I have a handful of half-finished drafts sitting around, waiting for me to complete the thoughts I started and take some pictures, but since Daylight Savings Time has ended, I am now exhausted and am not really in the mood to complete any beauty treatises today. No, sometimes, you have to just indulge in the simplest of posts: reviewing a scent. This post also came about because Pretty Indulgent just restocked it and it's still actually in stock, so for once, at least in a very long while, this is a scent that you can actually get right after reading this, if you wanted (at least while I was writing this. I make no guarantees after I hit publish).. Though I don't like to encourage impulse buys, for all that this is a pretty consumerist blog. So..think about it first.
Arcana Fille de Joie was released with the Prynne collection around the end of January, and is exclusive to Pretty Indulgent, my favourite Canadian purveyor of Arcana, Villainess and other fine scents. Of all the scents that were released in the Prynne collection, this is the one I immediately zeroed in on. I was fortunate to pick it up in the first stocking - it sold out pretty fast, but I was fortunate to be able to pick it up without much stress - indie LE releases can be totally nuts, but that's a whole other issue.
Described as "Delicate lavender marshmallows and yellow peaches cured in a vanilla absolute bottle," Fille de Joie sounds a lot like another popular Arcana scent, Peaches Crave Vanilla (Sugared peach, glorious vanilla, marshmallows, sweet milk, and sheer musk). I liked the sample of Peaches Crave Vanilla that I tried, and even considered picking up a bottle, but ultimately didn't - something about it didn't quite pull me in as much as I had thought. Fille de Joie, while having some note overlap, is different enough to justify both should you want to do that, but while Peaches Crave Vanilla was a perfectly nice scent, I've been really enjoying Fille de Joie.
Lavender isn't my favourite note, but it plays very well here. In the bottle, it smells mainly of lavender, with a dash of sweet peach juice, and some powdery sugar. On my skin, it starts off with a burst of lavender, before the lavender retreats a bit to let the ripe peaches shine. The marshmallow is very realistic - I feel like I've stuck my nose in a bowl of homemade marshmallows. This is like a more sophisticated version of Peaches Crave Vanilla, with a ripe, fresh peach as opposed to a candied one, and the lavender keeps it from being as sweetly tart. The marshmallow ends up being the dominant note over the wear, moving from a herbal-peach marshmallow, to a light, fluffy marshmallow with a touch of peach juice (int eh same wheelhouse as Solstice Scents Chantilly Cream, but the peach is heavier and richer), and finally, a lovely, creamy, sweet marshmallow. There's a depth in the marshmallow note that I expect comes from the curing in the vanilla absolute bottle. It seems richer than a typical marshmallow note, and more creamy.
It wears fairly close to the skin, though I do get a pleasant sort of vanilla-marshmallow haze around me. I forgot I was wearing one evening, and couldn't figure what smelled so nice and dessert-like. It has surprising tenacity for what seems like it should be such a light scent, lasting about eight hours before the last whiff of marshmallow is completely gone.
Fille de Joie is a really lovely scent. I see it getting even more wear when spring actually gets here - this week is supposed to be above freezing, so maybe even then? The only issue I have with it is that I desperately want to call it filles du roi, after the young women sent to Quebec by the French king in order to boost population there, as there were significantly more single men in the New World than women. These women were wards of the state and meant to make good French Catholic marriages, rather unlike the namesakes for this perfume.