I also drank a lot of Fresca in summers past, so that could be part of it too.
While I've found a beautiful grapefruit note (Arcana Garnet Grapefruit), I've yet to find the perfect grapefruit scent. I've tried several and liked several (NAVA Pink Grapefruit Flamingo, Possets Dance With Me come to mind the most) but there hasn't been one that I felt, over longer periods of testing, that really spoke to me. I wanted bright, and sparkling, and really, truly summery.
Enter Arcana Sirius. The Flowers and Stars collection debuted in the late spring, and I went in on a half bottle with a friend (look at the adorable 3ml rollerball she used!). It was the scent that drew me the most, because grapefruit, and also because I'm getting picky as hell. A good thing. It's described as "The brilliant. Bright white grapefruit, golden amber, linden
flowers, tart red currant, cassis, and pomegranate." This is basically a list of a bunch of things that I tend to look for in a scent, so I was sold. Red berries, grapefruit and linden? Sign me up, please.
In the bottle, it's very tangy, lots of grapefruit and currant and cassis. I get a whiff of something green at the edges that gives it a freshness. On my skin, it's sour fresh grapefruit and a mix of red fruit. I get a lot of pomegranate here, adding some sweetness to the scent. Grapefruit remains the most dominant note. It's so pretty, very tart and bright. It makes me think of a bright, sunny yellow. It fades to a pomegranate and currant scent, with the grapefruit still lingering about, though not as strong. It lasts about seven hours on my skin, and has moderate sillage. As the grapefruit fades, it hugs closer to my skin. I'm so pleased with this scent. The grapefruit has such tenacity. It's fantastic.
I've worn Sirius a lot lately - yesterday it accompanied me to the air show, where I got a slightly blotchy sunburn on my upper arms where I missed putting on sunscreen and got to see the Snowbirds. It was pretty cool, even though it was hot and gross out.
I've also been experimenting with adding some vegan dishes to my weekly menu, since I tend to suck at meal planning and need direction so that I don't eat nothing but perogies and Kraft Dinner. So I bought a vegan cookbook and am slowly exploring the recipes, though as I suspected, some of the things that pop up in vegan dishes are ruinous in price. And I keep de-veganizing things with cheese. But baby steps to healthier choices, you know, even if a wholly plant-based is not on my horizon.
And finally, with my trip to Belgium less than two weeks out, stay tuned for some agonizing about what beauty products to bring in the form of a post!