Monday, November 30, 2015

Arcana Terrors

Disclaimer - all products purchased by me.

These were part of the Halloween collection that was released a while back. I was hearing a lot of hype and excitement over these scents so I took a risk and did a blind buy from The Rhinestone Housewife. And as a surprise freebie I received a free sample for an upcoming scent.

I believe some of these scents are reoccurring in the Arcana Halloween collection. I've seen reviews for Holy Terror and Pumpkins Crave Terror so those aren't new...I think Apples Crave Terror is new. And Vanilla Craves Terror will be in an upcoming collection (if I understand correctly) so it isn't available for purchase yet.

I didnt include my bottle of Pumpkins Crave Terror in the pic because I spilled some and the label looks yucky now.

I have a few more scents from the Halloween collection that I obtained from a decant circle and a few more from a destash that I'll eventually review, but I wanted to focus on the Terrors first since a few of these are my favorites.

Holy Terror - there are utterly somber and fearsome spirits which are known to haunt certain long-deserted chapels, monasteries and abbeys. An unsettling, austere blend of burning frankincense, sandalwood, deep myrrh and dusty beeswax candles. In the bottle this starts out really sharp and smoky, like burning wood. On the skin it begins to soften after an hour and starts to smell more like incense. It lasted around six hours on my wrist before I washed it off. I expected to like this since I love Apples Crave Terror and Pumpkins Crave Terror so much but sadly this one gets a pass. It's just not the type of scent I gravitate towards but maybe this will work better as a layering scent.

Apples Crave Terror - Holy Terror, ice-cold apples and an extra shot of smoky frankincense.  In the bottle I mostly smell cold apples with warm smoke and woods in the background. It smells like what I imagine a smoked apple would smell like. On the skin it initially smells the same but as the apples fade (and they fade within ten minutes or so) the wood and smoke take center stage. Eventually everything turns into a soft incense type of scent. I wish the apples hung around longer because they blend so well with Holy Terror. I got around six hours of wear time and I'm sure it would be longer if I didn't give in to this uncontrollable urge to slather this on day and night.  I love this one and will definitely repurchase.

Pumpkins Crave Terror - Holy Terror with glowing pumpkin and a small dash of pie spices. Oh man, I don't know where to begin with this. It smells like the most delicious pumpkin bread straight out of the oven. But adding the Terror makes this pumpkin bread smell slightly burned around the edges.  On the skin I initialy smell spices and pumpkin, no trace of Holy Terror. The spices amp for a while but eventually fade so I'm left with this warm creamy pumpkin scent.  This one lasted around four hours before it disappeared. I just love this one. Finally a pumpkin scent that actually smells like pumpkin.

Vanilla Craves Terror - this was a free sample included in my order from The Rhinestone Housewife. I don't have a description but it sounds pretty straightforward. On cold sniff Holy Terror and the creamy vanilla are competing to be the dominant note, and they combine to smell a bit like black pepper. On the skin it starts out smelling like...cinnamon? Why am I smelling spices? Like a creamy vanilla with cinnamon. As it dries down it becomes all vanilla with a touch of incense. It stays close to the skin and lasted around six hours before I washed it off.

Final thoughts - Apples Crave Terror and Pumpkins Crave Terrors are the ones I will definitely repurchase and I can see myself going through entire bottles of this stuff. Holy Terror might work better as a layering scent so I'll be testing that out. And Vanilla Craves Terror is nice but gets a pass from me. I believe these are all in stock at Arcana's Ebay store aside from VCT since that has not been released yet.

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