My thoughts on the Haus Of Gloi Autumn Sampler 3. These are non gourmand scents, have a great feel of Autumn to them.
Dusty beeswax candles, frankincense, myrrh, mastic, spikenard, pale honey, a pinch of tobacco and faded musk.
Ceremony smells sacred. The smell of Frankincense and Myrrh is undeniably the smell of church. But it is not just that. It smells dry, old, dusty, like an old church altar with dripped wax from long burnt out candles, traces of holy water, remnants of incense.
Ceremony is a dense resinous perfume that has an amazingly soft, sweet base. In the vial, it smells heavy and waxy, turns into something really awesome on my skin. The incense-y ness of frankincense combined with Myrrh is not as harsh as it usually is. I expected it to smell like Olibanum oil but it is not as strong. It is surprisingly soft and blends very well with the rest. Spikenard is a herb that resembles holy basil/Tulasi and also somewhat smells like it. The Spikenard adds a bit of green freshness, enhancing the holiness of the perfume. All this lies on a base of honeyed tobacco, opulent, dense and very beautiful. The honeyed tobacco note vaguely reminds me of By Kilian Back to Black, a favourite of mine, which takes a whole new direction of sexiness, nothing like Ceremony.
As it dries down, becomes dense and so soft. On me, it does last long but the projection is close to the skin. I love Ceremony for its oldness and dullness. It is definitely unique.
Black fig, golden honey, saffron threads and Indian agar musk.
Saffron is the centre of Hedonic. In the vial, it smells of the highest quality saffron with something pleasant and sweet. On my skin, oud starts to develop alongside of the subtleness of saffron. Contrasting but they blend in well. This was kind of a dreaded moment for me given my Oud-o-phobia but all is well in this perfume as oud comes alone with no accompanying rose. I actually like the oud in this. Fig is fruity but not sickeningly so. It just adds a teeny bit of sweetness and is gently laced with honey.
Hedonic is delicate golden threads of saffron, drenched in honey, combined with luscious figs and oud. All very expensive and luxurious. Puts me in mind of a royalty, Middle Eastern perhaps. Fit for a queen (or king, it is unisex) who enjoys and appreciates the finer things and pleasures of life. Hedonic is rightly called so!
Queen Mother 1
Last years Pumpkin Queen oil with 5 year aged patchouli, jasmine essence and the blackest vetiver, co-distilled with honeysuckle blossom.
The new Halloween tradition at Haus Of Gloi. Every year, HoG will release last year's blend of Pumpkin Queen spiked with some interesting notes. It will be aged one year and the numbers of bottles limited. I am very lucky to get to sample Queen Mother 1 as I don't see it listed on the website, either as a full bottle or a sample anymore.
I do have last years Pumpkin Queen oil. It came in handy as I can compare the two exactly. I can smell it in Queen Mother 1. Same spicy pumpkin with the camphor note but the spiciness is mellowed down and pumpkin really comes out. It smells more of pumpkin than last years Pumpkin Queen. But what really intrigues me is that I can't really smell any of the other notes mentioned. No patchouli, no jasmine, no honeysuckle, may be just a trace of vetiver which is barely there.
I am looking forward to what the next year's oil will smell like. I think it is a good idea to buy a sample or a full size of this year's Pumpkin Queen and compare it with next year's Queen Mother 2 for those who are interested.
Okay, so my thoughts on these turned out to be unexpectedly, epically long! Thank you for reading and your patience! Reviews of Sampler 2 coming soon.