When we wished each other a happy new year nearly 12 months ago, I bet that no one had this in mind. What a weird, depressing year has it been. The world seems to be falling apart and there are few things that still shine like stars in the darkness. But persevere we must and hopefully 2021 has nicer moments in store for us.
As Julia of Arcana says, the Daydream collection encapsulates the experiences and places we’ve been daydreaming about during lockdown. When the collection was released I could spend time out and about, seeing that it was summer and there were nearly no restrictions in place (at least not here in Slovenia). Predictably, the fun didn’t last long and now we’re in lockdown 2.0 with no end in sight. So this collection from Arcana Craves is like a godsend. It helps me relax, cheer up, think of the lovely times past and pleasant moments ahead.
For the sake of transparency, these were sent as a PR gift from Arcana Craves. I asked not to be sent the Honey perfumes because they usually don’t work well with my skin. I bought Honey Craves Paradise with my own money, though.
If you’re reading these lines, chances are you already know about Arcana Wildcraft. Arcana Craves is a more playful sister brand of the OG Arcana. As they say, “[Arcana Craves] take[s] different versions of single notes and blend them with our creative inspiration.” Fun and eclectic, the resulting blends are often fruity and/or foody, but some go beyond that into unusual territories (Vanilla Craves Terror [review upcoming], anyone?).
This post is a collection of Arcana Craves scents that I’ve tried over the past four years. I asked the brand owner whether any of the perfumes had been reformulated. She explained that the formulas remained as they were during their previous run.
All these perfumes were purchased by me in the last four years. Some of them I have already used up, and some others I have destashed because they weren’t my thing. When I was writing these Arcana Craves reviews, I didn’t intend to publish them online because most of them were discontinued anyway. Now, however, they’re slowly coming back, and so are my reviews, slightly edited.
I hope they make your choice easier. Stay tuned for more posts as I have some more brewing on my computer. 😉
Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab released the Entertaining the Heian Court Maiden perfume oil in their 2017 Lupercalia: Novel Ideas for Secret Amusements limited-edition collection. This one is dedicated to the historic Japanese erotic art and so, the labels feature explicit NSFW illustrations. You have been warned.
Have you ever heard of destash? This term means selling your existing stash (of cosmetic products, yarn, you name it) in order to buy new items. I’ve come across this word nowhere else but on Reddit (IMAM again) and decided to buy some perfume oil samples to test them out before committing to a full size.