81: sixteen92 the grass harp



So much for doubling up this week! The best laid plans, etc, etc. But here, finally, is the last scent from sixteen92’s spring collection, and the one that made me want to try it in the first place. This is a mix of notes I love – clover, basil – notes I generally dislike – orange blossom, hyacinth – and one I’m neutral on – grapefruit – so I’m interested to see how it unfolds.

The wind is us—it gathers and remembers all our voices, then sends them talking and telling through the leaves and the fields.

Orange blossom, clover, hyacinth, ruby red grapefruit, sweet basil.

In the vial, The Grass Harp is giving me lots of orange blossom. A truly unfortunate amount. There’s also a bit of spicy basil.

Wet on skin, the orange blossom is mercifully softer, but still the most prominent note. The scent is more green, though, with the basil and clover coming out to play. I get little to no grapefruit at this stage.

Oh, and there’s the hyacinth. It’s got a distinctly clean, slightly powdery, almost dryer sheet-y smell to it. It’s actually stronger than the orange blossom once it comes out, which is impressive, if not altogether an improvement since it also drowns out the lovely green bits.

As it dries, the hyacinth, and to a slightly lesser extent the orange blossom, are almost all I can smell. Clean, laundry-esque florals with a little bit of green and a very faint hint of sweet citrus. It only goes further in that direction as it wears, too, developing an a sharp, soapy edge that makes me feel like I’m going to sneeze when I sniff it too deeply.

Alas, Grass Harp, our love is not to be. This is the scent I was most excited for going in, but it actually turned out to be one of my least favorites. Almost a scrubber, to be honest. It’s definitely not something I’ll wear, but if you like clean floral scents this one’s worth a shot. Now I do want to try a blend that’s just basil, clover, and grapefruit, though. Maybe with a little raw sugar thrown in. That sounds awesome and also like it would make a delicious and refreshing summer beverage.

Elevator Pitch: A clean, laundry-esqe floral scent with a little bit of green and a faint hint of sweet citrus. Develops a sharp, soapy quality as it wears that makes me want to sneeze.

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