Hello there! You’ve probably noticed already that I’m quite the fan of Arcana Craves, the more fun and playful spin of Arcana Wilcraft. I bought three of these scents, while the fourth one was a gift with purchase. They’re available here for about $18 USD each.
Without further ado, let’s go to the reviews!
Apples Crave Vanilla
Wild apples and green apples with delicate vanilla, sensual musk, and white amber.
Wet on skin, this perfume opens with a tart, full scent of wild and green apples. It’s not pastry-sweet and yet this scent makes me drool and crave a slice of an apple. The vanilla is there like a smooth, gentle veil, while the musk and amber cut through the sweetness.
As time goes on, the play of apple-sweet and sour becomes more apparent but it’s neither distracting nor cloying. The white amber gains more strength, too, showcasing its slightly boozy undertones. In fact, it makes me think of apple compote that I absolutely love, as well as a sadly discontinued niche perfume by Le Couvent des Minimes.
In my opinion, this is a lovely spring and summer scent for everyone that like their fruit fresh but on the sweet side. Apples Crave Vanilla is a lot different from your autumn apple scents that feature notes like soil and oakmoss, but I can see lovers of darker, damper scents enjoying this one as well. However, as this Arcana Craves’ perfume dries down, it does become slightly darker due to the spicy amber. Apples Crave Vanilla is truly a treat!
Arcana Apple Craves Vanilla is available here for $18 USD.
Strawberries Crave Incense
Burning frankincense and myrrh, rich red musk, and fraises des bois.
By now you probably know that the combination of myrrh and frankincense often ends up smelling like burnt plastic on my skin. I don’t know why that happens but, luckily, Strawberries Crave Incense stays clear of that path. The resinous blend of both notes is bright and deep at the same time, while the red musks give it a cherry-like quality. My SO says this perfume is nose-tickling. 🙂
Paired with the strawberries, this is a surprisingly fruity perfume that’s definitely not girly or tweeny. At the same time, it’s not so dark despite the frankincense, so I can imagine an adult wearing it no problem.
Arcana Strawberries Crave Incense is available here for $18 USD.
Strawberries Crave Rococo
Tiny strawberries with Madagascar vanilla, Tahitian vanilla, apricot, white musk, and skin musk.
Now this is a true gourmand scent in my opinion. Strawberries Crave Rococo smells like smooth strawberry & vanilla ice cream. The strawberries are very sweet, indeed, but quite unlike hard sweets. Imagine dusting them with confectioner’s sugar – that’s what this fragrance accord smells like, at least to me.
There’s also certain creamy smoothness to the blend that’s probably the result of the musks blending with the apricot. I’m happy to say the white musk doesn’t turn to soap at all on my skin. The musks and the vanilla remain on my skin well after I’ve applied the blend.
The throw is not that great (except for right after the application) but I like it this way, to be honest. After all, foody perfumes can be overpowering even when they’re applied sparingly. All in all, Strawberries Crave Rococo is a lovely gourmand scent that I wear with pleasure, especially on weekends.
Arcana Strawberries Crave Rococo is available here for $18 USD.
Vanilla Craves Terror
Creamy vanilla with Arcana’s Holy Terror (burning frankincense, sandalwood, deep myrrh, and dusty beeswax candles).
If I had to describe this scent with just a few words, I’d say it’s sweet but kind of sinister underneath. Vanilla Craves Terror opens with a semi-foody vanilla dressed in a veil of fragrant frankincense. Semi-foody? Yeah. It doesn’t make me salivate but it’s not as dry as Haint or BPAL’s Zorya Polunochnaya, for example. Instead, it has a smooth, creamy aspect thanks to the beeswax, which doesn’t turn dusty or weird once it unfolds on the skin.
The classic combination of myrrh and sandalwood adds a hint of freshness to complement the smooth vanillic beeswax. While these are the last two notes to come to the fore, they’re also the first to disappear. What I’m left with after more than 12 hours after application, is the vanilla with a very slight buttery aroma to it.
Arcana’s Vanilla Craves Terror doesn’t have a huge throw, it stays snuggly close to your skin throughout its wear time. I prefer to wear it in winter but it works fine on cold summer days as well. Also, because it’s not too sweet it shouldn’t bother people around you.
Arcana Vanilla Craves Terror can be found here. It’s currently out of stock but it should be back at some point, considering it’s quite a popular scent.
What are your favourites out of this batch?