With my first blog post (ever!), I figured I should start with the favorite scents I’ve received so far: Haus of Gloi.
On my first order, I grabbed Litchi Milk Tea and Mango Sticky Rice.
Shipping for samples is free, so I took advantage of that!
I had trouble opening these, but luckily they came in a nice cloth bag. I put the bag over the cap and then use it to bend the cap open so I can safely open the bottle without making a huge mess.
Ordered: September 21st
Shipped: September 25th
Arrived: September 29th
Mango Sticky Rice
Sweet mango, coconut infused rice and toasted sesame.
Initial Sniff Right from the bottle, I could tell how intense it is. It smells nothing like mango, but more creamy coconut, but not really, if that makes sense.
Wet Sillage is pretty high, I could smell it filling the room. It’s got a sort of sickly sweet smell with a strong spice to back it up. It smells exactly how it does in the bottle.
Drydown The sillage fades to a faint smell. It’s still strong, and I caught it when I moved my wrists around, but it’s no longer filling the air with its scent. The coconut really comes out and it’s slightly less creamy. I first smell the coconut, then the sesame in the background.
This lasted around 2 hours. It fades to something reminiscent of its drydown. It’s warm, slightly coconut-y, and smells delicious. It’s a comforting scent that isn’t too gourmand-y. Unfortunately my skin seems to suck this one up very quickly. 😦
Litchi Milk Tea
Tart lychee fruit and black tea met with a splash of coconut milk.
It’s perfume-y, but with a tart twist. A sort of tart perfume, if you will. It goes from tart to the black tea. It does smell like black tea! If you’ve ever had a bubble tea without the milk they put in, this is what it smells like. I don’t agree with the “milk” part of their title since it definitely doesn’t have any cream in the scent.
Wet The tart floral comes out right about now. Surprisingly, sillage isn’t too bad. It’s very close in proximity.
Drydown It dries to this sort of tart lychee sweetness with floral notes and tea. However, the floral notes do seem very prominent.
I love this scent. My friend says it’s grandma-y but I disagree heavily. The tart does disappear after about two hours, but it’s by no means unpleasant afterwards. This completely disappeared about 5 hours in.
Gentle hay pillows, pumpkin, ripe peaches dusted with clove and nutmeg, dried summer herbs, and lastly, a lovely crown of amber.
Initial Sniff To many people’s chagrin, I actually do not enjoy fall scents. This smells like the inside of Michael’s (Chain craft store we have in the US.) It DOES smell like fall, but I’m not too keen on smelling like a craft store, haha. I think it’s perfect for a lot of other people though. I can catch the spice of this, along with the peaches initially. The amber is very predominant and strong; the air around me smells of amber and some of the spices and herbs. I can catch a bit of pumpkin in the background, but it’s very faint.
Wet It smelled the same, honestly. The amber was very prominent.
Drydown I took this off twenty minutes in because I could not stand the scent anymore. It’s not for me.
With my body chemistry reacting perfectly with LMT and MSR, I decided to indulge a little more and order three more samples. Indie Makeup and More really pushed Ghost Puffs and Spider Silk, so I grabbed those in their restock. I also ordered Golden Corn Cakes and received Pumpkin Eater as my free sample.
Ordered: September 28th
Shipped: September 30th
Arrived: October 3rd
Buttery popcorn and marshmallow goo orbs, presented on a wooden stick.
Initial Sniff I was SO excited to smell like a marshmallow; I think many of you will definitely agree with me. It smells like buttery marshmallows- like the marshmallow yams on Thanksgiving. It smells pretty sweet and warm initially. Alas, it was not meant to be.
Wet This is where everything goes wrong. I could still smell the marshmallow and butter, but I caught a whiff of… plastic? Something sweet and EXTREMELY artificial.
Drydown 😦 This was a huge disappointment. My body chemistry turns this scent into sweet burning plastic. I had to wash it off, it was disgusting.
This was the saddest disappointment after all the hype. It has nothing to do with HoG though, just my own body chemistry. /cries
Procured from a dream: delicate water mint, wispy grey musk, crystalline webs of amber, oakmoss, torchwood, copaiba resin, and a touch of withered violet leaf.
Initial Sniff Man, I really, really don’t like this. It has a very fresh, sort of strong spice-y, incense-y scent. It’s not overpowering, but it’s enough to make me dislike it.
Wet It smells the same as the initial sniff, but more concentrated. The resin, amber, and musk really amps up.
Drydown It had really intense sillage. I put it on and I could smell my wrists as I was on my laptop. I ended up wiping this off before I went to bed. It was very, very pungent, but not enough to give me a headache.
I wasn’t a fan, but this is definitely something someone somewhere will appreciate.
Golden Corn Cakes
Corn cake baked to a golden perfection, topped with butter and honey.
Initial Sniff My god, this is what heaven smells like. It’s so strong and so sweet, but man I want to lick my wrists. The honey and cake take a huge forefront and blast your senses with this sugary blend. Afterwards, I smell a bit of the butter, but it’s mostly the other two main scents.
Wet It’s very cloying, and the sillage is insane at this point. The whole room just smells like someone dumped sugared butter on the ground.
Drydown Mmmmm. It’s still very sugary and pungent, but it’s more subtle. The scent doesn’t change at all for me.
I really like this. It’s different from anything I’ve ever tried!
Cream, glowing pumpkin, rich vanilla bean and the tiniest touch of nutmeg butter.
Initial Sniff Oddly enough, I like this one even though it’s fall themed. I’m glad this was sent to me, it was an unexpected surprise. It smells gourmand-y, like a toned down version of Golden Corn Cakes (like, wayyyy toned down.)
Wet It smells very creamy and rich. The nutmeg is definitely at the front, with the pumpkin.
Drydown It’s like a very sweet, creamy spice. I wouldn’t say it’s a tiny touch of nutmeg… more like a very present background scent.
It lasted around 6 hours, but was super faint at the end. I really liked this one.
Overall, I was very pleased. HoG doesn’t seem to alter itself on my body chemistry at all when concerned with gourmands (excluding the horror of Ghost Puffs), so it’s very nice to have that little perk! Shipping was fast since I live in California, they gave me a cute little card, and then some candy as well. (What are they called? They’re really good!!)
HoG was my first dive into indie perfumes and I’m so glad I chose them. 🙂