Monthly Archives: February 2014

Arcana Valentine’s Day Collection 2014

Just as we finish up one amazing collection we get another one from Arcana-The Beast Collection and the New Orleans Trio!   This stunning Valentine’s Day collection should be arriving in the next couple of days and I will get them up at The Rhinestone Housewife as soon as possible!


The Beast Collection

Lascivious scents for libertines in 5 ml amber glass bottles. $16 each

Afterglow:  It exists between ecstasy and quietude. The soft euphoria of white amber, vanilla bean, vanilla milk, Malbec grapes, Arcana’s own Lust blend, cognac absolute, and a drop of cool peppermint.

 Coitus Captivus:  An ensnarement of smoky, boozy sugarcane syrup with tiny hints of peach, red apple, pumpkin, and a warm grip of treacle.

Limerence: Blind hope buoyed by fixation and obsession. White tea, cotton candy, marshmallow, kush, blush musk, hibiscus blossoms, and a slash of dragonsblood.

Little Man in the Boat:  Serving no procreative purpose, the clitoris exists only for pleasure. Definitive proof that we were designed for bliss? Of course! Peach nectar and delicate musk dripping with Tupelo honey, Clover honey, and one dainty tuberose petal.

 NymphomaniaLusty Victorian ladies who foolishly admitted to liking sex wound up with this diagnosis. Eating too much chocolate, reading too many books, and wearing enticing perfumes were all among the causative factors. (Which explains a lot, no?) An indulgent blend of smoked frankincense, golden amber, warmly spiced vodka, thick myrrh, ruby guava, black tea, tobacco leaf, and pink pepper.

Papillon D’Amour The butterflies of love. Warm skin musk and noir musk over apricot, dry ginger, a pinch of cinnamon, a nibble of mint, a bite of mace, and a tiny scratch of blackseed.

 Tumescence Dragonsblood resin engorged with smoked labdanum, incense, blood amber, crimson musk, peru balsam, tree sap, and black pepper.


3 Loas from Haitian Vodou presented in 5 ml amber glass bottles, $16 each

Erzulie’s Soft Kiss Sweet, vain, flirtatious Erzulie Freda is the luxe Loa of beauty, sensuality, love, and pleasure. Ripe pink strawberries smeared with honey and bee pollen.

Maman Brigitte:  The bawdy, fun-loving queen of death, Maman Brigitte guards the cemetery, protects prostitutes, gets down on the dance floor, and curses like a Somali sailor. Black amber, cherry-infused red musk, animalic musk, cocoa absolute, white amber, clove bud, tobacco, and the smallest sprig of graveyard mint.

 Simbi d’l’Eau:  A Loa with the unpredictability and immense power of the oceans, he is pleased by offerings of water and green ribbons. A fresh, aquatic mix of tart raspberry, rainwater, green musk, clematis, osmanthus, tiare blossoms, and ambergris.

In the mean time, you can check out all the other Arcana goodies available at The Rhinestone Housewife!

Hottie’s Hot Pick Of The Week Brazen Smartmouth

Hello hotties!  It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I am addicted to lip balm.  I’m happy to report that in my lifetime of looking, I have found the most perfect of lip balms ever, Brazen Smartmouth and it’s available at The Rhinestone Housewife.  This little beauty bombshell comes in all sorts of flavors such as Chai Tea, Pina Colada, Rum & Cola, Minty Mojito, Chocolate Cupcake and Vanilla Cupcake.

With beneficial ingredients such as coconut oil, shea butter and aloe butter your lips will never know what hit them.  I keep these every where (and I *do* mean every where), in my desk drawer, in my purse, on my night stand next to my bed…..well you get the idea.  Is has the right amount of slip without being too greasy and it’s not too sweet and doesn’t have too much fragrance.  In other words, perfect.  Just like Leeloo in The Fifth Element.

Brazen Smartmouth
Brazen Smartmouth
Minty Mojito Smartmouth
Minty Mojito Smartmouth


Full ingredients:  Coconut oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil, Sunflower Oil, Aloe Butter, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Comfrey Extract.

Brazen Cosmetics also has a ton of other makeup products available at The Rhinestone Housewife.  If you haven’t checked out the eye shadow colors yet, well you’re missing out!

Arcana The Sighing Bridge Review

Hotties!  At last, our final review in the Arcana Queens Of Snow And Air collection presented by The Rhinestone Housewife, The Sighing Bridge.

The Sighing Bridge:  Dark, sweet pipe tobacco with 3 precious ambers.

Arcana-The Sighing Bridge
Arcana-The Sighing Bridge

In bottle-Sweet tobacco!

Wet on skin-Very sweet tobacco right at first, like sniffing tobacco in it’s tin…the old fashioned kind.

Dry on skin-As it settles and dries down the tobacco washes and blends with the ambers and it’s gorgeous.   Smooth, rich and very creamy.   Like very rich mahogany.  🙂

Verdict-This is a really nice tobacco scent, not cloying or sharp at all…..tobaccos lovers unite!

And this concludes our reviews for Arcana‘s limited edition collection The Queens of Snow and Air available for a short time at The Rhinestone Housewife.


Arcana The Old Forest Review

Next to last in our reviews of the Arcana collection, Queens Of Snow And Air we have The Old Forest at The Rhinestone Housewife.

The Old Forest:  Smoky resins with Bourbon vanilla bean, wild honey, dragonsblood, dark musk, kush, a hint of fir needle, and a drop of antique vetiver.

Arcana-The Old Forest
Arcana-The Old Forest

In bottle-Soft pine and honey.

Wet on skin-The kush and fir needle are right at the front door, knocking three times like Sheldon from Big Bang Theory.  Once those settle down  the resins and vanilla come out to play with just a hint of dragonsblood.

Dry on skin-This dries down to a pretty sophisticated blend.   The vetiver is a very posh vetiver, smooth a rich smelling and combined with the vanilla and honey it’s absolutely decadent.   The addition of the dragonsblood is genius and really elevates this blend to Omega 13 level.

Verdict-Although I enjoy the smell of dragonsblood, it’s not something I’ve ever been able to wear.  I’m happy to report that this smells lovely on me.   Two thumbs up!

These are available for a limited time only at The Rhinestone Housewife so get them while you can!

Arcana Snowflake Palace Review

And next in our installment of reviews of Arcana’s Queens Of Snow and Air collection is Snowflake Palace.

Snowflake Palace:  At last. White tea leaves, white amber, silvery soft musk, and a swirl of wood smoke.

Arcana-Snowflake Palace
Arcana-Snowflake Palace

In bottle-Chilled melons.

Wet on skin-Strong tea right at first quickly followed by silvery musk.   After just a little bit I can pick up just a whiff of the wood smoke.

Dry on skin-As it dries down and settles, the tea becomes softer and the smoke amps just a bit.   At this point the amber comes out and it’s definitely a white or chilled amber, not the warm and fuzzy kind.   The wood smoke has receded into the back ground.

Verdict-A gorgeous scent, fitting of a palace made out of snowflakes.  It’s got a chilled vibe but not at all cold feeling with the hint of wood smoke.    Perfect for a fancy night out or just cuddling up at home with a cup of tea and a cat or two on your lap.  This blend really made me think of the movie Frozen and Elsa.

You can find this amazing oil as well as the rest of the collection in the Arcana brand section of The Rhinestone Housewife as well as in the Perfume Oil-Limited Edition section of the site.