Thursday, 17 December 2015

Haus of Gloi: Autumn

It snowed a foot on Tuesday, with blustery winds, and it was heavy and wet (I shovelled my porch, the first shovelling I have done since high school, and I hated it heartily) so it seems like the perfect time to finish this review of Haus of Gloi's Autumn release. Right? Right. 



Scarecrow

Dried corn husks, dust, straw, weathered wood and a ruffle of inky black feathers.

This one was a total impulse purchase on my part, and a very good call, because I really do like this one. It reminds me a lot of Solstice Scents Winter Fox, but an autumn version. Where White Fox is white and clean and cold and fluffy, Scarecrow is dry and woody and fluffy. In the bottle, it smells like straw, dirt and something soft and warm. On my skin, those elements remain, but it gets deeper and a dry, old wood note fills the background. It gets drier and woodier as it wears, putting in mind of things sitting on an old picnic table in the hot sun at the end of September. It's very interesting, and a fairly unisex perfume. It's got a great dirt-like note, a bit damp, but also dry on top. The sillage is moderate and it lasts about eight hours on my skin. 

Red Roan

Fresh strawberry flecked porridge with maple syrup and adulterated with a splash of white cognac.

I've lusted after Red Roan for ages now,and finally, finally, FINALLY I was able to get it. And like many long-held lemmings, this one let me down. I had hyped it up in my mind after waiting for it to come back in the Haus's rotation, and it was finally coming out...and I hate it. I really am not a fan. It doesn't work on me, and I will be letting this one go. In the bottle, it smells like artificial strawberry + something very sweet (I'm guessing the maple syrup but I am a maple syrup expert and it doesn't read maple enough to me) and oatmeal. I love the oat note in this, but the strawberry + alleged maple syrup are sickeningly sweet on me. It makes my teeth ache. It remind me of my grandmother's strawberry shortcake - I love my grandmother, but she was never a great hand in the kitchen, and she put wayyyy too much sugar in her strawberries. The sillage on this is toward the lower end, and it lasts about six hours on my skin.

Apple Milk

Apple pulp, hot milk and cardamom.

I tend to be a little bit leery of spice + apple scents these days - I prefer fresh apple scents and cider or pie scents can be a bit much for me. I like cinnamon and cardamom, I just don't want them on me. Apple Milk is spicy, but more akin to a nice bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal, and I can get behind that. The milk veers a little too close to smelling powdery toward the end of wear, but it's otherwise a nice, hot, spiced apple oatmeal and I like the bulk of the wear, at least enough to keep it around for now. It's a very cozy scent, like a kitchen around Thanksgiving.The sillage is moderate, and it lasts about six hours on my skin.

Cozy Pumpkin

Oooo! Fresh pumpkin and our ever popular Cozy Sweater perfume (Pale skin musk, faded perfume, Egyptian amber, softly burning nag champa incense and a fine aged vanilla) blended together for fall time coziness.

I don't know why I bought this. I picked it up with my Yule things, so I actually had some time to think about it, and I don't know why I did so. I posted about it on Instagram over the weekend, and after some more testing, my opinion remains the same: this smells like stewed pumpkin and laundry on me, and not in a pleasant way. I hate pumpkin, but I think I let myself be swayed by my deep and undying love for Cozy Sweater, and it backfired. Logic dictates that I should have avoided this. Logic did not win. In the bottle, it is almost all stewed pumpkin  (I know it says fresh pumpkin in the notes but it did not smell like fresh pumpkin). The loveliness of Cozy Sweater is lost by the evil pumpkin. The sillage was decent, on the higher end of moderate. Sitting next to me, you'd be able to smell it faintly. It lasted about ten hours on my skin.

Mixed results for this release. Hmm. Haus of Gloi releases are exhausting, so pulling away might be a good idea. I don't like being part of a mad rush to get bath and body products. 

If there are any autumn things kicking about, they might pop up at their website.

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