Well the Arcana Cravings collection has finally landed at The Rhinestone Housewife and I’m super excited to review them for you. I’m going to start by saying that I love strawberry anything so a whole line of strawberry perfume oils is right up my alley. I’ll start with the Strawberries Crave and then work on the Peaches Crave collection.
Strawberries Crave Botanicus: Fresh strawberry, guava, galbanum, basil, green hemp, bayberry, and ruby grapefruit.
In bottle: Guava and a bit of hemp!
Wet on skin: The grapefruit is the first thing I noticed followed closely by the grapefruit and guava. The ‘green’ notes follow closely and kind of waft around in the background.
Dry on skin: The strawberry is now the star and it’s being supported beautifully by the various greens but those green notes have softened quite a bit. The citrus and guava really even this blend out.
Verdict: Do you like greenery? Strawberries? Citrus scents? Then you will really like this one.
Strawberries Crave Cacao: Chocolate, French cocoa absolute, creamy strawberry, golden amber, brown musk, vodka, and strawberry roots.
In bottle: Powdery chocolate.
Wet on skin: The chocolate is right up front with a bit of golden amber peeking out.
Dry on skin: The French cocoa absolute adds a nice richness as the creamy strawberry and brown musk round out the scent. The vodka and strawberry roots add a nice earthy-ness.
Verdict: This isn’t an overly saccharine chocolate covered strawberry scent. It’s a sophisticated grown up blend, perfect if you’re into gourmand with a twist.
Strawberries Crave Helios: Strawberry jam with juicy blackberries, lemonade, limeade, and pure white amber.
In bottle: Limey sweetness.
Wet on skin: I’m picking up the limeade and white amber first. It’s refreshing and the amber is a bright amber. It’s smells like fresh fruit limeade.
Dry on skin: As it’s settled down the fruits are more prominent and they are bight and sugary. It’s a perfect blend with the lime and lemonade. The amber is perfect here and keeps this from becoming sickly sweet.
Verdict: This will be THE perfect hot weather scent of the season. I imagine myself wearing a bright sundress, sitting in the sultry heat and sipping a French 75 while wearing this oil.
Strawberries Crave Incense: Burning frankincense and myrrh, rich red musk, and fraises des bois.
In bottle: Fruity incense!
Wet on skin: It’s definitely all the frankincense and myrrh right up front. It softens a bit as it dries down and the red musk makes an appearance.
Dry On Skin: This is still mostly incense and rich and earthy. The red musk and fraises des bois (fancy strawberries!) are perfect to lighten this up.
Verdict: If you’re into incense blends then this is for you. It’s not gross gas station fruity incense smelling though….it’s more like an expensive custom blend incense.
Strawberries Crave Kink: Worn leather, black coconut, black musk, skin musk, and wild strawberry.
In bottle: Soft musk and leather.
Wet on skin: All leather, all the time right away. The skin musk shows up after a bit as does the wild strawberry and we’ve still got the black coconut that just lightly in the background.
Dry on skin: The leather is still the star and the musks and coconut are prefect to pair with it. The strawberry note is soft and fresh in this blend and not too noticeable.
Verdict: If leather is your thing then you’ll most likely love this. The musk and coconut keep it from being too stringent and the strawberry perfectly balances it.
Strawberries Crave Lucy: Our own Surfers on Acid blend (Sweet coconut milk, pineapple, and absinthe) with pink strawberry.
In bottle: A pineapple pop.
Wet on skin: Super creamy pineapple which I think is the coconut milk and pineapple together. There is a bit of bite from the absinthe and strawberry.
Dry on skin: This hasn’t morphed a whole lot other than the strawberry becoming more prominent and bright.
Verdict: I LOVE this but I’m a sucker for pineapple. It’s sweet and bright and pretty while being sexy and succulent.
Strawberries Crave Nyx: Drunken honey, lavender-laced mallow, soft amber, night musk, and hints of strawberry and nectarine.
In bottle: Sweet lavender candy.
Wet on skin: I’m actually picking up the drunken honey and nectarine with a dash of lavender mallow.
Dry on skin: Now it’s all soft lavender marshmallow with the strawberry and nectarine. The musk and amber are working well here to keep it from being to precious. They lend a soft depth.
Verdict: This is pretty and sweet without being to young or cute. It’s hard to quantify this one but it’s very pretty and might be a good sleep time scent for some people.
In bottle: Pink champagne filled strawberries.
Wet on skin: The pink pepper is delightful! It’s really nice with the black cherry and effervescent champagne. The pink frosting is making a grand entrance now.
Dry on skin: The white musk has swooped in and softened a bit of the sweetness. It’s perfect with all the pinks and berries;
Verdict: The blend is sweet, bright, effervescent and bubbly. I love it.
Strawberries Crave Rococo: Tiny strawberries with Madagascar vanilla, Tahitian vanilla, apricot, white musk, and skin musk.
In bottle: Vanilla and sugar musk.
Wet on skin: The musks are the first thing I can pick out….soft and pearly. The Tahitian vanilla and apricot and slowly emerging.
Dry on skin: The musks are still the stars and the strawberry is a great supporting character. The vanillas are delightful and so tasty with the apricot.
Verdict: It no wonder this is a big seller of the collection. It’s got everything; sophistication, vanilla and couture musks.
Strawberries Crave Summer: Tropical blossoms of tiare, tuberose petals, star jasmine, and neroli over melty pistachio and strawberry sherbets.
In bottle: Floral sherbet.
Wet on skin: OMG, it smells like sugared tuberose, it’s amazing! There is definitely some jasmine happening here and it’s all swirly with the strawberry sherbet.
Dry on skin: Gah, I can’t get enough…it’s intoxicating. The florals are the stars for sure but they are so darn succulent with the sugary notes of the pistachio ice cream and strawberry sherbet.
Verdict: Ok, here’s the deal….I don’t like florals. Especially white florals. I have fallen for this blend. It’s just so sexy and lush and absolutely tropical. Amazing. This should be your signature summer scent.
Strawberries Crave Waterfalls: Rain, woodland strawberries, fresh water, petitgrain, osmanthus, clover, and smooth amber.
In bottle: Fresh and springy.
Wet on skin: It’s warm and fresh right at first, then it brightens up with the rain and fresh water.
Dry on skin: Very aquatic with some lovely florals and greens floating around with just a touch of the velvety osmanthus and wild strawberries.
Verdict: If you like fresh and aquatics, then you’ll love this! The aquatics and floras are so well blended. Refreshing, clean and luminescent.