SIXTEEN92 Discussion Thread

Juxtapozbliss

Author, Artist & Creative Director
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Nov 3, 2016
This thread is intended to contain discussions about the perfume house SIXTEEN92.

Find it here: https://sixteen92.com/

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A little background. SIXTEEN92 is owned and run by perfumer/designer Claire Baxter. This is a truly artisanal niche house with Baxter seemingly doing most of the work herself…from crafting the perfumes, designing the labels, bottling and mailing. She even commonly answers customer service emails. SIXTEEN92 has been repeatedly named as a winner in the annual ART & OLFACTION AWARDS from 2014 until 2017.

I’ve been interested in this house for quite a while and have either purchased or sampled a fairly extensive selection from her. I don’t like everything that I’ve tried—and that’s a good thing—but I’m consistently impressed by the quality and originality of these fragrances. If I had to place this work in general context, I would say that this house lands in the same general territory as Slumberhouse and Hilde Soliani Profumi, and conceptually reminiscent of Imaginary Authors, although Baxter treads her own territory and inspiration. She does lean into quite a few gourmands, although by no means exclusively, and even those seem to use tasty flavors in unique ways.

SIXTEEN92 offers both EDP Parfum sprays and extraits. As you might expect, the sprays offer a more typical perfume experience, whereas the extraits, while concentrated, are oils that sit a bit closer to skin. Baxter refreshes her collection seasonally…which must be a lot of work, and in fact many of them go out of production. She does seem to keep available those that are award-winners or her most popular fragrances, but if you are intrigued by this house, you need to jump on her seasonal collections and sample them when they’re released. Buy the bottles you like but don’t expect them to always be in production. Enjoy until gone.

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What follows are my responses to the SIXTEEN92 fragrances that I either own or have sampled. Admittedly, they are biased towards gourmands because at the time I first became interested in SIXTEEN92, I was most interested in gourmands. But I encourage you to explore her catalog, and you’ll find there are many in other fragrance families.

Psychokinesis: After trying my first set of six samples from SIXTEEN92, this was my favorite and drove a full bottle purchase. A gourmand, without question, but one unlike any that I’ve tried before. It’s remarkably warm on the skin. Comforting and cozy, it has a rich fragrance that reminds me of freshly baked cake with toasted coffee beans and pecans. I want to emphasize here that there is something remarkably warm here, as if the fragrance exudes heat. Delicious and great for fall and winter. (Note: this is no longer available.)

Carnelian: This was a close second for me to Psychokinesis. It’s a dark, bold scent that tempers its gourmand notes with a smoky edge. Like the burnt crust of dark chocolate and espresso that is sharpened by hints of cloves.

Kyanite: This was another favorite from the first set that I sampled. Also unapologetically gourmand, Kyanite took me to the fragrance of homemade bread being baked in the kitchen. The baking smell was complemented by toasted hazelnut. Very nice although compared to Psychokinesis, it was gentler in sillage and longevity.

Black Tourmaline: A non-gourmand and another scent that particularly impressed me. It’s rich with leather and smoke seasoned by black pepper. As it evolves, it opens up into a sandalwood accord with gentle woody oud.

Grimm: Another dark burnt chocolate fragrance but balanced in this case by a gently smoky vanilla tonka bean.

Precognition: Was a sweet dried fruit, a bit too subtle for me. I caught fig against light sandalwood. Pleasant but too much like a candle for me. Would make a very nice candle.

Il Dolce Suono: Another modest fruit scent that didn’t grab me.

Blood & Honey EDP Parfum: The blood here stands for “blood orange”. Holy cow, this Parfum is potent. Either get the Extrait or apply this one modestly. The fragrance is dramatically and realistically honey led. In fact it is noticeably recognizable as honeysuckle and clover. There is a slight earthy musk behind it, but I got very little blood orange, the honey overpowered it. Beautiful but too feminine for my taste and the longevity and sillage are at maximum intensity. I easily smelled it 10 hours after application.

Moirai EDP Parfum: A very nice, fresh summery fragrance. A mild milky fig (more subtle than that found in Yesterday Haze by Imaginary Authors) over a bed of tea leaves. There is a hint of coconut that reminded me of raw coconut meat rather than suntan lotion. These tasty notes are seasoned with a hint of ginger. Baxter labels this one on her site as a gourmand, and while it admittedly uses culinary notes, it doesn’t remind me of food, instead it strikes me as fresh. Good longevity with moderate sillage, Moirai becomes a skin scent after about three hours but keeps going for at least eight.

Wicked EDP Parfum: A nice fragrance that balances a creamy almond against what strikes me as a dirty vanilla—not gourmand but very natural. Both are carried on a mild bed of warm patchouli.
 
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Nasenmann

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Aug 16, 2010
I couple of months ago, I read about "Supercell" and have been curious about it since. Not sure when or if it will become available again though.
 

Nasenmann

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Aug 16, 2010
Looks like one of her limited edition fragrances, it's no longer even listed on her website. My guess is...she probably won't bring it back.

I'm pretty sure that I have read, I think from her, that it's a seasonal offering, annually and each time just in very limited quantities. I believe there have been at least a 2016 and a 2017 batch. Not sure it's still working like that.
 

Juxtapozbliss

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Nov 3, 2016
I'm pretty sure that I have read, I think from her, that it's a seasonal offering, annually and each time just in very limited quantities. I believe there have been at least a 2016 and a 2017 batch. Not sure it's still working like that.

That would be great, hope you're right. I didn't think that was the case here because she does mark some fragrances as "SOLD OUT" on her site, which implies that it might come back in stock.

The notes I found are very interesting and avant garde.

Supercell:

The Calm Before (Top Notes) - Electric ozone, sharp green grasses, asphalt
The Storm (Middle Notes) - Petrichor, windblown hay, damp florals
The Aftermath (Base Notes) - Crushed stems, soaked earth, cracked branches
 

neurotica

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Jul 31, 2018
Thanks for starting this thread! You've got me super curious about SIXTEEN92.

I definitely want to get some samples. I need to choose wisely, though, because I've been ordering too many samples lately and striking out on most of them.

I will have to check out what's currently available on the site. I'm not into gourmands at the moment though.
 

LostboyR

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Aug 18, 2005
Sixteen92 is a quirky yet lovely indie outfit. Hit or miss just like any other house in my experience but I love the fact that the house is walking the path less traveled even when, in my opinion, unsuccessful. I have sampled a few but not nearly enough of her creations so I can give my thoughts on the once I own or have samples of.

Tituba : From the Salem collection, This is my favorite of the oils that I have sampled from her. This one is a very round, resinous creation with aspects of sweet tobacco and woods. There is a slight gourmand layer to it which balances out the woods and light smoke however it never veers far into gourmand territory. This is a very comforting scent to me and not unlike Rituale by Menditorrosa in feel. Quite lovely and although I associate it with Fall I wear it lightly in summer as well.

Cotton Mather : Another from the Salem Collection. This is an interesting one which I need to wear more of as the weather cools off. A bit of smoke and earth lead to a very different patchouli experience. Where normal patchouli fragrances are darker, heavier, earthier this one is a bright, high pitched patchouli. If anyone has experienced Patchouli Ardent from Fragrance du Bois, it has a similar bright patchouli. Cotton Mather is slightly piercing and I'm not in love with it but I am intrigued.

Lycanthrope : From the limited Friday the 13th collection. Love this. The oil starts off green. Not a bright green but the deep green of dense forest foliage and undergrowth. it slowly transitions to a the smell of earth and minerals in a very convincing manner. as the forest and rocks eventually subside, you are left with a musky, ever so slightly animalistic fur note. Really evocative stuff.


Every Frozen Heart : Summer 2018 collection. This is a pretty citric floral. Not overly loud but very present. The florals in this are candy sweet which doesn't really play well with me. I don't see this as an animalistic, musky floral as advertised but a medium density sweet floral with a laundry musk base. Pretty but not really for me.

It's History, It's Poetry : Summer 2018 collection. I need to spend more time with this one. Boozy and softly woody to me leading towards petrichor and geosmin for a humid, rainy/earthy feel. Another very evocative scent. This one ends with soft woods and a ghost of sweetish tobacco. Intriguing!

Salem : General Catalogue. Earth, fallen leaves, a bit of leather, and a little smoke. This one starts off in a promising way evoking a lovely fall evening. Then the clove oil shows up and turns this into what my nose perceives as an amateurish fragrant oil that one might purchase at a Renaissance Fair.


All in all, this is a house that is a delight to explore and one that you need not sink a lot of money in to do so. Be aware that since this is a small outfit the processing time is roughly one to two weeks before the oils are shipped out. That's all I have for now. I will be sure to update as I acquire more for my collection.
 

Juxtapozbliss

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Nov 3, 2016
Thanks for starting this thread! You've got me super curious about SIXTEEN92.

I definitely want to get some samples. I need to choose wisely, though, because I've been ordering too many samples lately and striking out on most of them.

I will have to check out what's currently available on the site. I'm not into gourmands at the moment though.

Do check out those listed on her site...I was leaning gourmand, so my choices were biased. But she has a lot to choose from. I feel like she generally achieves the notes she claims, and strongly...but your mileage may vary. Samples are definitely recommended.
 

Juxtapozbliss

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Nov 3, 2016
Sixteen92 is a quirky yet lovely indie outfit. Hit or miss just like any other house in my experience but I love the fact that the house is walking the path less traveled even when, in my opinion, unsuccessful. I have sampled a few but not nearly enough of her creations so I can give my thoughts on the once I own or have samples of.

Tituba : From the Salem collection, This is my favorite of the oils that I have sampled from her. This one is a very round, resinous creation with aspects of sweet tobacco and woods. There is a slight gourmand layer to it which balances out the woods and light smoke however it never veers far into gourmand territory. This is a very comforting scent to me and not unlike Rituale by Menditorrosa in feel. Quite lovely and although I associate it with Fall I wear it lightly in summer as well.

Cotton Mather : Another from the Salem Collection. This is an interesting one which I need to wear more of as the weather cools off. A bit of smoke and earth lead to a very different patchouli experience. Where normal patchouli fragrances are darker, heavier, earthier this one is a bright, high pitched patchouli. If anyone has experienced Patchouli Ardent from Fragrance du Bois, it has a similar bright patchouli. Cotton Mather is slightly piercing and I'm not in love with it but I am intrigued.

Lycanthrope : From the limited Friday the 13th collection. Love this. The oil starts off green. Not a bright green but the deep green of dense forest foliage and undergrowth. it slowly transitions to a the smell of earth and minerals in a very convincing manner. as the forest and rocks eventually subside, you are left with a musky, ever so slightly animalistic fur note. Really evocative stuff.


Every Frozen Heart : Summer 2018 collection. This is a pretty citric floral. Not overly loud but very present. The florals in this are candy sweet which doesn't really play well with me. I don't see this as an animalistic, musky floral as advertised but a medium density sweet floral with a laundry musk base. Pretty but not really for me.

It's History, It's Poetry : Summer 2018 collection. I need to spend more time with this one. Boozy and softly woody to me leading towards petrichor and geosmin for a humid, rainy/earthy feel. Another very evocative scent. This one ends with soft woods and a ghost of sweetish tobacco. Intriguing!

Salem : General Catalogue. Earth, fallen leaves, a bit of leather, and a little smoke. This one starts off in a promising way evoking a lovely fall evening. Then the clove oil shows up and turns this into what my nose perceives as an amateurish fragrant oil that one might purchase at a Renaissance Fair.


All in all, this is a house that is a delight to explore and one that you need not sink a lot of money in to do so. Be aware that since this is a small outfit the processing time is roughly one to two weeks before the oils are shipped out. That's all I have for now. I will be sure to update as I acquire more for my collection.

Couldn't agree more, Lostboy. Thank you so much for reporting your experience with the house. Very intriguing responses indeed. You've made me very curious about Lycanthrope.

And you are right, I should have mentioned that in my setup, that being a one-woman shop...but also, I believe...because she mixes many of these oils as they are ordered...it does take a good while to receive orders. My recent order of three 7.5mL EDP Parfums took about 2 weeks. But I assumed it would take a while going in, and so it didn't bother me. She also encourages customers to let their oils sit for several days--the notes should age well.
 

LostboyR

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Aug 18, 2005
Couldn't agree more, Lostboy. Thank you so much for reporting your experience with the house. Very intriguing responses indeed. You've made me very curious about Lycanthrope.

And you are right, I should have mentioned that in my setup, that being a one-woman shop...but also, I believe...because she mixes many of these oils as they are ordered...it does take a good while to receive orders. My recent order of three 7.5mL EDP Parfums took about 2 weeks. But I assumed it would take a while going in, and so it didn't bother me. She also encourages customers to let their oils sit for several days--the notes should age well.

Ah, Lycanthrope is really good. A bit unsettling too, which I love. I definitely recommend picking it up when its on offer again. Wait times can get lengthy but its understandable. I think it took about a month to get my order when the Salem collection was released last year. No big deal but be aware if you are ordering for the Holidays.

Interestingly enough, I was a bit skeptical of the 'rest' time that is suggested for the oils but I can attest to a much more refined experience over a course of weeks. Perhaps the result of blending to order. Anyway, I've got a couple of oils coming from Solstice but then its right back to Sixteen92. I'll be sure to report back. Cheers!
 

HouseOfPhlegethon

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Jan 3, 2017
The only other one I have tried is A Thousand Times More Fair. That one starts with sweet, boozy flowers. Has a real fruit vibe then. The base was mellow with vanilla and musk. After awhile it resembled caramel.

I want to get my hands on Wicked but, it is currently sold out.
 

Juxtapozbliss

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Nov 3, 2016
The only other one I have tried is A Thousand Times More Fair. That one starts with sweet, boozy flowers. Has a real fruit vibe then. The base was mellow with vanilla and musk. After awhile it resembled caramel.

I want to get my hands on Wicked but, it is currently sold out.

Oh wow! I must have gotten the last dose of Wicked Parfum. Sorry to have stolen it out from under you. She does appear to have the extraits still available, though, if you want to try that.

Thanks for the notes on A Thousand Times More Fair.
 

thebeck

Well-known member
Mar 25, 2007
Sixteen92 is a quirky yet lovely indie outfit. Hit or miss just like any other house in my experience but I love the fact that the house is walking the path less traveled even when, in my opinion, unsuccessful. I have sampled a few but not nearly enough of her creations so I can give my thoughts on the once I own or have samples of.

Tituba : From the Salem collection, This is my favorite of the oils that I have sampled from her. This one is a very round, resinous creation with aspects of sweet tobacco and woods. There is a slight gourmand layer to it which balances out the woods and light smoke however it never veers far into gourmand territory. This is a very comforting scent to me and not unlike Rituale by Menditorrosa in feel. Quite lovely and although I associate it with Fall I wear it lightly in summer as well.

Cotton Mather : Another from the Salem Collection. This is an interesting one which I need to wear more of as the weather cools off. A bit of smoke and earth lead to a very different patchouli experience. Where normal patchouli fragrances are darker, heavier, earthier this one is a bright, high pitched patchouli. If anyone has experienced Patchouli Ardent from Fragrance du Bois, it has a similar bright patchouli. Cotton Mather is slightly piercing and I'm not in love with it but I am intrigued.

Lycanthrope : From the limited Friday the 13th collection. Love this. The oil starts off green. Not a bright green but the deep green of dense forest foliage and undergrowth. it slowly transitions to a the smell of earth and minerals in a very convincing manner. as the forest and rocks eventually subside, you are left with a musky, ever so slightly animalistic fur note. Really evocative stuff.


Every Frozen Heart : Summer 2018 collection. This is a pretty citric floral. Not overly loud but very present. The florals in this are candy sweet which doesn't really play well with me. I don't see this as an animalistic, musky floral as advertised but a medium density sweet floral with a laundry musk base. Pretty but not really for me.

It's History, It's Poetry : Summer 2018 collection. I need to spend more time with this one. Boozy and softly woody to me leading towards petrichor and geosmin for a humid, rainy/earthy feel. Another very evocative scent. This one ends with soft woods and a ghost of sweetish tobacco. Intriguing!

Salem : General Catalogue. Earth, fallen leaves, a bit of leather, and a little smoke. This one starts off in a promising way evoking a lovely fall evening. Then the clove oil shows up and turns this into what my nose perceives as an amateurish fragrant oil that one might purchase at a Renaissance Fair.


All in all, this is a house that is a delight to explore and one that you need not sink a lot of money in to do so. Be aware that since this is a small outfit the processing time is roughly one to two weeks before the oils are shipped out. That's all I have for now. I will be sure to update as I acquire more for my collection.

I own Tituba, and agree with you. Very nice!

I also own Blood and Honey which is very nice. Luca Turin had some favorable words about it too.
 

neurotica

Well-known member
Jul 31, 2018
I have two SIXTEEN92 samples coming from a sample swap! Lolita and Every Frozen Heart. Excited to experience this house for the first time!
 

IsoESuperman

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Dec 30, 2015
ClaireV was kind enough to send me a sample of Supercell after she wrote her Summer Fragrance article last year and I pestered her with questions about it. It caught my attention lived up to my expectations - to date, the closest representation of the air after a thunderstorm I've tried. She really has a knack for "atmospheric" compositions IMO.

I picked up a sample haul + a 6ml bottle of one of the Friday the 13th LE offerings in the past month or so. Will share detailed impressions when I get around to writing them down but so far my favorites are (still) Supercell, Moirai, Baba Yaga, Blood & Honey, and Bruise Violet. All in oil form - I haven't tried any of the spray perfumes yet. I believe all in all for samples I got:

Supercell
('17, '18)
Moirai
Baba Yaga
Bruise Violet
Last Exit for the Lost
Salem
Bridget Bishop
Nereids
Blood & Honey
It's History. It's Poetry.
Keres


And a 6ml bottle of The Vanishing Hitchhiker oil. I blind-bought it because in the notes it listed Supercell as "similar to" and after smelling it, I'd agree. Oh, and I think it's Last Exit for the Lost, but one of them has the most photorealistic apple note I've ever smelled in a perfume. It smells exactly like the skin of a ripe granny smith.

Overall I like the house aesthetic and think Claire Baxter has a very distinct style that lends itself to the oil format. Many have a DNA of sorts, a common thread. There is a playful levity to the majority of the scents I guess, I'm not really sure how to describe it.
 

Juxtapozbliss

Author, Artist & Creative Director
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Nov 3, 2016
ClaireV was kind enough to send me a sample of Supercell after she wrote her Summer Fragrance article last year and I pestered her with questions about it. It caught my attention lived up to my expectations - to date, the closest representation of the air after a thunderstorm I've tried. She really has a knack for "atmospheric" compositions IMO.

I picked up a sample haul + a 6ml bottle of one of the Friday the 13th LE offerings in the past month or so. Will share detailed impressions when I get around to writing them down but so far my favorites are (still) Supercell, Moirai, Baba Yaga, Blood & Honey, and Bruise Violet. All in oil form - I haven't tried any of the spray perfumes yet. I believe all in all for samples I got:

Supercell
('17, '18)
Moirai
Baba Yaga
Bruise Violet
Last Exit for the Lost
Salem
Bridget Bishop
Nereids
Blood & Honey
It's History. It's Poetry.
Keres


And a 6ml bottle of The Vanishing Hitchhiker oil. I blind-bought it because in the notes it listed Supercell as "similar to" and after smelling it, I'd agree. Oh, and I think it's Last Exit for the Lost, but one of them has the most photorealistic apple note I've ever smelled in a perfume. It smells exactly like the skin of a ripe granny smith.

Overall I like the house aesthetic and think Claire Baxter has a very distinct style that lends itself to the oil format. Many have a DNA of sorts, a common thread. There is a playful levity to the majority of the scents I guess, I'm not really sure how to describe it.

Great to hear your response to them and looking forward to the rest of your comments on these scents. I'm bummed that Supercell is not available anywhere.

It is hard to describe the unifying thread in her aesthetic, but I think to me that thing that brings together even her most diverse scents is a sense of "richness." Not as in luxury, but in fullness of the scents. There is something so rich and enrapturing about them.
 

Juxtapozbliss

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Nov 3, 2016
New Fall Collection coming out Friday, August 31

The Fall 2018 Fragrance Collection - The Forbidden Arts

🍂 AEROMANCY // Powdered snow, silver birch, dried leaves, rose oxide, a blanket of morning frost
🌙 CHIROMANCY // Orris, worn leather, ink, porcelain, black truffle (premium)
🌬️ HYDROMANCY // Fog, cold violet, lichen, ambroxan, mineral accord, petrichor, glass
⚰️ NECROMANCY // Datura metel, ceremonial incense, funeral flowers, benzoin resin, ancient spirit boards, oud
🔥 PYROMANCY // Green cardamom, fireplace embers, agarwood, smoked tea, white tobacco, hearth smoke
The five new Fall Collection fragrances will be available in perfume oil extrait, Parfum, AURA Room & Linen Mist, and hair care. Perfume oil sample sets with all five new Fall fragrances will also be available.

🦇 Last year's favorite VLAD DRACUL (Carpathian fir needle, red cedar, black amber, black patchouli, scorched earth, opium, blood musk) is also returning as part of the permanent collection, and will be available in perfume oil extrait, Parfum, and a selection of hair care and home fragrance products.

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neurotica

Well-known member
Jul 31, 2018
New Fall Collection coming out Friday, August 31

The Fall 2018 Fragrance Collection - The Forbidden Arts

�� AEROMANCY // Powdered snow, silver birch, dried leaves, rose oxide, a blanket of morning frost
�� CHIROMANCY // Orris, worn leather, ink, porcelain, black truffle (premium)
��️ HYDROMANCY // Fog, cold violet, lichen, ambroxan, mineral accord, petrichor, glass
⚰️ NECROMANCY // Datura metel, ceremonial incense, funeral flowers, benzoin resin, ancient spirit boards, oud
�� PYROMANCY // Green cardamom, fireplace embers, agarwood, smoked tea, white tobacco, hearth smoke
The five new Fall Collection fragrances will be available in perfume oil extrait, Parfum, AURA Room & Linen Mist, and hair care. Perfume oil sample sets with all five new Fall fragrances will also be available.

�� Last year's favorite VLAD DRACUL (Carpathian fir needle, red cedar, black amber, black patchouli, scorched earth, opium, blood musk) is also returning as part of the permanent collection, and will be available in perfume oil extrait, Parfum, and a selection of hair care and home fragrance products.

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Wow! I'm pretty intrigued by all of these and also kind of a sucker for the theme. It might be time to order some samples.
 

Hazel5

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Jul 25, 2016
I love this house. The fragrances are so atmospheric, some wearable, some not (for me). I have a sample of Shadow Show and it takes me back to the boardwalk in Wildwood New Jersey. Great memories. Here are the notes:

Kettle corn, spun sugar, apple, machine oil, rusty metal, dirt

Strongly connects that reptilian brain with the cortex.

I covet my sample of Psychokinesis since by the time I realized I wanted a bottle it was no longer available. I do have full bottles of Wicked and Black Sugar.. Love both. Thanks for the thread juxtapozbliss. It's nice to see this house get some love. :)
 

Juxtapozbliss

Author, Artist & Creative Director
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Nov 3, 2016
I love this house. The fragrances are so atmospheric, some wearable, some not (for me). I have a sample of Shadow Show and it takes me back to the boardwalk in Wildwood New Jersey. Great memories. Here are the notes:

Kettle corn, spun sugar, apple, machine oil, rusty metal, dirt

Strongly connects that reptilian brain with the cortex.

I covet my sample of Psychokinesis since by the time I realized I wanted a bottle it was no longer available. I do have full bottles of Wicked and Black Sugar.. Love both. Thanks for the thread juxtapozbliss. It's nice to see this house get some love. :)


Thanks for sharing! Totally agree, "atmospheric" is another great term that unifies many of her fragrances. Wow, Shadow Show sounds so interesting.


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Hazel5

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Jul 25, 2016
Inspired by this thread I just purchased the Falloween 2018 sample set. And some others. Yay!
 

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