That's kinda what happened this time too. I knew the Haus of Gloi Yule release had gone live but I hadn't even bothered to look at it because I just. have. so. much. already. Then someone was talking about it (*ahem* Lynda) and I thought 'Oh what the heck. Just a small order then I'm DONE.' I couldn't decide what to get. I felt like just one bar of soap was a waste of an order. And it makes for a boring blog post, hehe. So once again, I purchased more than I'd ever intended. And once again I'm telling myself 'That's IT. Done!' Ha, you're laughing, I know. I know, I know, I know.
Glorious ginger cakes celebrating Guy Fawkes Day! Brown sugar, black treacle, oats, a peculiar blend of white spices tossed with chopped roasted chestnuts and coated with the lightest of icings.
When I read the description for Parkin, I knew this was the one I needed to get. Sugar, oats, sweet and warm . . . right up my alley. It's a simple two-toned brown bar with a lightly textured top and some silver shimmery dust on top. The label reminds me of New Year's more than Christmas, with it's gold colorings and fireworks in the background. And the scent, impossible to describe as always. You know how I've said in previous posts that certain soap makers' soaps have a sort of signature smell along with whatever scent it's supposed to be? That rule applies once again. You KNOW this is Haus of Gloi, and then you start to pick out just what that scent is. In this case it is indeed a sweet scent, but not as 'warm' as I had imagined it would be. I don't know what treacle or chestnuts smell like but I guess you could say you smell the sugars and the icings, but it's not sickly bakery sweet. The mention of 'white spices' in the description is adding just a hint of zip to this. It's a much more sophisticated sweet scent, not at all like the common scents you might think of like Oatmeal, Milk & Honey or cupcakes or buttercream. No, nothing like those. It's nice. I quite like it.
The warm glowing center of any home. Autumns last apple pickings, warm bread, orange rind, various fire roasted nuts, cracked black pepper all nailed down by an oozing sticky benzoin.
Reading the description for Hearth, I knew I wouldn't be able to keep this Yule order at just one bar of soap. Another warm foodie scent? I'm there! And when I pulled this out of tissue wrapper I was first hit with a sense of old-time Christmas. The reds and golds on the label, with the designs and the old fashioned picture, and even the red sprinkles in and on the bar itself . . . I loved it the moment I saw it. There are some little brown seeds on the lightly textured top, along with some red confetti type sprinkles. There is a layer inside the soap with little shreds and some bigger bits of gold shimmer coated pieces that at first look like bits of peppermint candy. Looking closer, I wonder if these are bits of Snow Wolf soap? Whatever they are, they add such a nice festive touch to this tan colored bar. And the scent is much more of a warm cozy type, like I thought the previous bar would have been. Again, I don't know what benzoin smells like but looking at the rest of the description I do detect just the faintest traces of fruit, although you'd probably never be able to identify them for what they are. There is indeed the warmth of the bread and nuts, and it all comes together to become just like you'd imagine a warm hearth, busy with holiday baking in days of old. Very nice!
The Haus 'nog! Cream, sugar and a shot of dark rum topped with fresh grated nutmeg.
I ordered another small jar of their lotion (pumpkin butter, as they call it) because I do enjoy the product and because I wanted to try this scent but it's not offered in bar soap form. I had read on the Haus of Gloi Facebook page or somewhere that this scent didn't come through the soap making process close enough to what it should be. Too bad it didn't work in soap because I *LOVE* this scent!! It's definitely eggnog-y, and definitely rum-y, and just ohhhh soooo good. I'm tempted to go back and get more of this in whatever product I can! It's sweet and warm and festive and yummy. What more can I say??
For me, this is the epitome of holiday comfort food: Sweet potatoes with mild spices, butter and brown sugar baked off with marshmallows.
I think it was in my very first Haus of Gloi order that I first tried whipped soap. At that time I had a scent called Cocoa Mint or something along those lines. Since I was ordering things I did not need anyway, I went ahead and ordered a jar of the whipped soap, this time in Sweet Potato Treat scent. Might as well keep the foodie theme going, right? The first thing you notice about this stuff is how light the jar is. You'd swear it was empty. That's because the soap inside is whipped so light and fluffy. It looks like a Cool Whip consistency but it's wee bit more solid than that. You just scoop a bit out and it lathers up easily, and works great. This particular one has a pale orange color (sweet potato, ya know) and smells divine. The butter comes through with the sugar for another warm sweetness, and then you get the hint of spices and the marshmallow-y potatoes. This would actually be and awesome tart scent! Love it!
Going into this order I thought for sure I would have to get a bar of Snow Wolf soap just because I've heard so many people rave about it. I loved the look of it (sort of like peppermint candy) but when I read the description I was a bit turned off . . . 'Bristling and prowling, lonesome and haunting. Three howling firs, white frankincense, vanilla bean husk, tainted by droplets of blood cedar.' I kept looking at a couple other scents too but was so unsure of them that I decided not to order them. Then I had an idea. I know a free perfume oil sample is included in every order, and I'd heard that they used to (or still do sometimes?) give soap sample if you asked, so I left a comment during the checkout process, asking if they do small sniffer samples of soap and if not could I at least get the perfume sample in one of the three scents I was debating. My questions were not acknowledged in any way (my one pet peeve about this company) but I did get one of the scents in question. Whether that was because I asked or not, I'll never know. And it's the one I actually *least* wanted, ha.
Oatey porridge, stove smoke, kindling wood, a hint of gunpowder and pinch of sweet pipe tobacco.The description sounds soooo, I don't know, odd . . . like why would anyone want that scent in body products? So ick, that I was intrigued. And yeah, it's an odd one. LOL It reminds me of a garage that has an old wood stove burning as its heat source. Kinda takes me back to my childhood, being raised with four brothers and a dad who were all mechanical and there was always something being worked on in the garage, even in subzero Wisconsin winter weather. Fond memories but I wouldn't want to smell like that by choice. So I'm still intrigued by this one and would love to hear what others who have smelled it think of it.
And that is my Haus of Gloi Yule haul. Did you order any goodies?