Once upon a time, I fell in love with the perfume called Two Finger Ballet by Arcana. I quickly turned to my usual indie haunts like Reddit and, surprisingly, Facebook only to find yet another perfume described as Two Finger Ballet… but with maple creme. I knew I had to get it.
Arcana Witches Draw Down the Moon review
Infused vanilla oleoresin with sweet maple creme, maple sugar, dry Madagascan vanilla, and moon-white marshmallow.
Witches Draw Down the Moon was part of Arcana’s Halloween 2016 collection. It’s not available for purchase at the moment but I’m hoping it will return at some point in the future.
As I first smell the perfume, I get an instant whiff of a dry vanilla that’s drenched in maple syrup. I can see why people compare it to Two Finger Ballet. As the perfume hits the skin, the maple creme comes in full bloom, getting all the attention, along with brown sugar. The marshmallow supports it with its warm and creamy but light notes. It adds just enough sweetness to remove any doubt about this being a gourmet perfume, and yet it avoids going into the literal foody territory. Perhaps this is just me being extremely European – maple syrup isn’t hugely popular here so any pancake association pretty much flew past me. Can an American or Canadian share their thoughts on this?
Later on, when the perfume oil has had the chance to dry down, Witches Draw Down the Moon becomes very similar to Two Finger Ballet. You could saw WDDTM is TFB’s sister. The maple stays in the foreground, supported by the sugar and dry vanilla. It’s not as good as Two Finger Ballet but it’s definitely a pleasant perfume.
This is a perfect autumn/winter perfume for anyone who likes a sweet gourmet scent with oodles of vanilla and a generous serving of maple syrup. It’s too hot to wear it now but I’ll revisit it in October.