Monday, August 5, 2013

Estella - Arcana Soaps

Great Expectations
Arcana Soaps (bought from The Rhinestone Housewife)

Quietly stunning ambre blanc and vanilla bean with a kiss of cognac.

I bought this unsniffed after reading rave reviews about it. I bought several other bottles at the same time, two of which were also perfumes I'd not tried before, and since I received the order I have not given those other two more than a cursory sniff, because I am obsessed with this. I've been wearing it most days at some point, even if at night just as an excuse to sniff it. It is so beautiful - I thought at first that it was a lot like BPAL's The Shadowy and the Sublime, but I dug that out to compare and it's not really that similar. There are elements that make each remind me of the other, but Estella is in a world of its own.

I was a little concerned that the amber would be overpowering but it's not at all - it's smooth and mellow and blends gorgeously with the vanilla. This is a very warm, comforting, girly perfume. A snuggle scent, if you like. The cognac is detectable, but it's not a boozy smelling perfume - that note just adds a grown up element to it.

Lasting power is fantastic - I've put this on first thing in the morning and I can still smell it after dinner. Sillage is medium - if you splash it on you'll probably be announcing yourself for an hour or two, but if you apply subtly it's just enough to let people know you're there without screaming it in their face. I freaking love this perfume - I am definitely getting another bottle before it disappears. Possibly even two.


Day 215!


  1. I love this one so much! I got this and Genteel from The Rhinestone Housewife and I fell in love immediately. Hands up for Arcana!

    1. Yes! I got a full bottle of Genteel with this order, after I loved my sample so much. Anything anise and I'm all over it. :-D

  2. Wow! This sounds so pretty! I've about to test some of Arcana's Halloween scents thanks to Amanda and I am so excited! :)

    1. It's really beautiful but limited edition so I don't know how much longer it will be around. I know Soap Box Co. has it.

  3. You're all making me want this!! Off to find some!

    1. I just cracked and ordered a second bottle. :-)