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RAFFLE DRAWING RESULTS: Monday, December 14th @ 12:08pm
Congratulations to the winners!!

Pajama Program Donations

Truly, I have the best friends and family anyone could ask for. With your help, I'm currently at 121 pajamas and counting! I hope you found the raffle idea a fun little way to contribute to my personal goal of collecting 500 pajamas by March 7th and I hope, if you're free, that you'll join me in delivering them if you're in the South Florida area then. It should be a ton of fun to do. :)

Raffle Results and Whatnot )
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Edited: The BPAL Pajama Jam is now closed. All unclaimed/unreserved perfumes have been put into a BPAL Raffle. If you'd like a chance to win an 8 oz. bath oil, four 5mL bottles, and 40 sample-sized imps and/or decants, go check it out here before Monday December 14th! Thanks for all your support!

I'm trying to collect or raise money to purchase 500 pajama sets for the Pajama Program, a charitable organization that provides warm pajamas and bedtime book to children in crisis. Earlier this year, I managed to donate 200 in time for Valentine's Day. This winter, I have until March 7th. I simply am not in the financial position this year to buy them all outright. Will you help? I'm selling my Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfumes and accepting pajama currency. :D

Here's my proposition...

I'll trade full bottles from my BPAL collection as well as sample-sized imps, in exchange for pajama donations. For every two, new-with-tags pajama sets you send me, I'll send you the full bottle of BPAL of your choice. Want five bottles? That'll "cost" you ten donated pairs of pajamas. Sound fun?

The Rules
1. Donated pajamas must be new with tags or original packaging. They may be any size/gender/style from newborn up to children's 16. Warm pajamas are especially appreciated. Scour clearance racks to find the best deals or pack up the PJs you bought for a child but never used.

2. You must comment below with the bottle(s) you'd like to reserve. I will hold reserved perfumes for ten days. If, in those ten days, I don't receive pajamas from you or having a way to track the package's progress to me, they'll go back into the available list for others to claim.

3. Please, when you send the PJs, use delivery confirmation or a tracking number so we can, you know, track the package if it should go awry. If you have them shipped directly from an online company, keep track of your invoice for similar reasons. I will also put tracking numbers on outgoing perfume so you can know when to expect it to arrive.

4. Flannel, fleece, and footies are love. If you feel compelled to send more than the required two PJs per bottle donation, I'd be happy, happy, happy to send them along to the charity.

The Goods
All items are tested once, cleanly, and are full unless otherwise noted.

5 ML BOTTLES- 2 Donated PJs each

F5 (Forum Exclusive August 2006)
Mi-Go Brain Canister (2005? 2006?) on hold for [livejournal.com profile] rubymulligan
Pink Phoenix (2005, cobalt bottle) on hold for [livejournal.com profile] rubymulligan
Venus sold to [livejournal.com profile] kehleyr
Boo! (Halloween 2009) claimed by [livejournal.com profile] rubymulligan for 2 PJs!
Joulumuori (Yuletide 2009) on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
Stinky (Summer 2009)
Cake Smash (BPAL.org Forum Exclusive) claimed by [livejournal.com profile] rubymulligan for 2 PJs!
Lambs-Wool (Halloween 2009)reserved for [livejournal.com profile] aerialmelodies
Pumpkin V (Halloween 2009)reserved for [livejournal.com profile] morrigane
Pet Magah Bird (Yuletide 2009)
Sleipnir (Yuletide 2009) claimed by [livejournal.com profile] mermaiden for 2 PJs!
Summer's Last Will and Testament (Summer 2009)
Plastic Pink Flamingo (Summer 2009) sold to [livejournal.com profile] suzanna_o
Zombie Apocalypse (Dark Delicacies Exclusive 2009) sold back to [livejournal.com profile] songtoisis
Pomona (Halloween 2009) sold back to [livejournal.com profile] songtoisis

SAMPLE-SIZED IMPS & DECANTS- Donate 1 set of PJs, pick five imps/decants.

Against Idleness & Mischief
Against Idleness & Mischief
Anubis claimed by [livejournal.com profile] mermaiden
Arcana on hold for [livejournal.com profile] artemis112
Baghdad on hold for [livejournal.com profile] artemis112
Baneberry
Baneberry
Black Annis
Black Cat
Black Forest on hold for [livejournal.com profile] aerialmelodies
Black Opal on hold for [livejournal.com profile] artemis112
Blood on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
Bon Vivant sold back to [livejournal.com profile] songtoisis
Brisingamen on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
Cathedral on hold for [livejournal.com profile] aerialmelodies
Cheshire Cat
Cobra Lily
Cockaigne on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
Crib Girls (Yuletide 2009) sold back to [livejournal.com profile] songtoisis
Dirty on hold for [livejournal.com profile] artemis112
Dove's Heart
Dragon's Heart on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
Dragon's Tears on hold for [livejournal.com profile] aerialmelodies
Dragon's Tears on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
Enraged Bunny Musk on hold for [livejournal.com profile] rubymulligan
Erato
Evening Cicadas and Red Peppers (Yuletide 2009)- This is actually an empty 5mL bottle. Testable amount left.
Faunalia (Yuletide 2009) on hold for [livejournal.com profile] artemis112
Faustus on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
Gaueko
Glasgow
Grog
Hecate on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
Hecate
How Doth the Little Crocodile
Kumari Kandam on hold for [livejournal.com profile] aerialmelodies
La Bella Donna Della Mia Mente
London
Maenad
Mag Mell on hold for [livejournal.com profile] aerialmelodies
Mandrake
Mata Hari claimed by [livejournal.com profile] mermaiden
Midnight Mass (Yuletide 2009) on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
Monster Bait: Closet on hold for [livejournal.com profile] rubymulligan
Monster Bait: Underbed on hold for [livejournal.com profile] rubymulligan
Morgause
Mother Shub's Pfancy Pfefferneusse (Yuletide 2009)- This is actually a nearly-empty 5mL bottle. sold back to [livejournal.com profile] songtoisis
Mother Shub's Toothsome Banketstaaf (Yuletide 2009) sold back to [livejournal.com profile] songtoisis
Mother Shub's Spiced Lait de Chevre (Yuletide 2009) claimed by [livejournal.com profile] mermaiden
Muse on hold for [livejournal.com profile] aerialmelodies
Namaste sold to [livejournal.com profile] kehleyr
Nocturne on hold for [livejournal.com profile] aerialmelodies
O on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
Oisin
Omen
Osun
Phobos
Port-au-Prince on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
Queen Mab
Sea of Glass
Silk Road
Snowball Fracas (Yuletide 2009)
Snowblind: Resurrected (Yuletide 2008) claimed by [livejournal.com profile] mermaiden
Somnus
Sophia
Sudha Segara sold to [livejournal.com profile] suzanna_o
Sugar Skull on hold for [livejournal.com profile] rubymulligan
Tamora
Thalia
Thanatos on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
The Fruit of Paradise (Yuletide 2009) claimed by [livejournal.com profile] mermaiden
The Hamptons sold back to [livejournal.com profile] songtoisis
The Heirophant sold back to [livejournal.com profile] songtoisis
The Mock Turtle's Lessons
The Reaper and the Flowers
The School-House (Halloween 2008)
The Sea Foams Blood
Thorns on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
Thorns
Titus Andronicus
To A Woman
To A Woman
Tombstone on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
Tushnamatay on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
Twilight sold to [livejournal.com profile] kehleyr
Uruk on hold for [livejournal.com profile] dependonyou
Vice
White Light sold back to [livejournal.com profile] songtoisis
White Rabbit
Wilde

Any questions or comments? Is this a crazy idea? Prefer to pay with PayPal instead of PJs? Feel free to ask and/or comment. :)
windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (scarab)
When I was a little girl, I had a neighbor whose daughter was a few years younger than me. We weren't good friends, but I was always trying to find ways to invite myself to their home because it smelled like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. I thought the mom was holding out on me, because snack time never yielded any of those cookies. So one time, I asked her about the cookies and she said, "I haven't baked any." I insisted, she played coy and innocent. She must have hidden some crazy cookie air freshener somewhere. It drove me mad with longing.

I am finally getting my revenge with my new perfumes. I can be the one smelling like something delicious right out of the kitchen and *nobody* will be the wiser! :D :D

In other words---I GOT MY BPAL YULE SHIPMENT!!

I bought bottles of four of their Yule blends and received a strange and random assortment of 8 free samples of other things to go along with it.

I got:

EL DIA DE LOS REYES (Hot cocoa with cinnamon, coffee, and brown sugar. )
~~Oh, yum! Hot chocolate. The coffee burns off fast and leaves me with cocoa. That cocoa scent gets cooler and more dehydrated over time until it is more cocoa powder and sugar than the beverage. Mmmm.

SLEIPNIR (Confections spun of hazelnuts, honey, elderberries, and bilberries with a dusting of hay and a bit of carrot.)
~~My husband says this smells like the happiest horse ever. Yummy, nutty, warm, and super-comforting scent.

JOULUMUORI (... a glowing hearth, luumukiisseli, riisipuuro, and sima.)
~~Do not like. I can't even tell you why. Just...no.

PET MAGAH BIRD (blood orange, black plum, sugar cane, guava, frangipani, coconut, pimento berry, violet, caramel, and pear.)
~~Oh, violet. You make me sad. This is a wild array of fruits with an undertone that I'm not so wild about. This bears a few repeat tests, though, where JOULUMUORI is a definite "No".

(and frimps of THORNS, AGAINST IDLENESS & MISCHIEF, TO A WOMAN, THE SEA FOAMS BLOOD, PORT-AU-PRINCE, LA BELLA DONNA DELLA MIA MENTE, BANEBERRY, and URUK.)

I'm still waiting on the sample decant sizes I ordered through a decant circle of some of the other fragrances I wasn't too sure about.
windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (scarab)
I've (finally) been writing up all my reviews for [livejournal.com profile] miseryloveco's perfume oils. I am pained to discover that they've all been moved into the discontinued section of the etsy shop. (If you ever had any intention of buying these particular blends, I suggest stocking up now! Once she runs out of the small batches she made, Rhiannon is pulling them from the shop forever. :/

Scent Descriptions and Reviews Under the Cut )

What have you tried? What did you think? Are you ordering any of the latest releases or the Hallow's Eve stuff before it disappears? I'm totally undecided. I've gotten a lot of bottles and have been weighing whether I need (and can afford) more than one of some of the ones I really, really love. Limited edition perfumes mess with my mind that way. I have to combat my instincts to stockpile. :D

The Misery Love Co. Shop
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VIZZINI
Inconceivable! A very fine wine indeed, most definitely stolen, laced with odorless, tasteless, deadly iocane powder. Or is it? Let the battle of wits commence!


I only bought a sample size of this Princess Bride-inspired perfume at The Misery/Love Company. It sounded like more of a playful themed experiment than a wearable fragrance. I expected it to be a dry red wine. Testing it, though, has totally changed my mind! It goes on with a light, effervescent fruit quality, like a sweet pear sparkling wine I had this summer. On drydown, it stays golden, like peals of delighted laughter with a backdrop of crystalized grape candy. Very cheerful scent for such a deadly drink!

I know Rhiannon has her shop on vacation. When she gets back, though, I'm buying a bottle!
windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (black)
I have the following limited edition Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume oils for sale. These are all 5 mL bottles, full to shoulder or above, each only tested once or twice. I've had some of them in my collection since 2006. Prices include shipping and delivery confirmation within the US. I'm willing to ship internationally, but I'll have to examine the shipping rates on a case-by-case basis and get back to you on it. :)

Prices are negotiable. I don't know what the older ones go for, to be honest, but I know I've had them a long time and that they need to go somewhere to be loved and liberally poured on as they deserve.

I accept payment through PayPal.


F5 (August 2-8th 2006 Forum Only Scent) $18
A refreshing scent! GET IT?! Aloe, white musk, lime peel, fresh mint, seaspray, verbena and green tea.

MI-GO BRAIN CANISTER (Bottle Only, No Squishy Brain, April 2005) $30
In an effort to create a pleasing environment during a surprise trip to Yuggoth, we have created a soothing yet stimulating blend of pink pepper, peony, jasmine, mango, kiwi, pomegranate, pineapple, white ginger, serene white tea and light musks. Bon voyage!

PINK PHOENIX (BPAL Anniversary 2005) $30
Silliness in the extreme. Vanilla bean, honeycomb, sugared pear, sweet pea and a dribble of strawberry.

VENUS (Limited Edition 2005/2006?) $23
Blissful Love - Romance - Passion - Grace - Beauty - Joy Good Luck in Love and Money - Kindness - Affection - Artistic Inspiration and Success - Harmony - Reconciliation - Sensuosity - Charm - Elegance - Delight

STINKY (Summer 2009) $18
A cure for sweaty bits and sticky wilting. Stinky is a summer refresher 'foom for people that don't dig run-of-the-mill "clean" scents: newly-washed skin with a dusting of milk, white honey, and baby powder.

SUMMER'S LAST WILL & TESTAMENT (Summer 2009) $18
Doomed summer, supported on the shoulders of winter and autumn: citrus-infused Baltic amber, red valerian, marigold, blood orange, and sunflower subdued by somber myrrh and dry geranium alongside the leaves of autumn and a breath of winter wind.

MLLE. LILITH FORTUNE TELLER (Forum Only 9/09) $18
Coconut and a bit of sugar with pomegranate, pink musk, orange blossom, cypress, honey myrtle, and incense.

OCEANS OF LOVE AND MILLIONS OF KISSES (Black Phoenix Trading Post Limited Edition 8 oz. Bath Oil. Untested.) $33
Orange blossom and honey.
windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (beautymask)
Holy crap, I'm in trouble.

So, [livejournal.com profile] rubymulligan, my perfume oil obsessed best has turned her perfectionistic tendencies, bionic nose and quirky humor to creating her own line of perfume oils based on things from her childhood. They're all small-batch releases right now on Etsy at The Misery Love Co.

She's created a line of scents, for example, based on The Princess Bride. Ha! Two are available in this first update, BUTTERCUP and VIZZINI.

BUTTERCUP
A golden, sweet blend of honey, vanilla, chamomile, apricot, daffodil, honeysuckle, cream and sugar.

VIZZINI
Inconceivable! A very fine wine indeed, most definitely stolen, laced with odorless, tasteless, deadly iocane powder. Or is it? Let the battle of wits commence!

And I think, I'm in trouble because I love that movie. But! But! Her other lines that are out right now are just as troublingly appealing. The Last Unicorn. The Secret Garden. The Neverending Story. (Okay, so I never saw that last one, though the scents sounded awesome, too.)

Holy crap, I'm in trouble. Rhiannon's perfumes are legend in swap circles. (She made Sarah, for a Star Wars swap, a one-of-a-kind ENDOR blend.) We're always like "Why didn't you make more? Why didn't you write down your recipe?! This is incredible! What is wrong with you??!" She's shy and totally fails at self-promotion and it has taken years for her to embark on what should be a "You're a genius!" no-brainer. Ha.

Her advertisement for the grand launch of her shop reads a bit like the new kid at school sitting alone at a lunch table.

_____________________
Do you like me?
________ Yes
________ No

Do you like my heart's blood perfume?
________ Yes
________ No

_____________________


You could, you know, go check out her shop if you wanted to. But you don't have to. But you could. ;) It's Misery/Love, just like childhood.

I sorta want one of everything and I'm *dying* to find out, in future updates, what the Dread Pirate Roberts smells like or if she ever takes on She-Ra. *fires up her PayPal* :D :D

I think I have to have The Secret Garden's MARTHA and The Princess Bride's BUTTERCUP to start and maybe sample sizes of some others. What about you? :)
windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (scarab)
I need to start selling this stuff off, as I'm running into a lot of "No"s in my orders. Let's chat. What have your latest BPAL purchases been? What are you loving this season? :) I'm having very little luck with anything beyond pure foodie.

Cut for those not into perfume. )
windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (scarab)
Glasgow
The rich scent of wild blackberry breezing over gentle rosy heather.

I was shocked, upon application, to realize this smells like my Grandma Catherine, my father's mother that passed when I was maybe 8 or 9 years old. I didn't know it at the time, but she smelled like this, like a heather-based hand lotion, sweet and unassuming, feminine and comforting. The blackberry note is subtle, just enough to round out the heather and keep it gentle.

She looked a lot like Barbara Bush with her quiet grace, strands of pearls, and glorious cap of silver-white hair. Her top dresser drawer held a few treasures for us grandchildren to discover with every visit--an old "Indian" wallet, a small French doll with a traveling chest full of clothes and tiny button boots.

She wasn't Scottish, but a proud Swede married to a Scots-Irish man, and this is her scent. It is a time capsule perfume, a scent that isn't seen as very modern or youthful, but one that I think holds it's own very well as classic, feminine--the picture of wool and pocketbooks and walking adventures.

Wow, I miss her.
windinthemaples: A lane of red maple trees in riotous fall color. (joy)
The Cruise
I've just gotten back late this afternoon from our little ten day vacation. Graeme and I went on an Alaskan cruise while Daniel was working a conference in South Africa. We, all of us, had a phenomenal time. I'll get to uploading the rest of my photos and sorting some of my must-memorialize thoughts of the trip in the next couple of days. In the meantime, I'm happy, recharged, spiritually buoyed--filled up tip to toe with magick and Goddess-Presence. Good stuff.

BPAL
After a hiatus of like three years, I'm back to the scent-ual delight of sniffing and testing the amazing perfume oils of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. I placed a few orders before I left--with both collector/resellers and direct from the Lab itself, so I came home to a mailbox full of smelly delights. Yum! We'll see how many of these I end up keeping and what needs to be rehomed. What have you tried? What are you interested in? What's your new, latest perfume love? Let's chat, yes?

New to my  )

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