Sixteen92 is doing something awesome where they are releasing scents for Friday the 13th’s. And each consecutive Friday the 13th all previous releases will be available. Heliophobia is the first one which is the fear of sunlight. Unfortunately (?) 2016 has seen it’s last Friday the 13th and the next one won’t be until January 2017.
Notes are: Climbing ivy, faded magnolia blooms, moonlit vines, cracked solarium glass, splintered wood, peeling wallpaper, humid air, fog & shadow, feral musk
In the vial this reminds me of the house from Doctor Who’s Blink. On my skin it is much of the same. An old house long ago taken back by the vegetation and wilderness around it.
This picture perfectly encapsulates the feeling of this blend.
The magnolia is heady and blooming, white and fresh and clean yet somehow melancholy as only magnolia can be. There is so much greenness to this scent, but it’s not like fresh cut grass or anything quite so in-your-face, instead it is calm, unassuming, but you know it’s there from the first breath. The wallpaper is on the verge of crumbling under your fingertips as you run your hand across it. Both the wallpaper and the wood have seen many years of neglect and abuse at the hands of nature and so mold and other fungi have taken hold and add to the overall moldering scent that permeates the blend. It’s not offensive, but it adds to the atmospheric nature of this blend.
You can almost feel the shade and shadows creeping around this blend, as though it is purposefully hiding the light. This is creepy, but only if you’ve been to places like this, where you can feel the history in the house and it almost speaks to you.
It takes about an hour, but it becomes a super masculine blend and it is reminding me of some cologne that I can’t quite remember. But whatever it is, I love it!
Overall this is the perfect blend for those who enjoy old, possibly haunted, buildings, green scents, or atmospheric scents.