Sunday, 17 October 2010
Haus of Gloi Samhain Perfume Oil
The perfume oil comes in a 5ml glass tube - there is no stopper or narrowing on the opening, so I have to be very careful not to drop it and spill the oil (Haus of Gloi are currently considering alternative perfume oil bottles). The perfume is blended into a base of liquid coconut oil, and I apply it by dabbing with the fingertips on the inside of my elbows, wrist (but not on the wrist that I wear my trollbeads bracelet on) and on my torso (in my cleavage, such as it is). Body heat from these areas warms the oil and releases the fragrance.
I get a bit more of the leaves/green notes in the opening of the fragrance than I do in the body butter, and then it blooms into the predominantly earthy/spicy scent that I love. Although it's rich and autumnal, Samhain is still fresh and not woody or headache-inducing. Like most perfume oils it doesn't have massive sillage, in that it stays close to the skin rather than wafting around me in a great cloud. I like that, as it means people can only smell my fragrance when they are quite close to me. It does have good lasting power, particularly layered over one of the Body Butters (either Samhain or another scent in combination - I like it with Pumpkin Queen). I still get little wafts of it when I move my arms several hours after application.
The only downside to this fragrance is that it has a sometimes inconvenient effect on Mr London. My husband is a typical taurus, and while there's nothing wrong with having healthy appetites of all the earthly persuasions, his sap doesn't need any encouragement to rise. Unfortunately, Samhain appears to act as a sort of anti-bromide on him. I like it enough that that doesn't stop me wearing it.
(Also - After writing earlier that I wasn't that keen on vanilla/amber Hex from the sample perfume vial I was given of it in my first order, it's grown on me and I've ordered it as a Body Butter. It's softer and sweeter than Samhain and Pumpkin Queen, but I think it'll be nice in a Body Butter to layer under stronger fragrances).