Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has launched a collection of 20+ fragrances inspired by Neil Gaiman's novel, American Gods. (A television series based on the novel will debut on Starz later this month.) The proceeds from the fragrances will benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
We are marking the ten-year anniversary of our American Gods collaboration with Neil Gaiman by introducing the next installment of scents inspired by his beautiful, harrowing, heart-shredding novel. It is one of my favorite books and Neil is one of my favorite humans, so this project is extremely dear to my heart. In the first installment, we are introducing sixteen new scents: Believe, Black Hats, Coin Trick, Eostre of the Dawn, For the Joy of It, Glass Eye, Laura, Low-Key Lyesmith, Media, Mister Wednesday, Mr. Czernobog, Shadow, Technical Boy, and the Zoryas. Our sister shop, Black Phoenix Trading Post, has launched an American Gods atmosphere spray line, so you can invoke the spilled beer and fries of the Crocodile Bar, the horrors of the Bone Orchard, the Hall of Forgotten Gods’ long-dead incenses, or the biting cold of a Lakeside winter. Nail lacquers will be coming to the Post in future installments!
Believe ~ "A scent of compression and release, of heat and faith, of plunging through the jet-shadowed darkness of uncertainty. The heart of the land: roots plunging ever deeper into thrumming black soil through the graves of faith, disillusion, and skepticism."
Bilquis ~ "Honey, myrrh, lily of the valley, rose otto, fig leaf, almond, ambrette, red apple, and warm musk."
Black Hats ~ "Gunpowder residue, patent leather, pomade, and aftershave."
Coin Trick ~ "Glittering gold and silver, rolling over knuckles – concealed in palms – and pulled from the sun, the moon, and the stars."
Eostre of the Dawn ~ "Jasmine and honeysuckle, sweet milk and female skin."
For the Joy of It ~ "Whiskey, mead, honey, gold, sweat, and blood."
Glass Eye ~ "The depths of Mímisbrunnr: mugwort and frankincense, grey amber and ash."
Laura ~ "Violets, upturned earth, mothballs, formaldehyde (mixed with glycerin and lanolin), and the memory of the taste of strawberry daiquiris suspended in twilight."
Low-Key Lyesmith ~ "Black clove and cassia flung onto glowing cinders and mingled with slow-dripping poisons."
Mad Sweeney ~ "Barrel-aged whiskey and oak."
Mama-ji ~ "Spices, cardamom, nutmeg, and flowers."
Media ~ "A news anchor’s cologne, a soap star’s perfume: perfect, pixelated, and glamorous; aglow with cathodes and anodes, coated with phosphor."
Mister Wednesday ~ "Sleek cologne, the memory of a Nine Herbs Charm, gallows wood, and a splash of whiskey."
Mr. Czernobog ~ "Unfiltered cigarettes, the leather and metal of sledgehammers, aortal blood slowly drying, and black incense."
Mr. Ibis ~ "Papyrus, vanilla flower, Egyptian musk, African musk, aloe ferox, white sandalwood."
Mr. Jacquel ~ "Golden amber, hyssop, North African patchouli, and embalming spices."
Shadow ~ "Grey oudh and bay rum luminous with amber."
Technical Boy ~ "It’s all about the dominant [expletive] paradigm, Shadow. Nothing else is important: vape smoke and burning electrical parts."
The Ifrit ~ "Desert sand, red musk, blackened ginger, dragon’s blood resin, black pepper, cinnamon, and tobacco."
The Norn's Farmhouse ~ "Dusty, ancient wood, horehound, and sage, with viper’s bugloss, mugwort, chamomile, nettle, apple blossom, chervil, and ashes."
Zorya Polunochnaya ~ "Pale amber and ambergris, gossamer vanilla, moonflower, and white tobacco petals."
Zorya Utrennyaya ~ "Sweet black coffee and a touch of ambrette seed."
Zorya Vechernyaya ~ "Red musk and wild plum, orange blossom and jasmine, juniper berries, sweet incense and vetiver-laced sandalwood."
The Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab American Gods fragrances are $26 each for 5 ml Perfume Oil.