Sunday, 7 August 2016

Arcana Coquette

It feels like I haven't been reviewing perfume a ton lately. Mostly because I haven't bought perfume at all since April. April! Admittedly, most of that time has been spent no-buying and trying to turn my perfume collection into a semi-sane size, so acquiring new scents to try out hasn't been a priority. But I do have a few scents I saved for this very thing, plus a boatload of BPAL imps that I keep forgetting that I have, so this is my very public declaration of reassuring myself that I still love perfume and love trying it, but I don't need all of it. 

Anyway, I got Arcana Coquette from a friend who was looking to offload some things before she moved (this sounds familiar). Coquette was released as part of the Prynne collection, in the second wave. It's described as "A flirty blend of honeyed strawberries, pink cotton candy, Tahitian vanilla, French cognac absolute, and balsam of Peru." 

It's very, very sweet. I'm not sure what I expected, but I think that I somehow missed the cotton candy in the description and therefore couldn't quite place where the super sweet sugar was coming from. As I have a holy fear of honey, I was concerned that it would amp on me, but the strawberry note is just a very sweet, sugared note.

In the bottle, Coquette is very sweet strawberry and sugar, almost medicinal in the bottle. It's a very syrupy sweet scent overall, but in the bottle it's at its most syrupy. I think I've made this pretty clear so far, but I will say it explicitly: if you do not like very sweet, very syrupy, very feminine scents, you will not like Coquette. In fact, you should probably run in the other direction.

On my skin, it's bright strawberry and cotton candy. These are the two most prominent notes in the blend. I don'y detect the cognac or the balsam until well into the wear, when the biting sweetness of the strawberry and cotton candy recede ever so slightly. This is also when the vanilla comes out, adding a smoother sweetness to the scent. The cotton candy + strawberry combo lasts quite strongly for the first 4-5 hours of wear, before its gradual fade over the remaining three hours of wear. The vanilla only becomes truly prominent in the last hour of wear, at which point the scent has ceased to be the powerhouse that it was for most of its wear. It's got very strong sillage.

Do I like Coquette? I feel like I should like Coquette more than I do. It's pink and fruity and sweet. All of these things that I really do enjoy...but am not especially excited about in Coquette. It's nice. It's fine. It's not exactly me, and I think that's why I feel so conflicted on it. I feel like I should like it, but I don't. It hits all the points, but does not. I'll probably pass this on in my next round of weeding my collection.

And that's it! Happy remainder of weekend! Anyone watching the Olympics? I've watched a little bit, but since I don't have cable, I've only been watching when reminded that they're on...


  1. If you don't mind me asking, why do you fear honey? (Sorry if it was mentioned in any post before, I don't remember reading it!) I am actually really curious about honey scents, because what does it even..mean? I understand the taste, the texture, but never their scents. I've got different types of honey in the kitchen and they all smell differently, in my opinion. But anyways, recently I got myself some manuka essential oil and it's just added to my list of "things that might explain what honey smells like" but manuka honey smells nothing like manuka oil (expectedly?) hmm... No sure what's the point of sharing this tidbit with you hahaaaa

    Nope, I am not watching the Olympics. It's shocking to some people how I can live and not watch it, not even the opening ceremony. I... just don't care, hahaha :p

    1. Honey notes tend to pull very powdery, like very powdery pollen. I think that's the best I can do. It doesn't really smell like honey, but it's been the common element amongst all the honey scents I've tried. I also don't really like honey that much, so that might be part of it.

  2. I think not liking an item as a food usually translates into not liking its perfume note, either. I, for example, dislike cotton candy so I avoid presumed with that note, too!

    Ah, the Olympics. I'd like to watch them but I always forget to. I don't have a TV and I can watch more interesting stuff on my computer. :)

    1. I downloaded the CBC Rio app to get alerts when medals are awarded and have been watching a few events online. CBC always has thoroughly excellent coverage online and on TV so I've been making an effort to watch.


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