I just had to go and get some more samples from Sixteen92‘s general catalog after having such a good experience with their Spring Collection. There has been discussion on their Facebook Page about discontinuing a few scents and making room for others, possibly A Thousand Times More Fair from their Spring Collection as well as three others. Two of the scents I’m reviewing (The Awakening and La Llorona) are on the chopping block! Eek! Discontinuations are expected and understandable, but they are still sad. I always get this knee jerk reaction of OMG I NEED IT (even if I’ve never liked the scent before) because what if it gets better with age and then it’s all gone and you can’t find it anywhere because everyone else knew it was awesome and then you missed it and can never have the awesome again and …. *deep breath* Yeah, so, I got those two specifically to see if I truly want them or if I’m just having discontinuation anxiety.
The Awakening has notes of: Ocean air, dark water, damp mosses, gulf mud, saltwater taffy. Now normally I’m not one for ocean types as it usually means ambergris and I’m not a fan of ambergris. However, I really enjoyed Storm of Fortunes which has ambergirs so I decided to give this a try. Plus it’s on the chopping block (eek!) and I’m going to the beach on vacation soon and I like “water” scents to wear when I’m at the actual water.
In the vial it is mostly the dark water, a bit of mud, and moss. As soon as it hits my skin the water deepens even more and the ocean air starts blowing. There’s a small hint of sweet saltwater taffy. The mosses are wet from a recent storm and the mud has been churned by the waves. This morphs and moves through phases as it dries, letting each note come to the fore like the coming and going of the ocean waves. There’s also something cold in here. Not physically cold, but it smells cold. This is a very interesting blend, but a bit more salty than I care for.
Paper Moon is a Premium perfume and contains: Soft vanilla musk, benzoin, oakmoss, trailing ivy, peach blossom, rose. Paper Moon isn’t awe inspiring in the vial and is mostly benzoin. On my skin it blooms though. The rose and benzoin are initially the strongest notes. The vanilla musk is at the base, soft and light and barely there while the ivy and peach blossoms weave through the rose and benzoin. This is a soft skin scent with very light silage (throw). Pretty, but I like things with a little more oomph to them. It does end up having a paper-like quality to the scent which is neat. Eventually the benzoin calms down, the oakmoss comes out and all the other notes blend and play nicely together.
This is growing on me the more I wear it. Soft, slightly sweet, with a nice green base and a hint of flowers.
La Llarona (the other one on the chopping block) consists of: Bulgarian and Egyptian rose absolute, pink and white pepper, pink grapefruit, wisteria, cashmere wood, pale amber. At first this is all wood, soft and brown with a hint of pink grapefruit and a whisper of wisteria. This was one I put on right when I got it a few days ago and fell in love. Which is sad because it’s going away so I’ll have to jump on a bottle of it! This is not only a golden blend in the vial, but also on my skin. The rose is soft and velvety, the pepper adds just the barest touch of spice while the grapefruit burns off as it dries. Now the wisteria is coming out stronger with that beautiful base of wood and amber. Truly a warm blend that just makes me think of snuggling up and being cozy.
Southern Gothic has notes of: Mandarin Orange, Apple, Coconut Pulp, Southern Magnolia, Jasmine Sambac, Balsam, White Sandalwood. In the vial I get all the high notes: orange, apple, magnolia, and jasmine. I’m a sucker for jasmine sambac. On my skin the mandarin orange comes and goes fairly quickly leaving behind just a golden bright sweetness in its wake. The coconut pulp comes out and gives a creamy almost tropical feel without going completely tropical. It’s a nice balance. The sandalwood and balsam are the base on which everything settles on. This blend reminds me of Georgia, sitting out on my Mom’s porch when she lived down there. It’s a languid, sweet, and comforting blend meant for porch sitting and tea drinking.
And last, but not least, Wicked with its notes of: Three vanillas, dark aged patchouli, almond buttercream. In the vial this just SCREAMS almond buttercream. Unfortunately that intensifies on my skin. Normally my skin chemistry turns almond into this sour mash smell and unfortunately it’s doing the same thing, only now it’s surrounded by moldy buttercream and off smelling vanilla. I’m not even getting any patchouli as my own chemistry is amping that almond. (Because I wanted to point out chemistry, I did not wash this off as fast as I’d intended and now …) Now, after a while the patchouli has come out and the almond, while still this weird mash thing, isn’t screaming at me. It’s a bit on the foodie side and not my cup of tea, but others may enjoy it.
Not sure if this needs said or not, but my experiences may or may not be what you would experience in a blend. If you notice with Wicked I mention my own skin chemistry. Everyone is different. Hormones, hydration, medications, diet, and even the water in your house and the lotion you use can effect how a scent smells on your skin. Please bear that in mind and take all reviews with a grain of salt (or a sniff of perfume …).