Garden of Aphrodite!


Marshmallow root, cream vanilla, Roman chamomile, and cocoa butter.

THE LADY IN BLACK Atmosphere Spray

Opulent gilded red musk and ivory-encrusted vanilla with orris root, smoked amber, red patchouli, and red oudh.


Vanilla-infused cardamom and sleek black patchouli.

THE THORNY PATH Atmosphere Spray

3-year aged patchouli, tree moss, rose thorn, leather, and vanilla oudh.




Lemon peel and white sandalwood with sweet amber and black tea.


Tangerine, red musk, ti leaf, vanilla orchid, and white honey.



Chinese peony aflutter with gilded vanilla, sweet honey, peach, and spiced carnation.


French lavender, white frankincense, Himalayan cedar, and jasmine sambac absolute.


Green tea, juniper leaf, and honeyed green apple.



Sandalwood, tiare, white oudh, and white amber.


Strawberry cream, white musk, and orris root.


Dried blue and indigo fruits, iris root, and white oudh.


Blood orange, wood amber, and white tea.


Sugared red musk, cardamom, and honey.

Join BPAL’s V-Day Crusade!

2016 February 8
by black phoenix


This month BPAL’s Lunacy events are gathering feminine hygiene products for a selection of charities serving homeless women. For every tampon/pad donation of $20 value, you will receive a free 5ml bottle of the following exclusive fragrance:

It would indeed be a difficult matter to find anything which is productive of more marvellous effects than the menstrual discharge. On the approach of a woman in this state, must will become sour, seeds which are touched by her become sterile, grafts wither away, garden plants are parched up, and the fruit will fall from the tree beneath which she sits. Her very look, even, will dim the brightness of mirrors, blunt the edge of steel, and take away the polish from ivory. A swarm of bees, if looked upon by her, will die immediately; brass and iron will instantly become rusty, and emit an offensive odour; while dogs which may have tasted of the matter so discharged are seized with madness, and their bite is venomous and incurable.
-Pliny the Elder

The copper tang of blood musk, swept by a cloud of dying bees and red poppies of madness.

A note from our foundress:

“Please help homeless women keep their health and dignity by providing them with access to clean, safe feminine hygiene products. They are usually scarce at shelters because they’re expensive, and generally supporters of shelters don’t think to donate them. Due to the restrictions at many shelters, women can’t always use the restrooms as often as they need to, and showers are often scarce. All of this can compound the risk of infection and illness, and it becomes that much more challenging when a woman doesn’t have access to a shelter’s facilities at all. Dignity is an entirely different – equally important – issue.“

Event info for participating cities:

Feb 22 – Los Angeles, CA

Feb 19 – Atlanta, GA

Feb 27 – Burlington, VT

We look forward to seeing you under the light of the full moon!


Priceless Artifacts Destroyed for Your Entertainment! Welcome to BPAL’s Weekly Link Roundup

2016 February 5
by black phoenix


☠ There’s no excuse for boredom when you’ve got crayons and an Occult Activity Book.

☠ An exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art theorizes about the vibrant original colors of artwork at Temple of Dendur.

☠ We swear we only read National Geographic for the articles, and not for photos of this fossil of adaddy longlegs spider with a 99 million year-old erection.

☠ Overthinking Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: 9 questions you never thought to ask as a child.

☠ Cabbies in Japan are nervous about picking up ghost passengers in the area devastated by the 2011 tsunami.

☠ On the set of The Hateful Eight, Kurt Russel accidentally smashed a priceless 145-year-old guitar on loan from the Martin Guitar Museum.

☠ The John Rylands Library has brought together rare spell books, charms and alchemy books from the Middle Ages.

☠ A cup of Earl Grey sounds so civilized, unless you happen to be a brutal 18th century tea smuggler.

☠ Carpe diem! So teacheth this supercut of movie characters saying the line: ”I should have killed you when I had the chance!”

Dance Into the Weekend With BPAL’s Link Roundup

2016 January 29
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by black phoenix


Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits! This week’s batch:

☠ Starz has found its Shadow! Ricky Whittle from The 100 has been cast in American Gods.

Joan Rivers’ spiritual guide is is fighting crime with voodoo in New Orleans.

☠ “Others were deeply offended that an animal of any kind should receive a Christian burial.” Cat funerals in the Victorian era.

Mortician Caitlin Doughty on what the dead can teach us about aging and beauty.

Jay-Z is being sued for not promoting his fragrance enough. We’ve got 99 (or more) problems, but at least this ain’t one of ‘em.

This Babylonian astronomy text changes history! You can also use their system to track Jupiter’s path.

☠ We’re in heaven (and hell, respectively) thanks to these incredible photographic recreations ofHieronymus Bosch paintings.

☠ Child’s Play: Alan Rickman’s 1970 account of murderous children in an inner-London play park.

☠ A Maori bride watching her family perform a traditional haka dance is moved to tears (and to join in). Watch below!

Great Hera! It’s Our Weekly Link Roundup

2016 January 22
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by black phoenix


☠ X-rays of a painting of John Dee revealed a halo of skulls around the Elizabethan court astrologer’s head.

☠ Researches have discovered that fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast are over 4,000 years old in their origin.

☠  An interview with punk icon Gary Lachman on the borderlands between philosophy and eroticism. (Worth it for the David Bowie story alone!)

☠ NPR covers the life, death, and rebirth of the the Lord Howe stick insect, presumed extinct since the 1920s.

The Frisner Augustin Archive needs your help! Support the memory of Haiti’s master drummer with just $10 and receive his album The Intimate Touch.

☠ The earliest evidence of human warfare has been uncovered in Kenya at the site of a Stone Age massacre.

☠ “Respect for birds and their habitats must come before getting that perfect shot.“Read Audobon’s guide to ethical bird photography!

☠ And now brace yourself for this shot of a mother centipede protecting her young.


Revealing Coverage: It’s BPAL’s Weekly Link Roundup

2016 January 15
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by black phoenix

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits! This week’s batch:

☠ A biochemist is using 3-D printing to recreate trilobite fossils in metal, and yes, you can have one.

☠ Thrill (and chill) to the sight of this seal fur G-string from 19th century Greenland!

☠ Astronaut Scott Kelley explores the behavior of a zero-gravity water ball.

☠ Still available, for a mere $51.60: this Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? LEGO minifig set.

There’s Something About Mary… Magdalene is a great read on one of the Bible’s most important (and notorious) women.

☠  The White House is searching for a 19th century document called the Declaration of Sentiments – and they want your help.

☠ Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Bronze Age settlement they’re calling the Pompeii of Britain.

Scientific American explains the phenomenon of body schema which allows two people think and act as one, as in dancing the tango.

☠ Join us next week for BPAL Lunacy events in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Burlington VT. Or as Helen Kane (1904-1966) might have suggested: “Get out, get under the moon!”

BPAL’s Weekly Link Roundup, Now with 107 Million Spiders

2016 January 8
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by black phoenix


Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits! This week’s batch:

☠ The Victoria and Albert Museum invites you to design and share your own 18th Century wig!

☠ The spectacular astrological engravings carved by Hew Draper into his Tower of London cell offer a glimpse into Britain’s magical past.

☠ In Leningrad, 1942, Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony was performed by an orchestra that was literally starving.

☠ Spidertopia! 107 million arachnids were found in a 4-acre nest at a Baltimore waste water plant.

Four new elements have been officially added to the Periodic Table! Hold your jewelry orders: “Element 113, for instance, exists for less than a thousandth of a second.”

☠ “Eat an orange every morning,” and other advice on how to be perfect from The Paris Review.

Learn all about the Dandara complex, host to Hathor worship and one of the best-preserved temple enclosures in Egypt.

☠ Here’s what it’s like to be a music thanatologist: someone who prescribes and performs music for dying patients.

☠ As far as we’re concerned, The Witch can’t get here fast enough. Trailer below!

A New Dark Delicacies Exclusive: CHAMPAGNE LACE

2016 January 8
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by black phoenix


A glittering celebration: folds of opium-stained, vanilla-smoked lace with white cognac and a splash of champagne.


Champagne Lace is available beginning Friday, January 8 at Dark Delicacies3512 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505.

(More BPAL/DD collaborations can be found here.)

Happy New Year! It’s the BPAL Weekly Roundup

2016 January 1
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by black phoenix


Welcome to our weekly roundup of cherished news bits! This week’s batch:

How the internet killed professional flatulence, or: the incredible true story of Roland, minstrel toHenry II.

☠ Maybe this is the year we’ll finally get to visit Iceland’s crystal cave!

☠ Looking for still-life inspiration beyond the odd bowl of fruit? Consider the beauty of human decomposition in Japanese watercolor.

The Atlantic wants to know: where are all the female film critics?

☠ Find someone who loves you $800-worth and point them toward this leather-bound anatomical sketchbook.

☠ Here’s a fun story about why you shouldn’t rent First Wives Club 2 on your parents’ pay-per-view.

☠ Deck of the week: Steven Archer’s Apophenia Tarot Cards.

☠ Best of 2015? This guide by Reductress on how to be a lady in the streets and a haunted clocktower in the streets.

☠ Three words: glitter booty slap.