sixteen92 is fast becoming one of my favourite perfumers. Claire is so knowledgeable, she makes beautiful blends, she has fantastic branding, and a quick TAT. When she put her full sizes (she offers them in 5.5ml bottles and 10ml rollerballs, whatever you fancy) up on her Etsy shop, I went to pick up my favourites...and grabbed a three pack of some Hallowe'en scents: Raven, Salem, and Hallowmas. Claire also included Calaverita in my order as my free sample.
These were done blindly - obviously I looked at the notes when picking them out to buy, but I forgot between ordering and finally trying them out.
Spiced apple, tea leaves, tobacco, guaiac wood
This smells exactly like this cinnamon coin candy that I used to buy in truckloads from the corner store (I wonder if they still have it; I may need some at Thanksgiving). It has a sweet, fruity backdrop, with a very soft cinnamon scent. This is probably the first truly balanced cinnamon-esque scent I've tried. The spice didn't dominate. It played very well with the rest of the perfume. It got a little smokier as time passed, but there was still that sweet fruity scent and the cinnamon. Delicious! I may need a full size of this one. It had great sillage, and lasted about five hours on my skin
Damp leaves, church incense, Italian leather, dry birch woods, clove bud absolute, bonfire smoke
This is, in my mind, sixteen92. This is what I think of when I think of the shop and the name and the theme. It smells damp and earthy in the vial. On my skin at first, I found it to be incredibly sharp and kind of off putting, to be honest. It was too intense, like it was trying too hard to be mysterious and outdoors. After about 45 minutes, though, it became much mellower - all cool air and leaves and dirt and fresh outdoors with something a little spooky in the background. This one wore close to my skin and lasted about six hours, fading into a hint of creamy smoke on my skin.
Edit to add a brilliant way of describing Salem that I of course thought of later: It's like wandering around in a graveyard on a crisp fall afternoon. Preferably wearing an awesome sweater.
Fossilized amber resin, spiced Bosc pear, red apple, black musk, heliotrope
This smelled like a strange potpourri on my skin. In the vial, it was a spicy fruit scent, but on my skin, it just smelled weird. I ended up scrubbing this off because it gave me a headache. But yeah. Weird potpourri.
Pan de muerto sweetened with cinnamon sugar, Calaveras (sugar skull candies), crisp November air, and an ofrenda of sweet incense and candles to honor los difuntos
I had a vague idea that this had something to do with Dia de los Muertos before trying this out because I read a review on it the day before. Not that this helped my expectations: I am Canadian. My familiarity with Mexican culture is just about non-existent. I'm from Moncton, New Brunswick, guys. The cultures I grew up in between are decidedly not Mexican or Spanish or anything resembling them. Anyway. This was spicy candy in the vial and on my skin. It was sweet and spiced, with a hint of smoke. I liked it, but I'm not in love. It does have wonderful sillage and lasted a great nine hours on my skin.
You can check out sixteen92 at her Etsy shop.
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