122: sixteen92 la llarona


La Llarona is a new addition to the Sixteen92 catalogue, and I received a sample with my recent Circle and EDP order.

“Deep in earth my love is lying
And I must weep alone.”
– Edgar Allan Poe

Bulgarian and Egyptian rose absolute, pink and white pepper, pink grapefruit, wisteria, cashmere wood, pale amber.

In the vial, La Llarona is spicy and a little floral-fruity. It smells like vintage perfume.

Wet one skin it’s more peppery – pepper and soft grapefruit. After a minute or so the floral elements come out more. It’s an old-fashioned rose, not sweet, but not too perfumey either. The base is musky, very slightly woody, and kind of velvety.

The pepper and cashmere wood both get a bit stronger as it dries. The grapefruit is an interesting, tart, slightly sour complement.

This perfume isn’t to my particular taste – too peppery, too floral (though it is less floral than I expected) – but I like it in concept. It really does feel like modern take on old-fashioned perfume.

Elevator Pitch: A spicy, peppery floral scent with a grapefruit tang over a base of velvety woods. La Llarona smells quite vintage.

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