Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Queen and Saft Ernte
Gentle hay pillows, pumpkin, ripe peaches dusted with clove and nutmeg, dried summer herbs, and lastly, a lovely crown of amber.
I get the pumpkin and hay first, the spice notes are there but aren't too spicy, I sniff more clove than nutmeg (which is good, as I really don't like over nutmeg-ed pumpkin fragrances) and finally with the warmth of my skin the amber and peach softly bloom. Britton, the nose behind HOG (the initialism tickles me too much not to use it) used to work as a chef, and that shows in the way she can blend fragrances so deftly, so that no one note dominates or jars the nose. This is a gourmand fragrance, but definitely not a sickly one; I don't like very foody scents in body care items - I can't use any of the Laura Mercier dessert-y body products, for example. Although it doesn't smell in any way like it, I'd liken it to Jo Malone's Blue Agave and Cacao body creme- it's gourmand, but it doesn't smell like a pudding, it just makes my skin smell delicious.
I bought this in the Pumpkin Body Butter, and if you like autumnal scents I'd recommend watching the HOG website for this to come back in stock and snap it up when it does.
Safte Ernte is described as:
A merry drink of harvest and glowing with warmth: Peach juice simmering with sweet spices, pumpkin, silken hazelnut cream and made completely curious with a drop of orange blossom water.
To be completely honest this does smell quite similar to Pumpkin Queen to me, although Saft Ernte is definitely sweeter and creamier - more reminiscent of late summer than full autumn. This is the sole Halloween fragrance available in the Whipped Soap formula which is why I bought it, but I'm surprised by how much I really like it as a scent. I'd consider buying it in a Body Butter if I hadn't already ordered a Maple Cream one from the Reverie Autumn items (the Reverie items are sporadic and random scent creations that didn't get in to the seasonal collections and are made in limited amounts). The Whipped Soap makes a very good shaving cream, which is what I wanted to primarily use it for. I am a little disappointed that this came with a handwritten label rather than one of the beautifully designed labels (I do love the labels) but I can live with that as the product is very, very good.
The website is at www.hausofgloi.com.