Arcana Pirouette
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Arcana: Pirouette

If you follow me on other social media (namely the subreddit r/indiemakeupandmore), you have probably seen me gush about Arcana’s Two Finger Ballet. This is still one of my favourite perfumes of all time but in October, Arcana Wildcraft released a new autumn collection focused on marshmallows and “and the fights they get into”. A very special scent was also included in this collection – Pirouette. It’s described as “a graceful union of two of Arcana’s most beloved scents”, Two Finger Ballet and Twirling the Pearl. I’ve never tried Twirling the Pearl but I like Arcana’s lavender note and with TFB added to the mix, I knew I couldn’t pass on this scent.

The Description

Two Finger Ballet and Twirling the Pearl perform a pas de deux over a base of deep labdanum, satiny sandalwood, and an extra twirl of sugary French lavender absolute. Dedicated to Autumn of Opalimne Designs who came up with the genius idea and drew the beautiful label art.

You can buy Arcana Pirouette in various online stores: Arcana Wildcraft store on eBay (currently not available), Nui Cobalt Designs for $20 USD and Femme Fatale Cosmetics for $21.60 AUD.

Arcana Pirouette

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Nocturne Alchemy NAVA vanillas
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NAVA: Vanillas Round #1

When it comes to perfume reviews, Crazy Perfume Lady is someone I look up to. Why? Her knowledge is extensive and her vocabulary is simply much wider than mine, but I try and do my best to relay my own thoughts about perfume. Her comment on r/indiemakeupandmore about different NAVA vanillas sparked my interest and I knew that one day I’ll try at least some of those fabled fragrances. So, here’s my first post about Nocturne Alchemy Vanillas.

Nocturne Alchemy NAVA vanillas

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black phoenix alchemy lab bpal eostre of the dawn header
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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Eostre of the Dawn

In American Gods (Neil Gaiman, 2001), Eostre appears as the Germanic goddess of the dawn. After the show American Gods aired in April 2017, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab released a collection of perfumes inspired by Gaiman’s novel. One of these perfumes is called Eostre of the Dawn.

“Old English Ēostre continues into modern English as Easter and derives from Proto-Germanic *Austrǭ, itself a descendant of the Proto-Indo-European root *h₂ews-, meaning ‘to shine’ (modern English east also derives from this root).” –Wikipedia

Find Eostre of the Dawn on the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab website; $26.

The Description

Jasmine and honeysuckle, sweet milk and female skin.

black phoenix alchemy lab bpal eostre of the dawn perfume

How creamy does it smell? Get cosy and read on.

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Arcana Two Finger Ballet perfume
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Arcana: Two Finger Ballet

Two Finger Ballet by Arcana is a perfume that quickly gets under your skin. It’s your favourite dessert, so sweet it’s sticky but so enveloping that it never truly leaves you. Are you interested in what this delicately raunchy-named perfume has to offer? If so, read on.

The Description

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

Two Finger Ballet can be purchased at Femme Fatale for $21.60 AUD, and the Arcana Wildcraft store on eBay (currently closed).

Arcana Two Finger Ballet perfume

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: La Vague

La Vague. The Wave. A painting by Georges Clairin that inspired Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab when creating a scent of the Salon: Traveling Exhibit collection, exclusive to Pretty Indulgent.

This August has been the hottest month of 2017 and it made me steer towards lighter, fresher scents. La Vague is on the fruity side of the fresh category, something that promises an elegant floral sweetness and gives you a lively kick out of an otherwise dull, extremely hot afternoon.

The Description

White peach, lily of the valley, jasmine, rose, iris, osmanthus, tangerine, white wine grape, and cream accord.

BPAL Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab La Vague

Find La Vague on Pretty Indulgent; $30 CAD.

Does it remind me of a wave? Grab a cup of fruity iced tea and read on.

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Arcana Nereids perfume oil
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Arcana: Nereids

For a scent that was released for Halloween in 2015, Arcana’s Nereids isn’t what you’d typically associate with possibly the most commercialized holiday in the world. A bright, fresh perfume is far from spooky, candied cobwebs of All Hallows’ Eve but is definitely a lovely scent to wear in the summertime.

The Description

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

Find Nereids on Pretty Indulgent; $25 CAD.

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