Lush – The Smell of Freedom

The Scent of Freedom

 

We are very lucky in Derby because 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 most concentrated 30g atomiser which I bought a a bargain price on Ebay. The solid version costs £7.50 while the small spritzers are £16, the large 30ml version is £33 and the 2ml sample sells for £3.25. I think the solid version offers good value as the 2ml wouldn’t give me many uses and the solid ones in different scents have given me plenty of use in the past. You don’t need a lot of the solid stuff to get a pretty decent aroma but you do have to be careful if it is very hot weather as it does melt very easily. I would also suggest that keeping it in the fridge may affect the scent so would not advise that.

THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION
I love hearing the inspiration behind the creation of the different Lush scents. They are all so different and rather like poetry but of smell rather than words. This one is no different. I really admire Mark Constantine and his philosophy and the fact that he does things he really believes in. His story about how this perfume came to be is another great, rather poetic sort of story.
This perfume is again the result of some of Simon’s experiences .He met three different people in very different places but all were survivors from some sort of hardship but the common thread was freedom.
The perfume was created using local ingredients and the ‘Smell of Freedom’” opens with a fresh, herbal accord and reveals its complex, spicy and woody nature as it warms on your skin.”

 

Fire tree – part 1

Who were the inspirations for this? The first was a combination of seeing a painting of a wrongly executed Aboriginal and the Aboriginal struggle to reclaim land that is rightly theirs. To recognize this Mark uses Australian sandalwood, lemon myrtle and fire tree oil. These combine to give both a floral and woody note to the perfume.

The second inspiration was a journey to meet a Tibetan monk. From this journey Simon used ginger, clove and black pepper which adds the a spicy, oriental scents.

 

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Old Delhi Station – part 2

Lastly Simon met a man who had been held in Guantanamo Bay and then freed and from this experience Simon added Oudh, frankincense and sandalwood which gives the depth and woodiness.
These three individual fragrances were now all combined to create ‘The Smell of Freedom.’ The lovely lady who I spend hours talking to in Lush in Derby always inspires me with these wonderful stories and these always draw me towards perfumes as much as the scent itself almost.

THE SCENT AND WHAT I THINK

What does this smell like? In my view this doesn’t smell as woody as I would have imagined given the ingredients. For me the initial opening is Australia and walking down amongst lemon gum and lemon myrtle trees as they really have the most wonderful strong lemon yet tree and garden sort of smell. It isn’t a lemon of a real lemon it is quite distinctly Australia lemon scented trees. I used to have several lemon scented trees in my garden in Australia and I do miss the wonderful smells of the plants there.

This lemon opening then dies down a bit and blends to become more spicy when I can detect the sandalwood and ginger both of which are favourite smells of mine. Sandalwood takes me straight to India and the smells of the carved sandalwood things, the incense sticks and it is just India to me. Ginger is such a clean clear smell that blends with

Sandalwood

others perfectly while lifting it slightly too.

Oudh – Scent of Freedom part 3

Fire tree is so distinct and a very interesting smell, kind of woody and herby and it distinctly Australian again. I have friend in Australia who has Aboriginal roots and works with Aboriginal people and this is a scent she uses in her soaps that she makes. Just by the way in passing, you can buy this by itself from our Lush and I do like it and might add it to my ‘Wish List’ but it is very expensive!
The more earthy , deep notes begin to work themselves through as the lasting quality of oudh,orris and sandalwood blend together but still that hint of the floral sweeter notes does come through.

This is just a lovely strong powerful perfume that almost shouts out ‘Freedom’ as you wear it. It is far from subtle so if you like flowery gently light perfumes yu probably won’t like this.

WHAT HAVE THEY HIDDEN IN THIS ONE

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Jasmine

The main notes in this are these :lemongrass, lemon myrtle, neroli, jasmine, ginger, fire tree, clove, black pepper, sandalwood, oudh, orris. I have mentioned many of these but the jasmine comes through with the heady floral notes and is very evident. Jasmine is something that comes in a lot of Lush stuff and is such a wonderfully sexy fragrance.

AND ALSO
Once I sniffed this in the shop I just had to have it. 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 perfume 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 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 husband often says you smell nice later on in the day when we have a hug or a quick cuddle when preparing the meal other people comment on the perfume I am wearing so I know it does last.

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Bergamot

This is another of Lush’s heavier deeper perfumes and will appeal to those who like earthy heavier scents. It is not subtle at all.
This has to be another of my favourites. I like lots of different scents but I am often drawn to the earthy notes but this one reminds me of the Australian bush and the wonderful smells of their trees and plants and for me this is just such a great evocative smell I could happily sit and sniff it all day.

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.

Lemon Myrtle

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. I think the story behind the creation of this perfume is particularly interesting and quite emotional too.

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Escada ‘Cherry in the Air’ – eau de toilette

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Cherry in the Air

Another of my little perfume samples which arrived in the post. This is a limited edition eau de toilette from the Escada fragrance company. This appears from the promotion to be one created for younger people, women I would say as it is quite sweet and feminine.

The woman riding her bike on the box

The card that I received with it shows a young lady in a pink frilly skirt riding a bicycle (the only outfit for bike riding of course.) with red cherries falling from a tree above. The bottle of perfume is in the right hand bottom corner. It is a happy scene and one that inspires thoughts of spring and the lovely warmer weather.

THE BOTTLE
This is a tall rounded bottle with a silver lid over the spray top. The bottle is a deep cherry red/dark pink colour with ESCADA in white and the name of the eau de toilette under that. It is a simple bottle with nothing fancy but a nice shape to hold as it is rounded and tall so will easily fit in your hand comfortably.
The box has the same picture as my card that came with my sample; the picture of the young girl on the bicycle. I am not sure about that on the box as it looks a little cheap to me.

ESCADA
This perfume house has brought out a new limited edition floral-fruity summer fragrance each year since 1993. This fragrance ‘Cherry in the Air’ was launched in this year 2013.
Escada say “ Cherry in the Air is a real treat for those lovers of the sour cherry aroma that stimulates the imagination. It is inspired by French landscapes, bicycling through orchards, picking cherries and summer full of fun and enjoyment in life.”

THE PERFUME
Top notes: sour cherry and raspberry
Heart: marshmallow
Base: sandalwood
This is a very light sweet fruity scent. The cherry is sweet, followed by a light floral aroma. The creamy sandalwood is not very evident even after about half an hour it is only a warm sweetness and not very strong at all. To me it is more like a body spray than an eau de toilette.

It is described as ‘Sweet and sexy, the new perfume blends notes of sour cherry with marshmallow accords and the woody character of sandalwood.’
To me it is sweet and fruity with a creamy sweetness and the woodiness never develops on my skin.
I can’t say I will be rushing to buy the full sized version of this as it really doesn’t develop much and is rather a synthetic sort of scent.
This ‘Cherry in the Air’ scent  is available as 30ml, 50ml and 100 ml Eau de Toilette and also a 100 ml body lotion. I might be tempted with the body lotion as I think this sweet scent would be nicer in a body lotion.

PRICE
On Amazon I found the 100ml was £47.51 , the 50ml was £41.81 so 100ml offers the best deal but try before you buy as I think in Boots you could find a body spray for under £3 that would give as good a scent as this. This is far overpriced for the strength of the scent and the quality too in my view.

SUMMARY
I think this is aimed at younger women than me both with its box design and the very sweet light scent. It is not offensive but it doesn’t really do a lot for me as it has no real depth to it and is rather synthetically sweet. It doesn’t last long on me, as I wore it today and after an hour I can barely detect it .The sillage isn’t great either I asked my step daughter if she could smell it on me and no she couldn’t so not really very good. As I said it is more like a cheap body spray than an eau de toilette and not one I will be buying.

Lush – The Smell of Weather Turning solid perfume

The Smell of Weather turning

LUSH PERFUMES
We are very lucky in Derby because 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.

The Smell of Weather turning from Lush website

HOW MUCH?
The perfume I am reviewing here is the solid version of ‘The Smell of Weather Turning’. The solid version costs £8.00 while the small spritzers are £17, the large 30ml version is £35 and the 2ml sample sells for £3.50. I think the solid version offers good value as the 2ml wouldn’t give me many uses and one of the solid ones gave me plenty of use over the time I was away in the last month or so and I still have plenty left. You don’t need a lot to get a pretty decent aroma but you do have to be careful if it is very hot weather as it does melt very easily. I would also suggest that keeping it in the fridge may affect the scent so would not advise that.

THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION
I love hearing the inspiration behind the creation of the different Lush scents. They are all so different and rather like poetry but of smell rather than words. This one is no different. I really admire Mark Constantine and his philosophy and the fact that he does things he really believes in. His story about how this perfume came to be is another great, rather poetic sort of story.
“”The story of how this fragrance was born is quite convoluted.  Initially, the smell of weather turning was a concept that was described to us by a girl who works for us, who is also a witch. She brought her magic books and we talked about the smell of weather turning. It’s a very surreal concept, so we tried all sorts of angles on it.

Then we did some work with musician Simon Emmerson, who is also a bard and part of a druid order. He did some pieces of music, which reminded me of staying in Finland at a place where the lady had decided to make it, as it would have been back in the Iron Age. She fed us nettles and dark rye bread. One morning, I watched a man outside weeding, but it turned out to be our lunch.
One night, all of this combined in a dream and I woke up knowing that I wanted to do The Smell of Weather Turning with old materials – materials that would have been available 5,000 years ago. At that time, it was also 2 degrees Celsius warmer in Britain – similar to how the weather is predicted to be here in 50 years’ time – so The Smell of Weather Turning developed an angle of climate change.”
THE SCENT

What does this smell like? In my view it does really smell of how the world smells after the rain. The smell you get as the first drops of rain fall of the warm grass, roads and trees. On the Lush site it describes it as “a walk through hay after a rainstorm.”

Rain on a hayfield

It is earthy and deep but then you get that light smell when the mint comes through but very quickly the earthy aroma comes back. It is really a very unusual scent but one I love as I am drawn to myrrh, oak moss, patchouli and those sort of deep earthy smells.

It reminds me of walking in an English wood after the rain when all the real smells are so much headier, alive and fresh. Like the smell you get when working in a damp garden, someone’s gardening shed with the mix of earth and leather and herbs drying from the ceiling and so on. It is not that it smells like a garden shed but it brings to mind these comforting images.

WHAT HAVE THEY HIDDEN IN THIS ONE

Mark wanted to create this with no modern ingredients as he wanted to use things that would have been around 5,000 years ago. This was real challenge according to Simon (Mark’s son and fellow perfume creator). Initially their creation was too muddy but then they found hay and oak absolutes which they used as a base and built the rest from there. The top notes also caused some tension but eventually they agreed on using mint, both English mint and old fashioned peppermint.

So we have a combination of these main notes Oakwood, hay, beeswax, nettle, English peppermint, mint, Roman chamomile. I can almost smell each individual ingredient but they just work perfectly together to create one of my favourite perfumes.

WHAT DO I THINK

If someone had said the top notes are mint you will live it I am not sure I would have gone for it but once I sniffed this in the shop I just had to have it. 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 perfume 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 have the solid perfume in this and I was also given a small sample sized version by one of the lovely ladies in Lush who shares my excitement for the Lush perfumes and tells me the tales of how they were created.

I like both and find both work well on my skin. Both last pretty much all day but if I was going out in the evening I would refresh what I was wearing a little. I love the way the solid perfume lasts behind my ears and down my cleavage as I can smell the aroma rising as my body heat helps it dissipate.

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 husband often says you smell nice later on in the day when we have a hug or a quick cuddle when preparing the meal other people comment on the perfume I am wearing so I know it does last.

I can smell a real mixture in this one and although I know the top not is mint because it combines with the deeper more earthy notes it changes to a more subtle minty aroma.

This has to be one of my favourites. I like lots of different scents but I am often drawn to the earthy notes, musk, myrrh, patchouli, vertivert, oakamoss and so on so this is just such a great evocative smell I could happily sit and sniff it all day.

The nice thing about a solid perfume is that you can put it exactly where you want it. It is also very handy for the handbag as it NEVER leaks unless the weather turns very hot. It isn’t a good idea for example to leave it in a car as the sun will cause it to melt. I had to be very careful when we were on holiday recently in the USA and I kept my solid perfumes in our cold bag with all our cold stuff when we were travelling from place to place. I also left them in the hotel rather than in my handbag as it was over 35°C most days and that was enough to make them very soft when in my bag.

The solid perfumes usually have a use buy date about a year after they were made. I have not had any that I have had last longer than a year so I am not sure how the scent lasts should you have one over the use by date. I like mine too much to have them last that long as I use mine daily.

Another good thing about these little solid perfume tubes is that when you finish them these little tubes or pots count as one container to recycle so if you take five back to Lush you can choose a FREE fresh face mask or fresh hair mask so even the container is worth something.

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.

 

Ellie Saab – Le Parfum

I spend a lot of to time on the internet applying for samples and buying mini bottle of perfumes from Ebay. This was one of these but I cannot remember where I tracked this one down but it is on my wish list now as I absolutely love it.

The bottle is a classic looking glass bottle in a sort of baroque diamond cut on the sides but kind of rectangular otherwise and was designed by Syvie de France. The stopper is large and clear with a spray under this transparent large lift off stopper. It looks classy and unstated in my view and of course comes in box which is similarly understated but a very pale pink color.
The name they obviously have not gone to any great lengths thinking up and the scent is the creation of the perfumier Francis Kurkdjan for the Lebanese haute couture designer Ellie Saab and is rather boringly just called ‘ Le Parfum’. I can’t say I know much about Ellie Saab as I am not in the market for expensive designer wear but if the perfume and the adverts campaign are anything to go by wish I was.
The model Anja Rubik is the face or body or this creation and in the adverts she looks just stunning with legs up to her armpits wearing a gold evening dress that would be anyone’s idea of romantic, classy elegance. Le Parfum was launched in 2011 so is a pretty recent addition to the perfume shelves.
The perfume itself is so beautifully feminine and gorgeous. It does remind me a bit of Estee lauder’s ‘Beautiful’ but it is a little lighter to me.

Anja Rubik – the model for the perfume

It opens with notes of orange blossom and has a lovely gentle floral jasmine as its the heart with a base of cedar, patchouli and rose honey accord and in my opinion the last of the base notes is predominant in this as it has very little earthiness in it.
The main top note is African Orange flower, the middle note is jasmine and then the base notes are patchouli, Virginia cedar, rose and white honey. In my opinion the top not blends very quickly with the jasmine and rose to give a fresh truly feminine floral that is not at all heavy, a whiff or a hint as you pass by rather than a bowling over by’ your nose in stuck in jasmine’ sort of floral. It is not cloying, but more light and fleeting as though being blown on an evening breeze.

The base notes just provide depth here and I can only really detect the rose and honey as the normal depth and earthiness or patchouli is not here at all and the cedar I cannot detect either.

jasmine

The only downside I find is that it doesn’t really last that long on me and if I apply it in the morning I would have to reapply a few hours later if I wanted to know I smelled nice. It is noticeable on my clothes if I smell them at the end of the day and it does have good sillage as I have got compliments every time I have worn it so that is a plus too.
I usually like musky earthy perfumes but I am also a fan of light feminine ones sometimes and this one I do like as it is very natural, it is sweet but not in anyway sickly or popcorn candy- like. The honey works well with the jasmine and makes it much sweeter and less heavy than some of Lush’s jasmine creations. I love the way the three florals work together with the honey and the other base notes brings it down to a deeper note rather than dominating it.
Le Parfum is available as 30ml, 50ml and 90 ml Eau de Parfum and also you can buy a perfumed deodorant, body lotion, body cream and shower gel in the same fragrance.

Rose

The price for this rather gorgeous feminine fragrance varies, as it always seem to, so it pays to shop around. On Amazon for 30ml it costs £32.30 while 50ml is £47.50. The body lotion is £29for 200ml so I don’t think I will be rushing to buy that one. They also have a 3 Piece Fragrance Gift Set: 90ml EDT +10ml Purse Spray + 30ml Body Lotion for £78.99 which I think would be a very nice present but probably not one I will be receiving any time soon!

If you get the chance to try this then I urge you to give it a spray. Sometimes you get little flat sample patches in magazines which give a good feel for the scent too. I really love this for its light floral aroma and to me this makes a real summery scent and one that would be wonderful for a bride to wear as it is really feminine and classy.

Lush Smell of Freedom Part 1 – Old Delhi Station perfume

Old Delhi Station

Lush have created many interesting and original perfumes over the years and one of my all time favourites is The Smell of Freedom which is a creation of three distinct parts from three distinct parts of the world blended to create a wonderfully original perfume. This was a popular fragrance but Lush also chose to sell the three distinct elements separately. These perfumes were inspired by three people with their own stories told to Simon Constantine about their different parts of the world inspired. These stories inspired Simon to create the different scents.

THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATIONS 

I love hearing the inspiration behind the creation of the different Lush scents. They are all so different and rather like poetry but of smell rather than words. This one is no different. I really admire Mark Constantine and his philosophy and the fact that he does things he really believes in. His story about how this perfume came to be is another great, rather poetic sort of story.

This perfume is again the result of some of Simon’s experiences. He met three different people in very different places but all were survivors from some sort of hardship but the common thread was freedom.

The perfume was created using local ingredients and the ‘Smell of Freedom'” opens with a fresh, herbal accord and reveals its complex, spicy and woody nature as it warms on your skin.”

Who were the inspirations for this? The first was a combination of seeing a painting of a wrongly executed Aboriginal and the Aboriginal struggle to reclaim land that is rightly theirs. To recognize this Mark uses Australian sandalwood, lemon myrtle and fire tree oil. These combine to give both a floral and woody note to the perfume.  This element is Fire Tree.

The second inspiration was a journey to meet a Tibetan monk. From this journey Simon used ginger, clove and black pepper which adds the spicy, oriental scents. This is Old Delhi Station.

Lastly Simon met a man who had been held in Guantanamo Bay and then freed and from this experience Simon added Oudh, frankincense and sandalwood which gives the depth and woodiness. This is Oudh Heart.

OLD DELHI STATION
This is sold in a small brown glass bottle with a screw top lid like those you buy essential oils in so no time has been spent creating pretty bottles the effort has gone into the perfume creation.

From the first time I tried this in our Lush shop in Derby I fell in love with it. It is supposed to be “ like : a train journey through India” and the scent is described by Lush as “ rich, warming and spicy.”

patchouli

I always love anything with patchouli in it as I love the warm earthiness and hippy sort of smell from patchouli. Combining with patchouli we have clove, black pepper, sandalwood and jasmine which are all such wonderfully powerful scents. Clove is warming and unique while sandalwood is India for me, every time I smell sandalwood I think of the lovely carved sandalwood figures that fill Indian shops with the sweet warm aromatic aroma. Black pepper is uplifting and yet spicy and warm too while jasmine is beautifully heady and so sexy. They combine to give a unique scent which is India in a bottle. It is chai tea and sandalwood carvings in spice shop and just sniff and shut your eyes and you are there.

I love mine and managed to track it down for a reasonable price on Ebay having admired it for months in the shop. I use this sparingly as I find a little goes a long way being perfume oil and all the essential oils in this one are fairly powerful smelling oils. On me this scent lasts a good few hours and is still detectable at the end of the day if I sniff hard enough especially on my clothes.

If you are feeling in the mood for a more wide ranging smell of this then because it is an oil you can add it to a carrier oil for a massage or even pop some in oil on an oil burner in a room.

I love this scent and am so thrilled that I managed to get myself a bottle. It usually sells for 20 pounds for 15ml and I think considering the strength and ingredients that that is a fair price really.