Long ago I introduced you to Black Phoenix Alchemist Lab and my slight obsession with the brand. I’m still quite in love with BPAL but I discovered Arcana a few years ago and it’s since been as desirable as BPAL.
If you love perfume oils, Arcana will be a fab beauty discovery for you. Jump ahead to learn more.
Why perfume oil?
Perfume Oils are enriched with a heavy dose of fragrant oil making them stronger and long wearing. When blended correctly they allow for a greater throw and linger than regular perfume or toilettes. Oils are normally sold in 5-10ML bottles due to the nature of the product and expense. A little goes a long well so a smaller size will last you a very long time.
If you like a little bit of a Gothic romantic Victorian packaging Arcana perfume oils are sure to please. Housed in a small 5ml alchemist bottle with aged yellowing labels they look quite old worldly. Available in a variety of scents that are rotated constantly with limited edition scents these are truly little treasures that are easy to become addicted to.
I decided to do a Beauty Discovery on Arcana as I recently ordered a few new blends for my collection and also felt that so many people are probably missing out on the joys of perfume oil especially such unique blends as the ones Arcana creates.
Two delightful scents I hauled recently are Arcana Poison Candy Perfume and Underpinnings. At $14.95 per a 5ml bottle these are a tad more costly than the normal bottles which are $7.95. The uniquely high ingredient costs push the price a little higher but truly it’s well worth it as the throw and linger on each is incredible.
Poison Candy comes housed in green alchemist bottle much like what…well…what poison might come in. With a aged yellow tag embellished with a creepy little coffin indeed ones does worry how poisonous this candy could be! But one sniff and you’ll realize that poison never smelled so good. Ripe strawberries, rich cream, cinnamon, sugar, and honey make up a unique foody scent that smells quite like some sort of rich, decadent cake. Wonderful!
Velvet Underpinnings also priced high at $11.95 contains ingredients that are unique and high in cost but again well worthy of the extra few dollars as the scent lingers long and has great throw. Made up of chocolate, sweet cream, vanilla, sugars, spice, and everything nice, these Underpinnings are good enough to flaunt.
With a wide variety of fragrances available and an ever evolving catalog of limited edition fragrances, Arcana has my vote for a great way to indulge in small amounts of unique and interesting blends of fragrance.
I hate the beach. Sorry. Since I hate the beach it’s impossible to get beach hair. Beach hair seems absolutely essential to Summer and if I don’t have beach hair I might not be “in”….I must have beach hair at any cost!
Ok..dramatic I know but seriously. I don’t do beaches…sand, sea weed, etc…if God had meant for us to thread around on hot sand, wade in salt water, and have the sun beating on our heads, he’d have given us fins at the very least dontcha think?
Beach hair seems to be the in thing during the Summer months. That slightly damp, mussed up look a la the Little Mermaid. You know hawt tresses that look like you dived into the ocean, spread out on a beach towel, and let the wind dry out your salt laden hair to perfection. Who knew that the beach could do good things for your hair right?
If you aren’t a lover of the beach but still desire the hair that goes along with a trip to the shore peep at my review below!
Philip B Maui Wowie Beach Mist is awesome hair in a bottle sans the beach. A cocktail of sea salt, extracts of algae, orchid, Tahitian gardenia, aloe vera, oils of kukui and coconut and possible a little bit of sand (ok I made the sand part up) gives tresses texture, body, bounce, volume, and hold for that beach worthy look you’re craving.
God this stuff smells incredible. Can’t we has sniff o’ vision on the Interwebz? I’ll talk to Al Gore and see what we can arrange, the mighty guru of Internet creation. I wish I can explain the scent to you but it’s a bit complex…think fresh, think slightly floral, think…the beach…Maui with a little wowie thrown in there. Loves it!
So what’s it do?
Take your slightly damp hair (or dry but damp gets the best results in my humble opinion) and mist a bit of Philip B Maui Wowie Beach Mist onto your locks. Don’t comb it through just scrunch it gently if you like or flip it upside down and shake (this works a treat plus you’ll feel like you’re in some shampoo or styling commercial). That’s about it…the results are bouncy, textured locks, with a bit of volume that simply makes you look like you just bounced off the sand.
Beach hair easy and mess free in a bottle plus no sand in unusual places!
Adore this stuff. Muse Approved for Purchase, it’s one of my Summer Makeup Must Haves!
According to an article on Reuters Japanese men are quite obsessed with beautifying themselves.
“Yoshitomo Sango treats his complexion to a face scrub, toner and face cream every morning before strolling to a nearby salon to get his hair done….”
Which brings me to my Musings today. What do you think of men that take part in a daily beauty ritual? Moisturizing? Toning? Maybe even applying powder or foundation….?
Tell the Muse and click below for my view!
“Japan’s $3 billion male cosmetics market is one of the biggest in the world, accounting for nearly one-fifth of men’s cosmetics sales globally, according to market research firm Euromonitor International. It estimates the global market will reach $25 billion by 2011….”
These numbers do not shock me in the least. Japan is a culture obsessed with beauty, could be why I love the Japanese so much, and having such a large male audience in the beauty world isn’t any surprise. I think it’s great for a guy to enjoy a beauty regime of any kind he chooses be it skincare or makeup. Any guy that feels skincare is important is so in my ace book plus the Muse has never made any secret over the fact that she loves pretty men!
What do you think?
Do you think men that worry about their skincare are awesome?
Do you draw limits on what they should and shouldn’t concentrate on makeup and skincare wise?