Hello friends! I’ve got three more Arcanas for you today: Strawberries Crave Incense, Summer, and Waterfalls.
Strawberries Crave Incense: Burning frankincense and myrrh, rich red musk, and fraises des bois.
(This isn’t one I originally chose a bottle of, because red musk and I aren’t generally bros, but Julia included it as an extra in my package because she is the sweetest.)
In the bottle: Incense and red musk, with a hit of sweet strawberry. It smells almost candied, but like… smoky candy? I don’t know if that’s a thing, outside of the “put bacon in everything” trend. (Which, ew. Sorry guys, but no.)
Wet on skin it’s all red musk and incense, deep and resinous, with a sense of wafting smoke. Kind of like church incense, but dirtier? I don’t know, I’m a godless heathen. I’ve been in a church like 3 times in my entire life, and the last time it happened I was 7. I just turned 32. So take any and all church comparisons with a tub of kosher salt.
ANYWAY. Dirty church. The red musk is very prominent on me, and it’s got that same deep “smoldering embers” quality I’ve come to associate with Arcana’s red musk scents. It smells like a dying campfire, all intensely hot red embers peeking out from under cracked and blackened wood. Sometimes it can also go bacon-y, which I expected because of the incense notes, but thankfully it doesn’t. And the strawberry starts to make an appearance after it wears for a bit, adding a bit of sweetness and also emphasizing the “red” feeling I get from this scent.
Overall I like this more than I expected, but I’m not sure it’s something I’ll reach for. Or maybe I will, someday when it’s not a constant 90 degrees and the thought of smelling like a smoldering embers doesn’t make me turn the air conditioner up. I’ll likely keep it around until the fall and re-test. In any case, I expected to hate it and I actually kind of like it, so that’s a win. Also, great sillage.
Elevator Pitch: A dying campfire next to a strawberry patch. Alternately, eating strawberry candy in Dirty Church ™.
Strawberries Crave Summer: Tropical blossoms of tiare, tuberose petals, star jasmine, and neroli over melty pistachio and strawberry sherbets.
In the bottle: Super sweet, fruity tropical florals. The strawberry is tart and fresh.
Wet on skin it’s a little more overtly floral, but still super sweet and tropical, which is one of the only kinds of florals I really like. It’s got a lovely creaminess to it, and the strawberry is syrupy but still a little tart, like sorbet. The sweetness keeps the floral notes from being perfumey or overpowering.
It stays pretty linear throughout dry down and wear, and sillage is above average.
Kind of a short review, but I actually really like this one! I always hesitate when it comes to floral scents, but I’ve learned that I can like them if they’re sweet and/or tropical, so I figured I’d give this one a shot. I’m really glad I did, because it’s a beautiful sweet summer floral that I will definitely wear. It falls into the same category as some other sweet florals I have from Arcana – Nacre, Apples Crave Flora, Hnossa – so if you’ve liked any of those, Strawberries Crave Summer is definitely worth trying.
Elevator Pitch: An ice cream parlor on a tropical island, all sweet, creamy frozen treats and lush tropical flowers. A+, even floral haters should try.
Strawberries Crave Waterfalls: Rain, woodland strawberries, fresh water, petitgrain, osmanthus, clover, and smooth amber.
In the bottle: This scent is perfection. Fresh and watery, with tiny sweet strawberries and clover.
Wet on skin it’s a bit deeper, I get a lot of strawberry and amber with a little woody-citrusy petitgrain. It’s sweet but not candy sweet. As it dries down it gets a little richer, the base takes on sort of a golden tone, with just a little bit of fresh green around the edges. It’s warm and sweet and smells like the most idealized version of summer in the woods, where it’s warm but not hot and the sun is golden and streaming through the trees and it’s all kind of magical and you don’t feel like you’re simultaneously melting and boiling alive inside your skin. (Guys, I hate summer.)
Okay, this one is really gorgeous. To say I’m in love would be an understatement. Strawberries Crave Lucy just got knocked into the #2 spot. I seem to recall hearing that this one was pretty limited due to its ingredients, and that’s really a shame because it’s perfection and I would buy many backup bottles if I could.
Sillage and lasting power are both above average. I could easily smell it wafting around me.
Elevator Pitch: Ripe strawberries and warm amber with bits of fresh green clover and just a slight wateriness. Perfect.
Overall Thoughts: Oh my goodness, Strawberries Crave Waterfalls is amazing. Amazing. Strawberries Crave Summer is also great, and Incense was a pleasant surprise, though it’s not really a “me” scent. But oh. Waterfalls, you guys. I hate to gush so much about something you can’t get anymore, but… ugh. So good. New #1 with a bullet from the Strawberries Crave collection.