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supreme_c0rt

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    speculative fiction, Star Trek, sci-fi, indie comics, cats, muscle cars, lucid dreaming, dismantling the patriarchy
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    SMELL THE GLOVE!?

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    Check the About Me tab for specifics. Wood, leather, salt, musk, patchouli, and vanilla are all good bets!

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  1. supreme_c0rt

    No. 93 Engine

    To me this strikes the middle path between medicinal and ethereal. I get a distinct sense of the steam rising from a mug of hand-crafted honeyed herbal tea meant to soothe the throat and open the sinuses, with a side dish of something like warm handmade molasses-honey Ricola crafted in a magic woodland cottage. There's black licorice, spicy ginger and nutmeg, clarifying sage and pine and sap, warm glowing heat, beeswax and honey, and something else that isn't of this earth. This is so complex and strange. It smells like elf medicine. I wish I could describe it better. It smells like nothing I've ever smelled before, and it warps and shifts wildly throughout the duration. Truly a must-try, because describing it just won't be enough to communicate it.
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    Vengeance Eternal Hair Gloss

    The description doesn't lie -- this is one sharp blend. Patchouli is the dominant note here (it's the sharp herbal type), with THEE sharpest tobacco leaf note I've ever encountered. This ain't pipe tobacco, it's much dirtier. The red musk and oak do their part to soften the blow but fair warning, it is very sharp. I have never met a red musk that doesn't stomp all over everything so I'm as surprised as anyone that it plays a secondary role here. I get a similar feel as I do with Drakkar Noir, which is not my favorite cologne (although I have met people who can wear it well). I'm thinking with some more age things will settle a bit and this can be the Drakkar I was never able to pull off before. The smokiness and oakiness are both very promising, but that patch and tobacco are taking zero prisoners.
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    The Obsidian Widow

    Dark red fruit and jammy on the wet phase. To my nose it's grape juice more than wine. Tannins are very evident. Makes me thirsty for Kedem. This settles into a delightful jammy rose (like Lush's Rose Jam but not as sweet). I wish it would stay here forever. Alas. A few minutes in, the jasmine pushes its way to the front and it joins the myrrh to settle into an indolic, moody floral. The patch isn't noticeable and the sandalwood is similarly very quiet. They ground the blend but this is foremost a jammy rose/jasmine scent with dark grape resins. If you like the hothouse jasmine variety (big indole) this should be up your alley. If you liked Caterpillar you will probably adore this (I find it has a similar feel but it's simpler). Widow is classic BPAL to me -- big assertive floral attitude but dark, moody, and sensual at the same time. I like this more than I thought I would even if it's a bit too heady for me.
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    Bon Vivant

    Holy moly this is effervescent. It is immediately bracing and sinus-clearing, like champagne through a neti pot. I'm getting a wallop of eucalyptus, lemon, ginger and pine. Not getting much strawberry on the wet phase, just extremely fizzy ginger ale & pine-sol. Dry, it's all Skittles and ginger ale. Not strawberry specifically, just kind of a pink fruity fizzy smell. You could tell me it's grapefruit mimosa and I'd believe you. You could also tell me it's strawberry Pez mimosa and I'd believe you. It's not really my cup of tea but man this is wildly accurate to the description. It's fun. It's like.... Cyndi Lauper fun. If you think you will like it, you will love it.
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    Rickety Staircase

    The oak here is distilled, clear, and light; quite different from the chewier oak varieties in Étienne De Boray Oak, et al. I'm also getting a lot of aldehydes (soapy-waxy-lemony-white floral) with a refined and gentle amber. This is a high-class, breathy kind of oak. Sophisticated, airy, gently woody and beautifully blended.
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    It Was Just a Cat

    "Ginger cat" is spot on. This smells like something between civet musk (almost like a cousin of Satyr) and spiced walnut cookie incense. Sweet-spicy, almost foody, fuzzy resins, and a little bit scratchy and animalistic around the edges. This smells much more like a Yule than a Weenie to me.
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    Bookcase Passage

    YES LIBRARY SMELLS GIMME GIMME This is a full-on scent journey through the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library. You throw open the massive oak doors and are hit with a cool breeze of the cavernous interior where there are seemingly miles of leatherbound books, piles on piles of paper scrolls, a dust that permeates everything, and decades of polish on the gleaming wood bookshelves. After a little while the dust settles, the air feels normal if just a little cool (is that tea in the air? who snuck tea in here?), and it's just you and the massive leatherbound book, and the wood polish, and the spells. Gah this is so pretty! If you liked the polished-wood note in Hailstorm of Knitting Needles and Wax Cylinders (or if you want to smell like Ron Burgundy's apartment), you should snuggle up with this. 🧙‍♀️
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    La Calavera Catrina

    I'm not super big on florals, but I wanted to give this one a try since I grew marigolds over the summer and fall and I love their ruddy, spicy scent. To my nose this is a perfect 50-50 of rose and marigold. Dead leaves note is present, yes, but third fiddle to the marigold/rose, which I'm happy about since DL is temperamental and fails on me more than it succeeds. The chamomile and bourbon vanilla lend a sort of dry creaminess to it that folds everything together beautifully. One reviewer said DL smells like green bell peppers, and I totally get that. For that reason, this sort of reads a bit more like "summer garden" than it does a true autumn. I still like it, because I like my florals green and fresh, spicy not powdery, and this delivers in spades. And so it goes on my shortlist of favorite rose blends.
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    Gloom Meeting

    On me, this is one sweet oakmoss! White sandalwood is the driest of the various types, and the dryness does help ground the oakmoss and keep it balanced. I'm not getting much vetiver here, this is all sweet oakmoss and sandalwood. This is clean and light, with kind of a soapy/powdery quality to it, like a nice high-end shampoo. Totally appropriate for a hair product. Inoffensive, gently woodsy and totally unisex. The scent is familiar to me and I can't place it. It kind of reminds me a bit of Skin So Soft, or something in the neighborhood. I was hoping for a bit more growl from the vetiver and less soapy-clean, but this is still nice. If you are a fan of oakmoss you should be pretty pleased with it.
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    The Witch/Strega

    Wet: a pungent slap of raw teak and rooty patchouli. Teak can sometimes read almost like turpentine, and that's what I'm getting here. Sharp as a knife. As it dries, cream and beeswax begin to surface, softening the edges of the raw wood. It takes a minute though. Rose is sorta there but not overly so. Just a hint of smoke, quite faint. Fully dry: the volume drops suddenly to a whisper of creamy rose-beeswax with a breath of patchouli and teak. I'm cheerleading for the leather and smoke but they're still in their seats. I'm not getting a ton of the other notes either. This is maybe the first time ever that black oud hasn't stomped the whole house down. I'm not even really picking it up at all here. I'm surprised how this scent almost vanished given how strong the opening was. It's nearly undetectable. I might have to rest and re-test to see if it finds its legs, since this has a lot of potential to be great but is struggling to find its voice, at least on me.
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    Dead Leaves on Fire

    Little wolf skin boots And clove cigarettes An erotic funeral For which she's dressed Her perfume smells like Burning leaves Everyday is Halloween Like many other blends, placement is key here. On the wrist, it's all sweet smoke (wood/barbecue smoke, not the interpretive smoke of vetiver or certain resins). On the inside of the elbow I get much more of the standard Dead Leaves note mixed with the smoke, and I can detect something vaguely like "fire" which I can't place but may dragon's blood. I also get some lemon. Very showy, out-front smoke. Exactly the type left behind in your hair after a night in front of a bonfire. Smokey smokey smoke-smoke. Again, depending on placement, I'm left with either 100% smoke or 100% dead leaves once fully dried. This is as straightforward as it gets.
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    Creaking Floorboards

    Floorboards is sort of like a cross between Dorian and Hailstorm of Knitting Needles, but with an unsettling base note of dried-out cigarette tobacco and something I can only describe as ... musty air. The stale air inside a shuttered room in an abandoned house that is filled with old dusty lace and scattered paper. There's also an ink note that comes out more and more as it dries. It is quite spoopy, quite creppy, but also somehow wearable. If you like Dorian or Hailstorm but want, like, HAUNTED versions of those, this might be right up your alley. Fully dry, LICORICE appears in a jump scare!
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    Endless Corridors

    I've had a few different sorts of experiences with beeswax notes. Sometimes they are closer to honeycomb wax (super sweet and very waxy/chewy ala Storyteller) and sometimes closer to votive wax (distilled, clear, delicate). This one is in firmly the second category. It's the true white beeswax of fancy taper candles and votives, and as other reviewers have noted the delicate smoke note of a candle recently extinguished. This may be the closest to a real candle I've smelled so far from the lab. The vetiver is playing a gorgeous role here; it's got the rough edges that I adore but never goes acrid or barbecue. It's just smoky, and a little evil, and a little growly. Everything is beautifully balanced. (edit): later on in the wear, the vetiver fades out to just a whisper in favor of the wax note, and I'm starting to detect the leather note mentioned up-thread. It's not full-force leather but just a trace of it. Very Storyteller-adjacent. It scratches a similar itch.
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    Faster Kittycat?

    Orris and I aren't typically friends -- it tends to go straight to baby powder which isn't something I enjoy smelling like. This blend is an exception. The patchouli is the star here; it's not gnarly, not bitter, not medicinal. Smooth as silk. The chypre is moss-forward which I think is saving me from the powder-scape of the orris. Yes the powder is still there but it's not the typical powder I get from this note. Creamy, not dusty. I've tested this multiple times since receiving it, and each time the patchouli gets smoother and more complex, grounding the other floofy notes and locking them into something cohesive and reassuring. "Sudden sophistication" is a great descriptor for this. It feels very modern classic. The modernity I think comes from the role patchouli is playing here, it just centers everything with a quiet confidence. I like this more and more each time I try it -- it feels expensive, mature, and warm and sexy. A lot like how Coco Mademoiselle feels on me. I don't have anything else quite like it.
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    Étienne De Boray Oak

    The honeyed oak is a lot like the salty-sweet, beeswax/wood note in Two Westerners, but this one has a big ol' punch of pine in it and a noticeable earthy mushroom (having never smelled this before, I knew immediately what it was). For the first several minutes the menthol of the pine fights with the honey-oak in a way that's not working terribly well on me, but eventually the pine recedes into just a background coolness. Not getting much lavender; it's probably hidden somewhere within the cold astringency of the pine. Eventually the honey elbows its way to the front and this becomes a honey-forward, mossy oak blend. The honey is clear though, not chewy. I do like this - with these notes it's hard to go wrong. It's similar enough to Two Westerners that I'm not sure I need both. But maybe I do. Another beautiful expression in the Lilith line. ❤️
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