You’d never know that it’s October, based on the weather we’ve been having. Quickly, let’s dash through this summer collection while it still feels appropriate.
The Beautiful & Damned – sparkling pink grapefruit, strawberry, raspberry and currant with soft violet, gardenia and vanilla absolute
A powdery cloud of violet perfume enveloped me as soon as I applied this. When the powder-scented cloud cleared, I ended up with a bright fruity floral perfume. A few different notes flew around, constantly battling for the spotlight – berries, citrus, powdery violets, not-so-powdery flowers, and a thread of vanilla. The more I waited, the more it shifted from flowery to fruity. Eventually I was able to pick up the tiniest sweet wafts of vanilla, but the sweetness of the violets and fruit remained strong. While I like it more the longer I wear it, that’s not saying much because of how much I dislike the initial powdery blast. If the official description speaks to you, I recommend this, but if you’re like me (and not a fan of fruity or powdery florals) this is an easy skip.
Blood & Honey – blood orange, wildflower honey (vegan), pale amber, honeysuckle
There’s an initial flurry of honey and flowers and sweetness upon application, but the scent settles in to some seriously strong honey notes soon enough. Then again, I’m not completely confident in my ability to discern the scent of honey and the scent of honeysuckle. It is definitely a floral honey, but a flowery floral instead of a powdery floral. I had an especially difficult time picking out different notes in this scent. It’s just one smell, no changing intensities or amping or fading of notes, just this one particular kind of flowery honey, forever. Seriously it did seem to last a couple hours longer than the other scents in the collection.
Eternal Return – peat moss and damp garden soil, tomato leaf, beetroot, grass, herbs, lavender spikes, galbanum, sun-warmed oak bark (premium fragrance)
This smells much simpler to me than the notes imply. It’s very fresh dirt initially, like potting soil, and then it quickly becomes cleaner and even fresher – like sitting in the grass, or maybe clover. It’s the scent of sitting in some very green healthy grass. As it dries down, it smells… well it just smells wet. Very watery. I’m not sure how else to explain it. It’s not like any particular body of water, it’s just so wet and watery.
Paper Moon – soft vanilla musk, benzoin, oakmoss, trailing ivy, peach blossom, rose (premium fragrance)
The initial scent is peachy with musky, uh, perfume-ness (the rose? It just smells really perfumey), and I was worried that it would be just too much. Instead of going flowery, though, it quickly veers mossy and earthy. Paper Moon is the perfume of my dreams. I can’t get enough of earthy, dirty, wet, mossy, leafy scents, but for some reason I feel like I can’t justify smelling like straight up dirt. The peach smells like actual juicy peach, the fruity flowery feminine notes stay perfect – they don’t go powdery or candy-like. And at it’s core, it’s the dirt and plants that I love. Paper Moon was so popular that it was promoted to the general catalog.
Theda – tart sangria infused with ripe summer fruits (white peach, nectarine, berries, citrus), dark vanilla, wild vines, rose absolute
Hella peachy. Peaches all over the place, all chopped up and tossed in some sweet white summer wine. The kind of wine that makes you think it might just be juice, but then you have another large glass and you’re like, “Oh I see now there is definitely alcohol in this beverage. Yep, quite a bit of alcohol after all.” The peachiness and sugariness eventually calm down and Theda becomes a more complex, slightly vanilla slightly floral peach. It’s thoroughly feminine without being overly sweet or simple.
Boardwalk was not part of the summer collection. It was originally available exclusively as part of a set, a summer-themed collaboration among several indie cosmetics brands. Due to popular demand, an additional batch was made and sold directly from Sixteen92.
Boardwalk – Coconut pulp, coconut milk, Coppertone, sand, sea breeze, driftwood, melted vanilla ice cream cone, sticky cotton candy
The notes of this all sound perfectly summery. Everything except, I guess, the Coppertone, sounds simply flawless. I was overjoyed when I learned it was going to be for sale. The initial scent is coconut and cotton candy, but then there’s a weird twist. I can pick out all the fruity and sweet scents, and they’re great. Somehow the scent isn’t too sweet or foodie, but whatever is keeping it from going full gourmand is also what’s keeping me from loving it. I don’t really get the sea breeze or driftwood. I just get a delicious blend of coconut, ice cream in a cone, cotton candy, and then it’s as if the whole shebang falls on the ground and someone squirts a whole bottle of sunscreen on top of it. I keep trying it over and over again hoping that the sunscreen won’t get everywhere, but it always does. It’s a fun summery scent, but it isn’t what I wanted it to be. It’s soooo close to the mark, but for me, it misses.