Hey all! I have a random sampling of Sixteen92 scents to share with you. I also bought one of the detangling sprays, but haven’t used it enough for a proper review, so I’ll hold off for now.
I purchased seven of the 2ml samples, which are longer than most companies’ samples. Here’s a comparison pic with their freebie sample size vs their 2ml sample. Their freebie is the same size as lots of samples, like Possets and BPAL Imps’ Ears.
Onto the scents!
Black Sugar – Brown Sugar, Red Berries, Caramel, Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Dirt, Cauldron Smoke, Cocao Absolute
Upon first application, I got caramel, vanilla musk, and dry cocoa powder, with a fleeting smoky top note. It’s a sexy, sultry gourmand– a slightly darker take on the Pink Sugar concept.
Eternal Return – Peat moss and damp garden soil, tomato leaf, beetroot, grass, herbs, lavender spikes, galbanum, sun-warmed oak bark
Dirt, grass stains, and tomato leaf, very herby. Like an herb garden after a rainshower. I really like tomato leaf as a note in the summertime, as it doesn’t get overwhelming, and it’s a nice break from heavier, sweeter scents. That said, this one had the weakest sillage for me, and stayed very close to my skin.
Paper Moon – Soft vanilla musk, benzoin, oakmoss, trailing ivy, peach blossom, rose
This scent is all pale vanilla musk and strong oakmoss. Very soft and muzzy. A little bit of peach blossom at a distance, but after about a half hour, I get only the oakmoss with a slightly resiny vanilla base. This one stuck around about twice as long as any of the other Sixteen92 scents I tested, so it’s a good thing I love oakmoss!
Salem – Damp leaves, church incense, Italian leather, dry birch woods, clove bud absolute, bonfire smoke
Wet, it’s smoky insense, heavy on the clove, with bits of leaf litter and leather in the background. Portentous and atmospheric. Very witchy. There is a smoky note that emerges, but it doesn’t have that warm, comforting sense of a bonfire. It’s got a sense of– finality. A working done. Blackened pages. Burned, old wood. Stays very clove heavy throughout its wear. I really liked this one, and I’m going to pick up a bottle of it for my trip to Salem in the fall!
Southern Gothic – Mandarin Orange, Apple, Coconut Pulp, Southern Magnolia, Jasmine Sambac, Balsam, White Sandalwood
An expertly blended scent– no one note dominates. Mostly I smell magnolia rounded by coconut, but not sweet coconut– the actual, unsugared flesh. A little bit of the dryness of sandalwood comes into play, and overall, this is a close-to-the-skin, work appropriate scent. Soft and comforting without being heavy. After a while, it almost smells orris-y, with a powdery jasmine note. I’d say this is a good starting floral for most floral haters, because it’s never cloying or funereal.
The Afterparty – Chocolate espresso truffle cake with marshmallow filling topped with dark chocolate ganache
This oil is all super dark chocolate marshmallow. Not marshmallow as in gooey-sweet, but marshmallow as in “I am smelling an actual chocolate marshmallow.” It’s not too much. I get a little bit of espresso, but mostly it’s dry dark chocolate– almost a cocoa powder type of chocolate. Like chocolate lava cake paired with coffee.
The Beautiful & Damned – Sparkling pink grapefruit, strawberry, raspberry and currant with soft violet, gardenia and vanilla absolute
I get mostly berries and currant to start. No tart grapefruit, no florals. A very realistic swirl of red berry. I liked that it was not super sweet. A lot of times berry scents are, and it becomes quickly overwhelming. This doesn’t do this, which makes it a nice choice for berry lovers.
The Masquerade Party – Spiced pumpkin cake filled with toasted pecans and topped with maple buttercream
When first applied, I got a strong hit of pecan, with maple hovering subtly over cakey notes. It’s sweet, but not a total sugar rush. The pecans drop off after 15 minutes or so, and it’s a sweetly frosted spice cake. Nothing about this smells synthetic, and the notes combine to create a realistic pastry case scent. My skin really amps sugar, so after about an hour, it was mostly maple frosting one me.