Review – Sixteen92 Anniversary 2017 Collection

For my next round of Sixteen92 scents, I picked up everything that was released for the 2017 Anniversary weekend. There are seven scents to review here, so let’s get to it.

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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 Anniversary Collection features 5 party themed fragrances, plus an additional 2 full size releases. This year’s collection includes two brand new fragrances, The Block Party and The Hen Party. The Garden Party and The Luau Party are returning fragrances from 2016, and The Tea Party is returning from 2015. The Surprise Party was a limited edition mystery scent and was available to purchase as a full size, or was included for free on orders over $50 on the anniversary weekend. Last, The Cocktail Party was also brought back as a full size from 2016 as a surprise re-release over the same weekend.

  • Size: 2 mL samples, or 6 mL bottles
  • Price: $7.34 CAD for each sample vial, $22.00 CAD for the full size bottles, all including shipping

The Block Party

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New fragrance for the 2017 collection.

Notes: Rice Pudding Cake with a Rich Vanilla Bean Custard Filling, layered with Homemade Apricot Compote and finished with a Sprinkle of Powdered Sugar.

I get lots of the rice pudding right out of the bottle along with the vanilla. It smells very warm and sweet. On wet skin it warms up even more and the toastiness of the rice pudding comes to the front. I can’t detect much of the apricot in here, though there might be the tiniest hint of something sweet/tart in the background.

This remains mostly the same on dry down. It still smells toasty and sweet overtop of a vanilla base. It’s not incredibly unique, but it is still a lovely gourmand that I think I’ll especially enjoy in the colder months.

The Hen Party

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New fragrance for the 2017 collection.

Notes: Buttermilk Red Velvet Cupcakes with Marshmallow Fluff Centers, topped with Merlot Frosting.

This one smells pretty sour on cold sniff, which must be the buttermilk note. There’s a hint of booziness that I like, but my first impression is not great. Out of the vial it’s just a lot of tart milk/cream. Once applied, there’s a sweetness and creaminess from the marshmallow that comes out, and the tartness is not as intense. The merlot also really starts to come through after application. It smells a heck of a lot better on my skin than in the bottle.

As it dries down, it becomes a very boozy cake scent, and the tartness from the buttermilk hangs out in the background to add some depth. I like this one, though it’s not what I would have ideally imagined for a boozy perfume.

The Garden Party

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Returning fragrance from the 2016 collection.

Notes: Meyer Lemon Honey Cake soaked in Rosewater and Jasmine Simple Syrup, topped with a Citrus Glaze and Candied Rose Petals.

There’s not too much floral out of the bottle on this one, it smells quite sweet with some hints of grassiness. It doesn’t smell too cakey to me yet, and I don’t get any amount of citrus at all. On wet application, the rose notes get played up and the scent turns into a beautiful sweet floral that is just delicate and lovely. To me it smells mostly like the rosewater with just a tiny bit of cake.

I think this is my first floral scent that doesn’t immediately make me think of an old lady’s purse. It’s very soft and not at all in-your-face. It feels a lot more like being in a garden and smelling real flowers. It’s quite fresh and green instead of being like sticking your face in a pot of potpourri. This one also lasts much longer than other Sixteen92 scents I’ve tried. I was smelling cake for 5-6 hours after applying this, whereas most other scents fade after 3 hours at the most.

The Luau Party

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Returning fragrance from the 2016 collection.

Notes: White Sponge Cake soaked in Cold Coconut Milk, topped with Rum-Infused Whipped Cream and Toasted Coconut Shavings.

This one is very cakey on cold sniff. I can smell the whipped cream (no rum though), and there’s some whispers of coconut in the background. On application it becomes a very warm coconut cake scent. I get a little bit of toastiness, but not a ton. I still don’t really detect any rum, but it’s very creamy, sweet, and delicious.

These scents so far haven’t been incredibly complex, and this one is no different. It’s simply white cake and coconut. It evokes a lot of the same feelings that Nereids does, bringing me back to my time spent in Hawaii with a bucket of coconut-scented sunscreen. It doesn’t smell as beachy, but it’s similar.

The Tea Party

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Returning fragrance from the 2015 collection.

Notes: Vanilla Almond Birthday Cake topped with Earl Grey Buttercream.

The almond cake is the prominent note out of the bottle. It’s warm and sweet and delicious. On application, the Earl Grey tea definitely comes out and brings some spiciness to balance the sweetness. Again, this scent is very uncomplicated. It’s exactly what you might expect from the notes, and it smells fantastic.

On the dry down the tea and cake notes combine beautifully and compliment each other so well. I find the throw to be mild, and the scent remains as a simple tea+cake scent for a couple of hours.

The Cocktail Party

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Returning fragrance from the 2016 collection. Only available during the anniversary weekend as a surprise re-release.

Notes: Dark Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake with Caramelized Fig Compote and Whiskey Ganache.

Out of the bottle, this is very boozy chocolate and caramel. It’s insanely delicious, and when I offered a sniff to my fiance he asked for a sip! On my skin it’s dark chocolate and whiskey, and I can’t believe how much I’m digging this scent. This is more what my ideal boozy perfume would smell like.

I just about had a disaster when I was testing this by not-quite dropping the bottle and getting perfume oil all over my hands. I was forced to essentially slather it on (and there was still a bunch I had to wash off from my fingers) and I’m pretty much bathing in the scent right now. I can’t really say I have any regrets because it smells SO GOOD. Dark chocolate cake and booze. Thank jeebus I only spilled a tiny fraction of the bottle because if I had dropped the whole thing on my very first test right after I grabbed it out of the mailbox I might have cried.

Anyway, long story short, I’m glad I was forced to buy this in a full size because I’m in love with it.

The Surprise Party

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Limited edition fragrance for the 2017 collection. The notes were provided as a puzzle with a word cloud, seen below.

C_______ c___ with ___e _a____ fr______, ______ cr_____ ___ ___a_ ____w_____ with r______ __r______, ____g_ __e____ ___ch, _______y c______, ____r ___t_ ____ and c____ pa___ __r__m___

Notes: Confetti Cake with Cake Batter Frosting, Graham Cracker Ice Cream Sandwiches with Rainbow Sprinkles, Orange Sherbet Punch, Birthday Candles, Paper Party Hats and Crepe Paper Streamers.

Out of the bottle this one starts out as cakey with a bit of orange creamsicle. On application I can smell the graham crackers and maybe something papery, but I have to get my nose up real close for that. The orange and cake notes are obviously still there, and the orange becomes more prominent.

After it dries, the orange note disappears on me. This scent then becomes pretty much just graham crackers and cake. Not to say that’s a bad thing, I definitely like this scent a lot. Just that a lot of the depth goes away pretty quickly.

Would I Repurchase?

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It turns out I’m a big fan of cake scents. I really, really enjoyed this collection. The only one I wouldn’t buy again is The Hen Party because it’s a bit weird and I find the notes don’t jive together incredibly well. I would consider full sizes or repurchases of everything else though, especially The Cocktail Party. I could buy multiples of that one.

There’s a lot of variety here, and while the scents aren’t the most complex, they all smell delicious and unique. Overall, I think this is an awesome collection, especially if (like me) you enjoy smelling like cake!

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