Villainess is a brand that has sort of flown under my radar for a few years now. I've stumbled across some reviews that are several years old and I was always interested, but I kind of assumed they were no longer in business. Recently there have been a few Arcana - Villainess collaborations so I decided to check out the brand.
I grabbed two sugar scrubs and one body butter. My order shipped the following day, and I received two free samples - one soap sliver and also a full bar of soap which was a pleasant surprise. The shipping was a little steep (sorry I can't remember exactly how much since it's been a few weeks), but the full size sample helps make up for it.
Sucrose (sugar), vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, cetearyl alcohol and polysorbate 60, prunus avium (cherry) kernel oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, fragrance, tocopherol (vitamin E), cocos nucifera (coconut) meat, titanium dioxide, mica.
One of two sugar scrubs that Villainess makes (the other is called Smack!). I don't know the proper name for this type of product so I just call it an "oily" scrub. Emulsified, is that it? Basically, it will exfoliate and moisturize your skin. There are no foaming agents that will also cleanse your skin like soap, like The Bathing Garden's scrubs and Haus of Gloi's Bubbling scrub.
I ordered two of these in different scents, and the appearance between the two were very different. The Ghosting scrub had a thick layer of oil sitting on top of the sugar while the Apples Crave Porches scrub was stiff to the touch and there was no separation of sugar and oil. I also noticed that the ingredients were slightly different between the two. I listed the ingredients for Ghosting up above, and that is the scrub I tested out tonight. I noticed that there are no preservatives in either of these, and since I don't want to risk introducing any microbial growth, I set Apples aside until I'm ready to use it. It does cause me to worry about the shelf life though, but I guess time will tell.
I mixed the oil and sugar together and it now has a fluffy, squishy consistency like a pillow. Over the past week the oil has separated so I'll need to stir it up again eventually. I scooped out a pea-sized amount and rubbed it into the back of my hand. It's packed with small - medium sized sugar so it's pretty scrubby, and it transformed into a thick white cream like a lotion. Surprisingly, it rinsed away clean with no oily residue on my hands. My skin was lightly moisturized and although I used the Whipped! lotion afterwards, I didn't feel that I *needed* it.
I really like this product. An oily scrub will never be my first choice - I like having a foaming agent to clean my skin and I've tried scrubs that left my hands so greasy that I couldn't turn the doorknob to exit the bathroom. But I can get behind this product. My only concern is the lack of preservative and I can only hope this will be good to use next summer.
Aqua (water), mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, cetearyl alcohol and polysorbate 60, cyclomethicone and dimethiconol, prunus (cherry) kernel oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, behentrimonium methosulfate and cetearyl alcohol, stearic acid, glycerine, phenoxyethanol and caprylyl glycol, fragrance, hydrolyzed wheat protein and hydrolyzed wheat starch.
This one is the body butter. It's very light and fluffy in the jar, and the first thing that comes to mind is Alchemic Muse's Body Whip in terms of consistency and performance. It spreads easily over my skin for a good thirty seconds before sinking in with no heavy oily feeling left behind. It's very moisturizing though, light enough to be used in the summer but it can easily tame dragon skin during the winter. The scent lingers for 5-10 minutes so not very long, but I still have a perfume decant to layer it with.
Aaaand here's a quick scent review of two of the new Arcana Hallowe'en scents along with a Villainess scent that came with this order.
Here today and gone tomorrow. The refined, elegant essence of chilled champagne, sparkling mineral water, white coconut and soft, creamy gardenia petals.
This is one of the new Arcana scents in the Halloween collection. It smells like a fizzy citrus blend. Very bright and effervescent, like a lemon lime-flavored soda. There's a little bit of coconut meat that I smell, but I'm having a hard time picking it up. I have a perfume decant from Ajevie on the way so I'll come back to this scent once it arrives. I'm guessing the coconut and gardenia will play a larger role in that format. It's an odd scent for an autumn collection since it's so light and summery, but I love it so far.
Arcana Programmed This Way
The vivid, clangy aroma of a killer robot. Blood orange and apricot fused with shiny metal, motor oil, rubber and hot, grinding gears.
Mostly blood orange but I also smell a sharp metallic scent mixed in that helps accentuate the citrus note. I'm sure this smells a lot different and more complex in perfume format, but I only have the soap on hand.
A full-bodied spiced Merlot grounded in dry fig and inspired by a ripe bouquet of berries.
Smells like a blend of cranberries and earthy fig. Not too tart, not too sweet, but very smooth, rich and mellow. It's a nice unisex berry blend that works well in the colder months.
Final thoughts - I loved everything about this order: the scents, the products and speedy shipping. I can already tell that the Whipped! body butter will become one of my favorites since it works well as a year-round product, and the Smooch! scrub turned out better than I had hoped. There's still a few Arcana Hallowe'en items in stock along with a large range of Villainess scents on the website here.