'The' Neil Gaiman

Chazzie-award winner Neil Gaiman, known around here simply as “The Neil,” has a movie based on his stuff coming out this weekend. Yes, Stardust opens with a big name cast, big special effects, and the hopes and dreams of millions riding on the notion that Hollywood might manage not to fuck up a Gaiman adaptation. Ahem. No pressure*.

Anyway, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (who we’ve talked about before) is not only an incredible name for a band but also makes “Stardust” and “Good Omens” fragrances.

(Good Omens? By Jove, that sounds familiar…!)

So anyway, they’ve got five Stardust fragrances, with names like “Fairy Market” and “Yvaine,” and the proceeds go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. If you buy the Good Omens fragrances, you not only help the CBLDF but also orangutans. And for the record, these orangutans have nothing to do with comic books to our knowledge and to imply that they wrote Identity Crisis would be an insult to orangutans everywhere. So.

For the full press release, click after the break. For their website, click here.

*–I mean seriously, have you read any of the Sandman movie scripts? You haven’t? Good. Don’t. One took five months off my life. And not the end of my life, either. I’m talking five months from the middle of 1982. Flat gone.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Releases ‘Stardust’ and ‘Good Omens’ Scents to Benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Two of Neil Gaiman’s most beloved books are about to get a fragrant tribute.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab (BPAL) has released a series of 5 fragrances inspired by “Stardust,” the extraordinary, haunting fairy tale by renowned author Neil Gaiman. Scents such as “Fairy Market” and “The Witch Queen” are based on the characters, locations, ideas and dreams found within the pages of the beloved tale. “Stardust,” the motion picture based on Mr. Gaiman’s story, was directed by Matthew Vaughn and features Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert DeNiro, and Charlie Cox. It is being released in the US on August 10th.

Proceeds from every bottle sold go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1986 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community.

“Good Omens,” the classic apocalyptic comedy collaboration between Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, is the inspiration for another fragrance series. Favorite characters such as “Crowley” and “Aziraphale” are brought to life through scent.

Proceeds from every bottle from the “Good Omens” collection is split evenly between the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Orangutan Foundation UK, which works to actively preserve orangutan habitats while supporting long-term research projects that benefit orangutans.

These two fragrance lines join “The Carousel,” a series of seven fragrances based upon favorite characters from two of Gaiman’s most popular novels – “Anansi Boys” and “American Gods.” To date, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has raised over $15,000 for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund through sales of the Carousel series.

The collaboration between artistic visionaries is always an exciting and thought-provoking endeavor. Rarely, if ever, though, have modern literary characters been so lovingly and accurately interpreted by a skilled perfumer. Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s interpretations of Gaiman’s colorful and thoroughly unique characters are, like the characters themselves, creative masterpieces and not to be missed.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab specializes in formulating intriguing, compelling body and household blends with a dark, romantic, and sexual tone. Their scents run the aesthetic gamut of romance era, Renaissance, Medieval and Victorian formulas, pagan and mythological blends, and horror / Gothic-themed scents. They have over two decades of experience in the field, and their joy is their work. All of their products are hand-blended in their laboratory.

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