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...