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Arcana Stars + Flowers Reviews

Hotties!  Here they are, reviews of the Stars + Flowers collection.

Arcana Stars + Flowers
Arcana Stars + Flowers

Adhara: The maidens. Vanilla cream, tangerine, clementine, Nagami peel, black coconut, and a touch of sweet violet.

In bottle: Bright citrus!

Wet on skin: The vanilla cream blended with the tangerine and clementine are so pretty together.  The sweet violet is soft and cheeky in the background.

Dry on skin: The vanilla is definitely foody and creamy and with the citrus notes it’s quite creamsickle-y but the dark coconut and violet are the perfect balance to the bright gourmands.

Verdict: Bright, effervescent and bubbly.  If you love citrus and vanilla, you’ll love this!

Bellatrix: The lady warrior. Sweet, jammy fir absolute with 3 honeys, honeysuckle, tiny strawberries, and blood orange.

In bottle: Fresh honeysuckle.

Wet on skin: Fresh pine needles and honeysuckle…it’s kind of a genius combination.

Dry on skin:  The honeysuckle really warms up and as the fir mellows.  The strawberries are fresh and very precious with a generous drizzle of honey.

Verdict:  The honey is pretty soft in this blend and it’s all honeysuckle on me.
Betelgeuse: Orion’s hand. Atlas cedarwood and blood cedar with smoldering oudh, osmanthus, brown musk, bacon, and vetiver.

In bottle: Smoke and all smoke!

Wet on skin: This a a serious oil.  Heavy, smokey and musky.

Dry on skin: I can’t really distinguish the notes in this, but it’s all incense, smoke, wood and musk with a healthy dose of vetiver.

Verdict: Don’t worry, you won’t smell like bacon!  But if you’re into the heavy, smokey and incense blends then you most certainly need this.

Electra: The lost Pleiad. Pink carnation petal ice cream, Mexican bakery vanilla, eggnog, sweet cinnamon, and nutmeg.

In bottle: Frothy pink.

Wet on skin: Mmm, carnation and eggnog are swirled together, tasty and creamy   Plop a scoop of cinnamon ice cream on top and it’s spicy, sweet and lush.

Dry on skin: The spiciness of the carnation really ramps up and it’s a great balance with the sweet notes.

Verdict: This is so pretty.  Carnation is one of my favorite flowers and if you’re a carnation lover then you should pick this up.

Miaplacidus: Gentle waters. Sea air, spring water, cucumber, juniper, hyacinth, lavender, China musk, and 1 drop of hyssop.

In bottle: Fresh aquatic.

Wet on skin: The juniper is right up front, with a splash of very soft cucumber water.  The hyacinth and hyssop petals are gently swirling around with a fresh spritz of spring air.

Dry on skin: Bright hyacinth and salty sea are lovely with light cucumber and exotic musk.   Lavender and juniper are perfect to balance this out.

Verdict: A fresh, aquatic blend with an sophisticated twist of heady florals.

Mira: The amazing. Tiare blossoms dipped in milk chocolate with coconut, sugared rum, French cocoa absolute, marshmallows, and white chocolate.

In bottle: Sugary chocolate accord – dark in color.

Wet on skin: Rich milk chocolate and coconut drizzled in rum marshmallows.

Dry on skin: The white chocolate and marshmallows are rich and luscious.  The tiare blooms and scent swirls around with the sugared rum and cocoas.

Verdict: A rich gourmand dream with an unexpected white floral that is perfection.

Sirius: The brilliant. Bright white grapefruit, golden amber, linden flowers, tart red currant, cassis, and pomegranate.

In bottle: Bright citrus.

Wet on skin: Oh man, this is ALL bright citrus – right up in your face, bracing and proud.

Dry on skin:  The citrus and cassis are stuck in a swirly embrace of juicy, bright cloudiness, with a flash of linden flower and a healthy dose of pomegranate.

Verdict: A lively and energetic blend, this would be perfect for those hot summer days.