Arcana Hallowe’en Reviews – Sunken Lyonesse, Terrors, Ravenous II

Oh, I know you guys have been waiting for this!   The Arcana Hallowe’en collection is always highly anticipated so without further ado, here it is!

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Isolde:  White chocolate, pale almond milk, delicate vanilla, cream, and a touch of sheer musk.

In bottle:  Delicate cream.

Wet on skin:  The almond milk is the first note to appear with vanilla very lightly following behind.

Dry on skin:  The creams really come to life here and the white chocolate lends a nice hands in blending the soft vanilla and musk.

Verdict:  This is a soft, feminine and comforting scent.

Tristan:  Sandalwood, caramel, animalic musk, sweet tree roots, and a hint of Cornish violets.

In bottle: Sandalwood and musk.

Wet on skin:  Mmmmm, sexy musk and woods are right up front and knocking at the door.

Dry on skin:  The caramel is rich a sexy and super gorgeous with the woods and very faintest hint of violet.  The musk keeps this from being too sweet or cloying.

Verdict:  Gorgeous, rich and sexy.  Even with the violets, this would be equally amazing on a boy or girl.

Unearthly Lovely:  Dusty honey, bee pollen, and vanilla bean.

In bottle:  Soft vanilla.

Wet on skin:  Very light and ethereal honey at first with the vanilla bean just peeking in the door.

Dry on skin:  This is all honey, but not dirty honey…it’s soft and slightly dusty with a nice, rich vanilla chaser.

Verdict:  This would be great for people who typically can’t wear a more swarthy honey. It’s very soft and pretty and would be completely office or work appropriate.

Marble Flowers:  Opulent tuberose petals, neroli, sheer bergamot, white amber, pearl musk, and white cognac absolute.

In bottle:  Bergamot and neroli.

Wet on skin:  Bergamot and tuberose are the stars here at first…it’s bright and bracing and fresh.

Dry on skin:  As this dries down the white amber and pearl musk soften up the bergamot and floral.   The white cognac absolute is the perfect, grounding note here….it’s just the right compliment for the brighter notes.

Verdict:  A beautiful, rich floral and should appeal to those that might not typically enjoy florals.   I believe this will age beautifully.

 

Nereids:  Shimmering water, sweet apples, Tiare, rain, pink jasmine, green musk, and wildflowers.

In bottle:  Aquatic apples.

Wet on skin:  The apples and tiara are both floating around in the sparkly water….like if you went to a party and they were bobbing for apples and someone had the brilliant idea of adding flowers to the water.

Dry on skin:  The rain and green musk descend on this blend and saturate the apples and florals.  The jasmine is just pink and sweet enough and the wildflowers are a nice addition.

Verdict:  The lovely, fresh and alluring aquatic floral.   I want to wear this while dancing in an impromptu rainstorm.

 

The Sullen Courts of Sleep:  A tenebrous blend of amber resin, coconut milk, skin musk, and French cognac.

In bottle:  Soft coconut.

Wet on skin:  Ugh, the French cognac is gorgeous and creamy….lush.   The coconut milk and skin musk are succulent and rich.

Dry on skin:  As this dies down the amber resin is the perfect compliment to the lush and creamy coconut and cognac.  It’s warm, rich and very, very heavenly and not in a foodie way.

Verdict:  This is the surprise hit of the collection for me.   It’s so lovely and everyone should buy it!

 

Sabbath Eve:  Crisp, dead leaves, evening woodsmoke, dark amber, and smoking church incense.

In bottle:  Dead leaves and incense.

Wet on skin:  Smokey goodness and incense.  The dark amber just starts to appear on the front edge of this drying down.

Dry on skin:  The incense really amps up as this dries down with the woodsmoke swirling around.  The amber and leaves add a nice earthy vibe.

Verdict:  Do you love resinous, smokey and churchy blends?   Then this one is for you!   This would be equally magnificent on a boy or a girl.

 

The Kraken:  There’s a Kraken in the Celtic Sea? Of course! There’s a Kraken in every sea. Gorgeous smoked vanilla, black vanilla, saltwater, China musk, and black musk.

In bottle:  Saltwater and musks.

Wet on skin:  The smoked vanilla is first to this party on the high seas with the black vanilla close behind.   The saltwater is just whirlpooling around behind the other notes….waiting to suck you down into the briny depths.

Dry on skin:  The black vanillas and the musks are the real stars here and the saltwater the is perfect complimentary note for this blend.

Verdict:  RELEASE THE KRAKEN!  (you knew that was coming, right?)   This is the aquatic for those that typically can’t wear aquatics.

 

And…

The Terrors

Apples Crave Terror:  Holy Terror (burning frankincense, sandalwood, deep myrrh, and dusty beeswax candles), ice-cold apples, and an extra shot of smoky frankincense.

In bottle: Earthy apples.

Wet on skin:  Smoky, chilly apples are here and they are proud!

Dry on skin:  As it’s dried down, the Terror slinks out of the shadows and becomes the star with the crisp apples a bright supporting player.

Verdict:  Do you like apples?  Do you like Holy Terror?   Then you’ll love this!

 

Peaches Crave Terror:  Yellow and white peaches with Holy Terror (burning frankincense, sandalwood, deep myrrh, and dusty beeswax candles).

In bottle:  Peachy resins.

Wet on skin:  There is a lovely peach medley happening here at first.    The Terror is still lurking about in the background waiting to descend and devour the juicy goodness.

Dry  on skin:  The resins and beeswax have really taken the stage and they are rich and dark and so very nice with the white and yellow peaches.

Verdict:  Do you love peaches and Holy Terror?  Don’t wait, this will go fast!

 

Pumpkins Crave Terror:  Holy Terror (burning frankincense, sandalwood, deep myrrh, and dusty beeswax candles) with glowing pumpkin and a small dash of pie spices.

In bottle:  Rich dark pumpkin spices.

Wet on skin:  Oooh, the pumpkin pie spices are lovely and rich and not at all craft storish and the Terror…..oh the Terror!

Dry on skin:  The pumpkin pie spices are sooooo good with Holy Terror.  It’s like a terrifying match made in Hallowe’en Town.

Verdict:  Well, you need this.

 

Strawberries Crave Terror:  Deep red strawberries and Holy Terror (burning frankincense, sandalwood, deep myrrh, and dusty beeswax candles).

In bottle:  Dark strawberries.

Wet on skin:  The strawberries and smokey and dark and really nice.

Dry on skin: As this dries down it’s a dark strawberry and the Terror is deep and juicy and utterly lush.

Verdict:  Do you like strawberries and Terror?  Try a Terrifyingly gorgeous strawberry!

And…

Ravenous II

Apples Crave Apples:  A special request from the ladies of Reddit IMAM! Notes of golden apple, green apple, Winesap, Fuji, fresh apple, baked apple, spiced apple, apple cider, and a hint of apple.

Verdict:  Apples, apples and more apples with a dash of apple cider.   An apple extravaganza if you will.

Apples Crave Cake (exclusive to The Rhinestone Housewife):  Fresh, crisp red apples blended with our Yellow Cake layering note.

Verdict:  Apples and the most perfect Yellow Cake layering note.   I want to eat my arm every time I wear this.

Apples Crave Red Musk:  Candy-red apples and lascivious red musk.

In bottle:  Crispy, fresh apples.

Wet on skin: This is all red apple right up front and it’s fresh a delicious!   The red musk is slinky and and really alluring.

Dry on skin:  Oh man….this is getting good!   It’s the most bright real, fresh apple scent that I have ever come across.   The red musk is the best party crasher ever.  She’s vibrant, salacious and so tasty.

Verdict: Well, I knew I was going to love this because this was one of my suggestions to Julia for Apples Crave.   I bought a ton of this so that no one has to go without it in their lives!

Apples Crave The Tropics:  Lots of green apple and sweet coconut flesh with sexy tuberose, Tahitian Tiare petals, and a drop of lime.

In bottle:  Soft green apple and lime.

Wet on skin:  The lime is soft and almost sugared smelling and it’s really petty with the green apple.  The Tahitian petals are soft and the perfect compliment to the greens of the lime and apple.

Dry on skin:   The Tahitian Tiare and tuberose are here and they are amazing!  The Tiare petals and sugared lime are the perfect duo and they are playing VERY nicely with the green apple and soft coconut.

Verdict:   A sweet, sexy and very wearable scent.  It’s sophisticated and very work appropriate.

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