Disclaimer: I am not a perfume expert, nor am I sponsored by BPAL or, indeed, anyone.
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This one I love the bottle art for. That’s one of the very appealing things about BPAL. There’s a style, but also a gorgeous diversity and attention to detail in the design and aesthetic of this brand.
Isidore’s Phoenix was part of a series celebrating the birthday of BPAL, which included a variety of scents related to the various manifestations the Phoenix, and the idea of the Phoenix, that have existed over time.
It’s a strong scent. Violet dominates, at first, but this is not a floral, particularly. It is dusty, dry and golden – a sweet, scent, sneezable. Sand made incense. But it dries down into something more delicate, and something which clings to the skin: friable desert-shine. And it lasts, and lasts, tidally rejuvenating with heat…like a bird using flame to bring itself back to life.