Lush – Imogen Rose

 

Imogen Rose

This one is described on Lush website as : “A truly romantic new perfume; fresh and citrusy with floral kisses.”

LUSH PERFUMES
We must be so lucky as in Derby our lovely Lush shop in the Westfield centre has the entire range of Lush perfumes as well as the essential oil elements of some. Lush sells a fairly large range of perfumes now and every scent comes in three or four different forms. There is usually a solid perfume which tends to be the form which has the shortest staying power, the next is a small spray which is less concentrated than the 30ml black bottle which has the strongest concentration. Many of the scents also have a small 2ml sample bottle too which is usually in the same concentration as the mini spray or spritzers which I believe has 8ml in it. The solid perfumes weigh 12g so they are not huge but I rather like them to carry in my handbag as there is never a danger of any leakage and you can quickly pop a little on your pulse points without spritzing others in the bargain.

HOW MUCH?
The perfume I am reviewing here is the 30ml version of ‘Imogen Rose which I bought to take on my last holiday. The solid perfume in the scent is £10 , the small spritzers are £20.00, the large 30ml version is £42 and the 2ml sample sells for £4.00. This is one of the most expensive of Lush’ perfumes so you really need to try it before you buy as it is a lot of money to spend if you don’t.

Imogen Rose 30 ml

THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION
I love hearing the inspiration behind the creation of the different Lush scents. This is just such a beautiful story as the perfume was created by Simon Constantine in honour of his little girl on her first birthday.
This is what Simon says about Imogen Rose:

“This is for my nearly-a-year-old daughter Imogen Rose. I’ve been to almost everywhere roses are grown; I wanted to do something a bit different with the rose theme. I’ve always been disappointed with rose perfumes. They’re either too granny-ish or seem so synthetic that I’m sure a rose has never been anywhere near them. So I used a lot of rose oil and rose absolute and placed a little baby element in there, too, so there’s a hint of baby powder in the fragrance. I hope that the fragrance seems both fresh and floral – a true representation of the Damask Rose – and that it’s a suitable monument to new fathers and the baby girls they love very much.”

THE SCENT AND WHAT I THINK

On the website Lush describe this as like “youthful innocence” and this works as it was inspired by a baby girl and smells like a combination of floral and baby smells.

This is a very beautiful feminine fragrance. Obviously rose is dominant and is really has the pute rose scent as you might get from a real rose. They have managed to get away from the granny scent that you sometimes get and create a pretty very deep but girly scent. It is quite different from the other Lush perfumes that I have bought as it is a real strong floral fragrance with a creamy heart. It does have a lighter powdery scent a bit like baby powder that I can smell after some minutes as the dry down.

I think the reason this smells like a real rose is the vetivert which gives a deeper heart and reminds me of the earthiness that you get when smelling a real fresh rose.
This is just a lovely, pretty, strong perfume that is lasts a good long time when you wear it. I also love smelling it on my jackets if I have worn them when wearing this as it makes my clothes smell lovely. If you like deep floral perfumes that have lasting quality then give this a try.


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WHAT HAVE THEY HIDDEN IN THIS ONE

The main notes in this are these : rose oil, rose absolute, basil, bergamot, vetivert, ambrette seed, tonka, orris.

As you can see this has two types of rose input and this floral aroma is blended with and lifted by the bergamont which is slightly lemony and also the basil which is a fresh aroma. These are then balanced with the creaminess of the tonka, the earthiness of vertivert and the violet scent which is a lovely floral deep rather sexy aroma that comes from the orris. The ambrette oil is a plant-based substitute and so more ethical than animal and this provides the warm, woody, slightly floral note in this perfume.

 

AND ALSO
I sniffed this in the shop and I wasn’t too sure I thought it was a bit too rose like but then I fell in love with rosejam bubble bars and went back to this and tried again. It is actually quite hard to smell different perfumes in the Lush shop as there are so many smells going on in there. What I usually do is put the perfume on using the samples there. I then go off and do my shopping. I do one or sometimes two perfumes at a time. If I like it still after I have finished my shopping it then does on my ‘Wish List’.

I have to admit I do buy a lot on Ebay as you can often get them cheaper there. I just look for which are on there and bid to a certain amount. I miss out on loads but I decide what I am prepared to pay and stick to it. I also ask for them for gifts from the family too and that is how I have built up my collection. I managed to get this one from Ebay for less than half the price so I was well chuffed. There is no way I would have spent £42 , I think I paid about £15 which was enough.

I have the 30ml atomizer in this so when I put this on it REALLY lasts well all day long. The concentration is pretty intense so you have to be careful not to be too generous with your application. Instead of spraying in the air and walking through it like they advice for perfumes I just spray a small amount on my wrist insides and then spread this where ever I want it as it is quite dense.

Although I know it lasts all day I do find that I start to not be able to smell the perfume on myself after a while however my family often tell me they like my perfume when I am wearing this and other people often comment on the perfume I am wearing so I know it does last.

This is one of Lush’s more expensive offerings but it is one that can be worn day or evening if you like it. I would suggest trying these perfumes one at a time like I do and then leave the shop so you can actually smell just that perfume on you as we are each different and perfumes react differently on different people.

This is not one of my top favourite as I do find it a bit strong on the floral notes and it lasts a long time when wearing it but I do think I is a very pretty aroma and would sit well on a nice summer’s day when out and about.

I do have to say one negative thing about the little black bottle atomizers is firstly they are all identical apart from a small cardboard label so if you lose the label you have to rely on a sniff test or look underneath at the small sticky label. The other thing is that they are not entirely leak proof. I would never take one travelling at they do have a tendency to leak through the lid a bit. I keep mine upright and because they are in black bottles they are protected from the light so I can keep them out on top of my bathroom shelf.

The solid perfumes usually have a use buy date about a year after they were made. These black glass atomizers just have a made by date so it is up to you to decide if they are less true or faded after a time. I have had some that I have had longer than a year and I don’t think they smell any less strong or altered in any way but maybe after five to ten years they might but I don’t know. I like mine too much to have them last that long as I use mine daily.

If you are lucky enough to have a Lush store like the one in Derby with a full range of perfumes I recommend you to give them a try. They are not to everyone’s taste as they are quite strong and a lot of them have quite deep strong and more heavy notes but I love them and spend ages listening to the stories as to the inspiration behind their creation.

To me perfumes are a sort of experience that is more than just the smell. They are a bit like fine wines and single malt whiskeys in that there is poetry and art in their creation. These to me are all part of the perfume, the inspiration, the poetry and the images that are created by you in your head as you first sniff the perfume as well as the effect you have on the scent, the way it changes on you and your own skin. It is all part of the magic to me.

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“Sunflowers – Exhilarators” body spray by Elizabeth Arden

Sunflowers

I  was wandering through the Westfield centre with my daughter when we passed the Perfume shop with a box of reduced products. I cannot walk passed a reduced sign never mind a box you can rummage through so in we went. This bottle was reduced to £3 and so I gave it a quick spray and I quite liked the smell so I bought it.

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My bottle

This bargain body spray didn’t come in a box at all and is in a fairly plain plastic bottle with orange sun symbols around the white name of the product. The lid is orange with a clear plastic cover which comes off when you want to use the spray. The bottle is not that attractive or feminine and it certainly wouldn’t jump off the shelf at me for its looks.

 Elizabeth Arden is a company that has been around for years. I can remember my mother having cosmetics from this company when I was a child and I had always got the impression that it aimed for quite a sophisticated more mature market so I was quite surprised at this product’s packaging which is not at all sophisticated and rather utilitarian in my view.

Sunflower

The bottle as I have said is plastic and fairly plain, the product can clearly be seen through the slightly cloudy plastic bottle which is useful as you know exactly how much is left. I also like the fact that the bottle is plastic not glass as a glass one this size would be quite heavy and I pop it in my handbag as I travel around and it’s always there for a quick spray.

I bought this bottle to take on holiday with me as a light fragrance to wear everyday when it was hot so the fact that it was a spray pump was great as I got a cooling each time I sprayed as well as a pleasant smell. It lasted the whole three weeks we were away in Costa Rica and I shared it with my sister most days too .We used it daily and often to cool and freshen ourselves as it was extremely hot at times. It was perfect as the scent was quite light and refreshing. I bought this as it was reduced and at the price I paid I feel I have had good value as there is still about a third left after using it for three weeks of holiday.
The scent of the product is described on the bottle as ‘Sunflowers with orange’. They suggest spraying this on your body after a bath or shower to feel ‘the invigorating lift’. I really don’t use this as a body all over spray but rather as a cooling refreshing light eau de toilette type of spray. It is definitely orangey, rather like orange blossom rather than someone peeling an orange. I’m not really sure that sunflowers have a very interesting smell but perhaps they provide the baser notes to this body spray. It reminds me of walking through orange groves on a lovely summer’s evening with the orange blossoms out on the trees. There is certainly a deeper base note behind the orange so this must be the sunflowers as there is nothing else listed in the ingredients that has a smell.

Sunflowers

 

I find that the scent of the spray lingers for quite some time which I like and although it is quite wet I haven’t found it has marked any of my clothes.  The wetness of the spray is also most refreshing when you are somewhere really hot and much nicer than an aerosol spray would be. The actual product is quite an orange colour but it did not comeout orange even on white clothes. A couple of people in the group we were with in Costa Rica commented in my spray and I let them try it too and all made positive comments as to lovely orangey smell and also how lovely and refreshing the spray was in the heat. This is a body spray not a deodorant and I tend to use it as a delicate refreshing perfume when I am somewhere hot as I don’t like heavy perfumes in hot weather. I love smelling fresh and don’t think hot weather is an excuse for a lack of personal hygiene so a quick squirt to every now and then makes me smell more appealing and feel a lot cooler too.

 

Lush Gorilla Perfumes – “THE BUG”

 

Lush’s range of ‘The Bug’ scents

THE BUG- Lush perfume

My initial reaction was wow that is strong and quite insect repellent like but within minutes it mellowed a little and although it had a strong green fresh element there was also the very earthy background aroma coming through.

LUSH SAY

“this one was  “Inspired by the paranoia of the modern age (and a track by the same name), this perfume was introduced by walking people through a dark corridor full of clips from cctv footage and glowing uv-lights. The perfume contains galbanum and black pepper.”

Also inspired by Ashley Judd’s movie ‘The Bug’ which is a wacky psychological thriller!

“Also inspired by music, Mark and Simon feel the paranoia of the modern age with The Bug. Thoughts drift to ominous surveillance cameras…voices whispering in the ears…hidden secret police and anonymous hackers…ideas for a ‘protest perfume’ emerge – a disjointed scent for our times using such unique fragrances as galbanum and black pepper.”

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CCTV camera

THE BOTTLE

This new range is not presented in the plain black bottles that we are used to in Lush perfumes. These are in clear square bottles and some are round classic bottles depending on the size of the perfume inside. The labels are quite different, this one is mauve purple and black. The main colour is mauve and the surveillance camera or bug is black and white with a mouth in white on the left. The name of the perfume is in black with ‘THE BUG’ above the picture. It is sort of retro cartoon style with the colours and certainly very different from the plain black ones of the original perfumes. They look a bit like mini liqueur bottles to me.

The largest bottle of ‘The Bug’

THE NOTES AND SCENT

Like all the new perfumes Lush has just brought out bar two which are lighter and more like eau de toilettes, this is a strong powerful scent that lingers for a long, long time.’The Bug’ is one of the stronger ones and initially smelling it in the bottle I was not keen. This is definitely one that needs to be tried on the skin and keep smelling it as it develops and changes as it really is wonderful in my view.

The label says it has: Labdanum, Sandalwood, Elemi and Galbanum. The Bug has an arid scent but with a warm heart. It is neither too spicy nor sweet. To help give you an idea of the scents within :

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labdanum from rock rose

Photo from:www.bellasugar.com

The fragrance of Labdanum is very complex. This waxy resin produces a balsam like, woody, earthy, marshy, smoky, ambergrislike, leathery, flowery, honeylike, mintlike fragrance with hints of plum or oakmoss after a rain.

Elemi gum

Elemi gum

Photo is from www.biolandes.com 

Elemi It is a fragrant resin with a sharp pine and lemon-like scent.

Galbanum has a wonderful complex green, spicy, woody, balsam like fragrance.

MY VIEWS

I absolutely love this perfume now that I have tried it a few times. It is both woody and also the green balmy notes flirt back and forth with the deeper woody overtones. Initially It hits you like a roaring train with its resinous notes that are almost like an insect repellent but very quickly this becomes softer and ambery. There is also a herbal element to this one but it is dry and just keeps calling me back to sniff again.

I find this wonderfully sensual and it changes as you are wearing it and even as I sniff from one time to the next it flits back and forth between dry and woody and aromatically green.

Sandalwood

I love the new Lush perfumes. There isn’t one I don’t love but they are not for everyone. My daughter likes fresher lighter scents and most of these are deeper and heavier than she enjoys.

The majority of these new scents are perfumes rather than eau de toilettes and as such they really last well on both me and my clothes. They are oil based with lots of essential oils and  as such they have great lasting quality and sillage as well. They also need to be worn on the skin to test them. Sniffing the bottle does not do the trick and even putting them on cardboard is not the same as they develop on you and change according to your skin chemistry it seems as they smell different on different people.

PRICES AND SIZES

There are five sizes available but save up as this is not a cheap perfume as it contains expensive oils. The smallest size is 7g for £14, then £27.50 for 25g or 28g ( not sure what the difference is here but one might come with a dropper. 43G with cost you £37.50 and 46g for £40 but if you are really lucky and can afford this then the 92g costs £65. I am rather hoping for the small bottle for Christmas as I have now tested it at least six times and have truly fallen for this one.

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 Everyone has commented on how nice it smells on me when I have worn it and so many complemented me that I know it has great lasting quality and sillage too. It lasted on my scarf for well over a week and still smelled lovely whenever I wore it. I was reluctant to wash it as I enjoyed the smell whenever I put it on to go out!

If you are near a Lush shop and you are a fan then I urge you to go in and try their new perfumes. Put some on then go and walk around before you start to sniff the perfume on you. That way it has a chance to develop and you are not trying to pick the scent from everything else in Lush. Wear it for a day and you will see it becomes softly powdery and almost floral at the end where it starts very dry, woody and also has the green element that flirts in and out. It is such a wonderful perfume with deep notes and lots of character. I love it. In summary , odd to start with but becomes really floral and creamy powdery after about twelve hours of wearing having gone through several changes.

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Just in case you were wondering sillage is how much fragrance follows you or is left in the room  after you are in it and this perfume has great sillage qualities.

Comme des garcons – Amazingreen – for men or women

 

AMAZINGREEN

AMAZINGREEN

I received this small sample vial in the mail. I honestly cannot say where I got it from as I often request samples and it makes a lovely surprise when they arrive and I get to try things I certainly would risk buying sight or smell unseen or unsmelled! I believe it was from the Comme des Garcon company as a promotion as I have enjoyed a few of their scents this way.

PACKAGING

Amazing Green

Amazing Green

The package mine came in was a green plastic outer envelope with a small glass bottle mini spray. I love these small sample sizes to try new smells and also I take them on holiday as they are so light and then dump them when I have used them. On the side of the bottle is the name of the scent and in smaller type the brand name, neither are very special, just plain simple text.

This is sold in a green bottle that is sort of similar to an iphone 3 sort of flat stone shaped or a bit like a small hipflask with rounded corners. There is the brand and scent name in a darker simple text and It is simple and very understated.

COMME DES GARCONS
This is not a brand I have come across before but as I do like earthy scents I was looking forward to trying it. I guess the name is saying that the perfumes are unisex and maybe the clothes too as it is a Parisian based fashion brand owned by a Japanese designer, Rei Kawkubo. Again I have not heard of the fashion brand but I am not very well up in high end branded fashion so hardly surprising I suppose.

Rei Kawakubo – Comme de garcons

This company has 68 different fragrances, the first was created in 1994 and the fragrances are created in collaboration with a large number of perfumiers not just one or two which I found unusual. Amazingreen was launched in 2012 so it is a pretty new arrival and the creator of this fragrance is Jean-Christophe Herault.

Some of their perfumes are unisex while others are specifically aimed at either men or women. This is one of the unisex ones.

WHAT THEY SAY
“An evocation of the lush exuberance of nature. A dazzling fusion or organic and mineral, of freshness and depth. An outstanding blast of green energy, the creation of the ultimate green fragrance, Amazingreen.”

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Gun powder – one of the notes

THE NOTES
The top notes are : palm leaf, green pepper, green accord, water notes
The middle notes are: ivy, coriander, orris root
The base notes are: gun powder, incense, vetiver, white musk

MY THOUGHTS AND EXPERIENCE

When first sprayed on the opening is quite intense and strongly fresh and rather aftershave like, hints of my sons spraying their lynx deodorant come to mind. The first impression is strong and slightly herbal citrus.

Autumn leaves

After about ten minutes or so this does calm down a bit so that you can actually sniff the area you have put it on. At this stage I can strongly smell a definite garden sort of smell that reminds me of when we do the cutting back of our garden plants in the late autumn There is no sweetness in this that I can detect the scents are fresh, leafy and herbal and somehow also has that hint of dry autumn leaves as well.

After a while the base notes should begin to come through but to me it just becomes a milder autumn leafy sort of smell .
According to the site fragrantica this smells like :”The scent of gunpowder in an explosion of smoke and flint, clashes with the green energy of the jungle and the effervescence of spices.”

To me this is a really outdoorsy sort of smell with the fresher green leaves combining with the notes of flint and coriander then moving onto the darker smoky aroma from the explosion of gunpowder which is tempered slightly by the creamier white musk. The base sadly doesn’t carry much punch just a hint of woodiness, musk and a hint of smoke. They could have pushed the gunpowder more to make it have a bit more depth and smokiness.
It lasts reasonably well on me and I can still smell it faintly about three hours after I put it on I can still smell a hint of gardening in autumn so an earthy depth.

Autumnal earthy aroma

I find it quite unusual but rather manly aftershave to ever really be one for me long term. You could wear it day or night and in my opinion is probably not for the girly feminine sorts of women. It is not feminine in any way. From the man’s point of view I wouldn’t like to say as my husband refuses to wear ‘perfume’ as he calls it.
WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?

I do quite like it but it is not a cheap perfume at about £70 for 50ml on Amazon and £70 for 100ml and samples selling on Ebay for about £3.50 for 1ml or 2ml bottles. I can’t say I would pay that sort of money for this as it isn’t special enough for that sort of money.

Most of the reviews I have read about this pan it and say it is disappointing for CdG brand . I have to say I don’t take to this as much as I did to the CdG2 I have also reviewed. It just doesn’t seem to have much depth to it and is rather too manly for me with no creamy sweetness or woodiness to attract me . As the people in lush say your skin is the final ingredient and that effects how different scents develop. Always try your perfumes first, if you can, before making a big expensive purchase. These samples are a great way to try them. This little bottle was about 2ml and gave me about two or three days use I would say and I am so thrilled I got it as a free sample after seeing the prices on Ebay for the same little bottles. On Amazon the 50ml bottle is £57 and 100ml is £70 which is a lot in my humble opinion.

Photo from dev.theredlist.fr

Celine Dion Sensational perfume/eau de Toilette

Sensational

This fragrance by Celine Dion was launched on market in March 2008 in cooperation with Coty Beauty and was created, not by Celine Dion naturally as she is a singer not a perfumery expert, but by famous perfumer Maurice Rousel and it is only her name endorsing the product really.

Why did you buy it?

I am not a Celine Dion fan but saw this reduced in a local pharmacy when I was waiting for a prescription for my Homestart family’s baby. It was reduced from £20 to below £10 so I tried it and quite liked it as a light summery perfume. It can be described as being in the floral based perfume group.

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Sensational

The box is pink with Celine Dion in Emanuel Ungaro’s beautiful, lacy little silvery white dress photographed by Alexi Lubomirsky.  In the background is a subtle face with eyes closed in muted colours which I assume is also the lady in question. She looks young and fresh as well as glamorous and as with all celebrity scents you are supposed to be inspired into thinking you will be as glamorous as Celine should you chose to wear this. That is of course if you are very gullible and taken in by advertisements generally. I usually avoid celebrity endorsed products out of principle because I feel just trying to earn even more money and really do not have anything to do with the creation of the product at all – it is purely a money making but maybe I am just jealous that no one would be interested in buying a perfume with my name endorsing it!

 
What does it smell like?

Top notes of apples and pears

The perfume or in my case the eau de Toilette is a very light scent with top notes of pear, apple and plum. Very fruity, light and fresh .The heart of the perfume then has orris root and mimosa combined with floral notes. of jasmine and freesia. Sometime later the base notes of amber, musk and sandalwood develop and give the lasting nature to the perfume or eau de toilette.

What can you buy in this scent?

The eau de toilette is available as 15, 30, 50 and 100 ml and there is also a body care collection in the same smell. My bottle is 50 ml which I paid £9.95 for and I am happy with it at that price but not so sure I would have paid £20 as it was originally.

Freesia middle notes

What does the bottle look like?

The bottle itself is very elegant a sort of flattish oval with the width of the bottle being the widest points sort it is quite squat. The glass effect oblong lid comes off the spray nozzle and has a hole where the nozzle was that you can put your finger right through. It was designed by Jane Tarallo who is the global group creative director for Coty Beauty.

What do I think?

Mimosa middles notes

I like the light freshness of the scent it has quite a modern, clear and floral air to it.  The fruitiness is pleasant but I would say it is very sweet and more of a day time scent than an evening one. I think this would appeal to a wide age range from young through to the more mature lady like me as it is so fresh smelling and very clean. I would say that it doesn’t really develop through to the baser notes and its lasting qualities are not that great either.

I’m not sure that the name ‘Sensational’ really fits with the scent as I think you would expect something a little more special or unusual and slightly heavier or headier with name like “Sensational” but it is a very light scent and quite forgettable I think. I would not describe this in any way as a sensual fragrance and would not choose this for a night out or to go somewhere very special. 

 

Jasmine

Having said all that this is quite a nice perfume, after all I did choose to buy it so I must have liked it. I chose it specifically for a summer smell and as that I am more than happy with my bargain.

Al Rehab – Sultan concentrated perfume

Al Rehab 'Sultan'

Al Rehab ‘Sultan’

the souk

The Souk

Musquat

Musquat

This was ‘Sultan’ concentrated perfume oil was the one I liked best so it was quickly finished as I only bought 3mls in a small roll on bottle. I hunted around on the internet and found some on Ebay so I bought it keeping my fingers crossed that it would be the same smell and not something else. You can imagine how thrilled I was when it arrived and smelled just as I had remembered it.

A bit about perfume oils and the Middle East

I was fascinated to learn that the word ‘Taib’ which means oils, fragrances or perfume comes from letters in Arabic which mean:

Perfumes

To be good, pleasant, agreeable, delightful, delicious, to please, to regain health, ripe, to ripen, recover, cheerful, in good spirits, feeling happy, to heal, cure, mind at rest, goodness, sweet smelling, fragrant, and sweet scented.” [Hans Wehr Dictionary / P577-578]

The Company

Sultan is manufactured by the Al-Rehab company which is one of Saudi Arabia’s leading perfume manufacturers. They make traditional Arabian and oriental perfumes using the finest and often most expensive natural essences including Oud, Rose absolute, Incense, Musk, Sandalwood and other rare spices and oils.

What I like about this company and their perfumes is that they make perfumes in a choice of options so you can choose liquid perfumes, perfume oils or solid perfumes all in the same fragrance. The oils are the strongest and most lasting scents but they are all made with no alcohol so they all last pretty well on your skin.

Musquat

 My choice

I was not aware that this was aimed at men when I chose it. I sniffed a great number of perfume oils while in the souks and this was one that really appealed to me. I asked the man to write the name of the perfume on the bottle and I am so glad I did as it has enabled me to get more of this since I have been back in England.
My perfume of choice is called ‘Sultan’ and has been described by
Al-Rashad Books:

“Sultan has a  Powdery Woody musk fragrance with white musk, oudh and very soft rose. A DEEP mystifying aroma.  Popular among men.”   

Oh well never mind I still like it despite the fact that it is popular with men , perhaps that means I will be too!

What I think

The bottle is very plain and not really anything to shout about. In fact many of their bottles are pretty plain until you choose to have a fancy one. They concentrate of the perfume rather than the presentation. I think a lot of people decant the perfume into their own beautiful bottles as there were also lots pf pretty glass decorated bottles for sale in the souks as well.

Incense

The first thing I found with the oils from this region is that unlike the designer perfumes these tend to have just the one smell. They don’t really have top, middle and base notes notes they tend to be more linear. So the smell you first smell is the same as that you smell two or four hours later.

The other thing I have found is that you don’t need a lot of the oil and also it lasts a good long time on me. I can still smell it at the end of the day if I stick my nose where I have put the oil.

The smell is very musky but sweet. It reminds me a little of ‘white musk’ from the Body shop or Biba in the day but there is definitely a very obvious rose element. Hence you get the sweeter musk, very gentle and in my view feminine but the manufacturers might disagree. I find it creamy and musky with a very Middle Eastern air to it. I never tire of the smell and can happily stick my nose on my pulse points several times a day to give myself a bit of a lift.

Antique perfume spritzers

Antique perfume spritzers

As it has not got the top notes changing to middle then high what I put on my pulse points at the start of the day is the same as what I end up with at the end of the day and I like that. I love the fact that my scarves smell of ‘Sultan’ after I have worn them while wearing this perfume oil and it stays for ages giving that musky heady sweet smell for quite some time.

I find I only need the small roll on my pulse points in order to enjoy the scent all day long. I tend to put a tiny bit behind my ears and a little bit more in the creases of my elbows. In winter I also add a bit on the inside of my wrists as I like to smell it myself during the day.

I find that this is the sort of smell that people are intrigued with. Once close to me people often comment on how nice I smell and what is it? It is not a knock you over smell more gently around me once you get close is what I have been told.

Casbah

I find I can wear it day long, both night and day as it fits with both times equally well. It isn’t heavy so can be worn during the day but has the headiness enough for evening too.

Because these are oils they don’t seem to be quite as quick to deteriorate in light though I do keep mine in the box it came in.

As with any perfumes the actual smell can vary from person to person and also different people have different tastes so it is always wise to test the perfume on your own skin before paying out a huge price for one. The good thing about these perfumes is that you can buy 3ml to try it before you pay out for a bigger bottle if you decide you like it. These oils seem to have a pretty long shelf life but probably best to keep them somewhere cool and dark if you can.

Mosque

Where can I buy this?

I found these on Ebay and the seller has lots of different oils available with a bit of a description of what that perfume is like but a very brief description not a flowery romantic type of description you will find. I just typed in Sultan perfume in Ebay or goggle and it came up so you take your choice from there. I have also now found this on Amazon so easy to buy with any Amazon vouchers you have going spare.Alternatively look out in the souks if you are anywhere in the Middle East

 Final Thoughts

I was so delighted to find this perfume oil in Muscat as it was just my sort of scent and then to find a supply in the UK was even more exciting.

I love the musky rose scent and every time I smell it I am taken back to the Middle East and the smell and buzz of the souks.

The fact that this lasts so well on me and the scent is the same when I out it on as when I sniff it at the end of the day is very satisfying.

 I would heartily recommend this perfume oil is you like musky scents and a rose combination. As they are so cheap to try on Ebay it is worth sampling a few and see if you like them as you won’t lose much even if you hate them.

Barth by Alexander Barthet Barth

Barth by Alexander Barthet Barth

Barth by Alexander Barthet Barth

 

This is first perfume released by the designer Alexandre Barthet Barth and it was first introduced in 2009. In my ignorance I had never heard of this designer in fashion but I am not a big follower of high fashion so that is probably my ignorance rather than his lack of fame.

Pink hearts

I spotted this on ebay one day and was attracted by the beautiful pink bottle with the heart shaped lid. It looks so girly, pink and fresh that I decided to risk bidding on it. I think I paid about £12 so it wasn’t a huge price and the bottle was an unused tester bottle so a big bottle at least 100 ml so I thought it was good value and worth a try.

The perfume was created by the perfumer Michel Almairac who was born in 1953 in Grasse, the perfume capital of the world! He attended perfumery school at Roure Bertrand Dupont. Other perfumes he has created include a few I really like such as ‘Secret wish’ by Anna Sui, Chloe  and a number of the Ghost perfumes so I thought it had a good chance of being one I might like .

The bottle is a pretty shape

Its bottle is pyramidal shape and is made of transparent glass and is crowned with a heart. It is clear at the top and has a pink base so that the EDT looks pink and girly. My bottle is big and quite heavy, because of the large base it stands well with no danger of accidently being knocked over however this makes it quite tricky to hold in order to spray as it has such a wide base, too wide to hold in one hand and spray so you need two hands!

Design by Alexander Barthet

The scent was designed to go with the designers fashions which are apparently young, contemporary and lighthearted and  I  found some  photos of his designs which I have added so i leave you to decided as to how well the aroma fits with his fashion range.

The top notes are freesia, grapefruit, blackcurrant which give an instant fruity smell which is fresh and quite light. The middle notes are cedar, amber and peony which bring in the warmer sweet slightly woody aromas this later and quite quickly develops when the base notes of caramel peach and musk come through to an even sweeter smell. The scent develops very quickly but does not last very long in my view which is quite disappointing.

 

Considering the notes that are in this perfume/EDT I was expecting it to be sweet and creamy. It is certainly light and fresh but the fact that the smell is so short lived does not shout quality to me. It leaves a sweet extremely gentle or very subtle smell if you stick your nose where you know you have sprayed the perfume. It is not the sort of perfume you wear and people say ‘you smell nice’   as I don’t think they would actually notice unless they were next to you when you sprayed it on.

To quote the press release for the perfume

Alexandre-Barthet design

Alexandre-Barthet design

“ Alexandre Barthet’ s BARTH is a declaration of love to the young, trendy, chic woman who doesn’t’ t take herself, life, or fashion too seriously. A woman with a whimsical approach to fashion, who seeks quality above all else. A woman with a natural, quintessentially modern elegance.”

Well I am sorry I think he has failed to produce a perfume of quality above else, it might be young, trendy but that is as far as it goes. I am disappointed with its staying power. The smell is quite light and pleasant but you only enjoy it for such a short time. It doesn’t last as long as the body sprays I have previously reviewed produced by Soap and Glory so I will not be spending any more of my money on this as I get better smelling power  from body sprays than this EDT.

Barth by Alexandre Barthet  is  available in 30, 50 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette for anyone still interested in trying this. A very pretty bottle and lid but the contents were a big letdown for me. I won’t be buying this one again.

Bleeding heart flowers

Lush Tuca Tuca

Tuca Tuca – perfume options

Inspired by a catchy pop song heard in Venice ,Tuca Tuca perfume was created by Mark and Simon Constantine of Gorilla perfumes.

Si chiama: ooh! Tuca Tuca, Tuca
L’ho inventato io
Per poterti dire:
“Mi piaci, mi piaci, mi piaci, mi piaci, mi pia!”

Makes you feel like dancing

Makes you feel like dancing

http://beemp3.com/download.php?file=7703057&song=Tuca+Tuca
I have included the link in case you want to investigate the song and maybe then you might also want to see the dance too which is on facebook if you are interested. Apparently you get a link to a free download when you buy the perfume. However this link also gets you a free download should you feel tempted.

Apart from the song what has inspired these new perfumes In Lush?

Gorilla Perfume was a sort of subsidiary of Lush and was started specifically to showcase the perfumery of Mark and Simon Constantine. They wanted to offer perfumes that were different from the high street offerings that were made with quality ingredients.

Mark is the co-founder of “Lush” and also of the now closed “B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful and prior to that he headed the “Cosmetics To Go” company. In the perfumery he is assisted by his son, Simon.

Where can I buy this?
Gorilla Perfumes are available to buy from any Lush stores, through their mail order or online at http://www.lush.co.uk. If you go in to any Lush store at the present time there are displays and promotions for this new perfume range of which Tuca Tuca is one.

The packaging;
There are various different sizes and types to choose from. Tuca Tuca costs £23.00 for a 27g bottle, £11.00 for a 9g bottle, £2.50 for a 2g sample bottle, and £5.50 for a 12g solid perfume. Though I bought mine in the Derby shop for 99p but it may be less than 2ml although I think not.

Violet Flower

The bottle is a very plain dull black with the stylized Lush text at the bottom and also the fragrance name. All the packaging is black and simple, no fancy bottles of frills with these perfumes. Part of the packaging has to do with Lush generally as they don’t use unnecessary packaging It may also be something to do with the fact that a few of these perfumes are quite unisex in their aroma so they could be used by either male or female in the plain bottles or tubes in the case of the solid stick perfume.

It is a bit annoying that because the bottles are not clear you have no idea of how much perfume you have left except by feeling the weight and guessing.

Vetivert plant

What does it smell like?
The perfume has some very strong interesting notes, cassie, vanilla, sandalwood, vetivert, violet leaf and ylang ylang. Most of these are quite heavy notes in my view and indeed the perfume is quite a heavy rather cloying fragrance.

I have read a few reviews where people have hated this perfume and found it far too heady and sweet. I actually love the smell but I can see what people may find too much in this smell
A lot of Lush’s heavier perfumes have a rather nostalgic scent about them and this in my view is no exception. The rather heady notes of the hippy times of the 60s and 70s when the original ‘Cosmetic to Go’ began.

Lush / Gorilla Perfumes say:
“The fragrance of a bright pop song. Tuca Tuca is whimsical; it teases with a fantasy violet accord and works its way into your subconscious. The perfume perfectly conveys the playful and seductive nature of the pop-song and the dance it’s based on. Only the Italians could have come up with such a mischievous dance and pull it off with style and sex appeal.”
Personally I don’t see or smell the light playfulness in this perfume. It is floral and seductive and tome is quite a dark, sexy deep smell.

The fragrance was designed to develop as the day develops. The morning opens with the fresh floral violet which moves on to midday becoming warm with vanilla sweetness and ylang ylang then sundown brings on the “a slightly naughty violet leaf and vetivert bottom.”

violet flower

violet flower

Lush say that the final ingredient is you.
I spend a lot of time in the Lush shop in Derby testing and trying things and this was no exception. With the extremely friendly and welcoming staff we all tested this perfume and then waited to see how the small developed on each of us. The notes you smell can depend on different people’s skin chemistry. Some of us had far more of a creamy violet smell, almost sweet like a Parma violet, others found the jasmine came out a bit like jasmine on a warm evening while others had the scent develop into the more earthy sandalwood, or vetivert. I know this happens with all perfumes but this seems more obvious than most. Some that hated it thought it smelled of moth balls so it s well worth going in and trying this one.
My personal smell develops from the original floral hit to a muskier candied-violet somewhat akin to musky Parma violets with a sort of smokier quality as the vetiver develops. As I said I love it but it is a personal or somewhat of an acquired smell.

The actual ingredients for those with allergies and need to check

Sandlwood

Sandlwood

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Cassie Absolute (Acacia farnesiana), Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata) Benzyl Salicylate, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool

If you are intrigued by the song and dance there are several videos on facebook showing how to do the dance. There are also videos of the Lush staff and some customers doing the dance during the promotion period of the perfume. Had this been going on it would be one day that I would have avoided going in to Lush as it looks highly embarrassing.

Scented melts inspire me

I think that it is part of the fun element of Lush that they promote their products like this and have rather quirky ideas such as the fee download of the song with the purchase. I never come out of Lush feeling that I have been a nuisance nor do I ever feel pressured into buying anything. The staff are all very enthusiastic and welcoming and are eager to share their experiences and for you to try the products too. This is what Lush sell, quality products and enthusiastic staff never making you feel uncomfortable in their wonderful stores.