I’ve reviewed most of the recurring Spring scents before, so I won’t bother breaking these up into individual reviews. Short (…ish) thoughts on the new scents are below.
Splendiferous: “White cake, lemon zest glaze and sugared violets.”
Very tart lemon and powdery violet. The cake isn’t really discernable on cold sniff, which is disappointing. It’s like a candy dish with Lemon Heads and those soapy-tasting French violet candies mixed up together. On my skin it’s pretty much the same. It’s got a very acidic quality. I expected this to be much softer. I think if the cake were more present I might like it better.
Honeybelle: “A blooming orange orchard, orange blossom honey, soft white tea and creamy white amber.”
Amber and honeysuckle. Just a hint of orange. I know honeysuckle isn’t actually a note here, so I’m pretty sure it’s the orange blossom I’m smelling, but my brain reads it as honeysuckle. On my skin I get a hint of orange and white florals (not particularly honeysuckle anymore), but mostly the amber takes over. It’s very strong and perfumey, to the point of being headache-inducing. Amber is always iffy, but white amber in particular is quickly becoming a death note for me. Pass.
Tonic #4: “Yuzu, basil, cilantro, lemongrass and raw sugar cane accord.”
Fresh cilantro. Some citrus too, bright and clean, but mostly cilantro. It stays the same on skin – fresh, crisp cilantro and citrus. It smells very salad-y. I love love love cilantro, so this one was an automatic winner for me. When I made my boyfriend smell it, he thought it smelled like fresh carrots with the greens still attached. I think it would probably be awesome layered with Ploughman.
Passionfruit Custard Lip Balm: “Passionfruit blended into a rich baked custard.”
Sweet, creamy tropical fruit. Yum.
Rosemilk & Caramel Lip Balm: “Our lovely rose flavor met with caramel.”
Rose and caramel. Simple, light, and very nice. I’d buy either of these lip balm flavors in a hearbeat if they were offered as perfume oils.
And the recurring scents…
Ploughman (and mislabeled Imp): This was my favorite scent from last year, hands down, so I ordered a full-sized pumpkin butter and a hair oil. (I already have a bottle of the perfume oil and a bubbling scrub. All the Ploughman, I must have it.)
The hair oil is my first from HoG, and it really threw me for a loop because then I opened it it smelled extremely fruity – nothing at all like Ploughman. So I emailed HoG and it turns out that my bottle was mislabeled – what I have is actually Imp! Which is a happy accident, since that scent was on my short list when I was deciding which hair oil to order. And my for real Ploughman oil has already shipped out, because Haus of Gloi’s customer service is just fantastic.
In any case, the texture is lovely and silky and it’s a really good-sized bottle for the price. I love the dropper for convenience. I have very fine, fairly thin hair, so I only use oil on the very ends of my hair, lest I look like I dipped my head in a vat of Crisco. Which means that this bottle will probably last me a year, easy. Which SHOULD stop me from getting more scents, particularly since I will soon have two bottles, but I’m already anticipating getting one in The Briar Path when summer scents reappear. Because I have Problems.
Selkie: I got a sample of this last year and loved it, so I ordered a bottle and a mini pumpkin butter straight away this year. It’s a great, spicy aquatic with a touch of sage. I’m not a huge fan of aquatics as a scent category, so this is one of the very few I have in my collection.
Ruth: This was my free sample. I reviewed Ruth last year and my feelings haven’t changed. It’s the worst.
The Spring collection is still up on Haus of Gloi for purchase as of this posting, though some items are sold out. (Including Maedwe, which appeared for a brief and glorious instant and then was gone for good. I think there were like four bottles for sale, honestly. It really bummed me out because I ordered within about 10 minutes of the collection going live, and I had a bottle in my cart, but when I went to check out it was already sold out. Super disappointing. I hope they bring it back for real next year.)