Arcana Grotesquerie Reviews

Hello hotties!   Today I bring to you a review post a year in the making.  I know, I know….it’s al ittle late for Hallowe’en reviews but in the honor of A Christmas Carol I’m trying to bring you reviews of collections past.   I feel like this Arcana collection didn’t get as much love as it should have at The Rhinestone Housewife and we still have stock available so I’m encouraging you to pick any up that sound good to you as once they’re gone, they’re gone for good!

Bean Sidhe-The red-eyed Irish fairy who wails of death’s approach. A delicate blend of dark vanilla and sugared milk is spiked with woodsmoke, pale apple, porter, and glowing red musk.

In bottle:  Vanilla and apple.

Wet on skin:  Warm and yummy vanilla milk with a touch of red musk.  There is a very faint wisp of woodsmoke and just a bit of porter.

Dry on skin:  The sugared milk and dark vanilla are super tasty together.   The red musk and softened up and the smoke and porter add just a touch of edge so that the whole isn’t too cloying.

Verdict:  Delicious!  It’s a soft, warm and snuggly scent.

Bean Sidhe

Bean Sidhe

Bright Pink Giant Slugs-Aren’t you glad to live in a world where these exist? Guava, caramel, pink musk, smoke, damp wood, turbinado sugar, slug musk, and honey.

In bottle: Pink sugar.

Wet on skin: There is just the briefest whiff of delicate wood smoke all wrapped around the caramel and pink musk.   I don’t know what slug musk is but I assume that’s the earthy musk that is grounding all the sweets.

Dry on skin:  This is a touch scent to describe.   I’m getting the sugar first and foremost but it’s not a sickly sweet kind of sugar, it’s like taking a big whiff of a bag of Sugar In The Raw.  The smoke, damp wood and musk are VERY lights but add a nice depth to the blend.

Verdict:  I really like this oil.  It’s hard to describe but it’s rich and sweet and I think would smell equally nice on a boy or girl.

Bright Pink Giant Slugs

Bright Pink Giant Slugs




Croque-Mitaine-A terrifying French bogeyman who waits under the bed, ready to grab any child who refuses to sleep. Chocolate absolute, gooey marshmallow, vanilla bean, peru balsam, and a hint of clove bud.

In bottle:  Chocolate marshmallow

Wet on skin:  At first this blend is all a swirl of marshmallow, chocolate and vanilla.  As it softens down the clove and basalm come out and really take the foodie edge off.

Dry on skin:  So imagine that a marshmallow had been stored in a yummy smelling wood box and lightly dusted with dark chocolate powder and then swirled in light clove smoke and this is what you’ve got.

Verdict:  Wow, this was a surprise hit for me.   Foodie, but not too foodie and would be equally snuggly on a boy or girl.

Croque-Mitaine

Croque-Mitaine

Euryale-The second eldest Gorgon, Euryale was famous for her sharp fangs and piercing shriek. Ripe pomegranate and black cherry with hints of ginger, vanilla, and cardamom.

In bottle:  Dark cherry and pomegranate.

Wet on skin:  This is all pomegranate right at first drizzled in black cherry and ginger.  The cardamom is just a slight whisper in the background, telling you secrets of delicious things to come.

Dry on skin:  This is shriek of pomegranate and cherry, amplified by the ginger.  I don’t think there is red ginger but if there was this would be it.   It’s a sexy song of fruit and sensual spice.

Verdict:  This is one of my favorite blends, a top ten for me.   If you love cherry, pick this up while you can!

Euryale

Euryale

Gigelorum-The smallest Scottish beastie in existence. Cider, winesap apples, myrrh, oakmoss, black pepper, citron, and patchouli.

In bottle:  Apple cider dusted with black pepper.

Wet on skin:  The black pepper is the star here with the myrrh and oakmoss supporting the apples.  The myrrh really amps up and with the citron gives it a nice punch.

Dry on skin:  As this dries down the fruity aspect of the apples and cider slowly fades to the background and the oakmoss and myrrh really blossom and the black pepper gives it a nice edge.

Verdict:  This would a glorious on a boy!   Sexy, fresh and slightly beastly in the best way possible.

Gigelorum

Gigelorum

Glashtin-This Manx water horse nicely offers rides, then drags his victims under the waves forever. Astringent black tea, oats, ginger, sea water, and bee pollen.

In bottle:  Bracing tea,

Wet on skin:  Tea and sea water right out of the gate!  The bee pollen is a beautiful compliment to the tea and water and kind of wraps them in a warm cloud.

Dry on skin:  The ginger has made an appearance and it’s the star here.  All wrapped up in tea and softened with the oats this has turned into a nice, snuggly scent.

Verdict:  I really enjoy this.  It’s a rich and snuggly scent which is interesting as it has a bit of an aquatic edge to it.

Glashtin

Glashtin

Kijimuna-A zingy scent for the mischievous prankster wood sprites of Okinawa. Grapefruit, yuzu fruit, rice milk, rice wine, massoia bark, lemongrass, and banyan.

In bottle:  A creamy fruit popsicle.

Wet on skin: Yuzu fruit, bright and sparkling with the rice milk and grapefruit.  As the fruit settles in the massoia bark and banyan add a nice depth and keep it from being too bright or fruity.

Dry on skin:  The lemongrass has made an appearance here and it’s glorious.  It’s a perfect compliment for the sparkly fruits and exotic milk and  rice wine.

Verdict:  A very surprise hit for me! Soft, sexy, grown up and refreshing.

Kijimuna

Kijimuna

Lechuza- Recite the Hail Mary backwards in Spanish to escape from the shape-shifting witch bird of Mexico. Bergamot, sweet orange, kumquat, bitter cacao, frankincense, tobacco, black pepper, and black tea.

In bottle:  Bergamot and black pepper…all the way!

Wet on skin:  Uplifting bergamot welcomes you in and the bitter cacoa takes your coat and offers you a seat.  As you settle in you smell sweet orange tea all spiced up with black pepper.

Dry on skin:  The bitter cacao blends beautifully with the bergamot and sweet orange with just a hint of kumquat.   All swirled up in black tea and just a dash of the peppers and spices, this is a gorgeous, rich scent.

Verdict:  Wow, what a stunner!  Sexy, warm, rich, grown up.   I love this shape-shifting bird witch of Mexico!

Lechuza

Lechuza

Medusa-Beautiful, horrifying Medusa could turn anyone to stone with a glance. Hot cinnamon and spiced lime with dirty musk and sugar.

In bottle:  Cinnamon and lime!

Wet on skin:  Hot and scorching cinnamon all the way at first with a bright burst of spicy lime.  The musk and sugar and hiding in the shadows, lurking about the edges.

Dry on skin:  This blend dries down to all hot cinnamon and is gorgeously supported by the lime, dirty musk and sugar.  No craft store cinnamon or spice here!

Verdict:  If you like cinnamon then you’ll LOVE this.  This is one of those blends that I always get compliments on when I wear it.

Medusa

Medusa

Skookum-The Chinook version of Bigfoot. A Northwest blend of fir needle oil, juniper, hemlock, rain, tiny wildflowers, strawberries, and a pinch of cool earth.

In bottle:  Fir needle oil all the way!

Wet on skin:  Woodsy, evergreen, fir needles, hemlocks and earth.  Like walking through a forest of evergreens in the Pacific Northwest.  Just a hint of rain and wildflowers peek out as it settles in.

Dry on skin:  The evergreens remain the star of this oil, and they are PERFECTLY supported by the ever so soft wildflowers and grounded by the pinch of earth.

Verdict: A gorgeous evergreen blend that doesn’t suffer at all by the ‘Pine-Sol effect’.  You know what I’m talking about but this oil will be perfect for those that love fresh, green, earthy or outdoorsy scents.    Like when you have a fresh Christmas tree in your abode and every morning you wake up and and enjoy the smell.

Skookum

Skookum

Stink Ape-Why is Florida’s version of Sasquatch called the Stink Ape despite smelling like warm sugar cookies, vanilla pods, ruby grapefruit, pink pepper, fruity osmanthus blossoms, cedarwood, bergamot, and cardamom? Because of a classic smear campaign by jealous rivals.

In bottle: Citrus sugar cookies!

Wet on skin: Stink Ape is all red grapefruit and bergamot.  It’s refreshing and bright and quite lovely.  The cardamom is just a whisper in the background and adds a nice soft spiciness that is much needed.

Dry on skin:  Osmanthus blossoms have, well…..blossomed and are mingling quite nicely with the vanilla pods and bergamot.   The cedarwood and pink pepper give it a nice base to really let the citrus shine.

Verdict:  The name does NOT fit this oil.  It’s beautiful and while it might stink, the the words of my nephew, “It stinks good.”

Stink Ape

Stink Ape

Strigoi-Unwelcome even in Hell, these Romanian super vampires are disproportionately likely to be redheads. Black rose petals and violets with dragonsblood resin and kush.

In bottle:  Deep, dark blossoms.

Wet on skin:  This is ALL black rose and violets at first.  While the florals are the star, the dragonsblood and kush and softly wafting behind the scenes, waiting to pounce.

Dry on skin:  The rose and violet have blossomed in the heat of night and distracted you from the dragonsblood resin and kush and there’s nothing for it, you’re a goner.

Verdict:  This scent perfectly embodies it’s name.   Dark florals and deadly resins.   You better watch out.

Strigoi

Strigoi

Suvannamaccha-The essence of a Thai mermaid: golden jasmine, coconut, pearl musk, skin musk, and a drop of hyssop.

In bottle:  Jasmine and musk.

Wet on skin:  Pearl musk and skin musk gently dance around a base of golden jasmine.  The jasmine is very soft and quite light and once the coconut makes an appearance really blossoms.

Dry on skin:  A very beachy coconut is right up front and grabbing your attention.  The jasmine is quite retiring now and the musks have really blossomed again.

Verdict:  A warm, beachy scent of all coconut, soft jasmine and gorgeous musks.

Suvannamaccha

Suvannamaccha

Villainess Soaps Now At The Rhinestone Housewife

Hello hotties!

In case you didn’t hear it via our newsletter (which you should totally sign up for!) The Rhinestone Housewife is pleased to announce a shiny new partnership with Villainess Soaps!   We are currently perfecting a brand new exclusive scent that will be available in the next couple of months but in the meantime we wanted to bring you some fun seasonal soaps to play with.   We will gradually be expanding our stock to include more products to stay tuned.

Eatable Pillow

Colour:Lavender swirled with taupe.
Distinguishing Features: Absolutely smooth, sheer, silken lather.
Characteristic Scent:Gossamer-light marshmallows, grounded by sweet amber, and drizzled with bright lavender syrup.

Eatable Pillow

Eatable Pillow

Just Desserts

Colour:Caramel and cream.
Distinguishing Features: Absolutely smooth, silken filling in an orange peel crust.
Characteristic Scent:Blood oranges dripping over a warm, resinous vanilla, wrappedin a dry peel of orange zest.

Just Desserts

Just Desserts

Mall Santa

Colour:Cinnamon swirled with Cream Cheese frosting.
Distinguishing Features: Absolutely smooth, sheer, silken lather lightly sprinkled with cinnamon.
Characteristic Scent:The pervasive scent of cinnamon buns and cream cheese frosting, underscored with cheap whiskey, tobacco stains, toffee candies and delicious filthy lucre.

Mall Santa

Mall Santa

Snocreme

Colour: Red, White and Green stripes.
Distinguishing Features: Absolutely smooth, sheer, silken latherl.
Characteristic Scent:Crisp peppermint and creamed confectioner’s sugar cooled with snow and pine.

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If you are interested in checking out more products, head on over to the Villainess Soaps site and take a look see at the huge array of products they have to offer.

Arcana Yule 2014 Reviews

Hello hotties!  I know you’ve been waiting for this so here it is, the Arcana Yule 2014 review post of DOOM!  These Arcana limited edition scents are available only while supplies last at The Rhinestone Housewife so grab them while you can!

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Come to Krampus:  An intoxicating invitation to the underworld. Blackest musk, charred vanilla beans, kush, thick opium, and oudh.

In bottle-Dark and brooding.

Wet on skin-Kush, kush all the way!   The kush is wrapped up in a thick whirl of blackest musk and the charred vanilla beans.

Dry on skin-The vanilla beans are the first thing I notice, and they are accompanied nicely by the opium and oudh.   The musk and kush have really settled down and add a nice balance.

Verdict-This is a serious dark and brooding blend.   If you like dark and intoxicating then this is for you.    This would also smell divine on a boy.  I’m betting this will get even better with age.

 
Krampusnacht Old leather, infernal smoke, vintage patchouli, cubeb, ho wood, a drop of fir oil, and a touch of brisk Alpine night air.

In bottle-Fir and crisp night air.

Wet on skin-Crisp fir and ho wood are the stars right at first.   The old leather and smoke make an appearance and add to the woodsy feel of this blend.

Dry on skin-The notes in this blend have lent a bit of an incensey feel to this oil.  Like really nice fir incense kept in a nice wooden box and when lit, magic!

Verdict-A rich and brooding evergreen blend that’s perfect for a boy or a lady that might like a less frivolous and sweet blend.   A ton of throw and I bet this will last forever and age beautifully.

Krampus Nog Eggnog with vodka, rum, sweet cream, nutmeg, and wicked amber.

In bottle-Spiked eggnog (the song of my people)  ;-)

Wet on skin-Whoa, booze!   Booze surrounded by sweet cream and nutmeg.

Dry on skin-The nutmeg is commanding attention but it’s swirled in a lovely cloud of the sweet cream and eggnog with a dash of amber.   The booze has taken a backseat and is just enough to make sure this scent isn’t cloying at all.

Verdict-A very warm and rich, snuggly scent.   I grabbed a bottle for me.   *Pro tip* This is wonderful layered with McNaughty Nog!

 

Lebkuchen Krampus Gingerbread Krampus? Yes please! Blood red musk flows through intense gingerbread, chai spices, cardamom, white pepper, incense, and sweet clove.

In bottle-Foody spicy clove.

Wet on skin-The cardamom is right up front and quite creamy, followed by the chai spices and white pepper.  The gingerbread get more prominent as the blend dries down.

Dry on skin-As it has dried down the blood red musk is in the spotlight and it really grounds this blend and keeps it from being too foody or sweet.    The sweet clove and incense have blended nicely with the gingerbread to support the red musk.

Verdict-A must have for me….I snagged a bottle for myself.  If you like spice then you need this.

 

Ribbons & Teddy Bears What remains after Krampus takes the children. Remnants of French vanilla and pistachio ice creams, apricot jam, sugared peach, melty chocolate, sticky candy canes, orange peels, and sweet coconut.

In bottle-Peach candy!

Wet on skin-A nice splash if citrusy peach with a drizzle of the pistachio ice cream.  Just a bit of French vanilla and apricot jam is peeking out at this point.

Dry on skin-Now I’m getting the sticky candy canes and coconut and it’s absolutely brilliant with the various sugared fruits.   A gorgeous cloud of sweet, bright and delicious notes.

Verdict-Love.  I stole a bottle of this for myself.  This blend isn’t what I was expecting, not cloying sweet or little girlish.  It’s a bright and cheerful oil that’s perfect if you like candy, fruity or feminine scents.

 

Schnaps mit Krampus:  If Krampus comes to your house, you’d best pass him the bottle. A boozy, rummy blend of apple, tangerine, and pear schnaps over woodsmoke, labdanum, and a hint of Arcana’s Growl blend.

In bottle-Apple!

Wet on skin-Tangerine and apples are dancing around the pear schnaps in a delightfully boozy way.

Dry on skin-As it’s died down the labdanum cuts through the fruits and booze.   There is just the merest whiff of woodsmoke and it’s a perfect compliment to the bright fruits.

Verdict-I love the brightness of this blend.  It’s not heavy or boozy but comforting and quite pretty.

 

Gersemi:  Beautiful Gersemi is the daughter of Freyja and the Norse goddess of precious objects. Perfect vanilla, frozen honey, white chocolate, oudh, skin musk, and one drop of patchouli.

In bottle-Chocolate!

Wet on skin-The chocolate and skin musk are shimmery and pretty with the frozen honey oudh sparkling in the background.   The vanilla is just the merest hint.

Dry on skin-As it dries down the skin musk amps a bit as does the oudh.   The white chocolate starts to peek out and adds a really nice sweetness to this blend.  I don’t get any of the patchouli but that might change as it ages.

Verdict-Gorgeous, hoard worthy and hypnotic.   I think it will age very nicely.   Good throw.

 

Hnossa:  Lovely Hnossa is Gersemi’s sister and the Norse goddess of desire. Sugar cookies with frosted tuberose petals, white tiare, gardenia, star jasmine, skin musk, ivory musk, and pink sugar.

In bottle-Pink sugar!

Wet on skin-The pink sugar is the star right here with a supporting cast of delicate white florals, the skin and ivory musk are keeping the florals soft and wispy.

Dry on skin-The tuberose and gardenia have really blossomed now and they are softened and warmed up with the sugar cookie and musks.  The pink sugar is the perfect compliment and while prominent doesn’t steal the show.

Verdict-This is the surprising one of the bunch for me.  Whilst I love florals and in particular white florals I typically can’t wear them on my skin but this blend seems to be working for me.  If you love florals or ‘pink’ scent, grab this one while you can…..it’s brilliant!

 

McNaughty Nog:  Exclusive to The Rhinestone Housewife! Eggnog, Arcana’s beloved yellow cake note, rum, fresh milk, nutmeg, and a drizzle of toasty caramel.

In bottle-Rum and yellow cake.

Wet on skin-Delicious, delicious yellow cake wrapped up in nutmeg and a creamy caramel.  Briefly wafting in the back ground is fresh milk and eggnog.

Dry on skin-This blend dries down to a beautiful, rich and gourmand scent.  It’s all yellow cake iced with spiked eggnog caramel frosting but dusted with nutmeg for just enough spice to keep it grounded.

Verdict-It’s named after me so of course I love it!  *Pro tip* Layer this with Krampus Nog for the ultimate olfactory experience!

 

Oscura:  For the long, dark nights. Vanilla oleoresin, pure sandalwood, benzoin, balsam of Peru, 10 year aged labdanum absolute, cassia, Omani frankincense, and white cognac oil.

In bottle-Sandalwood and balsam.

Wet on skin-It’s a dark colored oil, full of balsam of Peru and redolent with frankincense.  The white cognac oil and vanilla oleoresin make me want to lick my arm.  It’s a true, gorgeous and not artificial smelling vanilla.

Dry on skin-The woods are the most prominent notes with the rich vanilla adding to the really wonderful blend.   The cassia is just a hint of spice and the labdanum and frankincense are taking a back seat here.

Verdict-This is a thick, rich and lush scent.   I’m sure it’s going to age beautifully and will be equally wonderful on a boy or girl.

 

Winter’s Wolves:  The scent of the Great Forest itself: a silent blanket of snow, fir needle, juniper, black spruce, cold white violets, and a small howl of peppermint.

In bottle-Icy and brisk.

Wet on skin-The cold white violets are nestled underneath firs and spruce, with fresh snow swirling around.

Dry on skin-The violets are the silent star of this blend, beautiful and creamy.  The evergreens are the perfect compliment and add such a lovely base for the snow and just a suggestion of peppermint.

Verdict-Lovely and surprisingly pretty and wearable.   A beautiful icy and refreshing floral without being too precious.

 

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2014 Arcana Yule Collection At The Rhinestone Housewife

Hello hotties!   Are you ready for the holidays?  We are!    And The Rhinestone Housewife is so excited to be bringing to you the new Arcana 2014 Yule collection.  This collection will have something for everyone; whether you like sweet, spicy, naughty or nice there will be something just for you.  This collection is available for pre-order and should ship out within a week.    Just in time for Kramp….err, Santa.

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The Krampus Collection

While Santa Claus leaves his comfortable home at the North Pole only once a year, Krampus is a traveler, a vagrant, an unwelcome transient who picks up his mail in Hell. Sure, Santa lets him tag along in the sleigh, but while Santa is munching down cookies and basking in love, what does Krampus get? Fear and scorn. No wonder he’s so miffed!

Come to Krampus:  An intoxicating invitation to the underworld. Blackest musk, charred vanilla beans, kush, thick opium, and oudh.

Krampusnacht:  Old leather, infernal smoke, vintage patchouli, cubeb, ho wood, a drop of fir oil, and a touch of brisk Alpine night air.

Krampus Nog:  Eggnog with vodka, rum, sweet cream, nutmeg, and wicked amber.

Lebkuchen Krampus:  Gingerbread Krampus? Yes please! Blood red musk flows through intense gingerbread, chai spices, cardamom, white pepper, incense, and sweet clove.

Ribbons & Teddy Bears:  What remains after Krampus takes the children. Remnants of French vanilla and pistachio ice creams, apricot jam, sugared peach, melty chocolate, sticky candy canes, orange peels, and sweet coconut.

Schnaps mit Krampus:  If Krampus comes to your house, you’d best pass him the bottle. A boozy, rummy blend of apple, tangerine, and pear schnaps over woodsmoke, labdanum, and a hint of Arcana’s Growl blend.

And more Yule…

Gersemi:  Beautiful Gersemi is the daughter of Freyja and the Norse goddess of precious objects. Perfect vanilla, frozen honey, white chocolate, oudh, skin musk, and one drop of patchouli.

Hnossa:  Lovely Hnossa is Gersemi’s sister and the Norse goddess of desire. Sugar cookies with frosted tuberose petals, white tiare, gardenia, star jasmine, skin musk, ivory musk, and pink sugar.

McNaughty Nog:  Exclusive to The Rhinestone Housewife! Eggnog, Arcana’s beloved yellow cake note, rum, fresh milk, nutmeg, and a drizzle of toasty caramel.

Oscura:  For the long, dark nights. Vanilla oleoresin, pure sandalwood, benzoin, balsam of Peru, 10 year aged labdanum absolute, cassia, Omani frankincense, and white cognac oil.

Winter’s Wolves:  The scent of the Great Forest itself: a silent blanket of snow, fir needle, juniper, black spruce, cold white violets, and a small howl of peppermint.

Label art by Alexandria Noel
http://www.alexandria-noel.com/

Stay off the naughty list!

On the naughty list?  That's ok, we don't care!  (P.S. Hottie's on the naughty list EVERY year)

On the naughty list? That’s ok, we don’t care! (P.S. Hottie’s on the naughty list EVERY year)

Yule 2014 Sale At The Rhinestone Housewife!

Hello hotties?  Are you staying warm and cozy this holiday season?  And for those of you in more tropical climes, are you staying warmed by the sun?  Well, I sure hope so.   Did you know that the time between Halloween and the New Year is my very favorite time of the year?   We’ve got Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year all in a fabulous, creepy and rhinestoned row with tinsel and champagne poured on top.  And crammed in the middle on the 26th of December is my birthday!  Is it the very WORST time to have a birthday…..why yes….yes it is.

This photo perfectly describes just about every birthday I've ever had.  Not my proudest moment but hey.....life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!

This photo perfectly describes just about every birthday I’ve ever had. Not my proudest moment but hey…..life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!

That’s why I like to make my own fun.   This year, The Rhinestone Housewife is having a huge sale for the *entire* season.

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This sale will run until 1/1/5 and features some great deals.    All makeup is 50% off already and all Arcana perfume oils are 10% off.   With coupon code YULE2014  you will receive 20% off all orders between $10.01-50.00, 30% off all orders $50.01-100.00 and a whopping 40% off all orders $100.01 and more.  Plus every 10th order placed will receive free shipping!   The lucky winner will have shipping refunded within 24 hours and will be notified via email.

A couple more updates:

Cirmes Tonsorial Parlour products are no longer available so what we’ve it is it.  If there’s something that you’ve been lusting after or you’re looking for a really nice gift for the gent in your life please check these products out.  Frankly, I’m really surprised these are still available.   My friend Rion loves them!  There are lots of other wonderful men’s products available in the Manly Man section.

And finally, we all know how amazing Arcana products are, right?  Well after almost ten years of being in business they have implemented their first price increase in the history of the company.  What does this mean to you?   All Arcana perfume oils are now at a $17 price point.   How do we feel about this?  Here at The Rhinestone Hosuewife we embrace it and support Julia of Arcana 100%!  Why you ask?  Because we love our suppliers and support them in any way we can.   Arcana has a cult following for a reason-because they are awesome-sauce!   All Arcana perfume oils are marked down 10% through the first of the year because Arcana and The Rhinestone Housewife love you!  Also, we have some delightful new sugar scrubs coming from Arcana soon so stay tuned!

On the naughty list?  That's ok, we don't care!  (P.S. Hottie's on the naughty list EVERY year)

On the naughty list? That’s ok, we don’t care! (P.S. Hottie’s on the naughty list EVERY year)

Arcana 2014 Hallowe’en Collection Live At The Rhinestone Housewife

Omg, omg, omg…it’s here and it’s marvelous!  The long awaited Arcana Hallowe’en collection has swooped into and landed at The Rhinestone Housewife.  This is a really interesting and unique Halloween assortment.   It’s propped up on a back bone of autumn and Halloween favorites like apples and pumpkins but they are presented in new ways with deliciously cute labels.  These are available while supplies last only so grab them while you can!

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The Doom & Gloom Duo

Doom:  A brutal mix of black amber, black musk, labdanum resin, incense, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa absolute, and woodsmoke snaking through old trees.

Gloom:  Black opium drifting down shadowy alleys, green musk, rain, sea water, petitgrain, and a particularly gloomy shot of grapefruit.

The Ravenous Collection

Apples Crave Cake:  A Rhinestone Housewife Exclusive! Fresh, crisp red apples blended with our yellow cake layering note.

Apples Crave Flora:  A fresh blend of Fuji apple, tropical Tiare blossm, tuberose, bergamot, orange flower, and a touch of vintage patchouli.

Apples Crave Frills:  Our Frilly Underpinnings blend with sweet, crisp pippins.

Apples Crave Orchards:  Dry apple cider with French hay absolute, a touch of heartwood, and a hint of rain.

Apples Crave Peaches:  Green apple hard candy with sugared peaches.

Apples Crave Resins:  Citron-laced cider with dragonsblood resin, warm myrrh, and smoky frankincense.

Apples Crave Tea:  Smoky black tea leaf, golden musk, cardamom, and baked winesaps.

Apples Crave Vanilla:  Wild apples and green apples with delicate vanilla, sensual musk, and white amber.

Pumpkins Crave Bacon:  Sugar pumpkin with maple, nutmeg, and smoky bacon accord.

Pumpkins Crave Cappuccino:  Super roasted coffee bean EO, vanilla milk, pumpkin, and rum with shots of blackberry and black raspberry syrup.

Pumpkins Crave Honey:  Spiced calabaza and beeswax candles smothered in acacia honey, buckwheat honey, and mead.

Pumpkins Crave Resins:  Gilded amber, black amber, 10 year old labdanum absolute, black tea, and boozy golden gourd.

Pumpkins Crave Terror:  Our Holy Terror blend with glowing pumpkin and a small dash of pie spices.

Pumpkins Crave Treats:  Rum-laced caramel, cane sugar, pumpkin custard, and delicate, vanilla-infused marshmallows.

Pumpkins Crave Viola:  Purple violets, lemongrass, Oregon lavender, coconut milk, and gently spiced pumpkin flesh.

New for this year:

Soul Eater:  Voracious beings appear in the dark tales of many cultures. From Haitian zombis and the teyollocuani of the pre-Columbian Pipil to ancient Egypt’s Ammit the Devourer and Hansel and Gretel’s hungry witch, they play upon human fears of being possessed, devoured, and destroyed. Rich tobacco, delicious caramel, fir needle, black spruce, peru balsam, and sandalwood.

A new addition to the Gorgon Collection:

Sthenno:  The eldest of the three terrible Gorgons, Sthenno was also the fiercest and most dangerous. Rich amber resin, whiskey, tobacco, coconut meat, and white musk.

We also have Medusa and our exclusive, Euryale so you can collect them all!

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Arcana 2014 Halloween Collection At The Rhinestone Housewife

Hotties!  I’m so sorry for my long absence from posting but I’m back with a bang!  The summer was super busy:  new hair, promotion at my day job and one of my dogs had TPLO surgery.   Whew!    What I can tell you is that I’m ready for fall and all that comes with it; sweaters and boots pumpkin carving!   Although it’s not at The Rhinestone Housewife yet, I wanted to get you guys a preview of what Arcana is presenting for Hallowe’en 2014. These will be in a 5ml amber bottle.   I can’t wait!  In the meantime, you can check out all the other Arcana goodies currently available in the shop.

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The Doom & Gloom Duo

Doom:  A brutal mix of black amber, black musk, labdanum resin, incense, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa absolute, and woodsmoke snaking through old trees.

Gloom:  Black opium drifting down shadowy alleys, green musk, rain, sea water, petitgrain, and a particularly gloomy shot of grapefruit.
The Ravenous Collection

Apples Crave Flora:  A fresh blend of Fuji apple, tropical Tiare blossm, tuberose, bergamot, orange flower, and a touch of vintage patchouli.

Apples Crave Frills:  Our Frilly Underpinnings blend with sweet, crisp pippins.

Apples Crave Orchards:  Dry apple cider with French hay absolute, a touch of heartwood, and a hint of rain.

Apples Crave Peaches:  Green apple hard candy with sugared peaches.

Apples Crave Resins:  Citron-laced cider with dragonsblood resin, warm myrrh, and smoky frankincense.

Apples Crave Tea:  Smoky black tea leaf, golden musk, cardamom, and baked winesaps.

Apples Crave Vanilla:  Wild apples and green apples with delicate vanilla, sensual musk, and white amber.

Pumpkins Crave Bacon:  Sugar pumpkin with maple, nutmeg, and smoky bacon accord.

Pumpkins Crave Cappuccino:  Super roasted coffee bean EO, vanilla milk, pumpkin, and rum with shots of blackberry and black raspberry syrup.

Pumpkins Crave Honey:  Spiced calabaza and beeswax candles smothered in acacia honey, buckwheat honey, and mead.

Pumpkins Crave Resins:  Gilded amber, black amber, 10 year old labdanum absolute, black tea, and boozy golden gourd.

Pumpkins Crave Terror:  Our Holy Terror blend with glowing pumpkin and a small dash of pie spices.

Pumpkins Crave Treats:  Rum-laced caramel, cane sugar, pumpkin custard, and delicate, vanilla-infused marshmallows.

Pumpkins Crave Viola:  Purple violets, lemongrass, Oregon lavender, coconut milk, and gently spiced pumpkin flesh.

Soul Eater:  Voracious beings appear in the dark tales of many cultures. From Haitian zombis and the teyollocuani of the pre-Columbian Pipil to ancient Egypt’s Ammit the Devourer and Hansel and Gretel’s hungry witch, they play upon human fears of being possessed, devoured, and destroyed. Rich tobacco, delicious caramel, fir needle, black spruce, peru balsam, and sandalwood.

Sthenno:  The eldest of the three terrible Gorgons, Sthenno was also the fiercest and most dangerous. Rich amber resin, whiskey, tobacco, coconut meat, and white musk.