Ever wonder what a Chaotic Gnome Mage smelled like? The perfume oil company, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, has answered that question with their line of RPG scents.
I’ve been a fan of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL) for years. I was never able to wear regular perfume because it all smelled the same to me and made me sneeze. But BPAL was different. I was given an imp (which means sample in BPAL talk) of Hamadryad and I was hooked.
So when there was news of a RPG line of oils, I was really excited. I knew that Beth Barrial, who is the genius behind the BPAL perfumes, was a geek so I knew she would do a great job with this new line. With all BPAL perfumes, these are perfume oils that can morph and change due to the wearer’s skin chemistry. When people review BPAL perfumes they usually smell the oil straight from the bottle and then try it on their skin.
I was able to get the original set and smelled my way through them. There are the standard races, classes and alignments that you find in games such as Dungeons and Dragons. I was a little afraid I wasn’t going to like Chaotic, since I am Chaos Mandy, but it turned out to be great on me.
I’m not the best at picking out the different layers in BPAL perfume, but here are my impressions of the BPAL RPG Line.
Dwarf – In the bottle, Dwarf had a slightly fruity scent that was underneath the smell of leather. On my skin the leather smell came out more.
Elf – This one had a strong amber scent in the bottle, but on my skin there was an undertone of fruit with the amber.
Half-Elf – Straight from the bottle, Half-Elf had a strong smell of sandalwood with just a hint of white tea leaf. On my skin, I lost the white tea leaf and it just smelled like sandalwood.
Halfling – This was the most foody of all the RPG line. It smelled like a nutty pastry in the bottle, with the pastry coming out more on my skin.
Gnome – The layers on Gnome are complex and hard to pick out. It smelled almost mechanical with a sweet smell over top in the bottle. On my skin the sweet came out even more and it was almost overpowering.
Orc – Both in the bottle and on my skin, Orc smelled of vetiver to the point that it was a little overpowering.
Ranger – This was a very patchouli scent, both in the bottle and on my skin. I’ve had issues in the past with other oils that had patchouli in it where all I can smell is the patchouli.
Mage – I couldn’t pick out any of the notes that are in Mage. Both in the bottle and on my skin it just smelled like perfume. It was a little disappointing since Mage is my favorite class, but the perfume didn’t really work for me.
Fighter – In the bottle, the wonderful leather smell was the most powerful. On my skin, it was still very leather but there was a lovely undertone of musk.
Cleric – This was floral in the bottle but not too bad, as it didn’t make me sneeze. Usually florals and I don’t get along but Cleric was actually rather nice. On my skin, it got better as there was a woodsy smell to the florals.
Paladin – In the bottle, Paladin is very light and clean. There is also a hint of vanilla underneath. On my skin, the vanilla all but disappeared.
Rogue – In the bottle, Rogue is equally the smell of hemp and leather. On my skin, the hemp came more forward with leather being the underneath scent.
Good – This one is very musky in the bottle with that scent coming out even more on my skin.
Neutral – Another one that is a musk and I really can’t tell the difference between musks. Though the musk is muted on my skin than it was in the bottle.
Chaotic – In the bottle, Chaotic is a woodsy musk that reminded me a bit of my first BPAL love, Hamadryad. On my skin, it is muted with a hint of a nut smell coming out.
Lawful – This smelled like woods and berries in the bottle. It was much the same on my skin, though muted somewhat.
Evil – In the bottle, Evil smelled like green tea to me. On my skin, it became more complex with a hint of tar coming through.
The BPAL RPG line is currently available at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab website. It’s a great addition to the wonderful line of perfume oils and really appeals to any geek who has played a RPG before.
Note: I received a copy of these perfume oils for review purposes.