Saturday, 15 August 2015

Solitary Scrutiny: sixteen92 The Tea Party

Ah, weekend. You've come once more. It's supposed to remain blistering this weekend, so maybe I will finally head to a beach and go for a swim. Next week my partner and I are going camping on the Northumberland Strait - he's not quite the lover of cold water that I am, so I picked there because it has the warmest ocean north of Virginia. So if not this weekend, I will definitely be swimming next weekend. 

I do not do well in the dog days of summer, so I'm feeling a little put out that it's so warm in Halifax today. I moved here for a reason, and part of it was to not suffer in the summer heat. Admittedly, this has been a very good summer in that respect. I guess I will quietly melt.

Today, however, I'm focusing on the food. We're still trying to pick somewhere to go out for supper, but I made blueberry pancakes for breakfast, with local berries and maple syrup.

And am now enjoying some rainbow sherbet. 

However, today's scrutiny is not in the least bit fruity. I picked up The Tea Party from sixteen92. It's part of the Birthday collection, a set of five scents made to celebrate the one year anniversary of sixteen92. All the scents are cake-themed. I only ended up getting The Tea Party, though - as much as I like gourmands, I decided to only get the one that drew me in. 

Vanilla almond birthday cake topped with Earl Grey buttercream

In the bottle, this smells like vanilla cake, with a bit of almond. I got a whisp of tea, but when I sniffed again, it was gone. I didn't think this scent would be heavy on the tea, but part of me still hoped a little. On my skin, it starts off with a burst of almond- reminding me of Rook, but the almond here is sweetened with cake. In the first few minutes it remains fairly almond heavy, with the vanilla cake providing a good backdrop. Then it starts becoming more balanced, the cake and the buttercream frosting becoming more even. I still don't get a ton of Earl Grey, mostly just a whisp, though it comes out a little stronger and tempers the sweetness after about half an hour. This is a sweet, foodie scent, but also somehow airy and light. Like cake. I really like cake and buttercream frosting and so this scent really makes me want cake. It fades to a soft vanilla cake, and lasted about five hours on me. The sillage is on the lower side - this is not a powerhouse fragrance. But it's nice. It makes me happy (and hungry). 

Today's the last day that the birthday collection will be up, so if there is anything left, you can find it at sixteen92's website. May this summer heat not melt us all.


  1. I love a good tea scent but find most tea perfumes to be disappointing. The best Earl Grey I ever smelled was a Penhaligon's candle. If you like warm, spicy and toasty kind of tea scent, L'Artisan Tea For Two is pretty good. Not indie but still. :)

    1. Maybe I'll check it out!

      Since I work in a field that's got a lot of tea drinkers, I tend to smell tea all day anyway, but a good tea scent doesn't hurt...


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