Now that I've gone through almost all of the seasonal and reverie offerings from Haus of Gloi, how about some general catalog stuff. They have some good blends that are offered year-round in a variety of formats, but these seem to get overlooked by the limited edition collections they release. I can see why though. As I was testing these, I kept looking for that oomph! factor that the seasonal blends are known for. A few of these delivered on that, but most left me craving that special magic that I've come to expect from Britton.
Rich and sultry amber, our own hand blended accord.
This is middle of the road as far as ambers go. No cloying, powdery sweetness like some I've tried, but not as deep as others. This one is rich, but also has an uplifting freshness to it. Clean and brisk is the best way I can describe it. Unisex but leaning more masculine with a strong sillage that lasted all day.
In the night garden, green Bolivian lemon, rubbed tomato leaf, olive leaf absolute, black fig syrup and basil.
It opens with tomato leaf and a lemon that smells as if it were picked straight from the tree and squeezed directly into the vial. Seriously, this has got to be the sharpest, freshest lemon I've smelled. Sillage is pretty strong at first but softens after an hour. The drydown features the tomato leaf that manages to smell like vinegar at one point, with the spicy basil remaining after several hours.
Honeysuckle Lemon Curd
Rich lemon curd with a touch of fresh honeysuckle.
Simple but beautiful. Zingy, fresh lemons and cream stand out initially, but a soft floral begins to push itself forward until it steals the spotlight. The honeysuckle is rich and golden, slightly sweet, but retains that lemony topnote that makes this perfect for spring and summer.
Bulgarian lavender and a heaping spoonful of pure Muscadovo sugar.
Herbaceous lavender without any camphorous notes. The sugar enters the picture after a couple hours, sweetening this blend considerably. It's a surprisingly realistic sugar too; sometimes this note comes across as smelling chemical and artificial, but this one smells true. Eventually the sweetness fades, but the lavender begins to take on a brighter quality, almost as if there's a lemon topnote added in. I'm going to try layering this with a lemon scent (Solstice Scents Chiffon, maybe?)
Litchi Milk Tea
Tart lychee fruit and black tea met with a splash of coconut milk.
Tangy and sweet red fruit reminiscent of raspberries and bold black tea. Very sunny and tropical, perfect for summer. As the lychee fades away, a sweet iced tea with sugar and lemon is left behind. Sillage is moderate with a wear time around six hours.
Absolutely fiendish creature! And quite frolicsome: Italian blood orange drizzled with blackened vanilla.
A creamsicle dropped in dirt, that's what this smells like. It's more vanilla than orange, and the black note dirties things up a bit to keep this from being sweet. Sillage is light, and this stayed pretty close to the skin for a few hours.
A trinity of soft milks, almond, oat and coconut, lashed with sweet agave nectar and the ethereal scent of clean white.
Almond extract and sweet cream with a splash of smooth coconut milk. The almond is pronounced with no cherry notes, and this blend sort of reminds me of marzipan. It's pretty enjoyable until the drydown when it turns into something perfumey. I don't know what's causing that...maybe the clean note?
Twice is Nice
Sweetest offerings of opulence! Buttery sugar cookie with shavings of creamy coconut and topped with toasted almond slivers.
Crunchy, warm cookies sprinkled with sugar and a generous amount of sweet almond. Sweeter and less buttery than the sugar cookie butter bombs from the Yule collection. The almond really stands out here with no toasty or cherry notes to be found. There's a slight coconut aroma that I pick up on occasionally, but it stays towards the back. Once again I get that perfume smell in the drydown like I noticed with Troika. The two notes they share is almond and coconut, so it has to be one of those. I've overlooked this one up until now, but I'll definitely be reaching for it soon.
Steam billows rolling off a vessel of fresh made Turkish coffee, marshmallow goo tainted by graham cracker crumbs, toasted hazelnuts, and blanketed in black chocolate.
This is a super rich and creamy milk chocolate and hazelnut blend. Much sweeter than I was expecting, but practically edible. Haus of Gloi's coffee note tends to go very bitter on my skin, but the sweetness from the other notes manages to balance everything nicely. The coffee lingers somewhere in the distance, allowing the chocolate to shine. Sillage is light to moderate with a total wear time of ~6 hours.
These are all available over on the website in a variety of products throughout the year. Insalata Nocturna and Twice is Nice are still on the shelf for now but will be moved to a seasonal collection once they sell out.