arcana strawberries crave indulgence & rhinestones

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indulgence_rhinestonesHello blog! My laptop started freaking out last week and had to be sent to Apple for repair (again… there’s a graphics card issue that seems to plague 2011 Macbooks and mine has been seriously afflicted, like Exorcist afflicted), so I was computer-less for a while. It was actually kind of nice – I marathoned a bunch of stuff I’ve been meaning to watch on Hulu, including the first season of You’re The Worst (which is the best) and the 1995 BBC miniseries adaptation of Pride & Prejudice (not for the first or last time… how you doin’, Mr. Darcy?).

But now my laptop has been returned to me in what seems to be working order (fingers crossed that the second time’s the charm), so I’m back with two more Strawberries Crave scents! There are just a ton of these and I am super okay with it.

Strawberries Crave Rhinestones: Sparkle strawberry with pink frosting, white musk, black raspberry, black cherry, pink pepper, and a drop of champagne. (Rhinestone Housewife Exclusive)

In the bottle: PINK! Sweet, sweet, sweet pink berries and cherries with a bit of fizz.

Wet on skin: So pink! Initially I get tons of syrupy cherry, reminiscent of a cherry lollipop, and a bit of bubbly champagne. After a few minutes a little more tartness comes out, as well as a tiny nip of pepper.

As it dries I get more of the sugary frosting and strawberry, while the tartness mostly fades away. The champagne fizz is still there, and I’m not super crazy about bubbly/champagne scents (they usually remind me of cleaning products), but it’s subtle and works here. It smells like a very fancy pink dessert, like sugared strawberries drizzled with pink champagne. The pepper is very subtle at this point, but it’s there if you look for it.

Elevator Pitch:  After an initial blast of cherry lollipops, Rhinestones quickly settles into sugary frosted strawberries and champagne. Sweet and bubbly with just a touch of tartness and the tiniest nip of pepper. Unabashedly pink and girly.

Strawberries Crave Indulgence: French vanilla, white amber, sugared vanilla beans, caramel, lady finger cookies, opium, strawberry creme, and the faintest whiff of tobacco. (Pretty Indulgent Exclusive)

In the bottle: Sweet, sugary vanilla and amber, a little cookie-ish, just a touch of creamy strawberry.

Wet on skin: The strawberry is stronger, and very creamy. I get lots of sugary vanilla and amber, and a little buttery lady finger (heh). The whole blend is very, very sweet.

As it dries the cookie and creamy strawberry are most apparent, and there just a faint whiff of tobacco, dry and a little smoky but still sort of sweet. It adds an interesting dimension to the scent, however it is still unquestionably a super sweet gourmand affair and sweet/foodie scent haters should pass on this one. If you like that sort of thing, though (and I do), Indulgence is pretty fantastic.

Elevator Pitch: Creamy strawberry, sugary vanilla and amber, buttery cookies, and just the faintest whiff of dry tobacco. Super sweet!


Overall Thoughts: I really like both! Who’s shocked? No one, I’m sure. I like Indulgence a bit more than Rhinestones, but I will keep and wear both. No losers here.

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