Back to Gourmands: Arcana Strawberries Crave Pie

Since I don't wear perfume during the work week anymore - though I do usually put some on once I get home - scents have taken a backseat in my beauty interests. But there have been a few here and there that have caught my eye. Or a few that I'm late to the party on, as usual these days. But then again, I don't feel like I need to be on top of releases these days, so oh well. Even if I am late to this one, it's still available, so for once my lateness isn't problem. Unlike this morning, when I was my customary 5-10 minutes later than I wanted to be for work and got stuck in a terrible parking spot. Monday, I was offensively early because I had to travel for training, and parking at 5:45AM is plentiful. This was a tangent. My apologies.


Arcana released the Strawberries Crave line a couple of summers ago, and added to the line with a few late scents in bath and body (in collaboration with Villainess) and later the perfume oils themselves. Strawberries Crave Pie was one of these later additions, and one of the scents that you can still find at Femme Fatale. However, I picked my bottle up from a friend who was looking to pass her bottle on, since she wasn't wearing it enough. I haven't really been interested in gourmands lately, because I decided I didn't always want to smell like cake, but Strawberries Crave Pie has been on my list for a while. There just hadn't been a good time or space in my budget to grab it. But finally, I snatched up a bottle and then promptly kicked myself for waiting, because Strawberries Crave Pie smells really, really good.

Strawberries Crave Pie is described as "Pink and red strawberries with tender pie crust, vanilla bean, and a sprinkling of brown and white sugars." I confess I've never really enjoyed strawberry pie - it needs rhubarb to really fill out the flavour, in my humble opinion or maybe that years of my family consuming loads of strawberry rhubarb pie to use up the rhubarb in our backyard has conditioned my tastebuds - but this scent is delicious. It's definitely sweet, cooked strawberries with brown sugar and vanilla. The flaky pie crust is a background kind of warmth to the scent, but the sugared strawberries are front and centre.

The sillage is low-medium - not overpowering, but you can smell it on another person at very close range, and you can catch it in the air while moving your wrists around. It lasts about six hours on my skin.

This isn't a standout scent in terms of being unusual or doing cool things with contrasting notes, but it is an incredibly well-done interpretation of strawberry pie. It smells like a really good strawberry pie. What more could you want?

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