I ordered a sample pack of Sixteen92’s Spring 2016 Collection. They are all Shakespearean inspired scents.
A Thousand Times More Fair (notes – Honeysuckle nectar, magnolia blossom, passion flower, white peach skin, ripe plum, bright vanilla bean, delicate musk): This opens with bright yellow florals that immediately begin floating down to the other scents. Peach and plum are most noticeable and are super juicy. The musk lends a nice base. This is sweet, soft, bright, and makes me think about running through fields in a forest. Very pretty and delicate and super reminiscent of spring. The throw is light to moderate, but so far the longevity is nice.
Merely a Madness (notes – White sandalwood, clover honey (vegan), sweet orange, rosewater, blond patchouli, cedar heart): The woods – sandalwood, patchouli, and cedar – give this a very earthy yet homey feel to the blend. The clover honey is adding a touch of sweetness while the orange brightens it all up. This blend has a rather large throw – definitely one where a little goes a long way. The longer it settles the more the notes blend and intertwine so it just lends this golden almost homey attic feel. I could totally see getting this in their lotion then layering one of the other lighter scents in the oil on top. This is a nice base scent – like a foundation.
The Primrose Path (notes – Soaked earth, lichen, ancient oak roots, grass, water lily, heavy stone, a tangled garland of faded spring blooms): What I would expect from a cobblestone path leading up to a bubbling brook. Clean, green, and refreshing. The earth is loose and moist, the oak old and knobbly while the grass bends under your feet. There are little blue and white flowers popping up from around the lichen covered stone you sit on as you take a drink of the brook’s fresh sparkling water. All of that is represented in this scent. It’s trans-formative, soft and sweet, and just a delightful scent so perfect for heralding the end of spring.
Storm of Fortunes (notes – Star jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose absolute, hyacinth, ambergris, Mysore sandalwood): What’s Spring without a few storms? You can smell the floral notes as they give a nice overall sweetness to the blend. It is a “grey” scent, possibly due to the ambergris as it gives just a hint of salt to the greyness. The sandalwood is the perfect woody base for this scent.
Blanket of the Dark (notes – Narcissus absolute, two jasmines, yellow champaca blossom, coffee bean, bergamot, oakmoss, benzoin): I normally don’t do coffee blends, so upon initial sniff of this I was completely thrown off guard and couldn’t place what I was smelling. Somehow I am reminded of fresh hay in a clean barn (no fecal smell from animals, just the wood, the hay, and the natural muskiness of such a place). It is brown, almost smells like some of the “hay” is desiccated and forgotten in a corner. This is just pure clean barn smelling to me, I can’t explain it any other way. Very interesting and kind of cool. If you’re into that kind of thing.
Overall I’m quite impressed with the scents and would love to check out more of their catalog!
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