Phoebus is another beautiful creation from Arcana Soaps.
It’s notes are listed as:
Smoked vanilla, sweet resins, red musk, marshmallow, and fiery woodsmoke.
I adore blends with red musk in them and with my current track record with Arcana, I figured this was a sure win.
Wet this is a strong red musk (yay!) with a smoky undertone and a hint of sweetness. As this dries the notes begin to meld and the red musk tones it down a bit to allow the resins, vanilla and woodsmoke to come out and do their thing. The woodsmoke isn’t quite as in your face as you would think – more like it is way in the background. Also the wood is fragrant and beautiful smelling. The marshmallow gives a bit of a fluffy feel and a hint of that powder you find on the outside of marshmallows. It doesn’t overwhelm the blend and adds just the right amount of sweetness to combat the woodsmoke and smoked vanilla.
It reminds me of Holy Terror (another wonderful blend by Arcana) – but just a bit different. Perhaps it is the resins and vanilla that put it in the same vein. They are not the same, but in that same type of scent family.
The throw on this is low to moderate but it wafts around as I move my hand and I get gentle little blasts of red musk sweetness.