Ahhh… the holidays. So much joy, high calorie foods, uncomfortable political conversations at the dinner table, and shopping. Now yule… yule is different. Yule is my winter holiday of choice. It’s a pagan winter celebration that originates in Germany and Northern Europe involving a massive hunt to provide food for the winter. Nowadays it mostly involves a nice crackling fire on loop on TV. Anyways, I’m getting off track. Haus of Gloi releases their most popular collection around the holidays, their Yule Collection. Luckily there are no hunts here, Haus of Gloi is 100% vegan. They release a ton of favorite scents and some new ones every year in both their perfume oils and in their bath and body products. They were kind enough to let me pick out some things from the collection for me to review.
Bubbling Scrub in the scent Tannenbaum
Scent Description from the brand: Fir boughs, deep woods, airy lichens and cold wintery air.
First of all, this smells incredible. If you live in New York, you’re most likely familiar with the Christmas Tree vendors that set up shop on street corners, and I always go out of my way to walk through the trees so I can enjoy the scent of fir trees in the cold air. This smells exactly like that. I’ve never tried Hause of Gloi’s bath and body products before, and I’m really impressed. This is a super rich scrub that lathers a lot. It has fine grains and tons of shea butter so although it exfoliates, it doesn’t dry out your skin. The fact that it lathers up allows you to use it as a body wash as well as an exfoliator.
Whipped Soap in the scent Snow Covered Cranberries
Scent Description from the brand: Bright red cranberries covered in sparkling snow with a touch of cedar.
I chose this fragrance because I adore cranberries and think they smell amazing. This smells good, the cranberries are bright, and the snow and cedar gives it that winter forest ambiance. The whipped soap is very rich and lathers a ton, which is perfect for shaving. I do find myself wanting to use the bubbling scrub more, so I’ll probably this mainly as a shaving cream.
Pumpkin Butter in the scent Rosy Cheeked.
Scent Description from the brand: Pink grapefruit, fir needles, juniper berries, rosemary, a sprig of parsley and bright winter lilies.
This is the product I’ve heard the most raves about, and I can see why. First off, this smells incredible. I’m starting to fall in love with pink grapefruit in everything. I find it’s not just reserved for summer scents because of pairing like this working so well. The fir needles balance out the sweetness, and the rosemary, parsley, and juniper berries make it a winter scent. The pumpkin butter itself is hands down the best body butter I’ve ever used. I’ve put it on every single day since I got it. It’s super moisturizing but not greasy or heavy at all. I put it on after a shower and it absorbs into my skin quickly and makes me so soft (especially after a good bubbling scrub moment). The fragrance is not overwhelming at all, its the perfect amount. I adore this product and I will definitely have to purchase it in more fragrances in the future.
Scent Description from the brand: A well worn woolen sweater infused with brisk outdoor air, a hint of incense and clean skin musk. Accompanied by three woods and a root: western red cedar heartwood, hawthorn accord and Japanese hiba with a touch of calamus root.
I was immediately drawn to this scent because of the name. I love the idea of a perfume reminiscent of a warm favorite sweater. I also love skin musk and incense based scents. The woodiness mixed with the smokey incense is beautiful.
Wet on the skin, the incense and cedar are the most prominent but as soon as it dries down, the skin musk and softer woods blend seamlessly. This is what I call a ‘cute boy’ smell. Like how I would imagine one of Rory’s boyfriends from Gilmore Girls to smell, most likely Dean. I love this and it will probably become an every day go to for me.
Scent description from the brand: A value pack of clean white socks. Your favorite!
So.. a part of Hause of Gloi’s holiday scents are some things you may expect to open on Christmas morning or find in your stocking, amongst them, some brand new socks! As a kid getting socks for Christmas was a joke, but now as an adult I wouldn’t mind some nice new socks under the tree.
This smells just how you would think – clean, soft, cotton! I’m obsessed with this smell, which is why I was dying to try this one out. As a kid, there was a vent from my laundry room where the dryer air would come out outside. I would go in my yard and stand next to the vent so I could smell the fresh laundry air. Yeah.. I kid you not. I feel like this is a Virgo Moon attribute of mine. Anyways, this smells wonderfully like clean laundry, specifically your load of whites, and I love it.
Boring Ol’ Pencils
Scent Description from the Brand: Not even holiday themed. Just boring ol’ yellow pencils.Â
Clearly, I have an affinity for weirdly specific fragrances. This one especially because as a lifelong artist, art student, and now makeup artist, boy do I love sharpening a pencil to that perfect point. In grade school, I was the kid that went to the electric sharpener way too much cause I just loved always having a razor sharp, fresh, pencil point, and I loved the woody pencil smell. Hm… is this yet another Virgo Moon trait of mine? Probably.
It smells almost weirdly exactly how you would expect it to. A box of pencils! but the nice ones, I think the brand is Ticonderoga. I was raised by an immigrant parent, therefore I never had the nice brand of anything, I got my pencils from the local dollar store and I’m pretty sure they weren’t even wood. Ugh.. using those pencils on the crappy, weird dollar store notebook paper is giving me chills just thinking about it. Anyways. Sometimes I would borrow a nice, fancy, high quality pencil from another kid, complete with a perfectly pink eraser that *gasp* actually erased. That’s what this smells like. Shiny, polished, Ticonderoga pencils. Italian immigrant families of the future: spend the extra few dollars on the nice pencils. I promised this is not sponsored by a pencil company.
There was also a cute little bag of samples, so I’ll do some quicky reviews below on those.
Brand Description: Allspice leaf, nutmeg, vanilla, ginger, clove bud, a splash of black coffee and a thread of frankincense incense.
My Thoughts: Wow, this is a wonderfully unique vanilla fragrance. I thought I’ve smelled all the vanillas ever, but this one caught me by surprise. This is a spicy, sultry scent and the vanilla isn’t event the star. I don’t know why, but ‘hayride’ comes to mind, but the spooky nighttime kind. It’s an almost hay-like scent, which must be the allspice leaf. The other spices give it a nice warmth. It does smell like something cooking in the crock pot, though.
Brand Description: Black amber musk, dry leaves, dusky lavender and a wisp of incense.
My Thoughts: Hello unexpected new favorite!! This smells incredible and it’s a combination of some of my favorite notes. I love lavender and I feel like it’s not blended into enough fragrances. It’s presented beautifully here with the incense, amber musk, and leaves. This is like a dark, sultry, lavender scent. It’s an unexpected grouping but it works, and I’m a fan.
Brand Description: A bowl of buttery sweet rice porridge with brown sugar and vanilla, with a cup of earl gray tea.
My Thoughts: This is VERY sweet and very foodie at first, almost in an ‘oooof, that’s a lot’ type of way. It fades a bit but it’s still too sweet and too gourmand for me. If you’re into that type of scent, you might like this.
Brand Description: Not quite breakfast and not quite lunch, its the little snack in between. Bring out the old cracked china! Tiny, little, fluffy orange cakes, sugar coated toasty almonds and a wee steaming cup of black tea!
My Thoughts: Initially, it’s an oh my.. that’s ORANGE. Not house cleaner orange, but orange tic tac orange. It’s a bit aggressive. Combines with the almonds, it’s very sweet, and reminds me of tea time in London. As it wears, it improves to me, and you can smell the black tea grounding the airy sweetness. Not my favorite, but a gourmand I can handle. As it wears, it becomes an almost identical scent to the orange and vanilla twist ice cream you find on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk in New Jersey from the Khor’s Ice Cream stand. Anyone else who grew up going ‘down the shore’ will know exactly what I’m talking about.
Brand Description: Rich and sultry amber, our own hand blended accord.
My Thoughts: This is a simply beautiful amber. In my (limited) fragrance knowledge, I would classify this as an Egyptian Amber. This is a very sexy smell, the type that will wear into your skin and clothes and begin to just smell like a better version of you. This is great for every day wear if you’re the dark and mysterious type.
Overall, I really loved the Yule products I was able to try. Mostly, I’m blown away by Haus of Gloi’s bath and body products. I’m definitely a fan, and will be stocking up on these when I run out. They have a huge variety of scents, and definitely have something for everyone, even if the only scent you like is pencils.
These products were complimentary for review from Haus of Gloi but that doesn’t change our thoughts on the products at all. This post is not sponsored and none of the links are affiliated.
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