Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Releases Fragrances for Banned Books Week (2016){New Perfumes} {Fragrant Readings}

Cohen_v_California.jpeg Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, an American indie perfume label specializing in literature-inspired scents and "formulating body and household blends with a dark, romantic Gothic tone," have released Cohen v. California and Sordid & Unusual Activities in support of Banned Books Week 2016 (Sept 25 - Oct 1)...

Cohen v. California

"Based upon the landmark First Amendment case that explicitly acknowledged profanity as protected speech, Cohen v. California celebrates the notion that one man's vulgarity is another's lyric. This special premiere is accompanied by an all-new signed and numbered print by Beanworld creator Larry Marder!"

One man's vulgarity is another's lyric: black tea, apricot, honey, saffron, apple blossom, tolu balsam, ginger grass, white ginger root, and vetiver. ($40)


Sordid and Unpleasant Activities

"The EXPLETIVES Fragrance Set premiered at Comic Con International 2016. "SORDID AND UNPLEASANT ACTIVITIES" was one of the three new fragrances based on the Comics Code of 1954...

If crime is depicted it shall be as a sordid and unpleasant activity."

"Degenerate, squalid, and utterly wretched": bleached white cedar and bourbon vetiver with poplar, smoked cumin, oak-barrel whiskey, and a dribble of spiced rum absolute. ($25)



This is a redux from Banned Books Week 2010. It is inspired by the painting by Eugène Delacroix Liberty Leading the People with revolutionary, fervent and fresh notes of frankincense, beeswax, olive blossom, chamomile, sampaguita, magnolia, apple blossom, gunpowder, and smoke. ($30)

Charles Baudelaire is one on the list of banned authors. His Les Fleurs du Mal was banned in 1875 for overexciting the senses and hell-bound eroticism, yet it continues to define olfactory and literary culture to this day.

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