Monday, December 2, 2019

Arcana Craves: Apple & Pumpkins

Have I mentioned on here that Julia at Arcana Wildcraft opened up a new webstore just for her Arcana Craves line? I love that she did that since she has so many amazing Craves scents. As of right now she has her Blueberries Crave, Apples Crave, Pumpkins Crave, Marshmallows and Peaches Craves lines up for offer. She will eventually have the Strawberries Crave come back I am sure and I think she has a Honey Craves line in the works. I am imagining her Vanilla Craves could possibly come back this winter.

I popped over and picked up a couple pumpkins and an apple.

Apples Crave Resins- Notes: Citron-laced cider with dragon's blood resin, warm myrrh and smoky frankincense. $20 (on sale for $18 currently)

The vial holds a brew of tart apple cider with silvers of citrus and twigs of spice and nuggets of resin floating about within. On the skin smoky and smudged incense enriched with burgundy apple peels and aged cinnamon bark curls up in offering. The apples and gentle spice slowly move to the background as the scent wears on while the resins warm up and sing with a gilded glow. A beautiful apple scent that will be worn heavy and often through the winter and then again next fall. I am picky about apple scents but I figured this would be a winner for me and it is.

Pumpkins Crave Resins- Notes: Gilded amber, black amber, 10 year old labdanum absolute, black tea and boozy golden gourd. $18

A dark and earthy aroma exudes from the bottle, much like a tiny pumpkin who somehow managed to be buried at the back of the cupboard and begins to warm up to its ages pleasantly. A little gourd musk if you will. On the flesh the pumpkin warms but with only a modicum of pie qualities and it still lies in that dark, shadowy place. Perhaps where some witch left the dregs of her incense cones and the embered nuggets of sap and tree resin that she swept up and tucked into a dark corner to gestate. The pumpkin lies there too. And it smells haunting.

Pumpkins Crave Treats- Notes: Rum laced caramel, cane sugar, pumpkin custard and delicate vanilla-infused marshmallows. $18

Creamy pumpkin panna cotta with cream and caramel drizzle rise out of the vial like a perfect fall treat baked by a contestant on The Great British Bake Off. Basted onto the skin a decadent pumpkin and banana custard with heaping mounds of homemade whipped cream and sprinkled with toffee bits comes to life. Rich. Dense. In the heart the sweetness abates and the custard takes on a bread-like sponginess. This delicious beauty dries down to chewy caramelized vanilla sugar. 

Pumpkins Crave Bread- Notes: Sweet pumpkin flesh with warm, baking bread, barley malt, cassia, maple candy and pumpkin spice. $18

Crusty yeast baked bread with a touch of richness from added roasted pumpkin puree greets the senses when the nose is tucked into the bottle. Kneaded onto the skin the pumpkin bread morphs into pumpkin laced cinnamon rolls, light on the icing, heavy on the flavor. It gets darker and chewier as it wears, the maple sugar a burnished amber hue with the warmth of tonka beans not far behind.

I am loving all these but the surprise favorite for me is the Pumpkin Craves Bread as I tend to shy away from bread filled notes. Looking forward to pulling these out next year as a fall treat, though I will be wearing these in the cooler days ahead as well.

How is the weather by you? It has been nice and breezy with some coolness down here. I have a hard time staying indoors. I find myself drifting outside and staring at the sunlight slanting through leaves or to inhale deeply of damp humus. Things are starting to grow more slowly but there is always something to do.


  1. Ah, lovely! I have been eyeing some Craves myself...they are so fun and cute!
    These are lovely photographs! Love the lighting and effects.

    1. Thank you, Brooke!! Julia certainly makes it easy and fun to collect her creations. They just smell so comforting and delicious. Plus these Craves are nicely affordable. How are you doing?