Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Haus of Gloi - Valentines Day 2011 limited edition

Could I ever have enough Gloi? Unlikely.


I can't even remember if I asked for that sample vial or they just included it. This is my third Gloi order and the others have had samples so I'm inclined to think the latter. And I always get a handwritten thank you! This is so lovely! I am smitten with the fact this happens!

I will only stop when this Gloi tower reaches the sun.

I ordered the Something Hopeful soft bubbling scrub and the Who Needs Love? sugar exfoliant. There was a third fragrance as part of the Valentines line, Come Hither, which was totally gone by the time I got myself into gear and ordered some stuff. The little vial is the Who Needs Love? perfume oil.

Something Hopeful soft bubbling scrub -

Perhaps the first stirrings of the spring to come. Warm sakura blossom green tea with the tiniest droplet of plum juice, red mandarin and crystallized jasmine essence.

I used this today, and I've ranted often about the bubbling scrubs so I will be short and concise. Goes on as a frothy soft grit and melts down into a foam. Delightful and delicious and my skin just swallows it up. Perfect for legshaving - exfoliate and use resulting foam to shave. The scent is probably the most low-key Gloi I've smelt - smells like a very clean house. And sort of like flyspray. It's a good smell, it really is, but I think the flyspray note comes from the essential oils flyspray manufacturers throw in to mask the chemical smell. A very sophisticated, adult smell.

Who needs love? sugar exfoliant -

A mahogany box filled with chocolaty orbs, coated in crystallized coffee - filled with a pomegranate and raspberry filling. Who needs love when you have something this decadent?

With this description, honestly, how could I not? I was drooling on my credit card as I was ordering. This is so packed with delicious oils I accidentally spilled them all over the place when I was opening it for Luke to smell. Also spilled them on him and his office now smells like chocolate and raspberry. NOM. Interestingly it spilled all over the place because I'd sat it upside down for a while so it could all mix again (Gloi stuff tends to separate a little for me in transit) and the oils at the bottom all moved to the top. And then the smell kicked in. I'd smelt it as soon as I'd opened the package and was like, yeah, it's okay. But when it's all mixed - wow. This is the scent of decadence. It's all chocolate and coffee and berries and liqueur and sex. I am very sad this is not part of the permanent line.

I really need to investigate the pumpkin butters Gloi does. I've happily waded in the exfoliants and bubbling scrubs and I have an Absinthe emulsion and Absinthe perfume oil (sadly it erupted in transit and fragranced my house, but that ain't bad), but the pumpkin butters haven't met me as yet. But hoo boy, when they do...

For the people who haven't tried Gloi - I really, really really strongly recommend it. You will never make eyes at another scrub again. Never. You will become monogamous. I'm also very excited for you, because the first Gloi experience is VERY exciting. My first Gloi experience, Absinthe bubbling scrub, is still my undisputed favorite, but that's like offering Kurt Cobain a spongecake or a pile of china white. Seriously. I have a dependence.


  1. Great review, and great products! That Valentine's collection was seriously good, and I can't wait for something similar to come around next year!

  2. Guess the next ones Halloween? I'll be savin my pennies for THAT one.

  3. I've heard a lot about this brand, might give it a try some day! x

  4. OH COME ON. I can't be THAT enable-y when you can't actually GET these ones any more.

    (that said... Absinthe. absintheabsintheabsinthe. I'm being subliminal)

  5. That sounds so yummy. I'm going to try HOG soon.. after my credit card recovers from current spending binge!

    I also love handwritten notes.

  6. I love HoG Absinthe. Love it. Funnily enough, I bought an Absinthe Bubbling Scrub in my first order too.

    Valentine's was a v good collection, but Halloween still has my heart.