Monday, 6 July 2015

sixteen92 Summer: floral notes everywhere

I'm not one of those lucky people who have a subscription to sixteen92's Circle (I actually had ample opportunity to get it, but I think I've determined I'm not really into subscription boxes. I like the idea, but I already have plenty of stuff, and do I want to take a chance on stuff I might not even like because I don't know what it is? Probably not. I am the kid who looked for the secret hiding places for Christmas presents, after all) so I picked up my samples when the collection was released for real at the end of May. I picked up just two: Theda and The Beautiful and the Damned. Paper Moon was my free sample. 

I was kind of leery about the summer collection because florals. sixteen92 uses a lot of florals in their scents, and that doesn't appeal to me very much at all. I like flowers, but I generally think that I should smell like flowers. Unless they're heavily tempered by something else. I don't know where this floral bias came from, because I really do like flowers, I swear. But I just don't want to smell like them. Anyway.

I was originally going to skip this release because somehow all of the scents had a death note for me (rose, honey, violet...) but those people who are a part of the Circle were kind enough to post many, many reviews that said things like "didn't smell the rose in this at all" so I decided to trust them and grab some samples. This was both a good and bad idea.


Tart sangria infused with ripe summer fruits (white peach, nectarine, berries, citrus), dark vanilla, wild vines, rose absolute 

I was both excited and terrified for this one. A sangria scent? YES PLEASE. (I have such a thing for smelling like cocktails. I have a feeling what this might say about me). However, the rose was concerning, since I both hate rose and amp it like crazy. I consoled myself with the fact that I have sixteen92 Lolita and it doesn't smell like rose at all. Theda follows similar non-rose lines, but I did catch a whiff of the rose about an hour into the wear. Not a ton, but enough to make me wrinkle my nose again. It did disappear by the second hour of wear. In the vial, this smells like a beautiful peachy, tart, berry scent. The citrus gives it an edge. I really, really like it. It stays pretty linear throughout wear on me, getting a little sweeter and a touch creamier as it dried down, but aside from the evil rose, remained a great, tart fruit scent. The sillage was on the lower end of moderate, and it lased eight hours on me. I may have to pick this up in a full size before the summer is over. We shall see. 

The Beautiful and the Damned

Sparkling pink grapefruit, strawberry, raspberry and currant with soft violet, gardenia and vanilla absolute 

This one was not as successful as Theda. In the bottle, it was grapefruit sweetened up with berries in the vail, awesome and realistic. On my skin, it turned into Rockets. Fancy Rockets, but Rockets regardless (Smarties for you uncouth Americans). Violet goes ridiculously powdery on me, so I'm not surprised that this didn't end up working on me, but I did hope it would. The reviews were so positive! Dammit scents, why are you so susceptible to my occasionally evil skin chemistry? It had, of course, excellent sillage and lasted eight hours on my skin because I didn't really like it that much. Somewhere there is an indie perfume scent god cackling into a crystal ball.

Paper Moon

Soft vanilla musk, benzoin, oakmoss, trailing ivy, peach blossom, rose 

Paper Moon was one of the more popular ones of this release - or at least it looked like it was to my unscientific scan of reviews. I save the true searching for work, apparently. Laziness at its finest. I was not too enthusiastic about this one since I realized I don't love vanilla as much as I thought I did and also rose is the devil. I was cautiously optimistic when I sniffed it in the vial. It was green and fresh, with a bit of powdery vanilla. It was nice. On my skin, it was not. It was old lady times ten. Lots of powdery musk, lots of florals. No no no no. I only wore this one once, compared to my usual three times for testing scents because I just couldn't bear to put it on again. It also lasted through me washing the dishes (no, I don't have a dishwasher, and yes, I've been bitter about it since I was three, since that was when my parents' dishwasher broke and my life of dishwashing was about to embark), so it's got some serious tenacity. The sillage is also really good. Of course. 

So this summer release was not really for me. I really like Theda and may pick up a full size, though I've recently begun waging war on my overgrown perfume collection and am now trying to get it down to things that I really, really love, so we'll see. I also have to stop buying things that have my death notes in them because I always end up going "Yeah, that's why" with few exceptions. 

The summer release will be around for a good while yet, and you can catch it at sixteen92's website. 

And have some Monday music. I'm really behind on finding HAIM, but in case you're just as behind as I am, here's Falling.

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