Haus of Gloi Valentine's 2011: a love-ly selection!

The unexpected discovery of the vegan bodycare & perfume brand Haus of Gloi a couple of months ago, has turned into a bit of an obsession of mine lately. I blame it all on the pleasantly unusual scents, the amazing product formulas (among the best I've ever tried, no joke) and the simple-but-cute labeling of the jars.

So, when I heard that they would be releasing 3 new scents in time for Valentine's day, there was no way I was gonna miss it! I was, however, a few hours late at placing the order, which is all it took for one of the scents to sell out, so, I had to wait for it to get restocked (which is why you're reading this a little later than expected as well)!

But, that is all beside the point! So, let me present you with the full collection:

Who Needs Love is described as "A mahogany box filled with chocolatey orbs, coated in crystallized coffee - filled with a pomegranate and raspberry filling. Who needs love when you have something this decadent?".

Right when I first read this I was almost mortified - the combination of chocolate and coffee sounded extremely heavy and overpowering. In reality, it wasn't like that at all. Both products in the jar smell very freshly and fruity, and remind me of jam, even though they're not at all sweet.
The bubbling scrub left a warm and fruity scent on my skin right after applied (I could detect the chocolatey touch there), whereas the pumpkin butter was undeniably coffee riden (think freshly ground aromatic coffee), even though that doesn't linger on for too much, at least on me. The overall impression was warm and spicey, yet fresh and fruity, an unorthodox combination that somehow works!

Something Hopeful is described as: "Perhaps the first stirrings of the spring to come. Warm sakura blossom green tea with the tiniest droplet of plum juice, red madarin and crystallized jasmine essence".

Please, close your eyes and picture a fully blossomed japanese garden and you'll know what this scent is all about! The jasmine notes are in perfect harmony with the freshness of the green tea, especially in the bubbling scrub. The pumpkin butter adds a little citrusy touch to the mixture and the overall result is an extremely fresh scent - similar to a spring valley breeze. Yes, it is that good!

Come Hither is: "Based off of traditional herbs and roots used in Hoodoo to draw and attract a lover or entice the one you've already ensnared! Bourbon vanilla, tonka bean, cardamom, a touch of rose oil, Queen Elizabeth root, three threads of saffron and a touch of honey to sweeten the deal".

Come Hither comes only in the pumpkin butter form (as well as in perfume oil form) and, to my nose, smells distinctly of roses. Not the old lady type though, but fresh, modern and sweet roses if that makes any sense. After the application the rosey notes get toned down on my skin and a warm muskiness emerges. It's one of the few times that I appreciate the rosey notes on a bodycare product, since I usually don't prefer them, but I'll gladly use this up!

All in all, this was a lovely "collection", the whole selection was very feminine and spring-appropriate. And I was glad that I chose to get the scents in both the bubbling scrub and pumpkin butter forms, since the effect is not quite the same (something that I had suspected from the Yuletide release).

The only problem is that I now have enough body products to last me for many many weeks, so, I'm not so sure I can justify any purchases from future releases any time soon! But, I'm not complaining, those little jars will keep my skin happy for now and that's all that matters! :)

So, have you tried Haus of Gloi yet?
And what is your favourite bodycare brand/favourite bodycare products?

What's your opinion?

  1. Have not tried any of the products before but it does sound amazing! Thanks for sharing!


  2. Pragmatika fainontai na einai poly kala proionta..Apo pou ta parhggeiles?

  3. I have heard about this brand before but never tried it - I suspect I would love it lol... are they expensive?

  4. Your blog posts about this brand keep tempting me! I can't choose which scent appeals to me the most because they all sound so unique, complex, and amazing. x

  5. Hey Hun! It's so difficult for me to describe scents but you did a terrific job in your review post! To me I describe a scent like a guy does - it's either "I don't like it" or "I like it!" LOL
    No I have not tried anything from Haus of Gloi yet but I do recall your last post on this brand when you first tried them out. I've kept them in mind! But like yourself I have a ton of skincare products to last me um, quite a while LOL These scents sound so unique and the ingredients sound like good quality ones. If they sell out that fast, it must be good and I trust your opinion :)
    For a few years now, Aveeno body moisturizers have been my HG. Dale has stocked me up well on some Absolutely Natural skincare products which are nice and nearly free of well as Burt's Bees products which are also nice and nearly chemical free as well.

  6. I'm a huge Haus of Gloi fan. I ordered most of the Halloween collection in October, Pumpkin Queen is now my favourite scent ever!
    I've ordered the Something Hopeful scrub and butter, and some Vice soap which I've been wanting for ages but is always out of stock!
    I have to say though-rather disapointed on the Valentines labels-very plain compared to their usual.

  7. All those scents sound lovely and I'm tempted to check them out doll!!!
    Lovely post and lovely haul for Valentine's!You 'll make your skin happy though for much longer!!

  8. Sounds soo good! I m loving the simple packaging....

  9. @Charming Vanity: You're welcome! They're definitely worth the try! :) x

    @Artemi: Οι μυρωδιες μπορει να ειναι η οχι του γουστου σου (βεβαια κανουν κ την Aether, σειρα fragrance free), αλλα η ποιοτητα των προιοντων ειναι εξαιρετικη! Τα παρηγγειλα απο το ! ;) xxx

    @Nic's Notebook: Nope, they're very affordable, yet another huge plus! ;) x

    @Tiffany: Complex is really a good way of describing these scents!!! Yes, I know, I was a bit of a sceptic at first too, ordering bodycare products without the usual "classic" scents, but eventually caved! :) Hope my post helps someone decide, it's always nice to read a few more reviews when it comes to scents!!! Btw they do fragrance free bodycare as well! xx

  10. @Karen: Thanks babes, yes, describing scents is one of the hardest things of beauty blogging! But I try to do my best in hope that someone will benefit from it! I surely do too when I'm about to order scents I've never tried b4 online!!!
    And yes, I know what you mean about body products, I have a tendency to stock them up as well!!! Or to...overstock them, haha!
    Sadly, I have no idea how these would work with your eczema, I do know tho that they make a fragrance free range! Hope this helps! xxx

    @sparkle-and-grey: Yes, I'll agree on the labels! When I first saw these, I was a bit underwhelmed too. They do work well though with the whole fresh/spring theme, so that could be the reason! Vice sounds great in the soap form, I've only sniffed the oil and it gave me a headache-too strong!! The soap would probably be milder! Thanks so much for sharing!!! x

    @Blushingloves Irene Greece: Do consider checking these out when you run out of what you're currently using, I think you'll like them! ;) And yes, my cabinet is filled with bodycare stuff now! Lol! xxx

    @resham: Yes, the packaging is a good reminded that truly great products don't need to rely on fancy packaging!!! xx

  11. Omg I am going to HUNT THIS DOWN!

  12. @YB*: Hopefully you found these in time (they released their spring collection a couple of weeks ago)! x


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