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About 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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    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


    This was surprisingly gentle on me given the powerhouse notes. The red amber/DBR does the typical warm, spicy thing that it does in other "red" blends like Satyr and Schzerade. Not a ton of neroli here which was a surprise since I amp that note heavily. And then the oudh. It did the same thing it always does on me -- straight to pooudh. After about 15 min or so the whole thing collapsed into a slightly sweet coffee scent, with gentle pooudh on the waft. Strange but true. It's not a winner on me but I can say this was not as offensive as oudh normally is on me, and the coffee thing is kinda neat. If you can wear oudh well, this would be a great one to try.
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    The Old Robber-Woman

    Robber Woman is most prominent on the leather and steel right out of the gate. There's no gunpowder listed in the notes, but I'm getting gunpowder anyway. This is in the same vein as Fighter, but softer and with that mysterious gunpowder note (like in Black Hats). It settles in nicely, close to the skin. The dust is not the sneezy, thick type. The leather is not the harsh type. The dust and rags do a good job of softening the edges of what would otherwise be a harsh beginning. This is very rugged, like an old-west gunslinger. If you can wear these notes, it should wear beautifully. On me, it settles in so well that it's a skin scent for me -- I smell like I've been working on cars outside all day. I like that.
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    Unicorn Junk

    Unicorn Junk is super foodie and thick right out the gate. It's dominantly coconut, butter, and milk. The butter note reminds me a lot of Utter Sophistication (udder sophistication? >_<). The lilac and cedar are barely there. It takes a while for that thick dairy cloud to subside, and the lilac does come forward then, but never louder than a whisper. Fully dry, I think VetchVesper has it; The Sea Foams Milk + Obatala. Foodier than both though. So much milk. 🐄
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    They Shall Eate the Residue of that which is Escaped

    Gosh, I like this a lot. This is minty, herbal, and just a little creamy. I think mate may be a new favorite note for me. It's less perfumey/spa-like than green tea; it's more like what actual green tea smells like. I don't get as much of a foodie butter-mint as others have mentioned, this is leaning more towards the cool herbal-green side for me. It's refreshing and lovely. Rosewood amps to high heaven on me but it's really in check here. Green sandalwood is a new one for me, and it's going a little bit powdery like sandalwood can do. Not in a bad way. Like many green scents this has almost no throw on me, but it's still lovely.
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    I was really expecting this to be very dark and wood-forward with a gentle citrus lift, like Azathoth. This is not that. The sandalwood and lemon are the forerunners, and together they are pack a soapy punch. The dry burnt woods in the background are a nice touch but this is still mostly a soap scent. Clean, woodsy, but astringent and lemony. Yes kinda like Irish Spring, but not as straightforward as that. It's more like Irish Spring combined with a dapper woodsy cologne. Massive throw. Soapy scents aren't really my thing so I will pass on this, but I still glad I got to try it.
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    Gossips of Ghost Land

    Having tried several of the lab's tea blends, I like Gossips the most. This is a green tea lover's green tea. Like high-quality mate grounded in an earthy, smooth cedar/patch, topped off by a breath of minty lime. It's giving me real Shunga vibes. The only issue? It's soooo faint on me (even when slathered) and it's breaking my heart. I really dig what's happening here, I just wish there was a volume button so I could turn it way up.
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    The Coiled Serpent

    I have a shortlist of GCs that I adore and this is at the very top. I don't know precisely what's in it, but whatever it is it's made for me. On me, I pick up cedar, sandalwood, frankincense, and mellow aged patchouli, in that order. There's likely other things in there balancing everything out (there might be a type of amber or another resin?), but that's the lineup I can identify. It's like the smell of a cedar chest that only ever held incense. Nothing screeches, nothing shouts. Everything is in perfect balance and creates a reassuring, kind aura of peaceful groundedness. I just adore it. If you love anything earthy, if you like incense at all, you must try this. I would bathe in it if I could. It also blends nicely with sweeter notes (vanilla is a hit) if you're in that type of mood. Not even remotely sweet on its own, though, which I am pleased about (a lot of BPAL blends veer sweet on me).
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    Kabe Ni Mimi Ga Aru, Shoki Ni Me Ga Aru

    When I first tried the imp I found the copal and patch to be too dank, with a screechy, scratchy effect I just wasn't that into. But! Letting it mellow for a few weeks, it's a whole different thing now. Just that little bit of extra aging made the vanilla come out much more. On me, this vanilla is a sheer, gentle, sophisticated type. Not custardy or buttery. The comparisons to BB are close, but I would say the vanilla is less foodie here, and the stronger patch and copal make this a more masculine take on BB. In fact I would say this is closer to Goblin than it is to BB. The big difference is that dank patch and resin (this is the second blend I've tried from this year's Lupers that smelled just like my box of raw Tibetan incense). The resinous incense note is what makes this sing for me. Fully dry, a delicate floral note comes out, the way that sandalwood can sometimes smell faintly floral. Pleasure Boat had something like this going on too. It's beautiful. I'm glad I gave it another chance. Fans of Goblin need this in their life. I hunted a bit for the translation and found this:
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    This one is really hard to tease out, it's so well blended. I get the red musk part of it, but it's like no other red musk I've met before. It's very toned down. Dark pink musk, maybe. I get that wonderful "tanning lotion" favor that I like in standard red musk, but it's so smooth here, like it's been distilled. The most prominent note on me is a citrus melange that makes the whole thing electric and bright. If this were a drink it'd be an ice-cold bubbly grapefruit spritzer with a twist of clementine rind, sitting on top of a dark pink musk syrup base. A big pinch of salt on top, garnished with a heady pink flower. Sweet but not too sweet. Refreshing and sophisticated. Smells expensive and lush but airy and floaty at the same time like a silk robe. It's not quite "me" because I tend to go darker and growlier than this, but I understand why folx like this so much. It's a stunner. Perfect summer scent, bright and pretty and complex. Sexy but not overtly so. I'm delighted I got to try it. edit: even after a few hours, this still smells like a cold grapefruit mimosa. I don't think I have ever had citrus last this long on me. It's quite nice.
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    The Mark

    Wow this is stunning. Two Sheep and Two Goats but with the perfect amount of sueded, shaggy leather to give this a sexy, rugged kick. It's cozy and nibbly and suits me to a tee. I would love to find a bottle of this someday. 😍
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    Doc Constantine (2015)

    Well... Not quite what I expected from the notes. I also get no leather from this and I can smell leather by the ppm. I get some vague smoke at first and a touch of the fir. Both vanish quickly though, leaving a muddled base of black musk (which usually goes to powder on me) and citrus. The combination is like a sweet musky/powdery lemon Pledge (furniture polish). Huh. Glad I got to finally try this one, but it's not for me.
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    I amp cedar quite a lot so the first blast is a wonderful sharp cedar vanilla. It reminds me of the way Goblin marries that sharp gnarly woodiness with a creamy, almost gourmand background. The sassafras is a nice touch here, making the combination foodie notes really hold their own with the sharp cedar. I could swear there was a touch of leather in here. This is definitely the sauna/woodchip type cedar (a note I enjoy, but if you don't -- beware). The only note not playing as well here is the balsam. It floats in and out of prominence. When it's receded, Tombstone is nearly perfect, but when it edges back into play it has this kind of vinegary tang that I don't love as much. It isn't terribly prominent and I think it might age out anyway. Even with it, Tombstone has started to edge out as a GC heavy hitter for me. If you like Goblin, or are a capital-c Cedar lover, definitely give this a whirl.
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    Miss Spink and Miss Forcible's Tea Leaves

    Grassy tea, quite peppery (dandelion-like), with a bright bergamot and light floral note. Then on the tail there's star anise and just an almost imperceptible buttery note, like maybe the ghost of an anisette cookie. It's mostly a nice peppery tea. I like this! Less spa, more English garden. After it completely dries, a lot of the herbal notes disappear and we're left with a faint anise cookie note. Reminds me a lot of grandma's pizzelles. Doesn't last very long but it's nice.
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    Sprouting Grass Moon

    This started off promising, bright green grasses and a cold icy hit of mint, but as it dries there emerges a sickly sweet smell that's clashing awful. I'm not sure what's turning on me here but it smells like rot... like sugary pond scum. A sugared spearmint gumdrop that came back up. It's making my stomach turn, sadly. The waft is okay but once I go in closer its a big nope.
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    Gaia's Blessing

    This is a beautiful, grounding, verdant scent, profound and ancient and meditative. It's not just an herbal scent, though it is that upfront. It settles into a rich, fertile, dense and mysterious incense. The stages of the scent are almost like the life cycle of a tree, from a wet and fecund green sapling in black dirt (strong patch, bright conifer, and sage), to grassy and rich and growing, to deep-rooted and stoic. I absolutely adore how it smells when it's completely dry, like a rich, dark green, mossy ceremonial incense, with an exquisite dry sage blend that has completely changed my mind about how I feel about sage. It smells like old earth magic. I'm not sure it's appropriate to wear this, but I am enjoying it far too much to hold back from that use. I am looking forward to having this blessing in my life. 🍃