Best of Indie - Readers' Choice Awards Winners: Part Two (Bath & Body and Fragrances)

I greatly appreciate your patience everyone when it comes to the Best of Indie Winners. School has been taking up a ton of time so it took a little while to edit all the badges for the post. If you missed it, I posted Part One of the winners, focusing on the Cosmetics categories. This is Part Two, focusing on the Bath and Body and Fragrances category. I hope you find something nice to pamper your body and to smell nice with and be sure to read to the bottom for a nice surprise!
Brand Overview Winners

The winners for the Brand Overview Categories are dominated by two brands so instead of just linking to the winners, I'll also be linking to the second and third place winners so you have a great variety of brands to try!

Best Established Indie Perfume Brand
Best of Indie Best-Established-Perfume
Haus of Gloi. Haus of Gloi, an Oregon-based vegan brand, is an immensely popular fragrance and bath and body company. Specializing in unique and artisan blends (with very poetic descriptions to boot). Not only do they offer a core line of perfume oils, they also have limited edition collections available. Their popularity means you do have to be quick with their limited edition scents but no worries when it comes to their permanent line! Their bath and body products also include different scrubs and lotions and butters. They do ship internationally.

Haus of Gloi won with 29.5%, Darling Clandestine came in second with 17.5%, and Solstice Scents is rounding out third with 15.8%

Best Up & Coming Indie Perfume Brand
Sixteen92. Sixteen92 (a throwback to the year 1692 and the Salem Witch Trials) is still relatively new (having opened last year) but has risen in popularity for their perfumes and bath and body products. Their samples are also very generous so you get your money's worth if you want to try them out. I hear great things about their Lolita and Toasted Marshmallow scents if you're not sure where to start! Based in Texas, and they do ship internationally. 

Sixteen92 won with 40.9%, Smelly Yeti came in second with 17.5% of the vote, and Ten Three Labs came in third with 13.5% of the vote.

Best Established Indie Bath & Body Brand
Best of Indie Best-Established-Bath-and-Body-Brand

Haus of Gloi. Haus of Gloi won with 48.3% of the vote, second place goes to Black Violet with 9.3% of the vote, followed by Solstice Scents with 6.5%. 

Best Up & Coming Indie Bath & Body Brand
Sixteen92. Sixteen92 won with 61.2%, Wholly Hemp came in second with 18.3%, and Kiss my Sass came in third with 11.5%.

Recommended Brand for Beginners to Indie Perfume
Best of Indie Recommended-Beginner-Perfume-Brand
Haus of Gloi. Haus of Gloi won with 26.5%, followed by Solstice Scents with 14.1%, and third place going to Black Violet with 13.2%.

Recommended Brand for Beginners to Indie Bath & Body

Haus of Gloi. Haus of Gloi won with 48.7%, followed by Black Violet in second place with 9%, and Sixteen92 rounding out the list with 7.3%.

Bath and Body Products Winners

Again, the winners for these categories was swept pretty much by one company so I'll also be linking to the second and third place winners. 

Best Body Lotion
Haus of Gloi Body Emulsion. Haus of Gloi Body Emulsion won with 39.4%, followed by Sixteen92 Hand and Body Lotion in second place with 1.7%, and Black Violet Body Emulsion is rounding out third place with 12.9%.

Best Body Butter
Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butter. Haus of Gloi Pumpkin Butter won with 71% of the vote, Black Violet Body Butter came in second with 18.2%, and Cocoa Pink Voluptuous Body Butter rounds out third with 7.8%.

Best Body Scrub

Haus of Gloi Bubbling Scrub. Haus of Gloi Bubbling Scrub won with 43.5% of the vote, Haus of Gloi Emulsifying Scrub came in second with 31.6%, and Arcana Sugar Scrub got third place with 6.8% of the vote.

Best Body Oil
Black Violet Glow Body Oil and Solstice Scents Burnishing Glace

Black Violet. I'm not too familiar with Black Violet but from what I can see, they're a shop dedicated to producing perfumes and a variety of body care products. It also looks like they have some skin and hair products too (if you're interested in an indie version). I believe they ship internationally. 

Solstice Scents. This is a company I'm a bit more familiar with, even though I've never actually purchased from them. They're also a shop selling both perfumes and body care products and they're based out of Florida. I always get a big Fall/Autumn vibe when I scope their site and they're very well known for their Autumn collection! I believe they ship internationally,

Black Violet Glow Body Oil and Solstice Scents Burnishing Glace both split first place with 27.2% of the vote, followed by Haunt Skin Glossing Oil with 23.8% of the vote!

Best Bar Soap

Haus of Gloi. Haus of Gloi won first place with 14.9% of the vote, followed by Paintbox Soapworks with 13.7% of the vote, and Wholly Hemp rounds out third place with 13.1% of the vote.

Best Jar Soap

Haus of Gloi Whipped Soap. Haus of Gloi Whipped Soap won with 46.3% of the vote, Black Violet Cream Soap came in second with 17.4%, and Solstice Scents Whipped Soap is rounding out third with 10.9% of the vote.

FYI it looks like Haus of Gloi and Solstice Scents' whipped soaps are a limited edition product so they may not be available right now.

Best Bath Fizzy Product

Haus of Gloi Butterbombs. Haus of Gloi Butterbombs won with 87.1% of the vote and second place went to Fortune Cookie Soaps with 12.9% of the vote.

FYI The Haus of Gloi Butterbombs are a seasonal product and are usually sold when the temperature is a bit colder.

Fragrances Winners

I was pleasantly surprised at the results of the Fragrances section. Admittedly I was worried that the voting would be consistent for each category but the voting actually varied pretty wildly. Although a few brands won across several categories, the second and third places was generally different!

Best Aquatic Scents

Darling Clandestine. I'm also not too familiar with Darling Clandestine but they do seem to get a lot of love for their unique and alternative scents. As far as I can tell, they sell perfumes, solid perfumes, and lip balms. The offerings are a bit limited now but I believe they're prepping for a new March collection. I believe they do ship internationally.

Darling Clandestine won with 27.3% of the vote, Black Violet came in second with 18% of the vote, followed by Alkemia with 12.2%.

Best Floral Scents
Black Violet. Black Violet won with 23.9% of the vote, followed by Midsummer Dreams Apothecary with 12.5%, and Solstice Scents with 11.4%.

Best Fresh Scents
Black Violet. Black Violet won with 23.6% of the vote, followed by Haus of Gloi with 19%, and Darling Clandestine with 13.2%.

Best Fruity Scents
Black Violet. Black Violet won with 22.2%, Haus of Gloi came in second place with 17% of the vote, followed by Smelly Yeti with 11.3%.

Best Gourmand Scents
Solstice Scents. Solstice Scents won with 25.3% of the vote, Haus of Gloi came in second place with 20.6%, and Sixteen92 is rounding out the vote with 14.6%.

Best Woodsy Scents
Solstice Scents. Solstice Scents won with 31.8% of the vote, Darling Clandestine came in second with 18.2% of the vote, followed by Black Violet and Haus of Gloi splitting third place with 11.1% each.

Favorite Autumn Perfume Collection
 Best of Indie Favorite-Autumn-Perfume-Collection
Haus of Gloi. Haus of Gloi won with 31.4% of the vote, Solstice Scents came in second with18.8% of the vote, Darling Clandestine and Sixteen92 split third place with 10% each.

Favorite Spring Perfume Collection
Best of Indie Favorite-Spring-Perfume-Collection
Haus of Gloi. Haus of Gloi won with 31.8% of the vote, Black Violet came in second with 21.6% of the vote, Solstice Scents came in third with 18.9% of the vote.

Favorite Summer Perfume Collection
Darling Clandestine and Haus of GloiDarling Clandestine and Haus of Gloi split first with 26% of the vote each, Solstice Scents came in second with 16% of the vote, and Possets came in third with 10% of the vote.

Favorite Winter Perfume Collection
Sixteen92. Sixteen92 won with 23.6% of the vote, followed by Haus of Gloi with 23.1%, and Solstice Scents came in third with 17.8% of the vote. 

Most Unique Scents
Darling Clandestine. Darling Clandestine won with 52.8%, followed by Smelly Yeti with 12% of the vote, with third place going to Sixteen92 with 11.6%.

Best Custom Scents
Haus of Gloi. Haus of Gloi won first place with 40.1% of the vote, Alchimia Apothecary came in second with 32.4% of the vote, followed by Black Violet in third with 27.5% of the vote.

Thanks for checking out the winners! Lastly, I have a giveaway for a $15 gift certificate to a nominated indie shop of your choice. EDIT: If the shop does not offer gift certificates, it will be for $15 via Paypal for a shop of your choice. This can be from any of the shops nominated in the cosmetics and bath & body and fragrances awards. Feel free to check out Part One for the list of winners. I've got both lists of nominees presented below.

Indie Cosmetics Companies

AFK Cosmetics
Aromaleigh Cosmetics
Aromi Beauty
Baroque Cosmetics
Beauty Bar Baby
Blackbird Cosmetics
Blanche Neige Cosmetics
Chinovi Cosmetics
Cirque Colors
Contrary Polish
Corvus Cosmetics
Darling Girl Cosmetics
Dawn Eyes Cosmetics
Digital Nails
Dolly's Polish
Dreamworld Hermetica
Eccentric Cosmetics
Emerald and Ash 
Esoteric Aesthetic
Femme Fatale Cosmetics
Fierce Magenta
Fyrinnae Cosmetics
Geek Chic Cosmetics
Girly Bits Cosmetics
Glamour Doll Eyes
Glory Boon
Hare Polish
Hello Waffle Cosmetics
Impulse Cosmetics
Innocent + Twisted Alchemy
Kae Q
Kiss My Sass
Life's Entropy
Limnit Lipsticks
Liquid Sky Lacquer
Little Sparrow
Lucky 13 Lacquer
Lucy Minerals
Lunatick Cosmetic Labs
Meow Cosmetics
Morgana Cryptoria
My Beauty Addiction
My Pretty Zombie
Native War Paints
Notoriously Morbid
Octopus Party
Parlo Cosmetics
Performance Colors
Portland Black Lipstick Company
Powder Perfect
Pretty Zombie Cosmetics
Pumpkin & Poppy
Rainbow Honey
Shiro Cosmetics
Silk Naturals
Spectrum Cosmetics
SweetPea and Fay
Ten Three Labs
The All Natural Face
Tilt/Shift Cosmetics
Victorian Disco Cosmetics
Violet Voss

Indie Bath and Body Companies

Indie Perfume Companies

This giveaway is available internationally. Again, either a $15 gift certificate to a shop of your choice or $15 via Paypal.

Best of Indie Sweepstakes!


  1. I've been putting off actually ordering from either Possets or Midsummer Dreams Apothecary, so one of those two!

  2. Just wanted to say thanks so much for all the work you did pulling this together, Mai! It was a lot of fun to vote and to see how the voting shook out.

  3. Oooh I wish I had been more experienced in indie brands when you were taking this poll! Though at this point, I don't disagree with most of the choices. C:

  4. Black Violet sounds really interesting! I'd especially like to try their bath and body products, since I haven't found a HoG scent that works with my skin and would be appealing as a body butter.

  5. I remember when voting was open that I hadn't tried any perfumes or lotions yet, but now I own things from almost all of the winners... the rabbit hole is deep!

  6. I think I've got some new perfume places to check out!

  7. I defs wanna check out Darling Clandestine!

  8. Goodness, Haus of Gloi really swept this one! I can't really argue with it - their stuff is great. I voted a bunch for Arcana, sad to see they only made the list once! But those sugar scrubs are great. :) Thank you for putting this together, it had to be a lot of work and it's a great resource for people new to indies.

  9. It's crazy how much consensus there was! I'm new to indie perfumes, but I've managed to order form most of these brands anyways.

  10. Wow, I've heard a lot of great things about Haus of Gloi, apparently it's not just my friends who think they're great. Ill have to give them a try. Thanks for putting this together, I'll be checking out a bunch of these brands...

  11. So glad HoG did so well- they are such a great brand. They've had fulfilment problems this year as a symptom of huge growth- but I'll be sticking with them because of the quality of their products

  12. it's really interesting to see which companies got the best of scent areas (floral, aquatic) but then didn't get overall best. and it looks like i need more HoG!

  13. Crossing my fingers Darling Clandestine is as good as everyone says when my order gets here!

  14. Wow, lots of Haus of Gloi wins. Thanks for putting the work in for this!

  15. Thanks for putting this together, makes me want to try Black Violet!

  16. Tried HoG several years ago - was not fond of the scents. I find it interesting that it's the same few shops winning, I mean one specific shop can't be the best at almost everything, can they? Next order I have planned is with Deconstructing Eden and I'm excited to try them, even if they didn't win a category. (In the same breath, Sixteen92, who did win categories, is next after DE on my list :))

  17. Awesome review, I was looking forward to the results of this for a while! Great post as always! :)

  18. I'd love to try the Haus of Gloi scrubs now! I've only recently gotten into indies~

  19. Darling Clandestine and Haus of Gloi are amazing! I'd love more of either one.

  20. Looks like I'm just going to have to spend some money at HoG when my no buy is over... and probably SS too.

  21. I have been wanting to try both HOG and Sixteen92 for a while and now I'm convinced that I need to blow my paycheck on samples!

  22. Ooh, this is great! It looks like I definitely need to try out Haus of Gloi, then.

  23. This is so cool! I definitely need to check out Solstice Scents

  24. Just ordered a bunch of stuff from Sixteen92 and 7 samples from Haus of Gloi. Not even sorry.

  25. Normally this would be a hard choice for me, but with the Spring release today my mind is on HAUS OF GLOI!

  26. I need to try black violet. I hadn't heard of them, but I love fruity/floral/gourmand scents!

  27. I can't wait to get my Sixteen92 order. I've heard only good things about them :)

  28. Well it looks like my next indie shopping trip is going to be at Haus of Gloi, I'll have to pick up a little bit of everything haha.

  29. Hmmm I always hear amazing things about Solstice Scents. Maybe I will give them a shot after my no-buy!

  30. Just picked up some HoG spring scents, so these results have me feeling confident about my order!

  31. Solstice Scents! They should have an alcohol based perfume coming out soon!

  32. Well, I've never even looked into Haus of Gloi before, so I guess I need to fix that!

  33. I'd really like to check out Sixteen92. Their spring collection looks awesome! I'm sad I missed out on the small window when they had both the spring and winter collections in stock, though.

  34. Can't say I am surprised by the amount of HoG. They have put a lot of work into their recipes and products.

    But a bit more variety for the scent winners would have been nice. :P

  35. I've just placed my second order with Haus of Gloi, and it seems that I need to check out Darling Clandestine and Black Violet.

  36. I've been wanting to try more Darling Clandestine. Seeing as how I'm one for aquatic scents I'll definitely have to look into more of their scents. Thanks for the best of awards!

  37. I'm new in the indie perfume game, so I'm excited to check out most of these companies!

  38. Apparently I need to check out Solstice for their gourmands! Thanks for the thorough post!!

  39. Thank you for the contest and for putting this together!

  40. I definitely need to get some minis of Haus of Gloi's body stuff. I've only ever tried their perfumes.

  41. Never tried indie perfumes but now I cant wait to try some! Thanks for being very thorough!

  42. I've been dying to try Blackbird Cosmetics and this would be an awesome chance to!

  43. I love indie perfume companies and am interested in trying out Mandy Aftel's Aftelier - especially her new Palimpsest

  44. I want to check out Haus of Gloi's pumpkin butters!

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