I like smellies. Well, let's amend that: I love smellies. I used to live at Bath and Body Works, I had so many perfumes it was ridiculous... and then I got married.
My husband has a lot of troubles with sinuses and allergies. He can't handle overwhelming bursts of scent, be it from a perfume bottle or a room spray...or incense. He loves them, but he can't handle it. Slowly, over time, I found myself cutting back on the things I loved.
Then, I found out about indie perfume oils. I ordered some, and - thunderbolt! - they didn't bother him! It was the sprays that really bothered him, not so much the scent. Plus, there were so many unusual scents. I was hooked. Then, I discovered not only were there perfume oils, but whole bath and body companies. Oh, I was in serious trouble.
So, over the years, I have become addicted to indie, and I never buy big line bath and body stuff any more. I thought that I would start a series of reviews of companies, for those interested.
This can relate to nail care, as there are indie sugar/salt scrubs, lotions and the like that are helpful for maintaining soft and supple hands! As a matter of fact, when I'm swatching, I swear by my indie sugar scrubs to save my hands from the dryness of acetone.
First up in this series is Haus of Gloi. I actually discovered this company from another blogger, Phyrra. I ordered something - I think maybe a year and a half ago? - and fell in love. Since then, I've place two other orders, so today's post is about my fourth order. When I first started ordering, they were on Etsy. Now, they have their very own cute website.
The website is very easy to navigate. Current TAT (turn around time) is on the front page. For those of you unaware about turn around times, this is the amount of time estimated between the time you place your order and the time until your order gets shipped. This is a common term when ordering from indie shops, because these are often businesses that are run by only a few people.
I am a big fan of autumn/Halloween scents, so my order was from their new Autumn line. I ordered a perfume oil sampler, a sugar exfoliant and a soap in Pumpkin Queen. I plan on making a second order with a few of the full sized perfume oils and, hopefully, some of their whipped soap, and maybe one of the pumpkin butters.
When I placed my order, there was a notice on the front page saying that shipping was on hold until after Matt (half of the Haus of Gloi team, he handles shipping!) came back on the 28th of August. I received my order on the 31st, and since I ordered on the 27th, this was not a bad time frame at all - at least in my opinion, since although Matt was away, I was still able to place my order! Ordering is very easy and pain free - I was able to use PayPal, for the record - and I've never, ever had a problem with shipping or communication.
Let's take a look at my little package.
Ahh, so many of my pictures came out blurry. I don't even know why, such a shame. So the first picture is my opened box, after I pulled up the (adorable print) paper that surrounded my products. Very tightly packed, and I just love the little touches of the paper. You can see the little paper wrapper and stamp that my perfume samples came in in the second photo! My soap and scrub were also wrapped in paper. The third photo is of all my goodies. Note the perfume sampler in the small ziplock bag - I like that, they don't get lost! The little pumpkin card is a nice touch, on the back is a personal thank you note and clipped to the note is an extra perfume sample.
Okay, so a tiny breakdown on what I ordered, scents and prices:
Pumpkin Queen Sugar Exfoliant - $11.00/7.5 ounce jar
Pumpkin Queen Handmade Soap - $6.75/5 ounce bar
Autumn Perfume Sampler Pack #1 - $12.50/5 sampler vials in these scents:
Pumpkin Queen - Gentle hay pillows, pumpkin, ripe peaches dusted with clove and nutmeg, dried summer herbs, and lastly, a lovely crown of amber.
Saft Ernte - A merry drink of harvest and glowing with warmth: Peach juice simmering with sweet spices, pumpkin, silken hazelnut cream and made completely curious with a drop of orange blossom water.
Samhain - Freshly turned earth, wet leaves, and a cool herb laden wind carrying spectres and spooks!
Hex - You've been bewitched! Brackish amber, aged vanilla bean and three dark fruits, veiled in darkness and otherworldly secrecy.
Red Roan - Fresh strawberry flecked porridge with maple syrup and adulterated with a splash of white cognac.
All descriptions and prices are directly from the website.
My shipping for all of this was $4.95. The perfume sample vial that I received was Olde Cider Haus, which is described as: Old oak, sweet drying hay fields, crushed apple pulp and vanilla bean husks.
Pumpkin Queen and Saft Ertne are very foodie scents. I smell a lot of the spice in these, not as much pumpkin, but it's definitely there. The major difference between these two is the addition of hazelnut creme to Saft Ertne.
Samhain, for me, is positively spooky when I first applied it - I've never had such a gut wrenching reaction to a perfume, I suspect it has to do with the "cool herb laden wind carrying spectres and spooks" element! I'm not sure what that note is, but it definitely got to me. I definitely smelled the fresh turned earth and wet leaves as well. Once it dried down, all of the scents melded and morphed - and they smell amazing together. Sort of herbal, very unusual and lovely.
Hex is hubby's favorite. He absolutely raved about it. I think I'll need a big bottle of it, the berry is not as strong, and again on drydown, the scents all meld together beautifully and had me huffing my arm.
I have not tried Red Roan yet, but I took a sniff and smelled strawberry and cognac. Yum.
Olde Cider Haus is very McIntosh apple when I first applied it, with underlying vanilla, and the oak and hay fields are very faint. When dry though, these all come to the forefront and meld, and it's straight back to my childhood in Maine and upstate New York, when fall has come upon the land, and you stand outside under an old apple tree. There's a crisp wind wrapping itself around you and you can feel the twilight of the year coming on. Very, very evocative and lovely scent.
I am not the best with describing scents, I can't pick out individual notes at a sniff. I love to read about them though! I can definitely sense the theme with these and I will tell you that the descriptions seem to be pretty dead on for me.
I plan on doing a full review of the sugar scrub, for those interested!
To me, Haus of Gloi is...perfection. I love the Autumn scents, so I'm glad I got to nab those. The purchase and shipping was without a single glitch, the packing was perfect, well sealed and well padded. The packaging and branding are simply adorable! I have always been a sucker for a great font and good packaging, what can I say? The perfume samples are in a tightly sealed vial, no worries about leaking. All in all, another excellent ordering experience with this company.
Have you tried Haus of Gloi before? What did you think? Favorite scents? I hope you found my overview helpful, please let me know if you enjoyed this.