L to R: Arcana Fluffing the Bunny, Twirling the Pearl, and Two Finger Ballet
My scent-a-day project seems to have turned into scent-a-few-times-a-week-maybe project lately… sorry dudes. I’m working a ton and my reviewing time has just been getting reallocated to other stuff. But it’s Saturday, and it’s snowing (AGAIN GOD WHY), and I’ve got nothing to do except sit on the couch, eat carbs, grump about the weathers, and watch Bob’s Burgers… which means it’s catch up time!
I have decants of the rest of Arcana’s Meow collection coming from Ajevie, but I ordered three bottles from The Rhinestone Housewife as soon as the collection was released because a few of them sounded right up my alley. They arrived yesterday, and after letting them sit overnight to recover from their long, cold trip across the country, I took them for a test drive. And since M was sitting on the couch next to me while I tested them, I had him chime in with his completely unbiased guy impressions.
Note: The Meow collection is based on/inspired by female masturbation, hence the racy/adorable names. Fluffing the Bunny! Cutest euphemism ever.
Fluffing the Bunny: Madagascar vanilla, Tahitian vanilla, apricot, white musk, skin musk, and a tiny tickle of mint.
In the bottle, Fluffing the Bunny is sweet, musky vanilla, slightly fruity, with a hint of mint. It smells rich but cold.
Wet on skin, it’s fruitier – a very peachy vanilla. The mint is still present, cool around the edges. The white musk and mint combination reminds me a bit of Afterglow, with peach (well, apricot) instead of grape. This one lacks the white amber of Afterglow as well, which makes it less “fuzzy,” and also less likely to give me a headache.
As it dries, the fruity apricot fades a bit and the musky vanilla and mint become most prominent. It’s sweet and cool, but not cloying. After a while, the apricot gets stronger again and the whole scent is a bit lighter. It’s very pretty.
Elevator Pitch: A sweet vanilla musk with apricot and a hint of cool mint.
M says: “It smells like mint chocolate chip ice cream. I like it a lot.”
Twirling the Pearl: Rich, golden honey, marshmallow, lavender milk, soft musk, and a tiny hint of green galbanum.
In the bottle, Twirling the Pearl is mostly sharp green resins over herbal lavender and musk. Not nearly as sweet as I expected.
Wet on skin, it’s a bit sweeter and softer. I can smell the honey and lavender more, but the resinous green galbanum is still pretty prominent.
As it dries, the galbanum softens a bit more, and further on, the honey and marshmallow come out and I’m reminded slightly of Snug (one of my favorite Arcana scents). I like this stage the best. In general, though, it’s not as sweet as I’d hoped, and much greener. It seems like my skin always takes the very last “tiny hint of” note and runs away with it in a rather annoying fashion. I can’t say I love this one.
Elevator Pitch: An unexpectedly green scent, heavier on the resinous galbanum and herbal lavender with just a little bit of sweet honey and marshmallow. It does sweeten and soften a bit as it dries, but retains a sharp green edge.
M says: “Very herbal. It smells like dandelions to me.”
Two Finger Ballet: A delicate blend of French vanilla creme, white amber, sugared vanilla beans, caramel, and the smallest dab of opium.
In the bottle, Two Finger Ballet smells like boozy vanilla and caramel with a cold, almost stony edge.
Wet on skin – YUM. It smells like french vanilla and caramel, sweet and creamy. Like ice cream with caramel sauce, or a caramel steamer.
As it dries, it gets a little muskier and a tiny bit spicy, but for the most part it keeps on smelling like delicious vanilla and caramel cream. (God I want ice cream.) Much later on, that cold, stony edge return, just very slightly. I’m not sure if that’s the opium or what but it’s faint and not unpleasant.
Elevator Pitch: Sweet, creamy vanilla and caramel with tiny bit of spice. A while into wear, it develops a faintly cold, stony edge.
M says: “All I smell is cinnamon red hots.”
Overall Thoughts: Two Finger Ballet is hands down my favorite. If you like creamy gourmands, you need to get on this one. I really like Fluffing the Bunny, especially the dry down. However, I’m pretty on the fence about Twirling the Pearl; it’s not really blowing my skirt up right now, but we’ll see if that changes with age or subsequent testing.