28.5.11

Addiction most fragrant: Haus of Gloi

I have become quite a fan of Haus of Gloi.

Haus of Gloi make small batches of fine bathing goodies without cruelty, that follow the seasons, and are fused with much imagination.

The House of Worshipblues' bathroom has accumulated quite a collection of bath and body items from Haus of Gloi here are my thoughts for the curious:

Zazz Whipped Soap


Described as: "
When something feels a bit lackluster, dull and boring it is obviously lacking, zazz. To fix this we recommend something definitely zazzy and not overly complicated: Tart cranberry, pink grapefruit, sparkling champagne, all shook up with crushed ginger."

Since this arrived on my desk, I have been sneaking open the tub to cop a whiff of the lovely stuff. After a few Zazzy showers, I am pleased to be able to report what it smells like to me.

To me, this recalls after school sweety shop dreams corrupted with my slightly more grown up mind. It smells of a roll of Swizzels Refreshers and a glass of bubbly. I don't like sweet smells and so I am mighty surprised that I like this. While this may be on the sweeter side of the smelly fence, it is not sickly at all. It is surprisingly fresh and fizzy and all round lovely. I need more!


Ploughman Soft Bubbling Scrub


Described as:
Well worn leather, dirt n' dandelions, carrot, a pinch of tobacco and a light sheen of feral skin musk.

Okay, I know that the very thought of smelling like dirt will upset the sensibilities of many BUT stick with me on this. Let me explain! When I was a kid, I loved digging dirt. I would dig deep deep down into the mud and make mud cookies and mud plates and mud everything. This reminds me of that smell. The smell of mud from so deep down that hasn't seen the light of day. No dog has pissed on it, no person has trod on it. It smells clean, earthy and honest and it makes me smile.


Selkie Soft Bubbling Scrub


Described as:
The break of waves, gurgling sea foam, kelp, rain tinged air, sand smoothed driftwood and wild sage.

I usually use Selkie mixed in with ploughman. It makes for a grand adventure in the shower. It goes a little like this......From muddy holes with ploughman to a mad dash through a washing line of clean sheets, a stumble through a herb garden before throwing all my clothes off and diving into the sea to float on a bit of drift wood.

Selkie Pumpkin Butter


So after my rave about the splendidness of the Soft Bubbling Scrub, you would expect me to adore the accompanying body butter right? Wrong! Well okay, I don't hate it. It's just a bit strong and overpowering. That said, I do love the texture it is ever so silky and moisturising on my skin without being sticky or greasy. However, I have found that the scent does mellow a bit in the tub once opened and it is slowly turning into something that I would consider wearing.

Can you tell that fragrance needs to be more than just a smell to me? It's gotta make me dream. It's just gotta!


10 comments:

  1. Yeah you are so right that a scent is not just a smell....it should weave tales and dreams right in your bathroom ;-)

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  2. I think this is the only review of bath stuff I will ever read that includes the phrase 'No dog has pissed on it.' I LOVE it. I also love Ploughman, and Selkie.

    The body butters are quite strongly fragranced - it does mean the fragrance lingers well, but if you don't care for stronger scents then have a look at the Aether butter - same lovely texture, but unscented.

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  3. Even if these creams did nothing and smelled foul, I'd still be drawn to them from that packaging! Beautiful, gotta have shelf appeal :) ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

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  4. I loved reading your evocation of the different smells. these cosmetics seem very agreeable to use and the packaging sounds quite enticing.

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  5. Even the names themselves made me go 'I WANT I WANT I WANT' haha~

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  6. Wow, I love how you describe fragrances. The Jazz Whipped Soap sounds amazing. I've not heard of this brand before, thanks for sharing!

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  7. I reeeeeeelly wanted to like this stuff but just couldn't get along with the fragrances. I loved the textures and sensation on the skin - especially the Bubbling Scrub..it is genius. But they were just all wrong fragrance wise for me.

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  8. zazz and selkie sound like perfect scents to use in the morning - one to wake you up and the other to make you daydream about walking barefoot along the shore.

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  9. i love the idea of scents and memories being experiences versus moments or definitive.. values. your descriptions always make me smile :D especially the one about the mud smell!

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