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The Battle of Arcana Aquatics: Lammas and Sea Witch

Spring is finally here and with it the wish to wear lighter, fresher perfumes. Aside from stellar gourmand perfumes, Arcana is also known for its aquatic note. Julia, Arcana’s owner, has created a number of perfumes related to water and I’ve taken a liking to them. You can read my review of Nereids here but now it’s time to plunge into a lively river before being washed away into the sea…

Arcana Lammas vs Sea Witch

Lammas was created for The Crone’s Crate that’s curated by Nui Cobalt Designs. This is a witchy subscription box that follows Wheel of the Year and each box celebrates a different Sabbat. Lammas was celebrated in late July/early August, which is when Lammas the perfume was introduced. Once the stocks ran out, the perfume wasn’t available for purchase anymore.

Sea Witch is part of the Halloween 2017 collection that was inspired by nature and featured all sorts of witches (Cottage Witch, Forest Witch, Garden Witch, Hedge Witch, Nocturnal Witch and Sea Witch). This concept is very interesting and I hope Julia revisits it and perhaps expands it, too.

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The Battle of the BPAL Zoryas: Zorya Utrennyaya, Zorya Vechernyaya and Zorya Polunochnaya

Today, I’m back to reviewing some perfumes! It’s time to review some – now slightly old already – offerings from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – the three Zoryas from the American Gods Collection. I won’t get into much detail about the collection because I already mentioned it in my review of Eostre of the Dawn, so let’s plunge straight into the battle!

The Battle of the BPAL Zoryas

Zorya Utrennyaya, Zorya Vechernyaya and Zorya Polunochnaya are three sisters – goddesses from Slavic mythology, as described in Neil Gaiman’s book American Gods. Curiously, only the first two appear in Slavic myths, whereas Zorya Polunochnaya was supposedly created by Gaiman for his novel.

Zorya Utrennyaya represents the Morning Star, Zorya Vechernyaya is the Evening Star and Zorya Polunochnaya is the Midnight Star, so you can guess that each Zorya has her own character and a perfume corresponding to it.

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Oriflame Frosted Berry Cake Bubble Bath

Sometimes, all you need after a long day is a fragrant bubble bath to relax. Winter months were pretty stressful so I often needed a nice, long bath to take the edge off. A colleague gave me an Oriflame bubble bath that I was more than happy to use. I suppose this was a limited-edition type of product so it might not be available at the time you’re reading this.

Oriflame Frosted Berry Cake Bubble Bath

Bring the cosy Christmas feeling into your bathtub as you relax with the wonderfully foamy and indulgent fruity-gourmand scented Frosted Berry Cake Bubble Bath. Soap-free, pH-balanced formula cleanses without drying out your skin.

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Nelipot Mladizhen and Shverkaj

I’m always on the lookout for natural beauty and personal hygiene products. For example, I don’t believe that toothpaste formulas (any formulas, really) need to contain sodium lauryl sulfate in order to clean our teeth thoroughly. I don’t deny that “lab-made” ingredients provide some safety that essential oils can’t but if I have a choice, I’ll choose a more natural product. When natural personal hygiene meets small business like Nelipot, I prickle my ears.

Nelipot is a Slovenian brand that came into focus with their deodorant Nelipot Basic. A crucial element in their initial country-wide success seems to be due to the owners’ appearance in the television show called Štartaj, Slovenija! on the Pop TV channel, some time in 2015 or 2016. Fast-forward to the present, Nelipot products are sold at Spar and on Nelipot’s own website.

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At the BBMU conference, I met the brand owners and had a lovely chat with them. As with (other) indie brands, I appreciate their end consumer-oriented business and the fact that they started making products for themselves first, before making them available to a wider audience.

The two products they gave me are a sample of their Mladizhen deodorant and the Shverkaj tooth powder.

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Arcana Fille de Joie

Arcana is known for its peach scents and Fille de Joie is probably the most loved and coveted of the bunch. In my experience, it’s sold out as soon as it hits the shelves (I will forever be grateful to the Pretty Indulgent owner for making the buying process easier for me). Now, is the hype justified?

Arcana Fille de Joie 

Delicate lavender marshmallows and yellow peaches cured in a vanilla absolute bottle.

Arcana Fille de Joie

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Project Pan 2018: Mindfully Using Products Up

To be completely honest, I’m not the biggest fan of new-in posts or empties posts. They either look unappealing photography-wise (empty products aren’t really elegant, are they?) or they can come across as vain. However, in light of manic consumerism and the feeling that you need to have at least three (five, ten?) pro-level eyeshadow palettes to create a decent look, it’s high time we get ourselves together and work on using our products up instead of mindlessly buying them.

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I’m not pretending this post is going to change people’s ways – projects like this one have existed for quite a few years now – but I’m going to use it as a reminder to work with what I have on hand and learn a few things along the way. I will try to mindfully use products; noting what using them makes me feel like, what I like or dislike about them, and whether they’re just fine or actually good items. If anyone wants to join me on my journey, you’re more than welcome to. As always, you can leave a comment and share your thoughts on this subject. You can expect project pan updates every month or so but you can also follow my Facebook page for more frequent updates. Tag along and share your progress with me!

Pan Project 2018: What I Will Be Using Up

I’ve lined up 12 products that I will attempt to use up completely in 2018. Some will be quite easy to finish because they’re samples or nearly empty anyway. When a product gets used up I’ll replace it with another product to keep going until December. Wish me luck! 🙂

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