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What's with the name?

Allow us to explain.

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Roll Your Character; Roll Your Perfume

According to the Black Pheonix Alchemy Lab, if I were to wear their perfume in accordance with my favorite character, I’d smell of “White sandalwood, beeswax, white tea leaf, oud, and a hint of sophisticated urban musk,” “immaculate white musk, sweet frankincense, bourbon vanilla, white leather, and shining armor, “a whirling mélange of multicolored musks with wasabi, rooibos, heliotrope, and mastic,” and “shimmering celestial musk with vanilla, white honey, acacia, and sugar cane.”

Their concepts for Dungeons & Dragons themed scents begins and ends with the character creation process. They’ve prepared perfumes for five races, six classes, and all five alignments. (No scents for Humans, Gnomes, Bards, Druids, Barbarians, or Monks, although the set is clearly inspired by 3rd edition, sorry 4th Ed players. Your edition sucks anyway.)

Buying four scents (three, if you’re True Neutral) from Black Pheonix will cost you, at $17.50 per 5ml. However, smaller samples (1ml) are purchasable for $4 each, $22 for six (just in case you’re multiclass or a Fochlucan Lyrist or something), so that might be a good way to get a taste of what they’ve done without breaking the bank.

I don’t think I’m the only one who is now really interested in what their character smells like. Or maybe it’s just because I have a head cold and can’t currently breathe through my nose.

Yes, I was a chaotic aligned paladin in 3.5. I was a Fighter with one level of Barbarian who prestiged to Holy Liberator. It’s in Complete Divine. Get off my paladin berserker back.

(via Fashionably Geek.)


  • Infrared

    HAH! Fourth totally sucks! :p

  • DarkTouch

    3rd Edition had 9 alignments, 4th edition reduced it down to 5.

  • Anonymous

    3rd Editon had 9 alignment combinations made from 5 choices. Good, Evil, Lawful, Chaotic, and Neutral. Black Pheonix sells a perfume for each choice to combine in 9 combinations.

  • DarkTouch

    That makes more sense… I’d heard it referred to that way. Normally I’ve heard people talk about the moral and ethical axes and the Alignment is combination of those.

  • Kimberly

    I liked 4th. Time for the emo cave~ (jk)

    This is a really neat idea. I know I’ve found people on etsy who can make perfumes for the different harry potter houses. I wonder how many other scent possibilities are out there? Probably a ton.

  • Bex

    I’ve been wearing BPAL scents for over 5 years now, and the cost of the scents is so worth the price. They have always done the wonderful geek scents, they did a whole line of scents based on Neil Gaiman works, with his permission. So much love for BPAL.

  • Vic Horsham

    Hmmm… sounds great at first but my character would be a mess!

    Dwarven fighter sounds good so far – iron filings, chips of stone, sooty leather, goldings hops, blood, steel, leather and musk. But as soon as I add in a good alignment I’d be blending that with shimmering celestial musk, white honey, acacia and sugar cane. Eurgh. In fact, outside of a very few combinations, alignment aromas seem to clash with each other and with the race and class ones.

    I suppose one could just stick with class and race and leave alignment out of the mix. And at $35 for that it’d be a reasonable price for a perfume. Although not for a mere 10ml o_O

  • Scimitar378

    BPAL perfume is oil not an alcohol based spray you don’t need to put as much on as your average perfume – it’s worth the money and will last you longer.

  • Anonymous

    “I was a Fighter with one level of Barbarian who prestiged to Holy Liberator.”

    Aaand, this is why your edition is a joke.

  • Sarah H

    Sounds swesome, but I play a Gnome Bard, and I’m in Canada. Out of luck I guess, although I’ve heard such great things about BPAL!

  • Frodo Baggins

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of. Anyone on a real quest would smell like they hadn’t bathed in a month, which is what DnD nerds smell like anyway. KIDDING! My name is Frodo Baggins for chrissakes, of course I’m kidding.

  • Leroy Lee

    First, this idea is fun and if I wasn’t in a gaming drought at the moment I would totally get the sample for my character’s odor.

    Second, I have been playing DnD since 1980 or 81 ( I remember that I was eleven and very concerned about the game being labeled 12 and up) and the 4th edition is my favorite. There, I said it.

    Thirdly, if you think the 12 and up thing was bad, you should have seen my friend Tom, who owned the game but hadn’t played it yet, try to explain character level vs spell level vs dungeon level to me.