Friday, 9 December 2011
Haus of Gloi Three Treasures and Sweet Potato Treat
My review of the other Haus of Gloi Yule products I tried last year can be found here: Haus of Gloi Yule review. To summarise - love Snow Wolf, Eggnoggin is very good but too foody for me in the Pumpkin Butter, didn't care much for Hearth. Parkin is good, but also quite foody.
This year I decided to try the new Three Treasures, and Sweet Potato Treat which was a Reverie (very limited edition) fragrance last year.
Three Treasures is described as: Sacred gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold. Smouldering with warmth and brightened with a touch of mandarin rind.
Three Treasures is a mix of ambery resins (frankincense and myrrh) and a tiny bit of citrus (mandarin rind). It reminds me quite a lot of Jo Malone's Amber & Lavender - there is no lavender in Three Treasures but the mix of ambery resin against the subtle freshness of the citrus gives a similar feel/effect. It's subtle for a Haus of Gloi scent, plays nicely under fragrance and would be a good choice for a man. The frankincense in this is the same as that used in Snow Wolf to my nose; clean, dry and woodsy. I bought Three Treasures in the Bubbling Scrub and Pumpkin Butter, and it's excellent in both.
Sweet Potato Treat is described as: For me, this is the epitome of holiday comfort food: Sweet potatoes with mild spices, butter and brown sugar baked off with marshmallows.
I'm trying to imagine this as a food; it sounds very sweet to me! I bought this one in the Whipped Soap as I tolerate sweet/foody scents better in that formulation (I just use it to shave). It's a very good, but very foody and sweet scent - warm, spicy (I can sniff cinnamon and nutmeg) and sweet. This reminds me of Parkin, but without the little bitter snap that Parkin has (from the black treacle and chestnut in the fragrance blend). I like the smell of it in the soap and I think it'd work well in the Bubbling Scrub too. It's only for you in the Pumpkin Butter if you love foody scents.
Haus of Gloi products are available from www.hausofgloi.com. The Yule scents are up now until early January. New Winter Reverie items are going up on Tuesday, although there are no descriptions of the scents as yet (they will most likely sell fast, based on past experience).