Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Sixteen92: The Forbidden Arts- Fall 2018

My second package from the Sixteen92 Circle has arrived and this one foretells Fall 2018 offerings in the form of The Forbidden Arts. These are set to launch on August 31st along with Fall/Winter and "Falloween" bath and body collections and a general restock.

Aeromancy- Notes: Powdered snow, silver birch, dried leaves, rose oxide, a blanket of morning frost.
Cool icicles hang from crystallized branches. Subtle mint and wintergreen breezes blow across the snowy landscape, ice crystals on flower petals twinkle in the morning sunlight and glacial musk lifts the leaves in small gusts of wind. A cold wateriness like cucumber ripples in the heart of the scent, I think it must be ambrette. It settles into a watery vegetal, mineral like pool of water with a haze of musk floating above it like fog. 

Chiromancy- Notes: Orris, worn leather, ink, porcelain, black truffle.
The ashy violet aroma of orris flits about in the palm of the hand, lying in the shadows of the lines and valley of the mystic cross. Inky stains fleck the finger tips and leather bound journals and books have left their perfume behind after many handlings. Chiromancy is a darkling. A black silken caress.

Hydromancy- Notes: Fog, cold violet, lichen, ambroxan, mineral accord, petrichor, glass.
Delicate wild violets and heather cluster their purple heads around a small upland limestone fed spring that is marked with pebbles and stones and tiny altars. This Scottish healing well burbles with chilly clear waters which act as a looking glass into the mosses and riverbed soil and creatures and plantlings below that undulate as though caught in a slow breeze. As the scent sinks into the skin and the drydown it warms up a little and smells of spongy moss and tears of rain splashing onto sun warmed stones. A hint of earthen amber.

Necromancy- Notes: Datura metel, ceremonial incense, funeral flowers, benzoin resin, ancient spirit boards, oud.
Pungent and powerfully sorrowful lilies and carnations grace the skin, their petals falling from lifeless stems tucked into an urn-like vase. Soft threads of mellow nag champa wrap loosely around rolled parchment and weave in and out of the circle, seeking out the smoldering guaiacwood and palo santo incense. Necromancy possesses strong notes that are experienced through a veil of shadowy musk that mutes and blurs the starkness of their individual tones so that it smells billowy and ethereal and a touch melancholy.

Pyromancy- Notes: Green cardamom, fireplace embers, agarwood, smoked tea, white tobacco, hearth smoke.
Gently spiced tobacco simmers on the skin, pinches of peppery cardamom and fiery cinnamon, or cassia, lace the golden leaves. Honeyed tea and fireside smoke blend effortlessly with the warm tobacco and cozy spices. A faint whiff of ash lingers in the base. I want to bath in this perfume. It is going to be purchased in a full bottle and worn with abandon this autumn and winter. This one keeps the home fires burning.

These are all incredibly haunting scents. Pyromancy and Chiromancy will be on my full bottle wishlist but all these samples will be worn with joy. Be on the look out tomorrow for a preview of the Sixteen92 2018 Halloween perfumes. 

Which of these Forbidden Arts appeals most to you? Are you excited about all the fall and Halloween releases coming up?

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