Arcane Bunny Society Review

I made my first purchase from Arcane Bunny Society when she held her pre-order sale the second to last weekend of April. She was very transparent, quoting about a 7 week turn around time, as these were all pre-orders. I ordered on April 23rd and it shipped May 25th, which is roughly 6 weeks. I ended up with:

  • Back to Dream Castle in Body Butter ($16 for 3.75 oz)  and Perfume Roller ($9 for 8ish ml/0.30 oz)
  • You Opened It Bar Soap ($7 for 1 bar) and Perfume Roller ($9)

Back to Dream Castle 

Back to Dream Castle, Back to Dream Castle
Color your world with pink and blue
Back to Dream Castle, Back to Dream Castle
Cotton candy envelops all you do!
After your shower; before your bedtime
It matters not what you do
Back to Dream Castle, Back to Dream Castle
Lovely skin waits for you!

This is her cotton candy scent. On initial application (from the perfume roller), I get this artificial sweetness, similar to those Bath & Body Products from the late 90s/early 2000s. A bit juvenile at first, but once it dries, it’s a super light, airy sugary cotton candy. There’s still wisps of the artificial sweetness but it’s not offensive in anyway, and is a bit nostalgic for me, being a 90s baby. I fell in love with this scent and wore it 3-4 days straight after getting it! The perfume roller is a great value-$9 for a bit over 8 ml. The throw is pretty low and does require reapplication throughout the day. I’m not complaining as it’s packaged as a roller ball which makes it easy.

The body butter, oh man, it is pricey, at about $4 per ounce. I slightly regret buying it after seeing really how small 3.75 oz is, but after trying it out, it’s VERY moisturizing and extremely thick. It absorbs easily yet keeps its moisture even after washing my hands. This is great medium between body butter and a lotion. The aesthetic of the glass jar to the beautiful swirls of pink and blue definitely have value as well. I think I would rebuy this, perhaps just once a year as a treat to myself. It’d make an awesome gift and is so presentable.

You Opened It

So you like to travel to exotic dimensions? Explore the further regions of experience with a base of sandalwood, patchouli, and tonka bean; highlights of mandarin, agave nectar, and African lotus and grounded with cardamom, nutmeg, and black peppercorn. Our most popular scent!

I initially only purchased this as a bar soap, as it has a lot of notes I was uncertain about. I changed my mind and opted for a perfume roller of this as well! This is a warm, spiced scent, I think perfect for cold and fall weather. I get the warm, sandalwood with the spice of the cardamom. The throw is stronger than BTDC, but still not that strong in comparison to some of my other blends. It lasts about 3-4 hours before completely disappearing. I haven’t had a chance to test out the bar soap, but the bar soap smells very heavily scented and is a thick green/brown color.

Overall: I am super happy with my purchase, if you follow ABS on FaceBook, you can follow her progress as she is extremely great at posting update photos and just really keeping her customers in the loop. Although the 7 weeks felt like f o r e v e r, as a customer, I couldn’t complain when I saw her working daily on getting the stuff made. She has the PRETTIEST aesthetic out there, from the labels, to the presentation, you really can’t beat it. I think I found a new love….!

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Day #8 – Haus of Gloi Custom Perfumes

I’ve been itching to make my own custom perfume for a while, and decided to try out Haus of Gloi’s custom perfumes! They’re $20 a piece and you can pick up to four notes. They recommend having at least one base note (as this is what helps with longevity), with the top and mid notes. After going back and forth with Jen, I settled on two customs:

  1. White Vanilla Sugar, Vanilla Bean, Dark Patchouli, Cake
  2. Almond Extract, Vanilla Bean, Beeswax and Honey, Cake

I ordered it on March 28th and it shipped on April 13th, which is approximately 12 business days. They come in their own little boxes, with your notes written on the front of it.

Custom #1: White Vanilla Sugar, Vanilla Bean, Dark Patchouli, Cake

What I Wanted: Super sugary, vanilla-d patchouli with the patchouli as a costar, rather than the star to help give the blend balance. I wanted primarily the sugar and vanilla to be the main star of it.

In the Bottle: I smell deep, dark patchouli, but something lightly sweet right behind it.

Wet on the Skin: Still very much patchouli, but I get a deep sweetness, almost a chewy syrupy feel to it.

Dry on the Skin: The sugar warms up a bit more and I get a sugar crusted patchouli. Overall, I’m really happy with this blend. It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but it’s gorgeous and aging so well! The first day I really got PATCHOULI PATCHOULI, with a dab of sugar. But now the vanilla and cake are really growing stronger and I’m getting a gorgeous patchouli blend.

Custom #2: Almond Extract, Vanilla Bean, Beeswax and Honey, Cake

What I wanted: I was looking for vanilla almond honey cakes.

In the Bottle: Sharp, sour beeswax and maybe almond.

Wet on the Skin: The beeswax is still very strong and in the forefront, I can slightly pick out the sharp almond with a little bit of cake very faintly.

Dry on the Skin: The beeswax mellows out a little itty bit, but man it really overtakes the whole blend. I can barely pick out the almond extract, but I get some of the cake in the back. When I first got this, it was an instant headache, and I’m 99% sure it’s the beeswax note. After about two weeks, it’s a little better, but still has a long way to go. I’m going to let this one age and hope the beeswax chills out a bit.

The process was quick, painless and overall very pleasant. I definitely plan on going back to make a few more customs and maybe trying out less notes instead of trying to jam every one of my favorites in there. Also learned the hard way that beeswax is really not quite the same as honey and honey is what I was looking for in the second blend. Will check in with both of these guys in a few months 🙂 image1 (2).JPG

Day #7 – Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller

Phew, it’s been a while since I did one of these! Today is Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller, from their Carnaval Diabolique line. This is from the original run of it from 2006 (they recently revamped and brought it back in 2015).

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A colorless woman bursts from an elaborate gold and ruby tent and faints dead at your feet. Soft laughter emits from the dark entrance to the tent, and the scent of musk, black fruits and incense touches your senses. Looking up, you see that the sign hovering above the unconscious woman is adorned with images of the Major Arcana’s Tower and reads:

“Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller.
No fate too grim, no future too bleak.”

A tiny woman with floor-length black dreadlocks walks out of the tent, stepping over the prone body. She is clothed in deep red wrappings, and is bedecked in golden ornaments bearing alchemical symbols and charms representing eternity, chance, and wisdom. She pauses, looks you over slowly, and then flicks a tarot card at your feet.

Red musk, vanilla bean, pomegranate, patchouli leaf and wild plum.

In the Bottle: Smells a bit like cheap sharp cologne with a sharp hit of patchouli in the background.

Wet on the Skin: Rooty, leafy patchouli with some musky juicy red fruit. Slight “coolness” to it, similar to menthol. I’m not getting any sweetness from the vanilla at all. This is a dark orange, amber oil.

Dry on the Skin: The red musk comes to the forefront along with soft vanilla, and that initial coolness/mintyness fades away. I get some of the “dirty” patchouli vibe, but not in the hemp family as much as leafy and slightly herbal. If I were to describe this in colors it would be extremely dark maroon with swirls of deep red, purple and black. An hour later, this is a gorgeous warm vanilla-y musk with patchouli. I definitely get the red musk note that Smut has, but super balanced with the vanilla and patchouli. I don’t get much of the wild plum, but I’m guessing that it’s lending it’s sweetness to the vanilla bean.  Super pretty, and so fitting of this misfortune teller. Whenever buying older bottles, I find that the throw and longevity is significantly decreased (although still smellinimage1 (1).JPGg quite good), this is still quite strong for a 2006 blend.

I am so glad I decided to get this, I also have a Mme. Moriarty Misfortune Teller from the 2015 run of it coming in my next order and will do a side by side comparison!

Day #4 – Edith Cushing of Crimson Peak

Today I am wearing one of my most monetarily rare perfumes, Edith Cushing from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s Crimson Peak collection. This collection is based off of the movie Crimson Peak starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska. Crimson Peak is directed by Guillermo del Toro, and is an American Gothic romance film.

After marrying the charming and seductive Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston), young Edith (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself swept away to his remote gothic mansion in the English hills. Also living there is Lady Lucille (Jessica Chastain), Thomas’ alluring sister and protector of her family’s dark secrets. Able to communicate with the dead, Edith tries to decipher the mystery behind the ghostly visions that haunt her new home. As she comes closer to the truth, Edith may learn that true monsters are made of flesh and blood.

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After luckily finding a bottle of Edith Cushing at a great deal, I knew I had to watch the movie before trying her out! The movie’s cinematography is breath taking, from their costumes to the play of colors–the vivid red, the deep black, it’s all stunning. The dresses are GORGEOUS, absolute pieces of art.IMG_4157 The plot is fairly linear,  following true to the category of a Gothic Romance.

Onto the perfume, I have Edith Cushing, portrayed by the lovely, Mia Wasikowska. 

Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind: pearlescent vanilla musk with white sandalwood, grey amber, white patchouli, ambrette seed, and oudh.
In the bottle: All I smell is strong brown sugar, almost caramel. It’s not bad, but just wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s super sweet smelling and I’m hoping it smells different on the skin.
Color: Light yellow
Wet on the Skin: The foody vanilla completely goes away once on my skin. I get the oudh at first sniff, and the sweet vanilla with nutty ambrette is pretty prominent as well. I wonder if the ambrette or musk is what’s making it feel stronger and more perfume-like.
Dry on the Skin: Ah, the amber is finally coming out to play, it’s still fairly tame compared to the vanilla and oudh for me. The vanilla musk is gorgeous and hugs close to the skin. The sandalwood and vanilla musk are partners in prominence, but I don’t get much of the white patchouli, but that may be my nose not picking it up. In order of strength I get golden ambrette, musk, vanilla then sandalwood.
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This is a gorgeous vanilla musk, that is balanced with the ambrette and oudh, keeping it from feeling too  gourmand. Throw is decently strong but still wears fairly close to the skin. It is slightly powdery, but not in an old-lady way but in a sophisticated Victorian lady way. It’s true to the character in her innocence and warmth that she embodies. I’m so happy I was able to get a full bottle of this! Definitely going to cherish this one.

Day #3 – Pediophobia

Happy Friday!! Today I’m wearing Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s Pediophobia, white porcelain cracked by white tobacco, threads of brittle cognac, and vanilla filigree. Pediphobia by definition is fear of dolls.  A friend with an amazing nose recommended this one, and I am so glad I took her up on it.

In the Bottle: Sharp perfume smell, it must image1be the cognac. I get a sharp, dry smell that has an underlying sweetness.

Color: Very light yellow

Wet on Skin: I get a burst of really bright tobacco smell with the boozy cognac notes next to it. This is VERY strong, throw is large.

Dry Down: This dries down into a still prominent tobacco note, but I get some light vanilla, that must be the vanilla filigree. Almost as if the smell is laced with just a tad of vanilla.

This is super sophisticated, I feel like this would be a good scent for a dinner date or going into an important client meeting (although maybe not applying too much as it’s S T R O N G). The tobacco note in this is dry and sweet, almost like a tobacco flower. It’s one of my most unique scents and I’m keeping my eye out for a back-up bottle.

 

Adventure into Arcana

One of the huge names in Indie perfume is ARCANA! I’ve heard great things about it, especially the quality of the oils and the depth of the smells. When I saw on r/imam that her shop was up and running on eBay, I snagged myself three bottles-Love, Snug and Unearthly Lovely (I got Two Fingers Ballet from a swap)!

I ordered it on January 31st, and it shipped on February 4th and arrived two days after that! In the indie world, that’s as fast of a turn around time as I can really expect!

  • Love: Splendid, dazzling devotion. A breathtaking vanilla accord is accompanied by fresh cream, sugarcane, soft musk, and a pinch of tea leaves. Out of the bottle, this smells SOUR to me, so so sour. Almost like curdled yogurt/milk, or super tart lemon yogurt. Either way, we’re not off to a great start. I let it rest for about a week and give it another go. I decide to just apply to my skin instead of doing a bottle sniff. On the skin, it’s still quite sour, it’s died down a bit but still prominent. Two hours later, the sour is actually almost completely gone! I’m left with this soft, sugary musk. It’s so awesome at this stage!! I’m not sure if I can make it through the first phase to get to this point. Super sad that the cream note doesn’t work with my skin. I can’t speak to the throw, as I ended up scrubbing this one off.
  • Snug: The scent of staying in to watch the snow fall: dark honey amber, marshmallow, and the glow of beeswax candles. Out of the bottle, it’s strongly beeswax!! It veers between plasticky and ambery. On the skin, I definitely get that honey amber now. About an hour in, the plasticky wax melts (ha ha) away and I have a light mallow, amber honey scent. This to me is very unisex, and is an ideal sleeping scent. I’m actually wrapped in a fuzzy robe, and this scent fits in perfectly. Throw is fairly high on this one, I went to sleep with it and had whiffs of it on my clothing in the morning. 
  • Unearthly Lovely: Dusty honey, bee pollen, and vanilla bean. Vanilla, I can  definitely smell the vanilla, and right behind it a strong honey scent, almost like hay and honey put together. I wouldn’t describe it as green, but definitely is not just straight golden honey either. Almost a darker honey if that makes sense. On the skin, vanilla is still the first note, then the bee pollen then the honey. This is a winner for me, I find it extremely similar to Snug, but a bit more feminine with the prominence of the vanilla bean. If I had to chose between the two, I’d go with Unearthly Lovely, but they’re both great! Throw is on par with snug. 
  • Two Fingers BalletA delicate blend of French vanilla creme, white amber, sugared vanilla beans, caramel, and the smallest dab of opium. OMG OUT OF THE BOTTLE, IT SMELLS LIKE ALMONDS, where am I getting the almonds?! It’s not even in the notes-it must be the white amber, or caramel? On the skin, it smells like Taiwanese almond milk tea. I can’t get enough of it. THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR.  This smell is delicious, it’s foody without being overwhelming and just so absolutely beautiful. I love this so much and may have gotten two back ups. I get vanilla bean, and caramel goodness at the end. The throw is decent, on my skin I’d say about 5 hours but I can still get whiffs of it on my clothing throughout the day.

My first venture into Arcana and I’m really pleased! The scents are nothing like I’ve ever smelled before and being able to capture “dusty honey” and “dab(s) of opium” are signs of a gifted perfumer. I don’t think my skin can do that “fresh cream” note, so I’m probably staying away from those. She uses the standard glass 5 ml bottles, and are priced on the higher end ($19-$20) through her eBay shop.

Her Valentine’s Day release just came out too, so may have to pick up a few of those! Can’t wait to try more.

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Rose Lovers Galore

I’ve been on a bit of a rose kick as of late-and decided to try out a few different ones.

A majority of them are from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, as their rose note is widely popular, but I opted for Rose City from Haus of Gloi as well along with some gourmand roses from Solstice Scents. If you’ve never ordered from them, Solstice Scents definitely wins in the shipping category, with Haus of Gloi as a close second.

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  • Rose Red 2016: The perfected winter rose, dew covered and freshly cut from BPAL’s Yule Release. There is nothing more like a fresh bouquet of roses that was just delivered to your desk (or your body hehe). When I wear this, I feel like I’ve been gifted flowers and the scent is just amazingly green and fresh. Even my mom said I smelled like the roses out in our front yard. It’s reminiscent of  smelling the roses first thing in the morning-slightly wet and very fresh. Definitely a keeper. I also tried The First Rose –  pale pink rosebud, wet with the dew of the dawn of creationThese two are very very similar, the rose red is slightly more green and in your face, with the first rose being it’s slightly quieter counterpart. Both excellent true rose scents.
  • Allegory of ChastityBlushing rose hips, pink rose petals, and vanilla cream with white jasmine and a drop of bergamot. Oh man, from the bottle it was fairly powdery which was really worrisome but once on the skin, the powder really rounds out and the rose total kicks in. It’s definitely a pinker rose scent but there is a hint of green that comes out later on. I don’t get much of the vanilla or jasmine but perhaps that is where I get the powder from. This is extremely lovely and throw is longer than Rose Red. This can last me all day easily.
  • Peacock Queen 2016: In dramatic contrast to the soft innocence of Snow White and the dew-kissed freshness of her sister, Rose Red, this is a blood red, voluptuous rose, velvet-petaled, at the height of bloom. Haughty and imperious, vain, yet incomparably lovely to the eye, but thick with thorns of jealousy, pride and hatred. I’m not sure how BPAL does it, but it does feel haughty-it has a bite at the end of the rose scent. Although I could appreciate the scent, this was not for me. The rose is definitely there at the beginning but evolves into this sharper, pointed scent.  
  • The Unicorn, Rushing Against the Tree, Fixed its Horn so Fast in the Trunk that it Could Not Draw it OutEthereal white orris, pale early lilacs, mallow flower, Queen of the Night, white moss, and dusk-lit mist. I’m not going to lie-I got this partially because of the name! In the bottle, I can smell the moss which makes it a bit dry and woody. But on dry down, wow, it’s really quite pretty! I would say it’s a light white floral with a slight sweetness (from the mallow flower?). It’s very wearable and dries into a quieter aquatic floral.

Haus of Gloi 

  • Rose CityRed roses and the earthy wet scent of aged patchouli.  THE PATCHOULI, is so so strong in this. I definitely can appreciate the depth of this, but patchouli just does not work on my skin. It’s definitely the most prominent note for me. I think if I could mellow this out with maybe a strong vanilla note this could be a keeper.

Solstice Scents

  • Rose Mallow CreamMoroccan Rose absolute, Bulgarian Rose absolute, Marshmallow Fluff, Strawberry Nectar, White Chocolate, Vanilla, White Musk. I really didn’t get that much rose from this, but definitely got the strawberry mallow! This is a very sweet scent that to me is more on the gourmand side than floral.
  • Cardamom Rose SugarBrown Sugar, Cardamom EO, Moroccan Rose and Bulgarian Rose. SPICY! So so spicy, if you have any  doubts about this, I would recommend going to a store and smelling cardamom first before making a purchase. It’s very warm, I think it would be perfect for colder weather (as it warms up the skin too). The sugar and cardamom are most prominent for me, with the rose coming out slightly on the dry down.

My winners are Rose Red/The First Rose and Allegory of Chastity! Between the two, I definitely feel like my rose niche has been fulfilled.