Saturday, March 15, 2014

Haus of Gloi Review

Or "How I'm kind of an asshole."

My sisters' birthday was a few weeks ago and that, of course, means birthday shopping. And what's birthday shopping without getting a little something for myself on the side? (It saves on shipping, come on.) Well, one of my sisters is big into body sprays, lotions, what have you and I could have run off to the nearest Bath & Body Works but I enjoy gifting people with things they'd never think to get for themselves. I've been lurking around on r/indiemakeupandmore and there I learned about Haus of Gloi. I took a meander around their website, liked what I saw and figured I'd pick up a few things for my sister and some perfume oil samples for myself. (I figured I deserved it for being such a thoughtful big sister.) I was extremely impressed with how quickly I received my order. I placed it late on a Tuesday evening and had the package in my hands by that Friday afternoon.

The contents of the box consisted of: the cutest handwritten thank you, a little Asian candy, my sister's gifts tenderly wrapped in tissue, and (my favorite) the most adorable little draw string bag full of my samples. Seriously kids, color me in love.

I've taken a while to give all of my samples a good proper testing. (I left my sister's things alone; I'm not that much of an asshole.) Before I dive in I just want you to understand that this is my first foray into the world of indie perfumes (or perfumes in general, honestly) so I'm definitely an amateur and ask that you forgive my almost complete inability to describe scents. Okay? Okay.

Let's get down to the nitty gritty of it! Inside that teeny bag was:
  • Elevenses
  • Honeysuckle Lemon Curd
  • Satyr
  • Vice
  • Who Needs Love?
  • Splendiferous (This was included as a free sample.)

Elevenses: Not quite breakfast and not quite lunch, it's the little sip and nibble in between... Fluffy little orange cakes, sugar coated toasty almonds and a wee steaming cup of black tea.
Oh hey, hope ya'll muthafuckas like tea. Because that's all I got from this one. Not a 'wee cup' but a bathtub full with a few little orange slices chucked in for good measure.
Granted, if you do in fact like tea then you'll love this. It's a decent enough scent. The orange in this perfume is very delicate and sweet but doesn't do much to counter the tea. I also can't find any hint of almonds. It's almost all tea.
I thought perhaps once applied something might change. The orange seemed to come out a bit but then really quickly faded away and I was back to tea. There was something a bit sweet that may have been the almonds but the entire scent was almost completely gone before noon so it's hard to say.
Suffice to say this was a no-go for me folks. If you are a tea lover than I say go for it! I wouldn't understand if you didn't!

Honeysuckle Lemon Curd: Rich lemon curd with a touch of fresh honeysuckle.
If you love lemon, then this is the scent for you. And boy, thank goodness I love lemon!
Straight from the vial the first thing that hits you is the lemons. Definitely citrus but the honeysuckle softens the tart edges a bit.
Once applied, I found the lemon almost immediately mellowed out and the honeysuckle really started to bloom. This seemed to continue to be the case throughout the day. It was still obviously lemon but ended up much softer and sweeter. At times, it did come across as a bit "lemon pledge-y" so if you hate lemons this is something you'll want to stay far away from. (Other times it smelled a bit like a lemon PEZ. I loved it.)
Staying power-wise, this scent wasn't going anywhere. I had to get in real close but it still held true all the way to bed time!
I'll probably go about getting this in the full size soon; it's an absolutely perfect fruity/sweet scent for spring!

Satyr: Absolutely fiendish creature! And quite frolicsome: Italian blood orange drizzled with a blackened vanilla.
One whiff from the vial and I was absolutely intrigued. I've never smelled anything quite like it! A tart orange scent cut into by rich dark vanilla. Imagine the sexiest orange you can and this was it.
I dabbed a bit on my wrists and immediately HATED it. It smelled like an old lady. I'm not quite sure how to describe it. But I gave in to my wretched fate and decided to smell like a musky old orange lady for the rest of the day. But the strangest thing happened. I couldn't keep my wrists away from my face. It was just too weird of a smell. And the more I took it in the more I liked it. And by the end of the day I was in love. The vanilla really comes out as the day goes on. It kind of smelled a bit like a rich adult orange creamsicle. If that makes sense.
This is another all day scent; no touch ups required!
Will I get this in the full size? Maybe. It's definitely not a scent I'd wear every day but perhaps often enough to justify it.

Vice: Steam billows rolling off a vessel of fresh made Turkish coffee, marshmallow goo tainted by graham cracker crumbs, toasted hazelnuts and blanketed in black chocolate.
I'm not a huge fan of coffee on its own but drown it in sweet things and we get along just fine.
This, this smells divine. Crack open the little sample vial and you'll swear you could eat what's inside it. (But don't.) You really catch the graham cracker. The hazelnuts and marshmallow are a bit harder to pick out but they're definitely there. And the coffee and black chocolate kind of blankets over everything.
However, once I put it on all I could really smell was the coffee. It was still a bit sweet smelling but the coffee's bitterness won out and it dried down somewhat smoky. It was interesting but hardly a winner.
Longevity-wise, it faded fairly quickly. There was a very faint graham crackery scent that lingered through the day but nothing that could hold my interest. This might fair better in my book if layered over something sweeter - but on it's own? I'll have to pass.

Who Needs Love?: A mahogany box filled with chocolaty orbs, coated in crystallized coffee - filled with a pomegranate and raspberry filling. Who needs love when you have something this decadent?
This is a part of Haus of Gloi's Valentine's collection and looks like it's currently still up on their site. It will be coming down soon however!
Chocolate seems to be the key player here when cracking into the vial. There's definitely raspberry and coffee but it's a bit difficult for me to pick out the pomegranate. (Which is fine with me; I'm not a huge fan.) On my skin, however, the chocolate really takes a back seat and almost seems to disappear all together. The scent that remained was not really what I'd been hoping for. I'm not sure if it was the raspberry or the pomegranate but something came across as a bit musky and almost rose like. I wasn't completely unpleasant but it was definitely not for me.
I won't be getting a full size but I'm willing to give it a few more test runs before passing it off as a lost cause.

Splendiferous: This particular perfume oil is from their run of upcoming Spring scents which wont be live on Haus of Gloi's site until later this month. Briefly mentioned on their Facebook page, however, it is described as "white cake, lemon zest and sugared violets."
All three notes are very clear from the start - it's so lovely! And by white cake, they MEAN white cake. This morning I felt like the prettiest wedding cake there ever was.  Applied, the lemon zest softens a bit but you still get a bit of everything. I was drooling over it. However, I could see it turning a bit powdery depending on the person as I got a whiff of clean babies every now and again.
The only truly disappointing thing about this fragrance was how short lived it was. It was gone before mid morning.
I'll definitely be getting a full size and perhaps a sample of the pumpkin butter once their spring stuff is up. I'm hoping layering the two will increase the longevity. (Ah, I might try layering it with Honeysuckle Lemon Curd! I'll let you know how it works out!)

Overall, there were some duds and a couple studs. The studs completely made it all worthwhile however! Haus of Gloi has very quickly grabbed a hold of my heart and wallet. Good goin'!

Next on my list to try are Litchi Milk Tea, Imp and Madcap Garden! Thoughts? Suggestions?



  1. Litchi Milk Tea is Divine! You'll love it!

  2. I totally love your scent descriptions! I myself have big problems discerning ingredients in parfumes and fragrances (especially when I've never smelled them on their own, ha, e. g. I don't know what patchouli smells like), so describing them is even worse for me. :D I'm looking forward to each new article. Can't wait for upcoming Shiro swatches. :)
    Greetings from the Czech Republic. :)

    1. I'm glad my descriptions make sense! I feel like I'm terrible with them - I can pick out patchouli in perfumes but couldn't for the life of me tell you what else it smells like, haha. I'm really excited about the posts I have planned! I'll try to make sure I don't keep you waiting too long. ;D