Sunday, December 28, 2014

Haus of Gloi Yule: Parkin & Fancy Bread

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe Festive Season. Now that our tummies are full of Christmas fare, I'm sure I'm not the only one bracing myself to hop back on the healthy bandwagon. May your new year's kiss be on the balcony with champagne lips.
Haus of Gloi were the first indie perfumerie I tried, way back in 2010. I blind bought a bottle of Beguiled, which I still ration to this day. Their popularity has boomed since then, and it's much trickier to get your paws on some of their seasonal releases with cult followings (I'm looking at you, Ghost Puffs). However, they have a serious knack for very realistic gourmand scents and I have an unwavering desire to smell like a walking dessert bar, and so I continue to be absolutely enamoured by the Haus.

Parkin Glorious ginger cakes celebrating Guy Fawkes Day! Brown sugar, black treacle, oats, a peculiar blend of white spices tossed with chopped roasted chestnuts and coated with the lightest of icings.

Parkin is deliciously creamy porridge drizzled with treacle as black as tar, and finished off with delicious spices. It's smoky without the at times suffocating feeling I get from most woodsmoke perfumes. I love it and I'm beyond pleased I have a full size of this delicious Yule offering in my greedy mitts. I probably shouldn't wear this in the midst of an Australian summer as it's a warm, comforting blend more suited to colder weather, but I have been and I won't stop.
Now, I'm no expert in making perfumes, however I am quite attuned to the checkout with PayPal, camp and letterbox then douse oneself routine. To me, the Haus is distinct in their perfume's character. It could be their base, it could be how they're blended. I don't know, but there is definitely a shared smell between them all. They're like one big perfume family, all sharing traits as a family would. I am hoping I am still making sense at this point because I am about to claim Parkin is the foodie sister of Milkmaid (fresh milk, clean linens, pale musk and pink sweet pea blossom). Even though Parkin doesn't share a single common note with Milkmaid, they are close. Remove the floral, add some ginger and brown sugar, smoke it up a bit and voila! 

Fancy Bread Ripe banana, roasted nuts and brown sugar folded into a delicious quick bread.

This is spot on banana bread, fresh from the oven. It's heavy on the cinnamon, which goes excellently with the nuts that we've all come to know Haus of Gloi are incredibly good at capturing. I'm used to associating smells with real life things, but Fancy Bread will forever remind me of the first time I wore it: with friends watching men put out a scrub fire near where fireworks were being set off and singing "coffin dancer dances like he wants to make a friend but he does not." 


It also reminds me of, you know... banana bread.

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