Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me.
This is one of several autumn/Halloween collections that Sixteen92 has released this year. It's a five piece collection that is centered around prominent figures during the Salem witch trials. I have four of them to review today, so let's check them out.
Blackened patchouli, woodland mosses, sweet herbs, dried helichrysum, woodsmoke, lamplight, ink, ash and flame.
This starts out as a blend of cold, damp moss and patchouli. It's a dark and sinister earthy blend that I surprisingly enjoy. However, that quickly transforms into the aroma of wood with a wisp of smoke. I can still smell some patchouli in there, but it's now a woodsy type of blend. Not a forest-woodsy blend with the leaves and earth and different types of trees. It's more like walking into a hardware store, if that makes sense. I guess what I'm trying to say is, it smells generic. It started out nice but fell flat for me once the wood note emerged.
Heliotrope, honeyed tea, rosehips, sugared almond, creamy sandalwood, milky vanilla.
It starts out with a blast of almond extract and what I think is earl grey tea, but there's an odd smell added in that I'm having a hard time describing. It's sort of medicinal and very sharp. Now that I think about it I'm guessing that's the honey since it is similar to what I smelled in Tituba. The almond fades quickly, leaving behind a combination of playdoh and cough medicine. I wore this for less than an hour before scrubbing it off.
Charred maple leaves, black pitch, fresh-baked bread, dried black tea leaves, sweet orange, chimney smoke.
I get the orange, tea leaves and dirt for the first hour. It's a lovely atmospheric blend that makes me think of a cool autumn night. The orange note is thick and more like a jam rather than fresh like the fruit. All of that disappears after an hour, leaving behind a hot, sticky tar smell. It's incredibly realistic although not exactly something I want to smell like.
Hawthorn, gingerbread biscuits, tobacco leaf, burning resins, rye, sweet woods, beeswax candles.
Smells like cough drops. It's very pungent and medicinal from the honey and slightly sweet from the tobacco leaves. I did pick up a small trace of gingerbread in the vial, but it never came through on my skin. The cough drop and tobacco leaf combo lasted for a couple hours on my skin with strong sillage, but ultimately this was another scrubber.
Final thoughts - I can't say that this collection worked out well for me. These were all scrubbers to varying degrees, although I will say that they clung to my skin long after scrubbing them off. I also noticed a pattern here - even though there are a half dozen notes in these scents, most of them don't show up on my skin. Guys, I'm sorry for being a Debbie Downer here. I really want this brand to work out since I see some good reviews, but i just haven't had much luck. Anyway, you can find these scents over on the website.