As I said in my previous post Halloween is a time of many new collections in the Indie Perfume world and this time I’m going to review one of my favorite brands Sixteen92. The aesthetic of the company fits other interests of mine and pleases my artistic side with its well thought out premise and consistency.
About the company, Sixteen92 is a conceptual fragrance house that crafts small-bath perfume blends inspired by literature, history, lore, and a little bit of magic.
I am usually a fan of her resinous, incense and gourmand with a twist scents, so shall we see how they fare? As a note, all scent impressions are formed without knowledge of the actual perfume notes. I speak on my first impressions while being completely blind the actual “answers”.
Baba Yaga – Fiery dragon’s blood incense, sweet woodsmoke, dried herbs, dripping candle wax, forest dirt
In the Bottle: My first thought it musky, warm and maybe some dried leaves. It is a little sweet but in a sweaty dirty way. I get a lot of dragon’s blood, while it is wet in bottle. I really like this, I’m a huge fan of dragon’s blood and I burn incense of it most nights.
Wet on the skin: On my skin while wet it is very musky and dirty. I get the same clove like smell and my skin amps whatever spice is in the blend to a crazy level, as it always does. The dried leaves are still fairly forward for me. ‘
Dry on the skin: While dry it is very very warm smelling with rich fall leaves and is very atmospheric and immediately takes me to a forest surrounded by nature and fire. It is still mildly sweet but not in the candy way but more so the skin sexy way.
Black Annis – Absinthe, black honey (vegan), raw sugar, balsam, labdanum, crushed fern
In the Bottle: I get very heavily star anise which now looking at the notes makes total sense with the Absinthe. The star anise really warms in my nose and mingles with the earthy amber esque notes I’m smelling. It is a little dirty and earthy. I smell maybe a little something peppery.
Wet on the skin: On my skin, I get a lot of a peppery note and the star anise has mellowed. It is not super licorice smelling and most to me robustly pepper and maybe dirt. It is fairly reminiscent of men’s cologne.
Dry on the skin: While dry it goes very resinous while the anise comes back out along with something a little sweet.
Hecate – Tart cranberry, benzoin, fir needle, dark chocolate, smoldering incense, dry leaves
In the Bottle: My initial blind smells led me to believe that peaches or apple were in the perfume which I can now see is cranberry and makes perfect sense. It is very dirty, fruity and rich. I get some spice but not too much.
Wet on the skin: It almost smells like apples were soaked in like chocolate liqueur, it is sweet yet spicy and I get something like leaves or dirt.
Dry on the skin: My skin has ramped whatever spice and incense is in the blend, as it always does. While it is dry I must say out of all of these I think this is my least favorite. It falls very typical fall on my skin and I enjoy the other blends because they do something interesting mixed with my skin chemistry. Well, everything can’t be perfect.
Aradia – Tobacco leaf, tonka, crushed cacao pods, aged vanilla, red woods, dried spices (premium)
In the Bottle: Very resinous chocolate, lots of tobacco and wood. I get the smell of something smoky and sweet like vanilla. So far this is interesting to me, I really like woody chocolate tobacco perfumes.
Wet on the skin: Chocolate tobacco, I don’t get tree anymore almost all resin and chocolate. It isn’t pipe tobacco though, maybe else like leaves or pods.
Dry on the skin: Tobacco is right there in my face, it is a good thing I really like tobacco blends. Any spices, per usual are right there along with it. This actually ends up being one of my favorites of the bunch when it is dry.
Morgan Le Fey – Black patchouli, amber resin, vanilla bean, warm gingerbread
In the Bottle: Sweet but peppery, gingerbread and super resinous. The more I sniff this the more I get vanilla. I really like the vanilla added in with the gingerbread.
Wet on the skin: Still very gingerbready, I get a little amber. It is sweet but incensey. I don’t get the vanilla as much on my skin as I did in the bottle.
Dry on the skin: Baked gingerbread fresh from the oven with lots of vanilla now. I always enjoy how much a perfume shifts from bottles to wet on the skin to dry on the skin.
Overall thoughts: I enjoy this collection for what it is, Sixteen92 is one of the Indie perfumers I know that will create consistently interesting blends. While I didn’t like all of them I would say I am glad I purchased them and urge anyone who hasn’t tried her perfumes before to give them a shot.
Have you tried the Halloween collection? What did you think?