Boardwalk was a limited edition summer scent that was originally included in AFK Cosmetics Summer Lovin’ box, which was (I believe) a kind of Christmas in July advent calender… box… thing. I think? I didn’t order it myself, in fact I think I missed it entirely somehow, but mentions of Boardwalk kept popping up and I liked the sound of it. So when Sixteen92 released a batch of Boardwalk for sale, I jumped on it and ordered a bottle.
The words “limited edition” are seriously dangerous, guys. The struggle with indie FOMO is real.
As you can see in the photo, the lid on my bottle is kind of wonky… it doesn’t screw on straight. It didn’t leak in transit though, so it still seems to be secure enough.
Anyway, on to the review.
Coconut pulp, coconut milk, Coppertone, sand, sea breeze, driftwood, melted vanilla ice cream cone, sticky cotton candy
In the bottle: Salty coconut, oceanic-type ozone, a little cotton candy. Vanilla. Sweet but not super sweet.
Wet on skin: Salty! It’s still sweet, but warm and salty too, very much like baking in suntan oil on the beach while salty sea air blows by. (Don’t do that, by the way. Skin cancer is real. I avoid the sun like I’m going to burst into flames and it’s only mostly because I’m a mole person who hates bright light and being hot.)
After a while it gets a little more sandy (if that makes any sense… ) and the cotton candy comes out more, which I like. The “sea breeze-y” ozone also becomes more prominent, and I like that less – that sort of note always makes me think of air freshener or a blue “ocean breeze” scented candle – but it’s not a total life ruiner here.
This was a complete blind buy, and I’m okay with having it, but I think if I’d had a sample first I may not have gone back for a full bottle. I really love the initial application, but I’m a little less fond of the more sea breeze-y dry down. I think I like it enough to keep it, but I’ll need to test it out a few more times to be sure. Fate TBD.
Short & Sweet: Salty coconut suntan oil to start, becomes more sandy and sea breeze-y on dry down. There’s a some sugary cotton candy in the mix as well, especially as it wears.