By Tina A. - March 28, 2012
Unless you're a fairly recent reader of this blog, you probably know that when it comes to bodycare, Haus of Gloi is one brand that I can't rate highly enough.
So, naturally, when I got the alert that they were coming out with a Valentine's release for 2012, I knew I had to check it out! Let's take a closer look at my little haulage, shall we?
This time I only picked the three newer scents of the collection: Odette, Spring Tonic #1 and Spring Tonic #2; Come Hither and Who Needs Love were re-releases from last year (you can check my reviews of those if you'd like here).
Odette contains notes of clean sun dried linens, tuberose, ginger lily and white musk, and the overall impression certainly fits that description. There's something very crisp and clean about this scent, that coexists in balance with the lively notes of the white flowers, that are also included. I found that the "cleanliness" was more promiment in the soft bubbling scrub, whereas the pumpkin butter felt a little richer and warmer.
Spring Tonic #1 is a mix of Californian lemon, Mexican lime, parsley and dandelion greens. To me, this is all citrus-y freshness, the lemon and lime are way too intense to give room for anything else (perhaps the green notes underneath are just meant to add a natural boost of freshness, instead of anything else that would make it too sweet). Once again, true to its tradition of gourmand scents, Haus of Gloi has released a scent, reminiscing remarkably of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Spring Tonic #2 is somewhat like Spring Tonic #1, minus the citrus. Its notes are fresh cucumber, parsley and dandelion greens. I joke about this often saying that it smells like a salad, but I do mean it in the best possible way: think fresh herbs, green grass and a light spring breeze and then you'll know what this one is all about. In my book, Britton (the creative force behind HoG) knocked it out of the park with this one, it's so fresh, yet so calm and earthy and you simply can't get yourself to stop bringing the jar under your nose.
As far as formulas go, the quality is still exceptional.
The HoG pumpkin butter is a top notch body butter and the bubbling scrub is still lovely and effective, although I did find it a bit frothier than previous collections (perhaps that's why it's now renamed as "soft bubbling scrub").
This time I tried a third formula, that of their whipped soaps (in both the Spring Tonic scents), and I was extremely impressed: the initial condensed mousse texture gets quickly dissolved when mixed with water and you get a lot of lather with a small amount. I'm usually a showergel kind of person (due to the ease of use; I love a good bar), so this was a pleasant surprise and one that will surely keep me coming back.
Of course, I know that it's a little cheeky of me to blog about a past LE collection, but I think that there might be some bits of it still available (along with the new Spring release that's calling my name). If you have yet to try this brand, I strongly suggest you do!
What spring scents have you come across recently in perfume and bodycare?
Which brand makes the best scents in your opinion?