Skookum was part of the 2013 Halloween collection, “Grotesqueries: Monsters & Marvels.” I have a fair few scents from that collection, so I’m sure most of it will pop up eventually if I don’t pull together a group review first, but for now let’s talk about this beastie.
The Chinook version of Bigfoot. A Northwest blend of fir needle oil, juniper, hemlock, rain, tiny wildflowers, strawberries, and a pinch of cool earth.
In the bottle, Skookum is sharp and green, with a loud blast of fir that’s quickly joined by a cool, airy note and just a little strawberry sweetness.
Wet on skin, the fir and juniper are most prominent, and there’s a cool dampness that makes it smell like a coniferous forest after the rain. After a few minutes a faint, fresh floral note comes out, along with a tiny bit of dark soil. There are a lot of other things going on here, but it’s still predominantly a fir needle scent.
As it dries, the sharp fir softens just a little, and a fresh strawberry sweetness peeks out. These aren’t dark, juicy summer strawberries – they’re the tiny wild strawberries you find growing in the woods. Throughout wear the strawberries are always small and quiet, and the scent isn’t particularly fruity, but they add a lovely subtle sweetness.
I love this one. Obviously. Julia had me at “rain, tiny wildflowers, strawberries, and a pinch of cool earth.” I love woodland blends, but I’m not always a huge fan of fir-heavy scents, so all the other elements are really what make Skookum for me. They soften and sweeten the fir just enough, and the overall effect is wonderful.
Elevator Pitch: Sharp fir needles, cool air and earth, faint wildflowers, and tiny wild strawberries – a damp green scent with a subtle sweetness, like a coniferous forest after the rain. Heavier on the fir at first, the cool earth and strawberry come out more as it wears.
There you have it, folks: the last official review of Arcana Month! I’m actually kind of shocked that I managed to be consistent about posting every day, to be honest, but I’ve really enjoyed it and it’s helping me weed through my rather unconscionably large collection. I mentioned before that I was thinking about keeping it going, and I’ve decided that I’m going to. It will transition into a general scent-a-day project, but since I’m on a roll with Arcana I’ll likely keep working through that part of my stash pretty regularly, with a few detours here and there.
But more importantly, since it’s the end of my official Arcana Month, I have some goodies to give away! I picked up a few extra things while I was hauling in December with the intention of holding giveaways throughout the month, buuuuut that didn’t happen, so instead I’ve got three prizes to give away all at once.
First prize is a bottle of Apples Crave Vanilla, which I love to death and which also has my illustration on the label! It’s pretty much a perfect storm of all my favorite things, to be honest. Apples + vanilla + Arcana + drawing naked ladies = ultimate happiness. So it seems appropriate to pass that joy onto one of my dear readers. Possibly you!
Second prize is a bar of Ambrosia soap! (Note that not all of Arcana’s soaps are vegan, but this one is.)
Third prize is a 5-scent sample pack, featuring Leaves Falling Like Rain, Apples Crave Tea, Bonfires at Dusk, Breakfast in Hollywood, and Ribbons & Teddy Bears.
SO! Now that you know what’s up for grabs, you should probably enter to win these awesome-smelling things before I change my mind and stuff them back into my stash like a dragon hoarding gold. Just leave a comment on this post about your favorite Arcana scent (or if you’ve never tried Arcana, just one that you’re curious about), and on Monday evening – let’s call it 10 pm EST – I’ll randomly select (via a number generator or possibly by writing everyone’s names on slips of paper and mixing them up in a hat, depending how old school I’m feeling) three winners and get in touch. One comment per person, please, and let me know where you’re located (just the country for shipping purposes, see below).
Details: This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere with one exception – the soap. Soap is heavy, and when you’re shipping internationally, heavy means expensive. I hate excluding international folks, but I am also not made of dollar bills, so this is the compromise I’ve reached. First prize and third prize are open to everyone, but second prize is US only. If
With that out of the way – good luck!