Things have been so busy lately that blogging has fallen by the wayside a bit. Obviously. Usually by the time I’m able to sit down at night and breathe for 10 seconds I’m too tired to want to write up a review or edit pictures. I haven’t even been fully able to keep up with basic physical and emotional wellness stuff (exercise, not eating like I’m a human garbage can, getting more than 5 hours of sleep), let alone hobby stuff. It’s depressing. Even weekends have been eaten up with freelance work and house chores/fixing. We painted the living room today and now my back hurts and I want to sleep for six years. And we still have seven rooms to go! And I still need to do my taxes! In the immortal words of Cathy: ACK.
But anyway. Here’s The Awakening from sixteen92. It’s the one I was most excited to try from the samples I picked up, so naturally I saved it for last.
She looked into the distance, and the old terror flamed up for an instant, then sank again.”
– Kate Chopin, The Awakening
The scent of solitude among laughter, release through isolation. The distant merriment of boardwalk, salt and sand under the soft beckoning of a tragic sea. Ocean air, dark water, damp mosses, gulf mud, saltwater taffy.
In the vial, The Awakening is watery and mossy, dank and a bit murky, and salty with a touch of buttery sweetness.
Wet on skin the salty-sweetness is most prominent, over a base of dark, ozone-y water and moss. It really is quite reminiscent of the boardwalk in summer. (I’m not a beach person, really, especially in the summer – too hot, too crowded – but M and I usually take a day trip to Ocean City, NJ during the spring to play games on the boardwalk and eat our weight in saltwater taffy. Pro tip: some saltwater taffy contains egg derivatives, but Shriver’s taffy is vegan!)
As it dries, the ozone gets stronger and a bit perfumey, though it’s not as airy and blue as a lot of water scents can be. It’s definitely got a murkiness to it, but I wish the moss and mud were more prominent. They do get a touch stronger with wear, but not as much as I’d like. The salty-sweet taffy fades into the background a bit, too, but always remains sniffably present.
This one was a bit of a let down! Not because it smells bad or anything, it’s just not quite what I wanted it to be. It’s a bit too ozone-y and perfume-y, and the dirt, moss, and taffy get kind of buried underneath. But if you like watery scents but want something a little different, this would definitely be worth a shot.
Elevator Pitch: A dark, murky water scent with a bit of moss and dirt, and salty-sweet taffy. The taffy is most prominent to start, but the water gets a bit perfume-y as it dries. The moss and dirt also come out a little more during wear.