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Solstice Scents Review: General and Spring Collections

Thanks to the Australian retailer Femme Fatale, I had already tried a couple of Solstice Scents perfumes* when I decided to place my very first order with Solstice Scents. Boasting with an extensive library of olfactory delights, the brand sure doesn’t make the decision process easy. For my first order, I went with a couple of fan favourites, as well as some perfumes from the Spring Collection that appealed to me.

*Those perfumes were Foxcroft and Nightgown – let me know in the comments below if you want to read another Solstice Scents review!

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Don’t you just love the card the samples are attached to?

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NAVA: Vampire Chocolate Bat

Are you ready for Halloween? Yes, it’s only September but as I get older, I notice that time runs faster every year. I swear that I’ll blink with my eyes twice and it’ll be late October already. So, yes, it’s time to carve a pumpkin, take out your Halloween decorations and find a scary film to watch. The only thing that’s missing? A Halloween perfume.

In 2017, Nocturne Alchemy, or NAVA, released a perfume called Vampire Chocolate Bat. As part of a limited-edition collection, it was available for around $24 until 31 October before it disappeared. Who knows – perhaps it will return for this year’s Navalloween.

Nocturne Alchemy: Vampire Chocolate Bat

Vanilla bean fleck, Kobalt, Crystalline, Tahitian vanilla, French vanilla and a spot of vanilla-infused black patchouli, cacao, cocoa accord and dark chocolate truffle.

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Vampire Chocolate Bat on a skull scarf. The only appropriate setting. Okay, bats and/or vampires would be even better.
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Arcana Witches Draw Down the Moon

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

The Description

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.

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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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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.

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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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