Sixteen92 Winter Collection Review

Hey guys!

So I’m a rule-breaking rebel today. I hate trying out perfumes without letting them rest for a week, (an annoyances go in my life, this is definitely is low on the list-but it’s there!), but I just got my Sixteen92 Circle subscription this past Friday and the Winter Release is Friday, November 13th. In order to help people make educated perfume buying decisions, I’m breaking my smell code today.

So let’s check it out Sixteen92’s Winter Collection!

Sixteen 92 Winter Collection

I am part of Sixteen92’s Circle Subscription, so I received this Winter Sampler set as part of my subscription. Based on previous prices, I think these will cost about $18 as a sample set when they are released on Friday.

In terms of reviewing, I tend to find  that perfumes last longer on my skin and become more nuanced if I’ve let them settle awhile. That could be all in my head. Who knows. Anyway, in the interest of fairness, I’m reviewing these perfumes today, but I’m going to test them out again in a week and see if anything’s changed. I’ll update the post if I do. Just to give them a fair change. And to cover myself in perfume. It’s a win-win.

And The Days Are Not Full Enough- Notes:sweet sandalwood, texas cedar heartwood, patchouli coeur, black vanilla, grey musk
This starts off pretty strong, wet I’m getting big notes of patchouli and hay. I’m not loving this combo. As it dries, the patchouli note starts to fade, and the scent becomes a milder, sweet scent. If you’ve ever been in a barn, that’s what this reminds me of, the sweet scents of hay and grass. (Which I just looked at the scent list, and have no clue where I’m getting that from. Maybe the vanilla and sandalwood? Maybe the musk?) This faded really fast on me, after about 30 minutes it was just hay sitting close to the skin. I had to inhale my wrist to get anything. I guess if you’re a fan of sweet, subtle patchouli-this will be up your alley.

Her Kind– Notes: tart cherry, sweet almond, bergamot, sandalwood, ambrette, camellia blossom, tonka, sweet myrrh
Wet, I get cherry and intense almond extract. It’s been noted before that I’m a weirdo who loves the smell of almond extract. Like, I LOVE it. That being said, this smells pretty artificial, exactly like you’re using cherry and almond extract to bake something. As it dries, the extract smell does fade and it starts to become more natural. I get a soft, sweet floral note and just a hint of sandalwood and bergamot in the background. The dried down scent is feminine and sophisticated and I think I might be a fan. This had a pretty decent throw and lasted about 5 hours on me.

Domination of BlackNotes: orris route, soft suede, white santal, nutmeg, oakwood, lichen, chilled soil
I immediately get dark notes of cool leather and dirt. It’s kinda spicy and sexy? I’m asking for a friend. As it dries there’s also some incense notes joining in with the leather and dirt notes, and it becomes comforting. It reminds me of some of the scents from the Halloween Collection. This sat pretty close to my skin but lasted about 4 hours.

This Is Just To Say- Notes: cake flour, cocoa powder, osmanthus, plum & apricot jam, tonka bean, dried fruits, tangled vines
At first this smells like a Tootsie Roll, with the slightest hint of something fruity in the background. Happily, as the perfume dries, the cocoa fades a bit and the frutier scent gets stronger. After about 30 minutes I am definitely getting apricot jam and tonka bean, it’s sweet and fruity. The light, soft scent of fruit remains for several hours on me before this eventually dried down to vanilla. This should be a gourmand right up my alley, and I want to love it, but it’s not there yet for me. I’ll give this one some time and see if I keep reaching for it. This also sits pretty close to the skin, but the vanilla scent lasted several hours on me.

Walking in the WinterNotes: fir needle, hemlock, soft snow, pale woods, delicate mint, frost-blanketed leaves, cold metal, distant hearthsmoke
This smells just like trees covered in snow. (Seeing as I’ve only seen real snow like once in my life, I’m just guess. But that’s the image that comes to mind.) There’s definitely a cool mint note here, and I get the scent of icy green firs, as well. There was a very subtle note I wasn’t able to identify on blind sniff, but checking out the scent description I realize that it’s the very faint whiff of smoke. I’m not surprised that I like this scent, because minty cool atmospherics are my favorite Winter scents. I can literally close my eyes and imagine walking through a cold, snowy forest. Walking in the Winter is definitely an interesting and layered scent and my favorite of the bunch. This had pretty good throw and lasted about 6 hours on me.

Bonus: Candy Cane Mocha- Last year I reviewed Sixteen92’s Hot Chocolate Bar, and while everything smelled pretty delicious, I didn’t ever find myself reaching out to wear the perfumes. When I saw Candy Cane Mocha, I figured it would be along the same lines at the Hot Chocolate Bar, and tested it halfheartedly.

That ended after about 4 seconds. This smells amazing. I adore coffee scents, and this is delicious dark chocolate coffee with sweet, creamy mint. It smells amazing. Did I already say that? I can’t stop smelling my arm and it’s causing some problems with my writing. It has great throw and lasted several hours. FULL SIZE I AM COMING FOR YOU.

Overall: I like the Winter Collection. I think Walking in the Winter and Her Kind are my favorites, but I do like This Is Just To Say. I’m not sure if any of these are full sizes for me, but I’ll test again in a week.

And Candy Cane Mocha will be mine.



Questions of the Day:
-What are you favorite Winter notes?
-Are you going to grab anything from Sixteen92’s Winter Release?








Sixteen92 Fall and Halloween Collection: Review

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It feels weird to be reviewing fall scents when it’s still like 90 degrees where I live, but here I am today with Sixteen92’s Fall and Halloween Collection. These will be launching today at noon, just kidding today is not September tomorrow, September 1st at noon on the Sixteen92 website, so hopefully I can help you make an informed decision in smelling good!

Check it out!

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Sixteen92: Birthday Collection Review

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Today is the last day of Sixteen92’s one year anniversary sale! This also means it’s the last day to buy scents from her limited edition Birthday Collection.

Naturally, yours truly is ON IT, and posting a review of the scents today. Most of the lotions and samples are sold out, but if any of these perfumes sound up your alley-there’s a few 5.5ML bottles left for sale.

So check out what I thought! Before it’s over!

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Happy Hour: July Favorites!

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It’s the FINAL COUNTDOWN! I have exactly:
-1 Final
-1 Presentation
-1 Day of Internship and
-2 Class Sessions

AND THEN I AM DONE WITH GRAD SCHOOL FOREVER AND EVER!!!! (And it will be forever, because if I ever go back to higher education it will be for a PhD. I’m not doing this Master’s level BS again. NOPE.)

Anyway, my joy is palpable over here. I’ve been expressing it by resuming a normal sleep schedule and starting to exercise again. I even went to this place called a park, which is apparently an outside area where people who aren’t in grad school go, and I went for a run. It was pretty exciting stuff.

I also decided to write a July Favorites post. I haven’t written in a Favorites post in a while, or any post for that matter, so I figured it might be interesting to share what makeup I’ve used this past month as I fought through my last month of grad school.


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Sixteen92’s The Circle: Summer 2015 Review

Hey friends!

Happy Memorial Day, if you live in the US! Happy Monday, if you are elsewhere in the wide world.

I’ve been trying to get this review out in time for Sixteen92’s Summer Collection Release this Friday, May 29th. I finallllly finished testing out all the perfumes, and I am here to tell you, that I am extremely impressed with this collection. Like it’s rockstar level.

This was also my first set of perfumes as a member of The Circle, Sixteen 92’s quarterly perfume subscription, so I’ll have some info on that to share.

So you should probably check it out!

Sixteen92 The Circle Summer Info

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Sixteen92: Spring and General Catalogue Review

Hey friends!

How was your weekend? I had a random trip with Mr. Danger and my bestie to run a race and then attend an anniversary party at a brewery. It was good times!

But back today. Today, I bring you: The Post That Should Not Be

Dramatically titled this because I actually never meant to review any of the Sixteen92 scents I have for you today. I randomly accumulated these samples after several impulse orders, and then realized I had enough to constitute reviewing. So here I am, adding to the indie perfume literature.

I’ve got some scents from Sixteen 92’s Spring Collection and a few from Sixteen 92’s General Catalogue, so check out my impulse buys and let me know what you think!

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Subscription Sunday: Visage Box by Hello Waffle-February 2015

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I think everyone and their mom has already posted their review of Hello Waffle’s February Visage Box, but I finally have mine ready! (My mom did not do a review, though.)

I’ve been playing around with this box for about two weeks now, and I still haven’t been able max it out yet. I’ve got about two more looks I want to do with the products, but I only have one face. UGH. Why won’t Mr. Danger let me put makeup on him?

What I’m saying is it was another good month with Hello Waffle’s Visage box!

hello waffle's visage box february 2015

Look how pretty it is! Perfect for February!

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Indie Advent Calendar: Christmas Day Haul!

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I hope you’ve had a fantastic holiday! Mr. Danger and I had two awesome days with both sides of our families. We are super lucky to have families who we love and enjoy spending time with, and a good time was had by all!

For the final Indie Advent Calender day, Mr. Danger threw a bunch of bath products in a box, and it was such a nice little haul with Haus of Gloi, sixteen92, and Solstice Scents products. I am a very spoiled lady!

Let’s check it out!

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sixteen92: Winter Collection

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Just a heads up: I’ll be blogging through the rest of this week, but Dec. 29th-January 4th I’ll be taking a short vacation. I’m going on a trip with my family to celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday, and I’m just going to enjoy some time off that week. I’ve been blogging without stopping through working full time, grad school, writing my thesis, etc. for the past 6 months and I think it will be nice not to be covered in swatches for a few days.

But I’ll be back! Because I can’t resist sharing glitter with the world.

Anyway, for today I have a review of sixteen92’s Winter Collection, one of the few indie shops still open for the holidays. (They’re all on breaks, too, which I think it totally fair since most of them are 1 or 2 people operations.)

This collection should be available until February, so there’s no rush if any of the scents sound up your alley. The Sample Pack itself for this collection was $18 for 5 2mL perfumes. sixteen92 shipped this about a week after I ordered it, and it arrived in about two days.

So let’s get to the good stuff. How do these bad boys smells?

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Indie Advent Calendar Day 11: sixteen92’s Black Sugar Lotion

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I’ve got all my revision notes. I’ve got my “studying” playlist on. I’ve got 67 highlighters and 2 kinds of post-it notes. I’ve got a delicious sipping beer. I AM READY TO FINISH EVIL THESIS OF DOOM TONIGHT.

But first.

Indie advent calendar! Today I have some body lotion from sixteen92! Though I’ve tried her perfumes here and here, this was my first foray into her body products. I think I’m hooked! Let’s check it out.

(The origin story of the indie advent calendar can be found here.)

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