Arcana: Peaches Crave True Love

Arcana Peaches Crave True Love

Resinous black amber, caramelized sugar, vanilla bean, peach nectar, and a tiny hint of pear.

EUREKA! I HAVE FOUND IT! For those of you who don’t know, this scent is extremely hard to find and I have been searching for it for over a year. My search is over. I have heard nothing but good things about this scent, but will it live up to the hype?

In the bottle: Mmmm, there’s that glorious Arcana peach note that I adore. That’s the main note here. I’m getting a little bit of powdery amber and some sweetness from the sugar.

On the skin: The peach is still at the forefront, with the amber, sugar, and vanilla bean mixture forming the base for the scent. The sugar is definitely a caramelized one, since it has that sweet, almost burnt quality to it. I really like the amber mixed with the sweet notes: it’s deep and resiny, but also sweet. It’s gourmand, but not foodie, if that makes sense. I’m not getting any pear, which is a shame since I think it would be wonderful here. Overall, I like it a lot, but I don’t love it.

TL;DR: Juicy peach with sweet vanilla amber. Really nice overall. 4/5. 

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Nocturne Alchemy: Bastest’s Ice Cream: Wisteria Petal Creme

NAVA Bastest’s Ice Cream: Wisteria Petal Creme

Japanese Wisteria, Melon, Peach cream, Apple skin essence, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla Crystalline Cream, Butter accord, Caramel Accord, French Vanilla Bean Absolute, Vanilla Milk accord, Vanilla Orchid, Crystalline Absolute and Vanilla Sugar.

If you’ve been following this blog, you might look at the note list for this scent and say “What the hell were you thinking??” Jasmine is a major death note for me, apples can be iffy, and ice cream scents tend to turn plastic on me. This perfume has all three of those notes, plus many others. Normally, I would have skipped this scent, but I have seen nothing but glowing reviews for it. Many reviews say that the jasmine and ice cream are barely detectable. But would my gamble pay off or would this be another scrubber?

In the bottle: Wow. I’m getting this absolutely spectacular wisteria note. It’s rich and floral, but not in a “grandma” kind of way. There’s something soft and sweet in the background too.

On the skin: Well, it’s not a scrubber, I’ll say that. But I’m not “wowed” by it. It’s mostly a sweetened wisteria with some soft fruit in there. It’s quite perfume-y too, and it reminds me a lot of a particular Bath and Body Works scent, though I can’t pinpoint which one. It’s pretty, but that’s about it.

TL;DR: Sweet vanilla wisteria and subtle fruit. Like a Bath and Body Works scent. 3.5/5.

Arcana: Small Cottage in a Clearing

Arcana Small Cottage in a Clearing

Milky coffee with white sugar, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and a faint undercurrent of dangerous black musk.

There are few smells better than the smell of a good cup of fragrant coffee. I’ve been looking for the perfect coffee scent for a while now, and I got this scent in a swap. Will it be the coffee scent that I’ve been looking for?

In the bottle: Mmmmm. I’m getting a warm cup of beautifully brewed coffee with a lot of spices. It’s sweet and cinnamon-y and just delicious smelling. I think I can detect that tiny hint of black musk in the back that prevents it from going too gourmand.

On the skin: The musk comes out big time on the skin, making the coffee scent almost smoky. There is a dry quality to the scent as well, like coffee beans before they’ve been ground. The spices are more subtle on the skin too. I much prefer the scent as it is in the bottle, so this one is gonna go into the destash pile for me.

TL;DR: Smoky, dry, musky coffee. Not bad, but not fantastic. 3.5/5.

sixteen92: I’m Not Finished

sixteen92 I’m Not Finished 

 A mug of Earl Grey tea, ink-black leather, rust, heart-shaped sugar cookies, topiary clippings.

For a while now, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect Earl Grey tea scent. It’s a lot harder to find that it sounds. A friend recommended this scent to me; it was a special limited edition scent for Black Friday 2017. As for the name, it comes from the famous movie about a kind man with very sharp appendages: Edward Scissorhands. The notes seemed promising enough, but would it be that beautiful tea scent that I’ve been searching for?

In the bottle: Oh, I love this. It’s this incredibly soft, delicate leather with a touch of sweet Earl Grey and greenery. It smells like a Victorian garden with tea and cookies and a good-looking man.

On the skin: *Darth Vader voice* NOOOOOOOOOO! It literally smells like cigarettes on my skin. I think the rust is mixing with the leather and the acridity of the tea to create that scent. Gah, I really loved this one in the bottle, but alas, it doesn’t work with my skin chemistry.

TL;DR: Delicate leather and Earl Grey in a garden that morphs into cigarettes on the skin. I’m so disappointed. 1/5.

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: Frilly Underpinnings

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Arcana Frilly Underpinnings

Pink, white, and black pepper, sweet cream, bourbon vanilla, caramel amber, white musk, two sugars, spice, and everything nice.

Black pepper is a rather uncommon note that I have a small obsession with. Nothing else adds that same kind of sassy spice to scent. However, as we saw with Krampus Cones, black pepper scents can be tricky. I’m always game to try a new pepper scent though, and this hard to find Arcana has always been on my list.

In the bottle: Creamy bourbon vanilla with a smack of pepper! The booze is strong with this one, but I feel like the pepper cuts it to a certain degree.

On the skin: The bourbon vanilla calms down quite a bit, as does the pepper, but both are still detectable. The cream doesn’t go sour, which I’m very thankful for. I’m mainly getting a creamy vanilla with musky not foodie caramel and a kiss of pepper to keep it from being too sweet. It’s an extremely feminine scent, but that beautiful pepper adds this interesting, dark kick to it. I feel like this perfume would be worn by a lace-draped Victorian lady who is demure by day, but a stealthy jewel thief by night. Think Irene Adler from the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movie!

TL;DR: Creamy vanilla, musky caramel, and a touch of pepper. Feminine but punchy. 5/5.

Solstice Scents: Foxcroft Fairgrounds

Solstice Scents Foxcroft Fairgrounds

Cotton Candy, Cream Soda, Vanilla Taffy, Gridling’s Funnel Cakes, Powdered Sugar, Crisp Fall Air, Woodsmoke & a Tendril of Incense

For those of you who regularly read my posts, you know that I don’t have a great relationship with incense. That being said, I’m also a total sucker for any kind of carnival/circus kind of perfume. Foxcroft Fairgrounds has been on my to-try list for a while, but I’ve always been hesitant due to the incense. A friend recently sent me a sample, allowing me to finally try it. You can buy this scent on the Solstice Scents website for $16 US for a 5mL rollerball.

In the bottle: Strong cotton candy with some funnel cake. Not really a surprise considering how gourmand the notes are.

On the skin: While the gourmand notes are still there, they take a back seat to this wonderful smokiness that I think is the incense! I actually really like it; its sweet and spicy without being headshoppy! It also prevents the blend from becoming too foodie. Overall, it really does remind me of a carnival in the middle of fall, with all of the warm-toned leaves falling and being whisked away by the crisp air. On a more personal level, it reminds me of how the renaissance faire smells, which is something near and dear to my heart.

TL;DR: Sweet and spicy with a lovely smokiness. Smells like the renaissance faire. 5/5.