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Haus of Gloi's spring collection is coming this weekend, so I wanted to get a head start on a few reviews. These are the scents I picked up last year, but they will all be returning along with a couple new additions. I plan on grabbing the two new scents along with Ploughman, which I passed on last year, so I'll be reviewing those in the near future.
Honeybelle - a blooming orange orchard, orange blossom honey, soft white tea and creamy white amber. One of my favorites. I'm a sucker for orange blossom, and Haus of Gloi does it right. It's mostly an intoxicating orange blossom in the bottle with a slight orange top note just to give it a little zing. The white tea helps brighten this scent just a bit, but it's almost entirely floral. I was expecting to smell honey but I don't. On my skin, the citrus and white tea hang around for an hour or two before they disappear and I'm left with the smell of orange blossom. Further into the dry down I'm left with a soft, clean smelling white amber. Honeybelle really surprised me. I was expecting this to either be predominately citrus from the orange orchard note or sweet from the honey, but it was neither. It's a very delicate, clean skin fragrance. Total wear time was around five hours with a low to moderate sillage.
Milkmaid - flushed, but demure. Fresh milk, clean linens, pale musk and pink sweet pea blossoms. I wasn't sure about this one at first. On one hand I'm drawn to anything that lists milk as a note; on the other hand I tend to avoid most things that have linen or sweet pea. But I love this. It's a sweet, clean, milky scent that is very feminine. In the vial I smell lots of sweet pea, but I also pick up on the clean linen and creamy milk. On my skin, the linen note is strong with the milk helping to smooth out the sharpness that I find in a lot of laundry scents. The sweet pea is still present and adds a delicate sweetness, but it's farther in the background now and gradually fades over the next few hours. As this wears, the linen and milk transform from a clean skin scent into a powdery sweetness that remains until I can no longer smell it after around six hours.
I also bought this in a scrub, and it smells very different than the perfume and pumpkin butter, which is what I described above. The scrub is much heavier on the linen so it smells much more clean and less sweet from the florals. It has a strong starchy, laundry detergent smell.
Ruth - fresh strawberry, green patchouli, rose geranium and crushed violet leaf. Ah, Ruth. This is one of those love it or hate it scents. I figured I wouldn't like it (and I don't) but gave it a try anyway. In the vial, it's a sharp green scent with a touch of sweetness from the strawberry. I think I'm mostly smelling a combo of the violet leaf and patchouli. The strawberry disappears within the first twenty minutes on my skin even though it didn't contribute much in the first place. I wore this for around four hours before I washed it off, but even then all I could smell was the violet leaf and patchouli. Ruth didn't morph on my skin, and it remained a very bitter green scent with a sharp metallic quality.
Selkie - the break of waves, gurgling sea foam, kelp, rain tinged air, sand smoothed driftwood and wild sage. I have to say, this seems like a strange offering for a spring collection. It's more of a summer scent. In the jar, it's very green, wet and a little salty. That must be the kelp listed in the description, but honestly, it smells more like mildew. I don't smell any sage or driftwood. I only wore this for around twenty minutes before I washed it off, but it smelled the same as it did in the jar. I'm sure I didn't wear this long enough for it to blossom on my skin, but it's just not my thing...partly because I don't gravitate towards aquatics and partly because I can't get that association with mildew out of my mind when I smell Selkie. It's a decent unisex aquatic fragrance though, it's just not one that I can wear.
Splendiferous - white cake, lemon zest glaze and sugared violets. This is tied with Honeybelle as my favorite Haus of Gloi scent ever. In the bottle I get mostly lemon with the violet weaving in and out. There's a vanilla note that I occasionally pick up on, but it isn't adding much at this point. On my skin, the lemon amps briefly before the violets become the prominent note. The vanilla cake is now present and adds an almost sugary sweetness with the lemon staying in the background to prevent this scent from becoming too sweet. A few hours in, all I smell is violet. At this point, it's practically identical to the Sweet Violet Candy perfume from the Halloween release. I read some reviews that stated this scent turned powdery and cloying, but I didn't experience that at all. Once the lemon fades, it does become sweet but nothing that I would consider cloying or powdery. I get around six hours of wear time from Splendiferous and a moderate sillage.
Final thoughts - Ruth gets a hard pass, and I do mean a *hard* pass. But Honeybelle, Splendiferous and Milkmaid are some of my favorite indie scents ever. They're light, feminine and perfect for spring. The spring collection will be available on the Haus of Gloi website this Sunday at noon Pacific time. Luckily items haven't been selling out as quickly as they used to, but I still recommend getting on the website as close to the launch time as possible in order to snag all the items you want.