Haus of Gloi first order!

I 'll admit it: I 'm a victim of (fellow blogger) peer pressure. You see, when The Gloss Goss, Lipglossiping and London Makeup Girl rave about a brand, you don't have any other choice but to try it.

I 'm talking of course about Haus of Gloi, a brand dedicated to making 100% vegan and cruelty free home-made bathing goods, from soaps and scrubs to perfume oils and body lotions.

For starters, I chose 2 sample size jars from their Yuletide '10 collection, Eggnoggin Bubbling Scrub and Snow Wold Pumpkin Butter, as it would be pointless to get the full sized products without knowing if I 'd like the scents first. Note that Haus of Gloi sample jars are 56 gr. each, which is more than enough to see if you 'd like them. Personally, I 'd classify these as deluxe/travel size containers.

And with what limited perfume describing skills I may have, I 'll try to give you a rough idea:

Eggnoggin is described as "The Haus 'nog! Cream, sugar and a shot of dark rum topped with fresh grated nutmeg".
At first I was afraid this was going to be a very sweet scent, more than I could handle. Thankfully, that wasn't the case. Granted, it is sweet, but not overly so, and when applied on the skin the scent becomes milder compared to what you smell when you open the jar. Eggnoggin to me is like a cross between Baileys cream licqueur and good old bubblegum, foody, but extremely pleasant. I can see myself using this up in no time.

Snow Wolf is a bit more complex. Haus of Gloi's description: "Bristling and prowling, lonesome and haunting. Three howling firs, whitened frankincense, vanilla bean husk, tainted by droplets of blood cedar".
From what you can imagine, it's extremely rich and woody, due to the fir and cedar and quite strong, thanks to the frankincense. It's quite a masculine/unisex scent - and oddly reminds me of my grandfather. However, it transforms almost completely when applied, the woody notes are hugely toned down to give their place to a gorgeous soft mix of frankincense and vanilla. I 'm very glad that it changes to that with my body chemistry, since I found the initial...alpine forest impression a little overwhelming.

Of course perfume is completely subjective, you have to try it to see how you feel about it. Perfume aside, it would be a mistake by me not to mention that the formulas are amazing!

The bubbling scrub provides a gentle, yet effective exfoliation, while it lathers, leaving your skin extra clean and smooth and the pleasantly lightweight pumpkin butter keeps even dry skins like mine well moisturised without unpleasant stickiness (personally, I've placed these right up there with my Korres ones and you know how much I love those).

The Yuletide collection will be up until the 7th of January, so hurry up and make the most of it while you can! Me, I 'm already waiting for a little Hearth and Parkin to come my way!

What's your experience with this brand if you've tried it?
And where do you stand on foody, sweet and woody scents?

What's your opinion?

  1. I'm definitely lusting after these! They sound like they smell lush! xx

  2. Great review! No I haven't heard of Haus of Gloi before...mmmm but Eggnoggin sounds good. I LOVE egg nog. I'm not so sure about something very woody though...although my favourite evening perfume is Armani Code and it does have sandalwood in it. So idunno. I actually make my own body scrub with sugar granules and baby oil. Works like a charm :) Have you tried to make your own body scrub before?

  3. I've never even heard of this brand! I love the packaging and the product names and descriptions :)

    I like foody and sweet scents, but generally only in shower gels, body scrubs, etc...a.k.a. stuff that will wash off ;) There are certain things that I love the smell of, but don't want to smell that way the whole day..if that makes sense! And I admit, I do not like woody scents! Or at least I haven't found one I like yet. Like them on others, but my bod doesn't enjoy them so well I guess.

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday season Tina! xoxoxoxoxo

  4. I think you have excellent perfume describing skills, I could almost smell what you described! They do sound very interesting but I'm afraid my sensitive skin may not "accept" these lovely smells. Although I haven't quite figured out what irritates my skin and what doesn't. I would like to invest in a few body products, maybe I should go with Korres, a safer and cheaper option! You've tempted me to try these though! xxx

  5. The Snow Wolf Pumpkin Butter sounds amazing! The packaging always get me cute.

  6. I've never heard of the brand before but your review made me check the website... I love that they have out of the ordinary scents like Absinthe and Moon dog, I wonder what the latter would smell like! Great and informative review, hun ;)

    As for perfume preferences, I'm mostly keen on fresh and citrucy scents. I'm trying to like all the sweet gourmant scents out there but my nose doesn't seem to bare them, lol! Florals are ok but can be flat and boring. I also love to wear men's woody colognes ;)

  7. You know what you just did, right?
    You made me go to their site...
    I'm preparing for an order as we speak...I've read Tali's reviews as well and oh, I think it's going to be a biiig order...
    I love foody and sweet scents!Love cupcake and vanilla and lollipop scents.Le sigh!
    Paw gia ywnia...filiaaaaa! <3
    kai kalh mas xroniaaaaa!

  8. @TheBristolBeautyBlog: They really do! I'd definitely recommend them! :) xx

    @Karen: I love sandalwood in perfumes as well, although Code is not really my style (I 'm really picky when it comes to perfume)! Love woody notes too, although the initial impression of Snow Wolf was a little too foresty, lol, thankfully it changed quickly! Or I would still smell of pine! :D
    Yes, sugar and (olive) oil is a classic recipe, sadly it lacks the luxurious feeling of other products, despite the fact that it does the job really well..! :( xxx

    @ellamarie84: Yes, I agree, I enjoy foody scents too, but only in bath products. I mean a shower gel is different, but smelling all day like, say, a choc chip cookie can give u a headache! Or cupcakes or sth (which is why I dislike Britney's Fantasy, the pink one, so much)! xxx

    @Arietta: Thank you girl, I find describing scents can be very difficult, since you cannot really make the other person smell what you smell through a written page - without taking into consideration that we all perceive scent in a different way!
    Btw, these are cheaper than Korres, I was really surprised! xxx

  9. @Tiffany: I know, the packaging is so retro and cute with those labels, I wish they don't change the style! xxx

    @cbsg5861: I 'm really curious about Absinthe too, hope it smells like the drink! I guess we'll find out at a future purchase! Lol!
    Yes, I know what you mean about scents, usually sth extremely sweet and foody is very overpowering and headche inducing! I love woody and more masculine perfumes too, or sth fresh&spicy/musky at the same time! xxx

    @Ria: Hehehehe! :) You have to tell me what you got! :) But whatever it is I don't think you'll regret it! :) xxx


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