Sixteen92 is a new-to-me brand that I've been curious about for the past two years but am only just now trying out. They recently landed on radar when I saw the lineup for their anniversary collection - birthday cake and carnival-inspired scents? Yes, please! I have a bunch of those I'm itching to review but for now let's talk about Boardwalk.
This was a very limited edition scent that was released last summer and sold out quickly. I knew from the scent description this was something I would probably enjoy so I managed to grab a bottle when it made a brief reappearance a few weeks ago.
I knew this would sell out quickly (and it did) so I was on the website a few minutes before the launch time, frantically refreshing the screen. It was available as a 6 ml bottle with no sample sizes being offered. The price was $14 plus $3 shipping. I received a shipping notice two or three days later, which was much faster than the stated turn around time of 7-10 business days. It shipped First Class mail in a padded envelope with a copy of my receipt and no samples were included.
Coconut pulp, coconut milk, Coppertone, sand, sea breeze, driftwood, melted vanilla ice cream cone, sticky cotton candy.
In the bottle this is a very salty fragrance with a sour note that I can't distinguish. I'm not really sure what to think as an initial impression - I was expecting a tropical coconut, beachy scent and all I smell is salt. On my skin the Coppertone immediately comes out as the main note and the saltiness recedes significantly. There's a very faint smell of coconut far in the background but it's virtually nonexistent. It's a fresh oceanic blend rather than tropical or foody at this point, like slathering on sunscreen while taking in the cool salty breeze from the ocean waves. The Coppertone disappears an hour into the wear and now it's all salt and wet sand. It's along the lines of the Yankee Candle Sun and Sand fragrance or Bobbi Brown Beach, if you're familiar with those. Sharp, fresh and tangy is how I'd describe it at this point. A few hours later and the cotton candy begins to push it's way forward as the salt and sand fade. It's a delicate sweetness without being cloying. It fades rapidly at this point with the total wear time between 5-6 hours and a low to moderate sillage.
Final thoughts - this wasn't quite what I was expecting but it still turned out OK. And seriously, where is the coconut? That was the main reason I wanted to try it. I'm happy I was finally able to try Boardwalk but it reminded me of the fragrances I mentioned above so it didn't seem all that unique to me. I would've been happy with a sample size if they were available. I'll hang onto the bottle until next year and hopefully the coconut will come out more with age.