Arcana Cocktails For Charity Collection Reviews

Beautiful birthday flowers from Mr. McNaughty!

Hello hotties!   Well the Arcana New Year’s Eve: Cocktails for Charity & Travelers have arrived at The Rhinestone Housewife and are selling fast so if you want something, pick it up now.  This collection is near and dear to Julia and the proceeds are going to a great cause, a family that is currently living in their car.   I’m not sure about all of you, but I’ve had some pretty lean times, especially when I was younger.   At one point I was also sleeping in my car but luckily for me I had some really wonderful resources to pull from and I wasn’t in that situation for very long.  I fully support Julia in this philanthropic endeavor and it makes me enjoy working with her even more.  It’s crazy to think that just one abrupt change in circumstances can mean the difference between having a home or being homeless.    I’d love to really blow the doors off this collection and sell a ton of it in a great show of support form our lovely indie community.

I have included reviews since I just couldn’t wait!

Bee’s Knees:  Peach nectar, eggnog, whipped cream, and sweet rum.

In bottle-Peaches and cream.

Wet on skin-There’s a lovely creamy peach that is the first thing I notice, like peach flavored whipped cream.  The peach really ripens up and is supported by the eggnog and rum.   The rum really blossoms and it’s sweet and succulent, not sharp or harshly spicy.

Dry on skin-Yum spicy, warm, creamy and boozy peach.   This scent is snuggly and cuddly and just all around warm and fuzzy feeling….just like a real peach!

Verdict-If you like peach, pick this up!  You’ll be so sad if you miss out.  I can’t stop huffing myself.


Cat’s Whiskers:  Only for true sybarites. Rich eggnog, dark rum, a suggestion of waffles, a hint of smoky bacon, and 1 tiny drop of sparkling mint.

In bottle-Minty!

Wet on skin-The dark rum is knocking on the front door, wanting to come in.   Trailing behind the rum is the eggnog and just a hint of mint wafting around the edges.   As it starts to dry down the waffles show up and yes…..yes, there’s just a tiny whiff of bacon.

Dry on skin-This has dried down to a lovely, rich rum filled eggnog. Somehow the smoky bacon, waffles and mint give it a deeply spicy vibe that I’m really digging.

Verdict-Ok, I know this sounds like a totally kooky scent.   Bacon, waffles and mint?  What the what?   Well, it works.  It’s deep, rich, warm, festive and comfy all at the same time.  I love this.

Dollface:  Pink champagne with guava, pomegranate, Mexican bakery vanilla, and a splash of juniper.

In bottle-Guava sparkling wine.

Wet on skin-The juniper and guava are the first notes I notice.  The juniper quickly settles down and the champagne takes over.  There is a very light and sweet vanilla note that pops up, it’s almost ‘sparkly* if that makes sense.

Dry on skin-The champagne stays the star (which only seems legit, right?) and is supported perfectly by buoyant  guava and pomegranate.  The juniper is still slinking around in the background and it’s perfect for the effervescent champagne.

Verdict-Are you looking for a bright, bubbly and festive scent for New Years eve?  Well, this is it!  It’s the bubbly party girl of the collection.

Giggle Water:  Champagne infused with tropical white blossoms, citron, mango, sweet skin musk, and green galbanum.

In bottle-Citrus musk.

Wet on skin-Green galbanum all the way, bright and right up in your face.   The citron and white florals and pretty prominent and give this scent a very fresh feeling.

Dry on skin-As it dries down the musk makes it’s appearance.  It’s very soft and close, with the galbanum and bubbly blossoms still in the forefront.

Verdict-If you enjoy green herbal, white florals and bright cheerful scents then this is for you.   Ladylike, classy and still fun.P1160502

Sitting Pretty:  Sugared rum poured slowly over warm, sensual vanilla musk.

In bottle-Smells like a boozy sugar cookie.

Wet on skin-It’s definitely sweet, the rum and vanilla musk are perfect together.  The rum is not sharp or boozy here, it’s quite soft and redolent.

Dry on skin-This stays pretty true to form, it’s like if you made a rum and vanilla flavored sugar cookie and you’re sniffing the dough.

Verdict-The vanilla musk adds a beautiful touch and keeps this from being too straight up gourmand or foodie.   It’s a lovely warm and sensual perfume.   Two thumbs up form me.


Travelers:  A deep, dark blend of labdanum resin, worn leather, Mysore sandalwood, smoked resins of frankincense and myrrh, red dragonsblood, kush, and a hint of zazz.

In bottle-It’s like every single head shop I’ve ever walked into!

Wet on skin-Whoa, nelly!  It’s all leather, resins and kush.   As it settles the leather deepens and richens up a bit and the resins mellow a bit.   The sandalwood has finally made it to the party and really tones things down.

Dry on skin-The sandalwood has sort of slid into the front and it’s really beautiful.   All the other notes blend together to being you the penultimate hippy scent.

Verdict-It’s the super mega ultra lightning hippie scent.   If that’s your thing,  you need this and I have a feeling it will age beautifully.


Published by Hottie McNaughty

Hottie was a local burlesque performer and producer in the Seattle area. She now spends her day rallying for pet health insurance and here evenings running The Rhinestone Housewife.

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