Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all. Which means nothing to me except for the new products I have to review. Still, lucky me!
I actually flagged the email they sent with the descriptions of the limited edition scents so I would know what to buy when it launched. I went immediately for the Pear Wood Pumpkin Butter (2-oz jar $5, 6-oz jar $10), because it sounded divine. At the time, only the larger size was available, but that’s okay; I’ll just keep slathering this on my poor, winter-dried flaking legs.
Pear Wood is described as, “Sweet pear, white cedar, sandalwood, amyris with the barest hint of labdanum and violet leaf absolute.” The scent is actually amazing. It’s the perfect marriage of fruity and woody. Which seems obvious from the name, but you have to smell it to believe it. The pear lends a crispness and warmth to the wood, without overpowering it, and the wood tones down the fruitiness of the pear. When you smell it up close, like if you sniffed it on your hand, it smells a bit more fruity, but still in a good way.
The Pumpkin Butters, infused with pumpkin oil (get it?), are frothy and concentrated and make your skin feel silky. They are also infused with scent to an amazing degree.
Which is why I’m so baffled by my other must-have from this collection, Come Hither, again in Pumpkin Butter (2-oz jar $5 [sold out], 6-oz jar $11). I knew I needed it literally just because of the description: “Inspired by traditional herbs and roots used in Hoodoo to draw and attract a lover, or entice the one you’ve already ensnared! Bourbon vanilla, tonka bean, a touch of rose oil, Queen Elizabeth root, three threads of saffron and a touch of honey to sweeten the whole deal.” It was cute and sounded delicious. It had to be mine. (Okay, the deal with all the Pumpkin Butter is that I don’t really use shower gel or scrubs, so I usually wind up buying hand/body cream if I want something from a bath line. Disclaimer over.)
To be completely honest, when I opened this one, I wondered if I had gotten a batch that they forgot to add the fragrance to. It really doesn’t smell like anything, which is an anomaly from a company whose products are SO fragrant and strange for a scent called “Come Hither.” (I actually can hardly wear the Fancy Bread Pumpkin Butter that I purchased, because all I smell for hours afterwards is banana bread!) When I hold my hands up to my nose and sniff, it smells vaguely sweet (is it that someone needs to get close to smell it?), but part of me wonders if I’m just making up that there’s a scent there. Was it mislabeled Aether, their unscented line?
Whether or not I got a bum batch, I’m clearly a girl who likes perfume, so at least I have a cream I can use that doesn’t compete with whatever fragrance I’m wearing. It’s just a bit baffling!
Update: Based on the lovely comment below, I emailed them, and got an almost immediate response saying it does sound like I got a mislabeled unscented version, so they’re going to send me out a replacement. Watch this space for an updated review!
I also caved for yet another lip balm (I must have 100 by now). I adore pear (clearly), so Winter Pear ($3.50), described as, “Juicy ripe pear,” had to belong to me. I actually have not opened it yet, and am saving it for when I use up some of my other ones. I’m sure it’s going to be a burst of freshness on my lips, though!
This time around, I ordered a couple of the perfume oil samples, rather than simply receiving the free sample they send with orders. Based on some of the lovely recommendation on my previous post, I picked Elevenses and Depravity, and also received Odette as my free sample.
I was immediately drawn to Elevenses (sample vial $2.50, 5-mL bottle $12) based on its description: “Not quite breakfast and not quite lunch, its the little sip and nibble in between! Bring out the old cracked china! Tiny, little, fluffy orange cakes, sugar coated toasty almonds and a wee steaming cup of black tea.” I’m a huge tea lover, so I thought I’d give it a try.
It smells nice, and it’s certainly interesting, but it’s not necessarily a fragrance I’d wear as perfume. I can see how it would be nice as a shower gel or soap. I don’t know if it’s the combination of the tea and orange, but it comes off smelling a bit licorice-y/anisette-y, a scent (and taste) I don’t like.
Depravity (sample vial $2.50, 5-mL bottle $12), on the other hand, is intoxicating! Described as, “A bewitching ladies boudoir! Pure corruption: clove, nutmeg lurk amongst the sweetest offerings of coconut, on a bed of rich golden amber, laden with a dusting of sandalwood and spilled wine,” it couldn’t smell more delicious. I adore the smell of cloves, so this one worked well in my favor. It has a lovely sweetness, tempered by a delicious warmth. Definitely a keeper, and I want to buy a full-sized bottle.
The big surprise for me was Odette (sample vial $3, 5-mL bottle $15). Part of the Valentine’s collection, I read the description of the scent, “Clean sun dried linens, tuberose, ginger lily and white musk,” and determined I was okay skipping it in my purchases. But it’s so lovely! Floral-y, yet fresh and clean.
And a discovery I made, by testing them out on my wrists and switching from one to the other, sniffing, (a must for me, before wearing them near my nose, because I’m so sensitive to certain scents), is that they smell amazing layered! The sweetness and warmth of the Depravity works hand-in-hand with the fresh floral of Odette. (I seem to like to temper deep, warm scents with crisper scents: see my Portrait of a Lady and Un Jardin àpres la Mousson combination.)
And this is saying a lot, but I’ve just received a bunch of decants of perfume, since I decided that I must find a Serge Lutens scent for myself (because he’s so iconic and French), and I actually prefer the 2 scents from Haus of Gloi over any of the Serge Lutens fragrances I’ve gotten so far.
In fact, I love them so much, I wish they lasted longer, because they definitely wear off by the afternoon. *sad face* I always thought perfume oils lasted longer because of the oil, so this surprises me. I guess I’ll just have to buy the full-sized ones and keep them with me to reapply!
Overall, I’m thrilled with my purchases, yet again (bar the bafflement over Come Hither). I’m also always glad to support independent shops, especially ones of such quality, with such great service. I’m sure I’ll be making more purchases. I love my Vice Pumpkin Butter so much, I think I’d like to try a sample of the perfume oil and see how it wears. And I still have yet to try anything in the very popular Honeysuckle Lemon Curd fragrance, so that is definitely in my future, too!
Have you tried anything from Haus of Gloi? What kind of fragrances do you like? Are you at least having a Valentine’s Day to write about?