126-132: arcana peaches crave collection


Peaches Crave Beaches, Dolci, Mambo, and Pirates, featuring a lovely lady by yours truly.

Peaches Crave! I was super stoked when Julia asked me to do the illustration for this collection. I always love working with her, of course, but also: PEACHES CRAVE you guys! I love peach scents. Let’s do this.

Peaches Crave Beaches: Green bamboo, coconut, vanilla musk, citron, lemongrass, bergamot, and dewy peach flesh.

In the bottle: Sweet lemongrass and coconut, a touch of bitter citrus. Not a ton of peach, just a whiff in the background, more tart than sweet.

Wet on skin it’s softer, mostly lemongrass and a bit of bergamot. The peach is mild and not floral. As it dries down, the slightly bitter citrus gets a little stronger, and more musky vanilla and coconut come out. The peach is a little more detectable at this point, tart and gummy-like.

I love lemongrass, so this was a sure bet for me. It’s very tart and summery.

Elevator Pitch: A sweet tart summer scent, heaviest on the lemongrass with some gummy-like peach and soft, musky vanilla and coconut.

Peaches Crave Dolci: Peach gelato and pistachio gelato with 3 golden bakery cakes.

In the bottle: WHOA SWEET. Syrupy sweet peach, creamy and thick, with yellow cake. Just a bit nutty. Entirely edible.

Wet on skin it’s super sweet peaches and cream, cake, and nutty pistachio. The peach isn’t tart or floral at all. Peach pie or peach cake with pistachio ice cream. One word: yum.

Dolci is awesome. Awesome. Foodie scent haters, stay away, but if you like sweet, dessert-like scents, this is a winner.

Elevator Pitch: Super sweet peaches and cream, cake, and a little nutty pistachio. Delicious and completely edible.

Peaches Crave Mambo: Cuban tobacco, dark vanilla, sweet rum, tonka, white musk, and sun-warmed peaches.

In the bottle: Sweet, musky tobacco, a little sharp and boozy. Not a ton of peach.

Wet on skin I get rum and tobacco and dark vanilla, with a bit of juicy peach in the background. It gets muskier and a little less sweet as it dries. It’s very warm and a little sharp. The tobacco isn’t quite wet and sweet, but not quite dry and smoky either – somewhere in between.

I like this, but I find myself wishing it were just a bit sweeter and smoother on my skin. I like tobacco scents, but I always want them sweet, so your mileage will most assuredly vary there. It’s definitely a warm weather scent, though – good for steamy summer nights.

Elevator Pitch: Sweet, sharp tobacco and rum, musky, with a bit of juicy peach.

Peaches Crave Pirates: Arcana’s Queen Crossbones with plenty of peach and an extra shot of Egyptian musk.

In the bottle: Queen Crossbones (musky resins and honey) with a shot of peach. Obviously.

Wet on skin the peach is more noticeable, tart and fresh. It’s a nice contrast to the creamy, deep, musky honey and resins of Queen Crossbones. It makes this blend less intense than QC on its own.

Elevator Pitch: Tart, fresh peach laid over musky, resinous honey. A lighter, less intense take on Queen Crossbones.



Peaches Crave Paws, True Love, and Vanilla

Peaches Crave Paws: Our Puppy Kisses blend with peach skin and peach blossoms.

In the bottle: Creamy and minty, a touch of lavender, and slightly floral peach.

Wet on skin it’s soft and sweet, peaches laid over the melty coconut butter mint of Puppy Kisses. This blend is extremely mild, and sillage is low, but it’s lovely. I really like Puppy Kisses to start with, so adding peach was a no-risk situation.

Elevator Pitch: Fuzzy peach laid over soft, melty coconut and mint with a touch of lavender. The peach is a nice addition to Puppy Kisses. A mild, comforting scent.

Peaches Crave True Love: Resinous black amber, caramelized sugar, vanilla bean, peach nectar, and a tiny hint of pear.

In the bottle: Oh man, this smells so similar to an old HoG reverie pumpkin butter that I loved – Caramelized Apricots. Sweet, caramelized peach. Holy yum.

Wet on skin it’s the same, sweet, caramelized peach and creamy vanilla. The peach has a nice toastiness, and there’s some dark amber there as well, just grounding the scent a little bit. As it dries a sugariness comes out more. It’s sweet but not cloying. A while into wear it gets muskier and more resinous, and the black amber is quite a lot stronger.

I like the initial application more than the dry down, but overall True Love still gets two thumbs up from me.

Elevator Pitch: Sweet, caramelized peach, creamy vanilla, and dark amber. Toasty and sugary, but not cloyingly sweet. Sweeter at first, the resinous amber is more prominent a while into wear.

Peaches Crave Vanilla: Sugared peach, glorious vanilla, marshmallows, sweet milk, and sheer musk.

In the bottle: peaches and cream. Soft, creamy, and sweet, but not overly so. Really lovely.

Wet on skin it’s muskier, and a little less fruity. The sweetness is a little more powdery and marshmallow-y. As it dries it gets milkier and more sugary. A while into wear the marshmallow is even stronger. It’s really nice, very soft and cuddly. Decent sillage and lasting power, too.

This one is really beautiful. I couldn’t stop sniffing at it. Easily my favorite of the peach scents.

Elevator Pitch: Soft peaches and cream, sugary and milky, with a bit of powdery marshmallow sweetness that gets stronger as it wears. Gorgeous.

Overall Thoughts: Extemely positive! Who’s surprised? No one. My favorites are Peaches Crave Vanilla and Dolci, but I like them all. Mambo is the only one I’m on the fence about.

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