Arcana: White Bear

Arcana White Bear

Bourbon vanilla ice cream, coconut husks, coconut creme, and foraged wild blackberries.

Sometimes I come across a scent that I’m very torn about trying. White Bear was one of those scents. And not, it is not based on the Black Mirror episode of the same name.  Based on an old Norwegian fairy tale called “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” , the notes intrigued me right off the bat. However, my skin is known to turn ice cream scents into plastic. Because of that, I held off on trying this scent for a long time. But recently, a friend offered me a decant of it to try, and I figured “Why the hell not?” You can buy this scent from Arcana’s ebay store, Nui Cobalt Designs, Pretty Indulgent, and Femme Fatale for about $20 US (plus or minus a few dollars with the exchange rate for the latter two websites.)

In the bottle: Vanilla ice cream and fresh berries! Yum. It’s pretty simple, but I like it.

On the skin: HOLY BOURBON BATMAN. I think my skin amps that note because every perfume I try that has it is just aggressive bourbon. I’m now getting basically just bourbon with a touch of vanilla and fruit. I get zero coconut as well. I wish it stayed the way it was when it was in the bottle. It’s too boozy for me now.

TL;DR: Tons of bourbon with a tiny bit of vanilla and berries. Very boozy. 3/5.

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Nocturne Alchemy: Halcyon Bat

NAVA Halcyon Bat

Vanilla Bean, Crystalline, Kobalt, NA Black Patchouli Absolute, Cotton Candy, Sugar, Cream Soda, Bastet’s Amber, drop of Bastet’s Ice Cream (Original) and Bergamot EO.

Followers of my blog know that I am lover of patchouli. If used correctly, it can make a scent insanely sexy and alluring. Several of my friends love this perfume, which they have described as a sugared patchouli blend. I was unsure, since I was worried about it being too sweet, but I decided to finally try it and see what the hype was about.

In the bottle: Yup, that’s a lot of patch. I’m definitely getting some sugar there though, and I like the balance between the two.

On the skin: Oh holy crap. If you thought the patch was strong in the bottle, that’s nothing compared to how strong it is on the skin. It completely drowns out the rest of the notes; I can’t smell them at all. The patch is so prominent and so powerful that its overwhelming, and that’s coming from someone who loves patchouli scents. It’s also gone into full “dirty hippie” territory. I feel like the patchouli just broke into my house to scream at me. I’m scrubbing this off.

TL;DR: The world’s most pungent, aggressive patchouli and that’s it. Nope nope nope. 1/5.

Arcana: Krampus Cones

Arcana Krampus Cones

Cold black pepper ice cream with vanilla bean specks, a swirl of dark caramel, and a bit of accursed waffle cone.

Kicking off 2018 here at the Scenturion is one of Arcana’s special Yule GWPs (gift with purchase). While I did not purchase any Arcana Yules, I was offered a decant from a kind redditor. Black pepper scents always intrigue me, but they can be very hit or miss.

In the bottle: I’m getting a very sweet, almost smoky vanilla. This is promising.

On the skin: Uh oh. First off, once applied, I can barely smell it! My skin just completely ate the scent right up. Secondly, the beautiful smoky vanilla from the vial is gone, and has been replaced with (from what I can faintly smell) a plastic-y vanilla. Ice cream scents have a tendency to do that on me, but I was hoping that this one wouldn’t. There’s also something very boozy about it suddenly, kind of reminiscent of Mother of All Souls. Gah, I had such high hopes for this scent!

TL;DR: Boozy, plastic-y vanilla that vanishes on the skin. Disappointing. 2/5.

Nocturne Alchemy: Spooktacular

NAVA Spooktacular

Vanilla Essence, Mallow Root, Whispers of Sugar and UnEarthly Spooktacular Vanilla Bean pods, and Bastet’s Ice Cream Accord.

*Spooky Scary Skeletons plays in the distance*

It’s September, which means that Halloween is fast approaching! This scent is from NAVA’s Goblin collection, which are scents that evoke everyone’s favorite fall holiday. While I myself did not purchase any, a friend sent me a decant because this scent has been absolutely raved about. 2mL samples are $10 US, 5mL for $20 US, and 10mL for $38 US, all on the NAVA website.

In the bottle: Mmmm, buttery gourmand vanilla! It reminds me a lot of BPTP Boo hair gloss. It reminds me of a frosted vanilla cupcake.

On the skin: Oh no. For some reason, I’m getting that burnt linen smell that I hated in Antique Lace. That makes no sense, since there is no linen note in Spooktacular. The burnt note isn’t as strong as it is in Antique Lace, but its enough that I don’t want to wear the scent any more. I like smoky scents, but this smell is sickly sweet and acrid. I’m so disappointed!

TL;DR: An extra sweet version of Antique Lace, complete with the gross “Miss Havisham on fire” note. Very disappointing. 2.5/5.