Arcana: Peaches Crave Trance

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Arcana Peaches Crave Trance

Peach creme and honeyed red musk

In the last few years, Arcana has become extremely popular, partially due to their Craves collections, which consist of fruits (strawberry, peach, apple, pumpkin) mixed with other components. While many of the scents in these lines didn’t really appeal to me, this one did, since it has peach, honey, and musk. This scent was not a favorite of the Peaches Crave line making it hard to find, but I managed to snag a bottle.

In the bottle: Syrupy peach and something dark and sexy; that’ll be the red musk. Very promising start.

On the skin: Hell yeah. The peach becomes more of a honeyed peach, and the red musk becomes slightly more prominent that that peach note. What I love about this is it’s simplicity; this has three notes, but it’s executed in exactly the right way. This is just dripping with sensuality and sex appeal; it’s a real grown-up fruit scent.

TL;DR: Honeyed peaches and rich red musk. Sexy as hell. 6/7.

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Possets: Jurogumo

Possets Jurogumo

 A powerful vanilla musk the likes of the one used in Dance With Me (VERY seductive yet subtle and cloud-like), and rich cardamom, and finally the nectar of peaches squeezed in the summer sun and concentrated to make a sugary peach liquor.

My reasoning for wanting to try this one is simple: it’s got peach, vanilla, and cardamom to jazz it up. The name was another selling point for me. It refers to a “jorogumo” ( 絡新婦), which is a demon from Japanese folklore that can take the form of a beautiful woman, or a giant spider. This scent was part of the Halloween 2015, so it is no longer available.

In the bottle: Mmmm, I’m getting peach cake with spices and a touch of boozy vanilla. So far, so good.

On the skin: This is really yummy. The peaches are very much candied peaches instead of fresh peaches, but it works with the spicy gourmand vibe. The cardamom adds the right amount of kick to cut the sweetness without being overpowering. The vanilla definintly gets softer on the skin, but it’s still present.

“Jorōgumo” from the Gazu Hyakki Yagyō by Toriyama Sekien.

TL;DR: Candied peach cake spiced with cardamom and drizzled with a little vanilla. A solid gourmand. 4/5.

Nocturne Alchemy: Adele

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NAVA Adele

Gold Alexandria Sea salt, Gold Peach Skin, Crystal Vanilla, Kobalt Vanilla and a kiss from Moonstone.

Hello. It’s me.

While this scent review has nothing to do with the fantastic singer-songwriter Adele, it does share the same name. Adele was a limited edition fragrance from NAVA’s Art of Love collection, and it is quite sought after because it is apparently a holy grail peach scent. It took me a while to track a bottle down; will it be worth it? This scent is no longer available, but it could always be brought back during a Resurrection event.

In the bottle: Fragrant vanilla. It’s a lovely vanilla blend, because NAVA does vanilla very well, but where’s the peach?

On the skin: Oh my lord. This is glorious. The peach absolutely blossoms on the skin, and its the most realistic, juicy, ripe peach note I’ve ever smelled. The vanilla forms a sweet base for it, and while I can’t smell the salt itself, I feel like its there to cut some of the sweetness. It’s so creamy and sweet, but not really gourmand; it has this extreme elegance to it. If the Peaches of Immortality from Chinese mythology were a perfume, they would be this.

TL;DR: Juicy peach with soft vanilla. Simple, but done perfectly. Exquisite. 7/5.

Solstice Scents: Chantilly Cream

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Solstice Scents Chantilly Cream

Whipped Cream, Peach Nectar, Vanilla & Yellow Mandarin EO

This little guy is a popular seasonal scent for spring. Many people find it to be sweet and feminine. As a peach lover, it sounded like a good bet. You can find this scent on the Solstice Scents website for $15 for a full size (5mL) or as part of a sample pack.

In the bottle: Sweet peaches and cream. Very straight forward, but done well.

On the skin: It just…vanished. I can very faintly smell the glorious peaches and cream from the sample, plus a little citrus, but the scent has no power whatsoever. I had to apply a lot more to even get a slight fragrance from it.

TL;DR: Beautiful peaches and cream with citrus, but it has no power at all once applied. 2/5.

Arcana: Little Man in the Boat

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Arcana Little Man in the Boat

Peach nectar and delicate musk dripping with Tupelo honey, Clover honey, and one dainty tuberose petal.

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: I LOVE peach and I’m constantly looking for scents that include it. This one was highly recommended across the internet and I’m a big fan of Arcana. If you’re wondering about the name, “Little Man in the Boat” is a euphemism for the clitoris. This scent is currently sold by Femme Fatale.

In the bottle: Floral honey. It’s very pleasant and unoffensive, but I’m waiting for the peach.

On the skin: The peaches come out much more alongside the musk and the florals take a backseat. You can definitely smell the clover within the honey and combined with the musk and peaches, it creates a very heady, sensual honeyed fruit and musk blend. The throw is also quite strong. I like this, but its not as peachy as I was expecting.

TL;DR: Hazy floral honey and peach. 4/5.

Arcana: Bee’s Knees

Arcana Bee’s Knees

Peach nectar, eggnog, whipped cream, and sweet rum

In case you haven’t noticed, I love peach. It’s one of my favorite fruits and I love the smell of it too. Arcana’s peach note is particularly lovely, so when I saw this scent that sounds like boozy peaches and cream, I had to try it a decant of it. Bee’s Knees was a special scent for Arcana’s Cocktails for Charity collection that was released in 2015. It’s not currently available, but it sometimes re-appears in December with their Yule collection.

In the bottle: It smells like the lovechild of a peach and Arcana Mother of All Souls. Very boozy, but also quite creamy.

On the skin: Oh, this is really good. The booze calms down a bit, but you still get a lot of the eggnog spices like nutmeg. The peaches and whipped cream are sweet and rich. The rum rounds it out with just a little kick. It’s super festive.

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C’mon, I couldn’t NOT mention “The Bee Movie” in a bee related post,

TL;DR: Peaches and cream with eggnog spices and non-boozy rum. Perfect for the holidays. 5/5.

 

Haus of Gloi: First Blush

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Haus of Gloi First Blush

Tahitian vanilla bean, white tea, lavender and peach.

This perfume was my first foray into Haus of Gloi (aka HoG). First Blush caught my eye because the notes reminded me of one of my favorite scents, Arcana Fille de Joie. This is one of HoG’s Valentine’s scents, so it is seasonal in their catalog. When available, it comes in perfume oil samples and full sizes, sugar exfoliant, whipped soap, Pumpkin Butter and scrub.

In the bottle: The white tea is very prominent, as is the peach. It’s very vibrant and punchy.

On the skin: I really like this. On the skin, the tea evens out and the vanilla and peach get stronger. I only get a tiny bit of lavender, so if you aren’t a fan of that, you might like this. This is quite different from Fille de Joie, however: Fille is heavy on the herbal lavender, with creamy vanilla and peach. It’s comforting and soft. First Blush is mostly white tea and juicy peach, and its much brighter and more youthful. It’s like the bubbly kid sister of Fille de Joie. It’s honestly a perfect scent for the spring and summer.

TL;DR: A bright, playful blend of white tea and peach with a hint of vanilla. Ideal for warm weather. 4/5