Damp leaves, church incense, Italian leather, dry birch woods, clove bud absolute, bonfire smoke
What better scent to test out in October than one called Salem? This is one of sixteen92’s best selling scents, and I’ve heard tons of hype about it. A friend sent me a sample, and I’ve been anxious to finally try out this well-regarded fragrance. You can buy this on sixteen92’s website for $4.65 US for a 2mL sample, $14 US for a 6mL bottle, and $20 US for a 10mL roll-on bottle.
In the bottle: LEATHER. Like, lots of leather, and some nondescript spices.
On the skin: The clove comes roaring in, and the leather softens a bit. Now it’s primarily clove with smoky church incense with leather to round it all out. There’s a certain dryness to this fragrance, probably from the dry leaves. This definitely leans masculine to me, like a hot man who smells like clove lurking in a church while wearing leather pants.
Basically what it smells like. Image does not belong to me.
TL;DR: Clove with church smoke and leather. Very atmospheric and masculine. 3.5/5.
sixteen92 Liber Officiorum Spirituum
Ancient parchment, leather bindings, smoldering resins, frankincense tears, ritual candles, black fire, soot, steel, dust and smoke.
Since it is October, it’s time to break out all of the spooky scents! This one was highly recommended by several of my friends in the indie community as a holy grail creepy scent, evoking the image of some kind of dark magic ritual. While I haven’t had a lot of luck with sixteen92 as a brand, the description and reviews convinced me to try this. This scent is currently unavailable, but it might return for a sixteen92 resurrection event.
In the bottle: RESINS. Lots of resins. But these resins aren’t really earthy, they’re on the sweeter side.
On the skin: The sweet resins are still the most prominent note, but I am getting some kind of dusty, almost woody scent. I think that’s the parchment and/or the candles. There’s just a touch of smokiness, and I’m getting some incense sweetness from the frankincense. I wouldn’t say that I can really pick up the leather bound books from this though. It also doesn’t smell creepy to; this smells more like a ritual to drive out a demon rather than summon one. That being said, I still really like it. It’s like the nicer, less evil cousin of Holy Terror.
TL;DR: Sweet, dusty resins. Not spooky per say, but definitely mystical and Halloween-y. 5/5.
Black fig, black & red tea leaves, ginger root, coconut milk and papyrus.
Moirai is another member of the Sixteen92 Summer 2017 collection, and the name refers to the Fates of Greek myth, who weave, measure, and cut the thread of every human’s life. The notes sounded quite unusual, so I had to check it out. You can find this scent on Sixteen92’s website for $4.65 for 2mL, $14 for 6mL, and $20 for 10mL.
In the bottle: Mostly papyrus with a hint of tea. Very crisp. I think I like it? It’s just so different from anything else I’ve tried.
On the skin: The papyrus and tea soften and the fig, ginger, and coconut take center stage. The fig and coconut are creamy, while the ginger adds a spicy little kick. It’s sweet, but not gourmand thanks to the grounding papyrus. It’s a very mysterious scent and alluring scent. However, it does wear very close to the skin, so its rather light. All in all, I’m a big fan of it.
TL;DR: Fig, coconut milk, and a kick of ginger grounded by papyrus. Mysterious and a little sexy. 5/5.
Blood orange, black iris, metallic accord, vetiver, sun-warmed musk, and iso e super.
For their Summer 2017 collection, Sixteen92 chose to take inspiration from different female beings from Greey mythology. Keres refers to bloodthirsty death spirits, and the scent is meant to reflect that because of its dark and metallic notes. Such a scent sounded very interesting, but I was concerned about the vetiver. You can find this scent on Sixteen92’s website for $4.65 for 2mL, $15 for 6mL, and $22 for 10mL.
In the bottle: Sharply metallic blood orange. If the phrase “a clockwork orange” was an actual real-life thing, it would smell like this. I’m kind of it to it.
On the skin: This is so unique and I honestly really like it. It’s citrusy and metallic, but on the skin, the musk and iris come forward. They add some “perfume-y” aspects to it, but in a good way; it’s just enough to prevent it from becoming too weird. It’s dark and badass, but also quite feminine. Like some kind of a blade-wielding vampire assassin. It’s also quite strong, with powerful throw. It’s not for the faint of heart.
TL;DR: Metallic blood orange with musky and iris. Badass and feminine. 5/5.
Sixteen92 All the World’s a Stage
Rum-soaked apricots, dark chocolate, hazelnut liqueur, praline, amber, bourbon vanilla
This scent was the Sixteen92 2015 Circle Exclusive that came with the Women of Shakespeare collection. It’s tricky to find for that reason, but I managed to find half a bottle through the indie community on reddit. The notes are right up my alley and I was just in a production of “As You Like It”, so I had to get my hands on it. This scent has been discontinued, unfortunately, so you would have to buy it from someone who happens to have it.
In the bottle: I’m getting primarily chocolate, hazelnut and booze. Its sweet and gourmand, but not sugary.
On the skin: The apricots and praline come forward with a healthy dose of rum. The chocolate still lingers in the background with the hazelnut. There’s just a hint of amber in there to ground everything. I don’t get much vanilla, but I’m okay with that. Nothing in this smells artificial either. For some reason, there is something almost holiday-esque about this; the smell reminds me of a Christmas Pudding. The throw is good too. On me, the scent lasted for about 4 hours. If you like gourmands, but hate it when they’re too sweet, try to find a bottle of this.
TL;DR: Fruity, nutty dessert goodness. 4/5
Tart sangria infused with ripe summer fruits (white peach, nectarine, berries, citrus), dark vanilla, wild vines, rose absolute.
I generally gravitate towards dark, sexy, autumn and winter scents with vanilla, musk and smoke. Basically, I like to smell like an insanely attractive demon on a daily basis. Because of that, I have very few perfumes that would be considered summery; Theda seemed like a good option to try since it sounded sunny and bright without being too floral. It is no longer available from Sixteen92 and I purchased a decant off of a redditor.
In the bottle: I’m gagging. The aroma of the alcohol is so horrifically strong that it could peel paint off the walls. Literally all I’m getting is astringent alcohol.
On the skin: After wearing it for about an hour, the alcohol has toned down a little bit, but it’s still very sharp and acidic because of the citrus. I barely smell any fruit or any of the florals and it’s beginning to give me a headache. Hopefully letting this one age will improve it because I currently hate it. This was a pretty popular scent too, so I’m sad it didn’t work on me.
TL;DR: Smells like someone spilled a whole bottle of citrus vodka onto my arm. HELL NO/5.