arcana strawberries crave nyx, rococo, and botanicus

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nyx_rococo_botanicusWhat is this? Another post?? Madness! But no, it’s true, I’m back today with three more scents from Arcana’s Strawberries Crave collection: Nyx, Rococo, and Botanicus.

Strawberries Crave Nyx: Drunken honey, lavender-laced mallow, soft amber, night musk, and hints of strawberry and nectarine.

In the bottle: Musky lavender honey with just a touch of fruit.

Wet on skin I get a ton of amber and musk, followed up with slightly herbal, powdery lavender marshmallow. It’s not nearly as sweet as I expected. There’s a rather strong citrus (tangerine) undertone that makes the scent a bit sour, and mixed with the powdery mallow and honey the effect is… not something I’m super fond of. It’s almost a little bit ammonia-y. Hmm.

As it dries the honey comes out a little more and the scent gets sweeter overall, though still not as sweet as I thought it would be. The citrus sourness mostly fades and I start to get some of the strawberry in its place. Later on the strawberry is more prominent, and the whole blend has softened into something a bit less powdery and more warm and sweet. I like it a lot better at this point, but I’m still on the fence about this one, which is so surprising. Given the notes list I really expected to love it, and I’m not really sure what’s throwing me off. I think it’s the fruit – something about it doesn’t mesh well with the powdery notes on my skin, and the scent clashing makes me a little headachey. But then sometimes I sniff it and I really like it? I’m so confused.

The longer I wear Nyx, the more I like it. Quite a while into wear, the powderiness is pretty much gone and there’s only a faint whiff of strawberry. It’s mostly sweet honey, amber, and marshmallow with a touch of lavender, and it reminds me a little of a lighter, warm weather version of one of my all-time favorite Arcanas: Snug. And when it gets to this stage I actually love it. It’s beautiful. I just have to get through the initial application to get to the glory.

P.S. Great sillage on this one.

Elevator pitch: Musky, powdery amber, honey, and lavender, with a bit of marshmallow sweetness. I get a marked sour citrus undertone to start, then more strawberry as it dries. Sweeter and warmer on dry down.

Strawberries Crave Rococo: Tiny strawberries with Madagascar vanilla, Tahitian vanilla, apricot, white musk, and skin musk.

In the bottle: Sweet, creamy strawberry and vanilla, a little musky, very sweet and decadent.

Wet on skin it’s candy sweet, creamy apricot and strawberry and just a little soft musk. It smells entirely edible. As it dries the apricot and strawberry blend together and soften a bit, losing that intensely candy-ish edge. It’s still really sweet, but the muskiness is a little more prominent and tones it down just a touch.

This one is good. If you like sweet fruity scents, this is right up your alley.

Elevator Pitch: Lightly musky apricot and strawberry cream candy! Gets a bit less sweet and more musky as it wears.

Strawberries Crave Botanicus: Fresh strawberry, guava, galbanum, basil, green hemp, bayberry, and ruby grapefruit.

In the bottle: Very green and herbal, a bit sharp and resinous, and fruity. I get mostly guava and grapefruit on cold sniff.

Wet on skin, HELLO GALBANUM. It’s all galbanum and basil up in this bitch, sharp and green and a little spicy. After a minute or so some tart fruitiness starts to emerge, mostly grapefruit and guava, just a hint of strawberry. A little while later the sharp edges have softened and the fruits are a little stronger. It’s not terrible sweet, though, more fresh and herbal, like a bunch of basil muddled with just a few ripe strawberries. It does get softer and less spicy as it wears, turning into something almost soothing and spa-like.

I like Botanicus! It was a little sharp at first, but it mellowed nicely without ever losing its freshness.

Elevator Pitch: All sharp, spicy galbanum and basil at first, Botanicus mellows into more of a soothing herbs + strawberries blend after a while.


Overall Thoughts: Mostly positive! At first I thought my favorite was Rococo, but the longer I wore Nyx the more I started to love it. And Botanicus is really different than the other two, so I don’t really want to rank them. I like them all to different degrees, but I think Strawberries Crave Lucy remains my favorite from this collection so far.

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