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    speculative fiction, Star Trek, sci-fi, indie comics, cats, muscle cars, lucid dreaming, dismantling the patriarchy
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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

    Leather, Black Tea & Clove

    Oooh wee this is goth af 🦇 Fresh from the bottle it's a clean clove cigarette fresh out the box. BIG push of clove out front, but softened a bit by the tea. As it dries the leather pokes out a bit more but this is still very clove-and-tea forward as others have said. I will echo that I want more leather from this. I'm reminded a lot of the leather note in Leather, Indigo Incense, and Red Amber. I compared it to Dragon's Hide there and it's the same here. It's subtle. I keep reaching for more of that note but it's a bit shy. The sillage is straight lit Djarum, but up close and huffing I'm getting more of the other notes and I'm here for that. Up close it's very sexy and smoky and skin-hot, but when I pull away my nose holds the memory of clove to the amnesia of the others. I do like this and will probably hold onto the decant because this is a MOOD, but not sure I need to hunt a bottle. It's a lot of clove and my brain still wrestles with the association of Nu Skin.
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    Theoi Nomioi

    Main notes I'm getting are eucalyptus, pine needles, juniper, sweetgrass. Then the lab's snow note, with a faint hint of cool water (not aquatic per se, more mineralic like river stones) and maybe a touch of moss and soil. The pine/juniper has a big menthol pop that skews a bit more medicinal than I like (I'll never not think of vaporub, even if it's prettier and more complex than that). The grass note with the snow threatens to turn gloopy and boggy like it does in Sprouting Grass Moon, but it straightens out after a while. The softness of the moss/soil is nice. It def puts me in mind if Ranger and the like, and I'm glad I got to try it.
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    This is another mellow, your-own-skin-but-better scents. Mostly getting a sort of brownish skin musk, just a touch leathery (very very faint leather, like a worn watch band). The mint is doing really interesting things here -- I wasn't sure how it would fit, but it's giving everything an airy, breezy lift that's working nicely. The caramel note comes out more on the dry-down; it's not really sweet or chewy like honey, much more of a homemade caramel. Like you left it on the stove just a touch too long and it's a little bit burnt. Not too sweet. The sage and tobacco leaf round out the edges. Tobacco is very much JUST the raw leaf, not the shisha or sticky French tobacco. This vibe is VERY Southwest Cowboy. Aird winds, warm dusty desert, sagebrush, and delicious warm skin. This would be a fantastic gateway BPAL for someone who doesn't want to smell like perfume. It's very gentle, but you will smell good. *edit: I am also getting a very faint whiff of celery seed from this. Hm. I think it's the sage messin around.
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    The Apothecary

    The mosses and green grass are most prominent out front, and the herbal notes are fresh, and somewhere along the lines of mint, basil, sage, etc. So, very green, very alive, and despite the name, not medicinal at all. I like it most at this stage. As it dries, however, the "drop" of ginger and fig push their way aggressively to the front. This makes everything shift much fruitier than I would like.* The combination reads as grape juice or perhaps plum juice. Some kind of red-purple juice... Very juicy. I would really like to smell a version without these two notes, as I think they're kind of crashing the party here and don't make sense to my nose. I will agree with a previous reviewer that this has big Herbal Essences energy, so if you like that you'll probably really like this. *Thinking about this a bit more, I think the grass note the Lab uses is also what's making this shift fruity. I've noticed this in other blends with grass, that it starts to take on a very sweet juicy quality over time. The fig isn't helping though!
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    Baby’s First Ballista

    Wet in the bottle, it's a very sweet vanilla/wood gourmand. Chewy, a little salty, and extra buttery, like a synthetic cookie dough. As it dries the foodie-ness gives way and the oak blooms, settling into a slightly salty vanilla-oak. There's a delicate floral quality that emerges at this stage, like vanilla orchid. Combined with the gentle salt note, it's lovely. I blind-bottled this hoping that it wouldn't be too foodie and I'm glad to report that it isn't. It's a nice entry point for someone interested in foodie notes but doesn't want to smell like a bakery.
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    Dead Leaves, Black Amber, and Woodmoss Hair Gloss

    I've been hoarding my decant of this for two years! It's sublime. I get very little of the dead leaves note in this, it's mostly moss and amber. It's all warm, woodsy, smoky, resinous deliciousness. Perfect for fall.
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    Mahogany, Wood Moss, & Smoke

    I just got this in the mail so it hasn't quite settled yet, but I am already quite happy with it. After an initial strong smoke opening, it recedes as it dries down to mostly mahogany and moss. The moss is doing a beautiful job of cushioning the often-problematic bitey edges of the mahogany. The smoke lingers in the background gently cradling the whole blend, but this is not a vetiver or barbecue kind of smoke at all and on me it isn't pushy or assertive. I can see this being a nice entry point to BPAL for folks who wear like masc, woodsy cologne. The sillage has a men's-body-wash-adjacent quality to it (it reminds me how many masc scents use a lot of these same notes) but getting in close is where the complexity comes back. I think it would be easy to add some interesting dimension to this with layering. This is a wonderful companion to the Dead Leaves, Black Amber and Woodmoss HG from the 2019 Weenies that I have been rationing.
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    I've been wearing my imp of Tsubi on and off for over a year, and each time I wear it I find myself baffled and a little sad. I cannot figure out why this isn't working better than it is. I mean, look at those notes! It's pulled right from my dreams. Then I put it on and feel some kind of strange longing. It's like my favorite song is on the radio, a song I haven't heard in a while but really want to listen to, and all the knobs are broken. It feels like trying to catch smoke in my hands. I want to love this scent more, and each time I pick it up and put it on I think, this time it will sing, and it purses its lips and hides its face. Like it has stage fright or something. It's lovely but just a whisper, and then it's gone. 😔
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    Orris Root, Carnation & Tobacco

    Sweet and spicy carnation with a heap of tobacco (shisha/chewy/French type found in Snaky-Hair'd Moirai Many-Form'd, et al). On me this is about 60/40 carnation/tobacco; orris is making a quieter play here than it normally does. In the bottle this was almost all tobacco, but once it hit the skin it started to recede quite quickly. The spicy, cinnamon-nutmeg-dirt of the carnation plus the thick sweetness of the tobacco is giving me vibes of a super fancy expensive pink bubblegum. I don't normally like the extra-sticky tobacco because it tends to go very treacly on me, but the carnation is balancing it nicely here. Fully dry, the tobacco sneaks back in and wrestles for dominance with the carnation. This isn't quite me, but I am still enjoying it.
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    Pink Pepper, Orange Blossom & Lemon Peel

    Orange blossom, I love thee, you know I love thee, but dammit, thee can be Too Much Sometimes. Let's see what your mood is here. In the bottle I can smell the pepper clearly, but once it's on the skin it vanishes. After an initial heady rush of orange blossom, it quickly downshifts into an almost equal 50/50 orange blossom/lemon scent. I really like how the lemon and the floral keep each other in check. Bright and floral but not overpowering on either side. It's very pretty and I think a good expression of both each note individually and the harmony they create together. There's a certain hand soap from TJ's that has this great orange blossom note and I love how it leaves my skin just *lightly* touched with the orange blossom scent as opposed to drowning in it, and this blend does the same thing for me. Not soapy, mind, but The Right Amount of orange blossom. So... yay! I think I'm getting the Skin So Soft thing too, lol. It's comforting. ☺️
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    Tonka Bean, Black Tea & Vetiver

    The black tea here is dark and unsweetened; sort of like the tea in Dorian but without any sugar. The tonka is warm and resinous and skin-like, which lends a soft glow. The vetiver is barely there at all: whisper-quiet, gently grounding and cradling the scent with the idea of a faint smokiness. This makes the tea have sort of a darjeeling quality to it. Do not fear this vetiver, this vetiver means you no harm. The overall effect is like a warm, weak black tea scent -- an almost-smoked-lavender, almost-anise quality to it the way most of the Lab's tea note smells to my nose. Very low throw and wear length, as mentioned; it's there and it's gone. It's very delicate and pretty though, while it lasts.
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    Beeswax, Cedarwood & Bourbon Vanilla

    Tombstone plus beeswax and minus the balsam. The cedar here isn’t the raw cedar-chest variety (Coiled Serpent) nor it is the gentle, caramelized-wood variety (Cedarwood and Smoked Vanilla) but it is sitting right in the middle. I think How Doth the Little Crocodile uses this cedar too, but it's unmistakeable for Tombstone. Fully dry it's a cedary cocoa butter/chocolate situation. Like a Hershey’s factory in a lumber mill (I can dig it). Woody, slightly foody, skin-soft. It’s close enough to Tombstone and to raw cocoa butter that I don’t think I’ll need more than the decant. I feel like if this had a gritty base note like patchouli or leather it might send me over the moon, so I will try layering. It's quite cozy and straightforward as-is, so if it sounds like you'll like it you probably will.
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    Teakwood, Moss & Salt

    Strong camphor notes out front. Not a ton of moss or salt on the wet phase, at least not that can hold up to the blast o’ teak. Cold, bracing, almost effervescent forest notes; I never knew how much teak smelled like pine and juniper, but it does. As it dries it mellows out a bit -- it is still very cold and bracing, but now with a soapy quality. I do get the aquatic sense about it, but it’s more like a coniferous forest near an ocean; like a hiking trail in the PNW. Unfortunately these type of camphor-forward notes will always remind me of medicine (campho-phenique and vicks, et al) so even after they’re mellowed out and blended, I still get the association of ... needing medicine. It’s very cool and detached, serious and clear-headed. Like a no-nonsense forest ranger with one of those great wool fisherman sweaters. If this is your vibe, I think you'll be pleased with it.
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    FORMULA UOS1520: Overconfident Hipster

    Floral bouquets are always a very tricky thing with my chemistry. Either they go totally soapy, or too grandmotherly, or headache inducing. This though! This is wonderful. Gardenia is the strongest out of the gate, so if you're here for that you'll be quite happy. The rest of the flowers are supporting that note with a clear white burst of dewy, sparkly sunshine. It smells like a real bouquet, like Easter Sunday and springtime in a bottle. I think, or suspect, that amber is the reason so many floral blends go wrong on me. The absence of any traditional grounding notes like resins or woods here was a very good call. It's just flowers, and it's just nice.
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    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.