2007: Wood Phoenix

2007: Wood Phoenix

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL) Anniversary : 15th Anniversary (2017) Limited Edition Perfume Oil (Limited)

In 2007, I married the great love of my life. Teddy and I had dated since 1998, and it seemed that, at last, it was time for me to make an honest man out of him. I had loved Ted since the first moment I smelled him (truth!), and the night that we married was one of the most wonderful nights of my life. At the Lunacy event before the wedding, I was able to celebrate with my .org and local BPAL family, and I cried like a loon. It is a privilege to be part of this family... the one that BPAL has gifted to me.

It is one of the great joys and honors of my life to have the opportunity to interpret Neil Gaiman’s stories through scent, and on January 31stof 2007, our first Neil Gaiman scent series debuted: American Gods.

Neil’s body of work has been a tremendous influence in my life, and in a sea of authors whose stories have moved and shaped me, his words have been some of the most impactful. I admire his kindness and compassion, his wisdom and eloquence, and the tremendous amount of work he has done for the CBLDF and the UN Refugee Agency. His stories have helped shape my worldview and my dreams, and I will always be grateful.

In 2007, we created the first of many scents in collaboration with our family at Dark Delicacies: the eponymous Dark Delicacies scent. It was soon followed by a series of eerie Lace-inspired perfumes, a scent series dedicated to horror film genres, a celebration of B-movie horror, and a scent series celebrating great duets of horror.

In June of 2007, we ran the first of our clothing drives benefitting Los Angeles women’s and children’s shelters.

This Phoenix is a combination of the Snake Oil and Dorian that Teddy and I wore at our wedding, the red wine we bled into and shared during the ceremony, a drop of lucky honey mead, and the heart of Snow Glass Apples lacquered over pale salt-splashed wood, with a hint of the green walnut I could never get quite right. (I’m sorry, Neil! I’m still trying!)


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