Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Ghoulish
This season's Ridiculous Scent! Creepy like Creepy and as spooky as Spooky, this is the scent of a black cherry and coconut amaretto confection gently laced with saffron.
Silky almond veil wrapped around the body, bliss! The almonds are bitter almonds, not the creamy sweet kind but it smells intense and deep. It also has a hint of boozy quality which could be the amaretto. This is mellowed down by creaminess of coconut. I can't smell fruit of any kind which is a good thing as I have seen that the fruity notes of BPAL turn syrupy on me. It dries down to a beautiful bitter almond scent which is unmistakable foody!
What made me wear Ghoulish today was Benzaldehyde! I have extremely dry skin, which cannot be fixed by even the most moisturising of the body washes. In fact they leave me drier, even the soap free ones. I have switched to DermaVeen Shower and Bath Oil which has worked wonders for me and my Baby Elephant. It is an oil that I replace the shower gel with. It is non greasy, can be washed off with warm water in the shower and cleans very well. I can even skip my body cream if I am lazy.
About the smell, it is fragrance free but Benzaldehyde is one of the ingredients that is good for skin. Benzaldehyde is an aromatic compound that I very well remember admiring in my chemistry lab around 10 years ago. Benzaldehyde smells distinctly of bitter almonds. The benzaldehyde makes the fragrance free DermaVeen smell like bitter almonds! This is what made me to wear BPAL Ghoulish today!
Speaking of almonds, I have recently discovered another great product, Burts Bees Almond Milk and Beeswax hand creme which has lovely creamy sweet-almond smell and oh so nourishing!