I’ve been itching to make my own custom perfume for a while, and decided to try out Haus of Gloi’s custom perfumes! They’re $20 a piece and you can pick up to four notes. They recommend having at least one base note (as this is what helps with longevity), with the top and mid notes. After going back and forth with Jen, I settled on two customs:
- White Vanilla Sugar, Vanilla Bean, Dark Patchouli, Cake
- Almond Extract, Vanilla Bean, Beeswax and Honey, Cake
I ordered it on March 28th and it shipped on April 13th, which is approximately 12 business days. They come in their own little boxes, with your notes written on the front of it.
Custom #1: White Vanilla Sugar, Vanilla Bean, Dark Patchouli, Cake
What I Wanted: Super sugary, vanilla-d patchouli with the patchouli as a costar, rather than the star to help give the blend balance. I wanted primarily the sugar and vanilla to be the main star of it.
In the Bottle: I smell deep, dark patchouli, but something lightly sweet right behind it.
Wet on the Skin: Still very much patchouli, but I get a deep sweetness, almost a chewy syrupy feel to it.
Dry on the Skin: The sugar warms up a bit more and I get a sugar crusted patchouli. Overall, I’m really happy with this blend. It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but it’s gorgeous and aging so well! The first day I really got PATCHOULI PATCHOULI, with a dab of sugar. But now the vanilla and cake are really growing stronger and I’m getting a gorgeous patchouli blend.
Custom #2: Almond Extract, Vanilla Bean, Beeswax and Honey, Cake
What I wanted: I was looking for vanilla almond honey cakes.
In the Bottle: Sharp, sour beeswax and maybe almond.
Wet on the Skin: The beeswax is still very strong and in the forefront, I can slightly pick out the sharp almond with a little bit of cake very faintly.
Dry on the Skin: The beeswax mellows out a little itty bit, but man it really overtakes the whole blend. I can barely pick out the almond extract, but I get some of the cake in the back. When I first got this, it was an instant headache, and I’m 99% sure it’s the beeswax note. After about two weeks, it’s a little better, but still has a long way to go. I’m going to let this one age and hope the beeswax chills out a bit.
The process was quick, painless and overall very pleasant. I definitely plan on going back to make a few more customs and maybe trying out less notes instead of trying to jam every one of my favorites in there. Also learned the hard way that beeswax is really not quite the same as honey and honey is what I was looking for in the second blend. Will check in with both of these guys in a few months 🙂