Monthly Archives: January 2016

Arcana The Prynne Collection Reviews – Valentine ’16

Hotties!  You are going to love this new Arcana collection.  Available in limited release at The Rhinestone Housewife, Valentine’s Day has never been more bawdy, sexy or fun!   This is a soft release  with a limited number of bottles, but don’t worry!  More will be made available by pre-sale.  Don’t worry, they will be worth the wait.

The Prynne Collection

It hath evermore been the notorious badge of prostituted Strumpets and the lewdest Harlots, to ramble abroad to Plays, to Playhouses; whither no honest, chaste or sober Girls or Women, but only branded Whores and infamous Adulteresses, did usually resort in ancient times.  –William Prynne, Militant Puritan

That girl, she holds her head up so high! –Bikini Kill
Bawd:  Bright red cherry, brassy tobacco, Anjou pear, and white amber.

In bottle – Cherry cough drop!

Wet on skin – The cherry is upfront followed closely by the succulent pear and they are delicious!

Dry on skin – The cherry has settled nicely into the background and the tobacco has arrived, mingling with the pear it’s gorgeous!   The white amber is the perfect, soft finisher.

Verdict – I don’t think it’s going to be a huge to anyone that I love this.  Cherry and I have had a long and successful relationship together.   I never thought to combine cherry and pear but this is amazing.    The cherry won’t be too ‘cherry’ for those that might not love it.  It’s rich and surprisingly subtle with the complimenting notes.  If this were a woman, it would be a sassy, smart and foul mouthed redhead.  Sound familiar?



Demimondaine:  Sugary milk, Venezuelan coffee CO2 extract, espresso, and rich gateau.

In bottle – Mmmm….espresso.

Wet on skin – Oh sweet glorious espresso, swirling with the warm coffee CO2 extract.

Dry on skin – On the dry down, this blend oozes with the sugary milk and finishes gloriously with the gatues (rich cake).

Verdict – Another hit for me.  Coffee is my kryptonite, I live in Seattle after all.  This is so much more that just a straight up coffee blend.  It’s warm, rich, thick and oh so, so satisfying.  Do you love great coffee?  Then you will LOVE this.  This would be a tall, glorious chocolate eyed beauty.



Harlot:  Three bittersweet chocolates, French cocoa absolute, and caramelized vanilla bean.

In bottle – Rich chocolaty goodness.

Wet on skin – The bittersweet chocolates are the first note, right up in your face with the caramelized vanilla bean giving it a great big hug.

Dry on skin – This has settled into a rich cocoa-y vanilla cloud of yum.

Verdict – A beautiful chocolate perfume that’s not foodie or too precious in any way.  It’s grown up, rich and very adult.  And sexy.  So very sexy.   This woman would love expensive shoes, dark chocolate and would be fluent in four languages.



Jezebel:  Tiare, gardenia, jasmine, tuberose, and stephanotis are suffused with white musk, pearl musk, and citron.

In bottle – Soft white florals.

Wet on skin – This all floral right up front with a soft musk chaser.

Dry on skin – The gardenia is soft and succulent with the tuberose wafting delicately around it.   The jasmine is quite soft and subtle here and it’s all blooming beautifully with the musks and just a whiff of citron.

Verdict – Do you love soft and feminine florals with a pearly white musk?  Then you will absolutely love this.  It’s pretty without being precious or girly.   This woman would be accomplished at setting the perfect table and would also stay up for days at a time writing erotic poetry.


Odalisque:  Thick vanilla syrup, golden musk, black musk, kyphi, and spikenard.

In bottle – Soft rooty musk.

Wet on skin – The kyphi is boldly dancing with the black musk spikenard.

Dry on skin –  This blend really blooms with dry down as the syrup and golden musk warm up and soften this blend.

Verdict – The scent reminds me of a dark and mysterious woman.  She’s beautiful and an enigma and possibly quite dangerous.  But you’re still fascinated by her.



Qedesha:  Neroli petals dripping with honey, bee nectar, warm musk, and pearl musk.

In bottle – Soft neroli musk.

Wet on skin – The neroli is all up in your face, and you can’t help but love it.  The musks are just starting to peek out at dry down.

Dry on skin – Honey, neroli, and musks are all rolling around in lovely, lovely be nectar.

Verdict – It’s warm. It’s rich.  It’s golden.  Do you love honey?  Then you’ll love this glorious scent.  This woman would be lush and have a dirty sense of humor with a devilish grin.



Strumpet:  Plush, rich vanilla, tart cassis, brown sugar, and green cognac absolute.

In bottle – Tart cassis.

Wet on skin – The brown sugar is so sexy and warm and it’s followed closely by the plush vanilla.

Dry on skin – The green cognac absolute is giving this an almost fruity vibe, but not cloying.  It’s almost magical with the plush vanilla and dark sugar.

Verdict – So very succulent, and sweet but rich and deep at the same time.   This woman would enjoy her liquor and laugh in a husky fashion.



Tart:  Sweet lemon cakes, fluffy coconut frosting, and a dash of bergamot.

In bottle – Tart frosting!

Wet on skin – Yum………sweet lemon and coconutty  frosting.

Dry on skin –  The bergamot really blossoms on dry down and it’s the perfect compliment to confectionary goodness of the sweet lemon and coconut.

Verdict – This is lovely and would be so, so delightful on a sultry summer night.   If you like lemon, coconut and a bright burst of bergamot then you’ll love this.  This lady would be bubbly and blond and have an infectious bright laugh with a wild party streak.



Trollop:  Vintage patchouli, resinous amber, boozy apple rum, and vodka.

In bottle – It smells like apple jack!

Wet on skin – The amber and patchouli are ready to party!  Pretty soon, the apple booze shows up.

Dry on skin – The apple rum is amazing and it’s luxurious and so yummy.   It’s absolutely perfect with the patchouli and amber and the light shot of vodka is a perfect, grounding note.

Verdict – Oh, this is good and so right up my alley.   If you’re into patchouli and apple then grab this while you can!    This lady would know how to throw a party, with expensive booze, beatnik music and a LOT of cool friends.



Arcana Yule 2015 – The Rhinestone Housewife

Hello hotties!   I hope you all had a great holiday season, no matter how you celebrate it!  I know this post is rather later but oh well, you can only do so much in a day, right?

Arcana released some really gorgeous perfume oils for the Yule season and while Yule is over, winter certainly isn’t at The Rhinestone Housewife!   Several scent are sold out but there is plenty left in the shop and there’s sure to be something for everyone.

In Norse mythology, the sky was made from the giant Ymir’s skull and held up by Nordri, Sudri, Austri, and Vestri.

Austri – Peach, creme brulee, rain on green leaves, caramelized milk, clover, bergamot, China musk, and basil.

Nordri – White amber, almond, coconut, vanilla, pearl musk, and French cognac absolute.

Sudri – Sheer rose over sparkling grapefruit, yuzu, champagne, nectarine, blood orange, and a faint fougere.

Vestri – Cedar, snow, hay, dragonsblood resin, citron, patchouli, and 1 drop of earth.


Thundersnow! – Black amber, dark caramel, swirling snow, sugary frosting, white cake, and cognac.


Frost Quake – A fresh blend of juniper, rosemary, light woods, cardamom, bayberry, elemi, and Siberian fir needle.

Frost Quake
Frost Quake

Vanilla Craves Bread – Vanilla bean, soft brown bread, a drizzle of honey, and a hint of bakery yeast.

Vanilla Craves Bread
Vanilla Craves Bread

Santa’s Minions: Insolence – Some young merrymakers really walk a tightrope with Santa. Sticky marshmallow, cocoa, sweet cream, cardamom, lavender, and a tiny lump of coal.

Santa's Minions: Insolence
Santa’s Minions: Insolence

And we’ve also got some returning favorites:

The Ulda – The elusive fairy folk of the Nordic Sapmi region are said to live underneath the Earth and travel in reindeer-drawn sleighs tinkling with silver bells. With white almond, resinous Baltic amber, crisp bayberry, warm cardamom, and pink pepper.

Tinderbox – The essence of a baroque case filled with tempered firesteel, flint, and linen charcloth: resinous black amber, woodsmoke, sweet mallow root, frankincense, cubeb, and sandalwood.

Winter Malaise – Sigh. A carb-laden base of syrupy sweet mango and thick, rich vanilla is prodded with cinnamon, clove, black anise, and iron-distilled patchouli. Perfect for that date with your light box.

Winter Mirth – The scent of favorite scarves, gleeful snow days, and a lighthearted whirl of holiday parties: green coconut, baked pumpkin, nutmeg, red patchouli, and brightest lemongrass.