arcana strawberries crave cacao, helios, and lucy


cacao_helios_lucyHELLO BLOG IT HAS BEEN FOREVER. Okay, not forever, but it’s been a long time! Two months, almost, since my last post. My bad, guys. I got super busy and the blog is, alas, a purely leisure time activity, so it was the first thing to get put on the back burner. To be honest, I haven’t even been buying much perfume-wise, though I’ve still acquired quite a few things through other means. I do have the entire Summer Constellations collection from Arcana to review (yay!), but first I guess I should finish the second half of the summer Crave collection, huh?

I think I have every Strawberries Crave scent in some format, so I’m going to do this in a few parts. First up: Cacao, Helios, and Lucy!

Strawberries Crave Cacao: Chocolate, French cocoa absolute, creamy strawberry, golden amber, brown musk, vodka, and strawberry roots.

In the bottle: Creamy chocolate and strawberry. Heavier on the chocolate, but not as sweet as you’d expect.

Wet on skin the strawberry is stronger, especially at first. There’s a creamy muskiness to it. It’s sweet but not tooth-achingly so. The chocolate gets a bit stronger as it dries, and the sweetness is toned down a little more. I get more amber and musk, and a little clear kick of vodka.

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this one, since chocoalte scents aren’t usually my thing. But it’s really nice! It’s not overly sweet or Tootsie Roll-ish, nor is it an artificially fruity chocolate covered strawberry. Really good sillage, too.

Elevator Pitch: Creamy chocolate and strawberry with a musky amber base. Not overly sweet or artificially fruity.

Strawberries Crave Helios: Strawberry jam with juicy blackberries, lemonade, limeade, and pure white amber.

In the bottle: Sweet berries and zesty citrus with a touch of something incense-y.

Wet on skin it’s intensely sweet/tart – strawberry limeade rimmed with sugar, or the taste of strawberry sour patch kids. (Wait, are there strawberry sour patch kids? There should be. I love the watermelon ones that aren’t kids at all but just watermelons. Bring strawberries to the party, I say.) This one is pretty linear as it dries, no big morphing, just sweet-tart strawberry lime goodness. The white amber isn’t a major presence, it just floats around in the base keeping the lighter notes grounded.

I like Helios! It’s easy to like. It’s sometimes just a tiny bit too sour for my taste, but other times the strawberry is stronger and I have no complaints.

Elevator Pitch: Sweet-tart strawberry lime goodness.

Strawberries Crave Lucy: Our own Surfers on Acid blend with pink strawberry.

In the bottle: The most delicious fruity drink! Sweet, sugary pineapple and strawberry, just a touch of anise.

Wet on skin it’s super sugary sweet at first, all pineapple and strawberry. Very juicy, summery, and tropical. The anise comes out quickly, though, just like it did with the OG Surfers on Acid. I like anise scents, but I found the anise in Surfers on Acid to be just a touch too strong for me at times – I’m happy to say that Strawberries Crave Lucy strikes the perfect balance. The extra sweetness of the strawberries helps lighten the anise and keep it from going too black licorice-y. It stays pretty linear on me as it dries, and sillage and lasting power are both fantastic.

I love Lucy! Ha. It’s pretty much what I wanted Surfers on Acid to be – the perfect warm-weather anise scent. I couldn’t stop sniffing my arm. I seriously want a drink that tastes like this.

Elevator Pitch: A sugary pineapple-strawberry daquiri spiked with anise.

Overall Thoughts: Positive! Of course. Lucy is my favorite out of these three, with Cacao and Helios being something of a draw for second place. They’ve very different, but I like them both.

P.S. Can we agree to just sort of abandon that daily review thing that was happening? Because at this point I am like… 75+ reviews behind and that’s just not happening. So RIP, Review-a-Day project. I like you in theory but the obligation of keeping up with you gives me agita.

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