Thursday, 16 October 2014

Haus of Gloi Autumn goods!

(I have been trying to swatch some shadows for days, but as you can probably tell from my grey photos, it will not stop raining here!)

Weirdly, this is my first post about Haus of Gloi on this blog. I haven't ordered since the end of June, when I picked up some awesome scents and the summer bathbomb and a new hair oil, and I tried very hard to bypass the first autumn release so I could scoop everything up at once.

I failed a tiny bit. I mentioned that I wanted to pick up Spider Silk, and /u/Purpl342 very kindly sent me a sample of Spider Silk to try out. Once I decided I liked that (spoiler?), I made a small order for a full size of Spider Silk and a Red Licorice lip balm. Then I picked up a bottle of Queen Mother 2013, the vintage released this year from /u/Amayane on a reddit sale post. And then finally, autumn part 2 was released and my ninja finger grabbed full sizes of Blood Orange Marshmallow (Candy Bowl collection), Pumpkin Patch (Reverie), and S'mores (Reverie), as well as a sample of the GC Madcap Garden and two butterbombs in Baked Apple and Fall Air. I also received a sample of the GC Cozy Sweater in another reddit sale post, so I'm tossing that in here too. Plus it fits with the theme and all.

Of the things I actually ordered from HoG, all shipped quickly (the autumn part 2 was shipped the next day. My order e-mail is timestamped 4:00PM AST, which happens to be the time that the release was supposed to be live. I'm so speedy). They all arrived in good time, and wrapped with beautiful tissue paper in the boxes. 


I haven't used them yet (I'm currently waiting for my SO to clean the tub because it's his turn and I refuse to break down and do it myself) but I have used them before and talked a little bit about them here. To recap, they're fizzy little bath treats that make your skin super soft after using them and are very luxurious. I don't take baths all that often, but I like to keep a butterbomb kicking around for those days when you just need to relax in the bath, so I'll pick up a couple when they're brought out if I can. I have sniffed at Baked Apple and Fall Air, and they both smell pretty true to their names. I'm excited to use them! You know, in the distant future when my tub gets cleaned.

Spider Silk

Procured from a dream: delicate water mint, wispy grey musk, crystalline webs of amber, oakmoss, torchwood, copaiba resin, and a touch of withered violet leaf.

This smells so delicate and cool. It's very sophisticated. I'm not sure how to describe it really - minty, aquatic, floral. Very unisex. Kind of haunting. It lasted about seven hours on me, fading to a soft floral water scent. It has great sillage for such a delicate scent. I don''t know if it's the description influencing me, but it smells the way I imagine spider webs on the grass in the early morning.

Queen Mother 2013

Aged Pumpkin Queen (Gentle hay pillows, pumpkin, ripe peaches dusted with clove and nutmeg, dried summer herbs, and lastly, a lovely crown of amber.) with: tonka bean, labdanum, orris root, black patchouli, mitti attar and a lovely white champa flower co2. The white champa flower adds an oomph of hay and tea notes and supports the fruity aspect of Pumpkin Queen. 

This is exquisite! It smells like layers of spices and roots and gourds and it's very warm and comforting. Despite my dislike of pumpkin, I like this one, namely because I don't pick up on any. Just comforting spices and creaminess. It dries down to a kind of vanilla nutmeg on me. It last 12+ hours on my skin, and was comfortably close to my skin, but still creating a little aura of deliciousness around me.

Blood Orange Marshmallow

Everyone's favorite! Blood orange infused in rich homemade marshmallows.

I jumped on this...and then I saw some people compare it to Satyr, which I didn't like and then I spent the rest of the time till my package arrived worrying that I had made a terrible choice. I fall somewhere in the middle with this at first: in the bottle it's a very strong orange (note to self: you actually don't like orange notes as much as you think you do) and on my skin, it was very strong blood orange with a hint of marshmallow in the background. I wasn't crazy about it. Then the marshmallow started to grow stronger and my face probably looked like D: for about half an hour.because it smelled like a creamsicle and I despise creamsicles and then I hit jackpot. Delicious marshmallow with a soft tangy orange woven in. Yum. This lasted for about six hours, before it gave way to a purer marshmallow scent. All told, it lasted eight hours on my skin. It also has beautiful sillage.

Pumpkin Patch

Dried leaves, twisted vines, orange pumpkins, golden amber and earth.

I was still feeling a little sulky about missing the last of Samhain (and then missing every sale of it on IMAM by like five minutes. I kid you not) and I picked up sixteen92's Salem to fill the hole in my heart. Which it does. And with Pumpkin Patch, who needs you, Samhain? Huh? Ahem. This starts off in the bottle and on my skin very sharp, very strong dirt and leaves. It takes about half an hour to mellow down to something I am in love with: wet dirt, leaves, grass, and pumpkin rind. It smells like being in a field on a crisp fall day. I wish I had gotten a pumpkin butter of this or something, I like it that much.


Graham cracker, dark chocolate, burnt marshmallow and a faint touch of woodsmoke.

I know what you're going to say. "Hey swimmingmonkey, didn't you say you didn't like chocolate as a note and you were no longer buying chocolate perfumes?" Why, yes, I did. But I did lose my mind during this release. So you know. This smells like a delicious s'more in the bottle and is immediately super smoky dark chocolate on my skin. It's incredibly off-putting. Fortunately, it settled down after half an hour to a nice marshmallow and smoke scent, with a growing backdrop of graham cracker. The chocolate disappeared on me, but frankly, I'm okay with that. The sillage is crazy - people said I smelled like a marshmallow all day. It lasted about five hours on my skin.

Madcap Garden

A lively blend of pure black tea chilled with peppermint and the tiniest spike of sweet honey. Very unisex, stimulating, addictive, and bright.

This smells like a lovely minty black tea in the vial, and on my skin. I was thinking about how lovely it was, but Firebird's Black Tea & Mint, which I already have, is very similar. And then it changed to minty cat piss. Oh God why. I scrubbed it off but it wouldn't go away. I blame the honey. I ended up slathering myself in Epically Epic's Many Purpose Solid Lotion in Shamrock Shake to get rid of the cat piss.

Cozy Sweater

Pale skin musk, faded perfume, Egyptian amber, softly burning nag champa incense and a fine aged vanilla.

This was originally an incredibly popular Reverie scent from last winter that was made into a GC scent after people fell madly in love with it. I'd been sort of avoiding it...nag champa amps a ton on me, so I figured I'd just pass. Plus I don't love the other notes. But I was buying some perfume from a destash sale Christine of HelloWaffle was having, and she saw a comment I made about having not tried Cozy Sweater yet, so she said she would slip it in my package (with a pile of other samples! Christine is the loveliest). And Cozy Sweater is amazing, and I accept that I was wrong. It smells like a warm sweater, fresh from the laundry. If it was okay to put wool sweaters in the dryer. It's warm and clean and snuggly. It smells like it's enveloping you. I am madly in love. It has great sillage, and it lasted ten hours on my skin.

Red Licorice

Almost cherry like, it's similar to Red Vines.

Red Vines are not sold in Canada. So I might be unfmailiar with them, except that I found a box a few months ago at the Freak Lunchbox, and bought them because they were always being referenced on American shows. Guys, Red Vines are disgusting. They don't resemble any kind of red liquorice ever. But this lip balm smells like cherry candy and not quite like Red Vines, so I like it. Plus this lip balm is my HG formula.

Bonus: Olde Cider Haus

Old oak, sweet drying hay fields, crushed apple pulp and vanilla bean husks.

My bottle is from last year, and I was pretty sure I had reviewed somewhere but I guess not. Last year when I got it, it was very apple-y, with hay and grass, vanilla and the tiniest hint of smoke. This year, the apple has blended a little more with the other notes and it's a softly spiced apple vanilla with hay and smoke. I am enjoying the aged version very much. It lasts about six hours on my skin now, and has decent sillage. It's warm, and evocative of fall - one of my favourite fall scents, still.

Overall, I've been really enjoying this fall release. The autumn collection is still being (mostly) restocked, I believe, and you can check out the website here.

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