Monthly Archives: February 2015

Arcana 2015 Meow Collection Reviews

Hello hotties!   The long awaited Arcana Meow collection has landed at The Rhinestone Housewife and we are pleased to bring you reviews.

The Meow Collection
Scents inspired by the art of female masturbation

Fanning the Fur:  Almond, vetiver, luxuriant amber resin, coconut milk, peru balsam, and whiskey.

In bottle:  Almond and coconut.

Wet on skin:  The almond and vetiver are right up front and it’s amazing.  As it settles the amber resin and whiskey are wafting around in a cloud of perfection.

Dry on skin:  The vetiver and coconut are the stars and the amber resin and peru balsam are the perfect support.   The whiskey is a naughty party goer, knocking at the back door wanting in.  Let whiskey in because it’s perfect.

Verdict: Well, what a gorgeous and feminine vetiver blend this is. Deep, sultry and succulent. I have a feeling this will age well.   If you like Villainess Mudslide, then you will love this and I have worn them layered together and I’ve gotten several compliments.

Fanning The Fur
Fanning The Fur

Fluffing the Bunny:  Madagascar vanilla, Tahitian vanilla, apricot, white musk, skin musk, and a tiny tickle of mint.

In bottle:  Vanilla and soft mint.

Wet on skin:  The vanillas are right up front with soft mint a perfect compliment.  The white musk and apricot saunter in and it’s a beautiful soft pairing.  Lovely.

Dry on skin:  It’s a sensuous cloud of vanillas, musk and mint.  The mint is soft and pretty, not too sharp and the apricot adds just the right hint of fruitiness.

Verdict:  Beautiful.  Soft, pretty and it’s no wonder this has been the best seller of this collection.  It’s exactly what it sounds like.

Fluffing The Bunny
Fluffing The Bunny

Jabberwocking:  Fresh gingerroot with ginger grass, strawberry, satsuma, raspberry, ruby grapefruit, apricot, chai, and green musk.

In bottle:  Grapefruit and strawberry.

Wet on skin:  The first thing I pick up is the ruby grapefruit and gingerroot.  The satsuma is juicy and ripe smelling and is really nice with the ginger grass.

Dry on skin:  The citrus are the stars of this blend and it’s definitely the first thing you notice.  This is tempered perfectly with the ginger and green musk while the chair and apricot are soft and subtle in the background.

Verdict: This blend isn’t getting the love it needs.  It’s beautiful, succulent, lush and so pretty.  If you like fruity and bright blends, this is for you!  (I snagged a bottle for myself as well.)


Paddling the Pink Canoe:  Dragonsblood, vintage patchouli, citron, pink salt, pink musk, and amber.

In bottle:  Dragonsblood and pink musk.

Wet on skin:  Wow, the pink salt is the first thing I notice with the citron close behind.  The dragonsblood and pink salt are really nice together, it’s not something I have experienced before.

Dry on skin:  As this blend dries down the pink musk really blossoms.   The pink salt intensifies a bit here and it’s superb with the patchouli.

Verdict:  If you like pink, girly and bright scents, then this is for you!   It’s girly without being too precious or cloying and I think the dragonblood and patchouli are responsible for that.   Typically dragonsblood doesn’t work for me but I LOVE this blend and highly recommend it.  I grabbed a bottle for myself.

Paddling The Pink Canoe
Paddling The Pink Canoe

Twirling the Pearl:  Rich, golden honey, marshmallow, lavender milk, soft musk, and a tiny hint of green galbanum.

In bottle:  Lavender milk.

Wet on skin: There’s a soft honey right up front and it’s swirling around with the lavender milk.  This is a really soft lavender, more of a lavender marshmallow.

Dry on skin:  The green galbanum has really blossomed and it’s softly supported by the musk and honey.   The lavender milk and soft musk together with the hint of green really give this blend a ‘pearl’ vibe.

Verdict:  Really pretty.  It’s fresh and girly and clean smelling….refreshing!

Twirling The Pearl
Twirling The Pearl

Two Finger Ballet:  A delicate blend of French vanilla creme, white amber, sugared vanilla beans, caramel, and the smallest dab of opium.

In bottle:  Vanilla creme.

Wet on skin:  The sugared vanilla beans are intoxicating and they are dancing around with the caramel.   The vanilla creme and white amber are perfect to add to this combination.

Dry on skin:  Warm and inviting the vanillas and caramel have wrapped me in a cloud of amazeballs.   The slight touch of opium is perfection here…not really noticeable but just enough to ground the blend a bit.

Verdict:   If you’re a fan of vanilla, foody or gourmand scents then pick this up!  Now, right now.    And don’t worry, we only have one bottle left but more will be stocked.  😉  This is the best selling blend of this collection.

Two Finger Ballet
Two Finger Ballet

Arcana 2015 Honey And Venom Collection Reviews

Finally!  At last!   They are here!  Reviews!   Can you tell I’m excited?    Well, you guys have been waiting long enough so here they are……dun dun dun….the reviews.  This Arcana collection will be available at The Rhinestone Housewife while supplies last!

The Honey and Venom Collection

And in a chair of state was there beside,
With shiny wings, all plumed, except his face,
There saw I sitting the blind god Cupid,
With bow in hand, that bent full ready was;
And by him hung three arrows in a case,
Of which the heads were ground full sharp and right,
Of metals various fashioned fair and bright.

And with the first, that headed was with gold,
He softly smites, and that has easy cure;
The second was of silver, manifold
Worse than the first, and harder to endure;
The third, of steel, is shot without a cure;
And on his yellow locks, so long and sheen
A chaplet had he, all of leaves so green.

Cupid the Archer: Gold:  Bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa absolute, spiced rum, 10 year aged cruelty-free beeswax absolute, and a pinch of blood orange.

In bottle:  Dark chocolate and light orange.

Wet on skin:  Wonderful rich chocolate and just a hind of the blood orange.  As it blooms the beeswax starts buzzing around and the blood orange is gloriously hovering in the background.

Dry on skin:  Ugh, this is a beautiful blend of beeswax and chocolate.  The chocolate isn’t cloy or sweet but deep and rich and it’s perfectly paired with just the barest hints of blood orange.    The rum is the perfect base for this pairing.

Verdict:  If you love bittersweet chocolate and blood orange, don’t pass this up.

Cupid The Archer: Gold
Cupid The Archer: Gold

Cupid the Archer: Silver:  Petitgrain, sweet coconut, Omani frankincense, tiare petals, and silvery narcissus.

In bottle:  Petitegrain and tiare.

Wet on skin:  The petitegrain is front and center and the tiare petals and swirling around with the narcissus.   As the oil blooms on the skin the frankincense shows up and is the perfect note to ground the florals.

Dry on skin:  As it dries down the florals blend beautifully with the frankincense, creating a beautiful cloud of perfume around me.  The sweet coconut gives it a much need slight hint of sweetness.

Verdict:  Great for those that love florals or tropical blends.   It reminds me of being in Hawaii and smelling all the fresh flowers in the air.

Cupid The Archer: Silver
Cupid The Archer: Silver

Cupid the Archer: Steel:  An abundance of violets, true Egyptian jasmine grandiflorum, and hints of white musk, stephanotis, tuberose, dark opium, German chamomile, and forget-me-nots.

In bottle:  Florals and white musk.

Wet on skin:  The violets are right up front and they are glorious!  As this blend settles down the white musk makes an appearance but it’s soft and pretty.   The chamomile is a much needed note to soften this blend and makes sure the florals aren’t cloying.

Dry on skin:  Violets, violets and more violets!   The violets are definitely the star of this blend.  The jasmine is very soft is the tuberose.   The opium and chamomile are perfect to add an earthy touch to this floral wonderland.

Verdict:   If you’ve read my reviews before then you know that florals can be tricky for me.   That said, I LOVE this oil.  It’s sultry, rich and sexy and it smells expensive, I can’t stop huffing my arm.   *Note:  if you are interested in this blend, pick it up now.  It’s comprised with a component that it difficult to obtain and the ten bottles that we got in are all that we will get. (Unless this is HUGELY popular and we can see what we can do to get more.)

Cupid The Archer: Steel
Cupid The Archer: Steel

Honey and Venom:  Amor et melle et felle est fecundissimus.  An ode to the abundant sweetness and bitterness of love. Honey amber, black amber, smoky oudh, black vanilla, and kyphi.

In bottle:  Honey and kyphi.

Wet on skin:  The kyphi is right up front with the smoky oudh not far behind.  The black amber saunters in after about five minutes and it’s dark and naughty.

Dry on skin:  The ambers and the kyphi and playfully wafting around with the oudh close by.  The black vanilla is a party crasher that shows up right at the end.

Verdict:  If you like dark, smoky or incensy blends then this is for you!

Honey And Venom
Honey And Venom