August 16, 2017

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Irish Coffee Buttercream Perfume Oil Review

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Irish Coffee Buttercream Perfume Oil is one of two new coffee scented perfumes that recently launched at the Lab to support Transgender Rights in the Military. Apparently, both oils are part of an upcoming Fall 2017 Collection that will feature more coffee blends but Beth, one of the creative geniuses and minds behind BPAL, decided to launch the oils early and donate proceeds to National Center for Transgender Equality and for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Speaking of coffee perfumes….

Miskatonic University was one of the first perfume oils I purchased from BPAL. Contrary to what the Lab said about it smelling like Irish coffee, dusty tomes and polished oakwood halls I felt for sure it would smell like embalming fluid, fresh rotting flesh, with the rusty tang of blood and faintly of Dr. Herbert West’s cheap cologne. I’ve always pictured dear old Dr. West as smelling like Axl Body Spray, you know a try to hard type of guy. It in fact, ended up smelling just like coffee though. I suppose if you roamed the libraries of Miskatonic University you might just run into the legendary Cthulhu sipping a steaming mug of coffee with a fluffy layer of whipped cream while casually flipping through the Necronomicon. I mean, the Cthulhu wouldn’t be so bad ass if he had a whipped cream mustache right?

I’m mentioning this because if you already own Miskatonic University or you’ve attended any lectures in your imagination (I know I have) you might already be fairly familiar with the scent of Irish Coffee Buttercream as they smell quite a good deal alike.

Whenever I smell a coffee scent from BPAL my mind instantly goes to Puddin’ aka Ted because he’s created some of the Labs finest coffee blends in my humblest of humble opinions. Morning in New Orleans is probably one of my favorite creations from him. I do wonder if he had a helping hand in creating this particular blend.

This contains notes of Irish whiskey, granulated sugar, brown sugar, whipped cream, buttercream and coffee according to the brand. At first whiff straight from the bottle you’ll instantly be transported to Starbucks. There’s a creamy beautiful coffee note here that isn’t bitter or harsh. There’s sugar, coffee, and buttercream. It’s that perfect caffeinated elixir that reeks of one too many pumps of sugary vanilla syrup (but who’s counting calories?).

Wet on my skin it’s the perfect creamy coffee blend. Dark, just brewed with cream and sugar swirled in and of course, topped with plenty of whipped creamy and a dusting of cinnamon. I don’t get the Irish whiskey note. There’s no booze note at all, just straight up fancy coffee cocktail.

As the fragrance settles it retains its notes well and has a beautiful throw and linger but within a four hour period it completely morphs on me and becomes a smoky vanilla that smells like a low-calorie version of Tom Ford Tobacco Vanilla or MAC Velvet Teddy. Tobacco Vanilla and Velvet Teddy can be harsh but this is much lighter smoky vanilla. It’s very sexy, very warming, and the coffee seems to have disappeared to be replaced by a smoky vanilla note.

It lingers really well and has a great throw for several hours.

Would I recommend it? Absolutely. You need it if you love unique gourmands.

It’s worthy of a backup.

Muse Approved.

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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