More sixteen92 today! Black Sugar, to be specific. I’ve only got a few samples left (The Awakening and Southern Gothic), but since I signed up for The Circle, sixteen92’s new yearly subscription thing, there will be no shortage of scents to review coming down the pipe.
“She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars.”
– Neil Gaiman
A dark counterpart to Aquolina’s Pink Sugar. Spun brown sugar, red berries, vanilla and tonka bean absolute dance with a sprinkle of dirt, a swirl of cauldron smoke, and a drop of bittersweet cocao absolute.
In the vial, Black Sugar does remind me quite a bit of Pink Sugar, only darker, with a bit of incense or smoke. It also reminds me of Solstice Scents Foxcroft Fairgrounds that way – all cotton candy, dirt, and swirling incense smoke.
Wet on skin, it’s immediately very sweet, sugar and cotton candy, but there’s an undercurrent of cold, damp dirt.
The dirt gets stronger as it dries – a lot stronger. It’s still sweet and sugary, but the dirt is very prominent. It does still remind me of Foxcroft Fairgrounds, but FF is a little more subtle in its earthiness and its sweetness, and it has more of an incense vibe. Black Sugar is pretty in your face, and I mostly get a cotton candy/dirt pairing. A while into wear, the balance does start to tip back to the sugary side again.
I like it! I like sweet scents and I loooove dirt scents, so Black Sugar was pretty much destined to be a winner. Pretty decent sillage on this one, too.
Elevator Pitch: Sweet, sugary cotton candy and cold, damp dirt.