Thursday, February 9th, 2012


Haus of Gloi Perfume Oils for Valentine’s Day

Haus of Gloi has created five scents for Valentine’s Day. Perfume oils are available in small sample vials ($3.00) or a 5ml amber glass bottle ($15.00). The photo above shows several vials of various scents. I’m still working my way through their regular catalog of scents, but I did trial their recent seasonal ones.  Their perfume oils last six hours or so on me, with some scents tending to stay longer on the skin.

  • Come Hither is described as being inspired by herbs and roots used in Hoodoo to attract a mate. It has Bourbon vanilla, tonka bean, rose oil, Queen Elizabeth root, saffron threads, and honey in it. On me, it’s feminine, soft, and rosy–there’s a subtle, sweetened rosiness that is rounded out by an earthy quality. There’s also a hint of herbaceous greens that is most noticeable in the first twenty minutes of wear but fade away shortly after.
  • Odette is described as “clean sun dried linens, tuberose, ginger lily, and white musk.” It’s a crisp, musky, and floral in the beginning. After a few hours of wear, it transitions into a more sweetened floral. The scent smells fresh and perfect for springtime, but the sweetness does pull it back a bit once it settles against my skin.
  • Who Needs Love is described as “chocolaty orbs, coated in crystallized coffee – filled with a pomegranate and raspberry filling.” At first, it’s a subtle sweetness mixed with a gentle tartness; there’s the sweet-tart taste of raspberries with the earthy sweetness of chocolate. For a scent with as many food descriptors, it’s not overly foodie. As the scent wears, the raspberry really starts to prevail with the chocolate becoming a backdrop. It was my favorite of the spring scents, which is funny, because I don’t typically like dessert-based scents.
  • Spring Tonic 1 is described as “Californian lemon, Mexican lime, parsley, and dandelion greens.” There’s a tart bite of citrus initially; there’s the sourness of the lemon, the crispness of the lime, and there’s a grassy element that gives it a green note. It smells like a really fresh, crisp salad. On me, the lemon seems to pull ahead after a couple of hours of wear.
  • Spring Tonic 2 is described as “fresh cucumber, parsley, and dandelion greens.” Lots of crisp cucumber from the get-go, mixed with the green, peppery scent of parsley. The cucumber wanes a bit, and the scent turns greener, almost grassy.
Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Haus of Gloi Lavender Sugar Bubbling Scrub

Haus of Gloi Lavender Sugar Bubbling Scrub

Haus of Gloi Lavender Sugar Bubbling Scrub ($8.00 for 6 oz.) is described as “straight French lavender and a heapling spoonful of pure muscadovo sugar.” Haus of Gloi’s Bubbling Scrubs have a lightly foaming base with both fine and medium grain sugars, and then they add shea butter so you feel moisturized post-scrub, too.  I love that you can buy a sample size (2 oz.) for $3.50; sample sizes are probably the best part (my opinion, of course) about shopping with smaller companies.  I picked up the full-size myself, but if you like to hop around scents, unsure if you’d like one, and so on, smaller sizes are often available.

If there’s one scent that I really, truly love and tend to love and gravitate towards in body products, it’s lavender. I am the type of person who can’t relax; like I get stressed out just trying to relax. The only time I ever feel totally relaxed is about forty minutes into a massage–and that’s when I finally can let go of my five mile long to-do list and twice as long worry list. Lavender helps me get there, even if I so rarely achieve perfection in relaxation, the scent always reminds me to relax, to focus, and to breathe in long and deep and slowly.

Lavender Sugar is just right for someone who loves an herbal, earthy lavender with just a faint hint of sweetness. The sweetness of the overall scent kicks in a few hours later, making it less herbaceous. If you tend to prefer sweet, more vanilla-like scents with a hint of lavender, the lavender in this will be too potent. It’s definitely the note at the forefront. The scent isn’t very nuanced, but it’s beautiful in its purity. It does linger throughout the day–about six to eight hours for me–but it clings, so it’s not a scent that will waft, but you’ll be able to smell it on your skin.

I like scrubs that have a good grit that gets dead skin sloughed off but with a little lather so it glides and melts against the skin. A lot of sugar scrubs seem to use a larger grain, and while I wouldn’t describe my body’s skin as sensitive, it’s not always the most pleasant. This scrub has a nice mix of sugar granules that really do melt while you’re massaging the product against the skin, but it doesn’t melt instantaneously–about thirty to forty-five seconds of massaging and most of the granules have dissolved.

It has a milky lather that helps the scrub glide across the skin–I hate when a scrub is so thick that it sticks and doesn’t cover the entire area–and leaves skin with a light moisturizer. It’s not enough hydration to cure dragon scales from infrequent body moisturizer application, but if you regularly moisturize already, you could probably get away with skipping the moisturizer after using this scrub.  You’ll never feel dry, tight, or oily post-scrub, though!

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