Guys, GUYS. I am obsessed with Darling Clandestine. I haven’t gushed about these perfumes on my blog in far too long! (like I literally haven’t in a year and a half?? How does that happen?) Today I’ll be reviewing some perfumes from the Early Autumn collection; they aren’t up anymore but DC scents often come back with little warning! Keep your eyes peeled!
Happy autumn! It’s time for cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and wearing boots and scarves. If only the weather would cooperate (global warming! *shakes fist*). The other thing I love about fall, though, is the perfume! Autumn perfumes are my absolute favorites, if you couldn’t tell by my sixteen92 Autumn Collection review.
Today I’ll be talking about Haus of Gloi’s autumn collection! Or, a very small part of it. I only got two new perfumes this year, because I had collected the rest in years past (#gottacatchemall). I’ll be re-reviewing those soon (and maybe reviewing some of them for the first time?), as part of my Journey in Aging series.
Today I’m writing about a newish indie perfume company, The Porcelain Tub. I read a rave review of them and decided I had to try them out for myself. One cool thing is that not only do they make allegedly awesome perfume oils, they also donate part of their proceeds to various organizations that help save the oceans. This month (September 2016) the featured charity is Oceana, which makes science-based campaigns to change policy to help save our oceans.
Why do I talk about perfumes so much? Obviously because I like perfumes, but I find reviewing them to be relaxing and methodical. I also think it’s fun to guess what things smell like! I’m not very good at it yet, I guess things wrong all the time (see: Tituba, at the end). But I think I’m getting better and it’s a lot of fun!
Writing about perfumes also helps me collect my thoughts. I have a LOT of perfumes now, especially little sample vials. Writing down what I think of them helps me decide if I want to revisit them, or gift them, or get a full size. It also helps me organize a little. For example, I never reviewed sixteen92’s spring collection, and I didn’t realize until recently that I received 2 vials of Blanket of the Dark instead of A Thousand Times More Fair, which is sad because the latter sounds amazing (honeysuckle, plums, and peaches!).
Anyway, today I’ll be talking about sixteen92’s Fall 2016 collection. Claire, the lovely owner, based this collection on, fittingly, the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Sixteen92 is one of my favorite perfumeries, and I love fall scents, so I’m really looking forward to this collection.
Today’s aging review is for Haus of Gloi‘s summer collection. Unfortunately I never actually reviewed this collection on the blog! So I don’t have notes to compare my thoughts. 😦 I guess we can consider this my official HoG summer review then.
I also used this opportunity to review the Tonics. In the spring, Haus of Gloi sometimes releases scents called “Tonic #x.” This year, they were #3, #4, and #5. These aren’t really aged (they’re about 6 months old), but I wanted to touch on them because they are thematically similar to the summer collection (lots of green notes), and because I haven’t given them a review here yet!
Today I’m going to continue my journey with seeing how my perfumes have aged, which I started here. Today I’ll be continuing with Haus of Gloi, but moving on to the samples I have. They sell perfume samples in cute little 1 mL tubes with an applicator wand. I have about 50 HoG perfume samples (!!!), so I’ll be splitting this up. Today I’m reviewing the rest of the general catalog, which is available year-round.