Review – Sixteen92 Summer 2016 Collection

To continue my first toe-dip into the fragranced waters of Sixteen92, I also ordered samples of last year’s full summer collection. One of the scents, Bruise Violet, was promoted to the permanent collection, while the rest were brought back as re-releases this year.

For my review of the 2017 summer collection, see this post. My review of the 2017 Anniversary Collection is coming soon, I’m just waiting on my bottle of The Cocktail Party to arrive so I can finish that one up.

sixteen92 summer 2016

Full Disclosure: This review contains no affiliate links, and the product was purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal use and testing of the product.

What is it?

Sixteen92’s Summer 2016 Collection is a set of fragrances inspired by ‘Riot Grrrl and 90s girl rock’. Bruise Violet was promoted to the general catalogue.

  • Size: Six 2 mL sample vials (premiums are 2/3 filled)
  • Price: $45.97 CAD for the set ($7.66 per sample, including shipping)

Bells For Her

bells for her

Can’t stop what’s coming
Can’t stop what is on its way…

Tori Amos – Bells For Her

Notes: Sweet Basil, Dandelion, Star Jasmine, Green Vines, Mandarin, Ozone, Green Tea, Crushed Mint.

As you might expect, this is a very green scent. The basil is the strongest note out of the bottle, with the grassiness of the dandelion as well. The mint shows up right at the end, and I can feel it more than smell it. On wet skin, the sharpness from the ozone comes out and really brightens the scent.

The scents sharpens even more on the dry down while still smelling very green and fresh. The throw seems similar to my other Sixteen92 samples: I can smell it pretty continuously for a couple of hours before the scent fades.

Bruise Violet (Premium)

bruise violet

You see the stars through eyes
lit up with lies

Babes in Toyland – Bruise Violet

Notes: Red Lipstick Accord, Dusting Powder, White Iris, Violet Leaf, Damascus & Bulgarian Rose, Red Grapefruit Zest.

This is an interesting but disappointing one. I can definitely smell the lipstick and dusting powder it the bottle, it pretty much smells like a powder room or a makeup vanity. I can get a tiny bit of the grapefruit zest as well. As for wet application, it seems like my skin devours this one. I can’t really detect any floral notes, and everything except for a the powder and a tiny bit of the lipstick accord pretty much disappears.

This is wearing extremely close to my skin. My skin chemistry turns this scent into something far more delicate than I thought it would be. It turns pretty powdery on the dry down and starts to smell more like ‘old-lady purse’, though I don’t find it overpowering. It does sweeten up a bit as well, and lasts a couple of hours before fading.

Doll Parts

doll parts

I want to be the girl
with the most cake

Hole – Doll Parts

Notes: Rhubarb, White Cake, White Peach, Cassis, Osmanthus, Ginger Flower.

Out of the bottle, this one smells super tart and sweet. The rhubarb and peach are very prominent, and they make the scent very bright. It smells like candy. On wet application the cake comes up to balance out the tartness of the rhubarb, and it still smells like delicious, tart, fruit candy. I like this scent a lot, it might be my favorite of the collection.

More of the warm sweetness from the cake comes through on the dry down and the tartness gets less intense. Again this scent seems to last for around 3 hours.

New Radio

new radio

I’m the little girl at the picnic
who won’t stop pulling her dress up

Bikini Kill – New Radio

Notes: Vanilla Milkshake Accord, Maraschino Cherry, Pink Lemonade, Grass Clippings, Waffle Cone.

Right out of the vial I can smell the vanilla, cherry, and lemonade all together. It’s very fresh and tasty smelling. I get only the barest amount of greenness from the grass clippings once I apply it to my skin, and it doesn’t last very long. On application the cherry and lemonade completely disappear and I’m left with almost entirely waffle cone with hints of vanilla. This must be something to do with my skin chemistry or nose perception, which is really unfortunate because I love the bright, sweet notes in this scent.

I love the way this smells in the bottle, but it totally loses all depth once it goes on my skin. I think I’ll be prone to using this as a room scent because I want to enjoy the tart notes and not just the baked goods notes. I find the sillage mild, and the longevity about 2-3 hours.

Rid of Me (Premium)

rid of me

Tie yourself to me
No one else

PJ Harvey – Rid of Me

Notes: Magnolia, Sambac Jasmine, Ylang, White Pepper, Grapefruit Blossom, Ambrette, Satin Musk, Oudh.

There’s a whole lot of notes in here that I don’t have any idea what they are supposed to smell like, so we’re kind of winging this one! On cold sniff the musk is the prominent note surrounded by the sweet florals. The musk isn’t so strong on application, and I can smell the white pepper and oudh. This smells musky and woody, and my skin appears to have devoured any hints of remaining floral notes.

It stays about the same on the dry down, and this is wearing quite close to my skin with very little throw. This scent feels pretty neutral and unexciting to me, and only lasts an hour or so.

Shadowboxer (Premium)


If I let you get too close
you’ll set your spell on me

Fiona Apple – Shadowboxer

Notes: Jasmine Fleur, May Rose, Blond Sandalwood, Mango Flower, Praline.

Cool sandalwood is the prominent note on cold sniff, with a little bit of floral in the background. Smells very woodsy once applied, and there’s some spiciness that comes out as well. It’s not too masculine because I can still detect the floral notes. I can smell a warm nuttiness from the praline in the vial, but that disappears on my skin. It’s just sort of a soft woodsy cologne smell.

After drying, I’m left with something that smells pretty generic/mainstream. I feel like I got sprayed with “Men’s Cologne No. 3” at the mall department store. I don’t dislike it, but I’m not in love with it. I have a suspicion that some wood notes might be headache-inducers, as I started to have one after testing this scent out. I’ve also gotten a headache from the only woodsy Solstice Scents sample I purchased, which was Covered Bridge. I’ll have to test for that in the future.

Would I Repurchase?

I’m not sure I see myself purchasing full sizes of anything in this collection. I like Doll Parts and Bells for Her the most, so I might grab a full size of one of those during the next Resurrection. I won’t be repurchasing any of the other scents in this collection though. I think the collection as a whole is well developed though, it’s just that most of the scents aren’t my particular cup of tea.

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