116: haunt may queen

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may_queenThe beginning of May seems like an appropriate a time to finally pull out one of my long-untried Haunt scents – May Queen.

Forest berries of black, blue, and elder, silver needle tea, a hawthorn bower, moist earth, and sweet davana flowers.

In the bottle, May Queen is all earthy berries and tea, very slightly sour.

Wet on skin the tartness is mostly gone and the earthiness is stronger. Lightly sweet. The tea note is a tiny bit dusty.

The tea gets a little stronger as it dries – it smells like drinking berry tea in a clearing in the woods. I don’t always like tea scents, and if I’m being really honest I’d like this scent better without the tea, but it’s inoffensive here. The sweet berries and dusty earth are nice enough that I don’t really mind it. And it doesn’t give me a headache, which is always a plus. Black tea is the main headache culprit for me, and this smells more like white tea. But in any case, it’s not a head-over-heels love situation; I like it, but wouldn’t cry if I lost/broke the bottle somehow. (Which is a real fear I have. It was reinforced recently when I dropped one of my sample boxes and one vial smashed to bits on the floor. Quelle horreur!)

Not much sillage, unfortunately, and it’s pretty fleeting, which is an issue I have with most Haunt scents. I haven’t seen enough other reviews to know if it’s a skin chemistry thing or if it’s just a general brand thing.

Elevator Pitch: Lightly sweet berries, dusty earth, and tea.

60: haunt tell the bees

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Another Haunt review today, so another apology for reviewing something you can’t get right now! Such is the way sometimes when dipping deep into one’s stash.

Golden honey infused with wildflowers and family secrets: rich honey, berry wine, sticky beeswax, wildflowers, almond milk, champaka, frankincense, clove, cinnamon and dry wood.

In the bottle, Tell the Bees is warm, sweet, and a little spicy – predominantly honey with a bit of church incense.

Wet on skin, the incense is much stronger, and there’s a very waxy tone to it. It’s much less sweet here, to – it smells like a church altar with tons of candles burning down to pools of wax.

It stays pretty linear as it dries, just developing a slight berry sweetness.

I’m not super in love with this one – it’s nice enough, but it’s not really my style. I think I expected it to be sweeter? But at least the cinnamon and cloves didn’t go crazy.

Elevator Pitch: A very waxy church incense sort of scent, with a subtle berry sweetness coming out as it wears.

58: haunt doe

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Haunt is kind of a frustrating brand. They make wonderful products with really gorgeous packaging (probably the prettiest of any indie I’ve tried), but getting your hands on said products is something of a task. The store has no regular inventory, instead doing only sporadic and extremely limited sales. The owner has reasons for operating this way, and obviously she should do what’s best for her situation, but it can be a frustrating experience from the consumer side of things.

That said, I have a handful of Haunt items in my stash (mostly perfumes, a few glossing oils), but I don’t believe I’ve ever talked about them on the blog. So let’s spotlight one today – Doe. Apologies in advance since you can’t get it right now, but in the event that it ever comes back, here’s a review.

Dry oats, creamed honey, bits of apricot, orange blossom petals and sweetened almond milk.

In the bottle, is mostly sweet, creamy honey with a light apricot fruitiness.

Wet on skin, the oats come out, toasty and warm, and a really nice compliment to the creamy honey. The honey in this scent is reminiscent of my very favorite honey notes – Arcana’s lovely, creamy, golden ones. It’s not powdery at all, just smooth and sweet.

It stays pretty similar through the dry down – predominantly sweet, creamy honey and toasty oats with a hint of apricot. There’s orange blossom in this, and I think I get a tiny whiff of it occasionally, but for the most part I don’t really detect it, which is a plus for me since I usually hate orange blossom. The fruitiness gets a bit stronger as it dries, and it develops a slightly milky tone.

I like Doe. In the bottle it smells like it might be a strong scent, but it’s actually soft and pretty. A warm, comforting scent, but not so much that I wouldn’t wear it in the spring and fall.

Elevator Pitch: Sweet, creamy honey and toasty oats with a hint of apricot. Yet somehow it doesn’t smell like a bowl of oatmeal? Magic.