Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Haus of Gloi Autumn Reverie and Candy Bowl

Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me.

This is part two of my massive autumn review from Haus of Gloi. The autumn collection is pretty huge so I broke this post up into three sections.

Pumpkin Cake Pops, Sugared Roses, Candy Corn, Blood Orange Marshmallow, Sweet Violets

Apple Milk, Red Roan, Scarecrow, Sweet Pumpkin Chai

First up, Reverie. There were four scents that were offered in very limited quantities. Reverie releases are done sporadically throughout the year and can include new or returning scents. Aside from perfumes, the products are offered in smaller four ounce jars and no sample sizes are available. They tend to sell out quickly and restocks aren't promised. Three of the four Reverie scents were offered previously.

Blood Orange Marshmallow - rich blood orange and fluffy white marshmallows. This was a Candy Bowl scent previously so it was only available in full size perfume oil, but this year it's available in several other products. In the bottle it's a slightly tart orange with a fluffiness from the marshmallows. On the skin the orange begins to soften and this becomes more of a sugary, creamsicle type of scent. This one is immensely popular every year and tends to sell out quickly.

Golden Corn Cakes - corn cake baked to a golden perfection, topped with butter and honey. This one is pretty straightforward. Warm buttery cornbread and sweet honey. Honey is a note that can either be done really well or really bad, but thankfully this one is perfect. In fact it's the most accurate honey note I've encountered. This isn't a scent I would repurchase but I can appreciate how spot on it is.

Red Roan - fresh strawberry flecked porridge with maple syrup and adulterated with a splash of white cognac. Warm buttered oats, strawberries and a touch of maple syrup. Smells just like the instant oatmeal with dried strawberries mixed in. I think I can smell a bit of the cognac too. On the skin I mostly smell strawberries and maple syrup with the warm oats far in the distance. It's very sweet and warm but a bit too foody for me.

Scarecrow - dried corn husks, dust, straw, weathered wood and a ruffle of inky black feathers. This was the new scent that hasn't been previously offered. In the vial it's a dusty, sweet blend and I can smell the corn husks and straw. There's a hint of wood and something dirty lurking musk perhaps? It's much sweeter and softer than I expected. But once this touches my skin it immediately begins to smell like motor oil. You know how it smells when you walk into a mechanic shop to get your oil changed? That's what this smells like. Greasy mechanic. I had to scrub this off because that's not something I want to smell like.

Next up, Candy Bowl. These are only offered during the Autumn release and are only available as 5 ml perfume oils. No sample sizes. They're more simplistic scents that are typically one or two notes and can be used for layering or worn alone. I have about half of the selection offered this year. I'd love to try them all, but with the lack of sample sizes it just isn't practical.

Candy Bowl perfumes:
Candy Corn - simple, but irresistibly delicious candy corn. This is pretty close to actual candy corn but there's a subtle plastic aroma that I smell. It fades quickly and the sillage is low, but I think it would make a good layering scent.

Pumpkin Cake Pops - lightly spiced pumpkin cake orbs with frosting. This one...IDK. It's weird and unpleasant. There's something medicinal here, like cough syrup. Spiced cough syrup, if you can imagine that. I don't smell pumpkin, cake or frosting...I wouldn't even classify this as a food scent. Sorry but I had to wash this off almost's that bad.

I just had an AH HA! moment so I'll add this in. This is very similar to the Alchemic Muse Pumpkin Caramel scent I reviewed a little ways back. I can't compare them side by side because I used up Pumpkin Caramel and tossed the jar, but they're very close from what I recall.

Sugared Roses - red rose petals preserved in vanilla sugar. This blend contains Bulgarian rose absolute and vanilla Co2 extract.  It's a deep velvety rose but as it fades it becomes a little softer and sweeter from the vanilla., but not by much. I prefer my foody-rose blends to be sweeter and more youthful. The rose in here is what I consider a more mature rose.

Sweet Violets - I can't find a description for this. It was also listed as Sweet Violet Candy in the newsletter but this is the same scent. If you're familiar with Haus of Gloi's Splendiferous and Violet Mallow Refresher, this is the same violet note. It's a sweet feminine floral but not as sweet as some other violet blends I've tried from other brands. I thought this had vanilla in it but I can't find where I read that. It becomes sweeter and candy-like on the skin but never powdery.

And finally, these last two scents. These were only offered in perfume oils and unlike the Candy Bowl, these were available in sample sizes. I believe these two are brand new.

Additional scents:
Apple Milk - apple pulp, hot milk and cardamom. It's a warm apple scent with tons of cardamom in the vial. The cardamom amps like crazy on my skin and that's pretty much all I can smell. The apple is still hanging around but is completely overwhelmed by the spice. Eventually everything balances out when the milk comes through but this gives me an apple cinnamon vibe, like a generic candle or air freshener.

Sweet Pumpkin Chai - sweet chai spices, pumpkin, vanilla Co2 extract and warm milk. In the vial it's mostly chai spices but I also pick up on sweet pumpkin. On the skin the spices amp a little and as the pumpkin fades it's replaced with the vanilla. It's still a spicy chai scent but it becomes sweeter the longer it wears. Eventually the vanilla disappears and I'm left with just the spices. I like it more than I thought I would but it's not something I'd repurchase.

Final thoughts - Sweet Violets was the only one that appealed to me. I figured I would love Sugared Roses but the vanilla didn't come through as much as I had hoped. Everything else here gets a pass. From what I can tell some of these are still available on the site. The link for the autumn collection in the drop down menu has been removed but I found some stuff by using the search bar. These won't be restocked and there's no telling what will be back next year so grab these quick before they sell out.

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