Lush – Fire Tree

LUSH FIRE TREE PERFUME OIL

One of my favourite Lush perfumes is Scent of Freedom as the stories that go to create the three elements are so heartwarming. You can also buy the three individual elements of this perfume in Lush and this Fire Tree is one of those elements. This is perfume oil so the scent lasts really well and is pretty strong as well as being created from natural oils.

I have already written a review of Scent of freedom but this is one part of the three elements. The other two are ‘Old Delhi Station’ inspired by a story of a Tibetan monk and ‘Oudh heart’ inspired by someone who was in Guantanamo Bay. Every element is a lovely perfume on its own and they also combine to make a fabulous Scent of Freedom perfume.

Fire Tree comes in a small brown glass bottle with a screw top lid rather like you buy essential oils in so it seals properly and there is no danger of spilling and leaking. Inside there is a plastic inner top with a smaller hole so that you can get a little at a time coming out.

Fire tree

THE STORY
Fire Tree was inspired by an Aboriginal artist and one of his paintings that showed an aboriginal man wrongly accused of a crime which caught the attention of Simon Constantine when he visited in Australia. The painting reflected the struggle of the aboriginal people to claim back their lands which were taken when the British arrived as colonists.

THE SCENT
The perfume is created from ingredients native to Australia, including fire tree oil, Australian sandalwood and lemon myrtle. It also has bergamot and orange flower. The perfume is meant to take you to images of the Australian landscape. Lush describe the scent as “invigorating, herbal and woody and also floral”.

I find it a really evocative scent and it does remind me of the Australian bush and the wonderfully scented native trees. It is quite citrusy with a strong powerful hit that then mellows and becomes creamier once it settles on my skin.

WHAT I THINK
As you might have guessed I do love this perfume, I like it in the Scent of Freedom as a whole and also wear it alone as it is one that will take me anywhere. It is uplifting and long lasting. Because it is oil the aroma really lasts well on me and even four or five hours later I can still smell it on my inner wrists.

I also find that as this is an oil I can add it to a carrier oil and use it as a massage oil and if I am feeling very extravagant I add it to my home made bath truffles too. The ladies in Lush have said that they have dropped a few drops in water and put this in an oil burner to scent a room too.

PRICE AND WHERE TO BUY
This is a Lush product and so it has to be purchased from Lush and sadly some of their perfumes are only available on line now. I am not sure about this one being in the shops so it is worth a look. I bought mine from Ebay and so got a bargain. Usually this Fire Tree costs £20 for 15ml, which sounds rather a lot but it is oil concentrate so you don’t need to use a lot to get a good scent on your skin.

RECOMMENDED?

Yes do give this a try as it is a fresh yet heady sort of scent that is unusual and the perfume has a lovely story behind its creation too. I love all the elements of Scent of Freedom this included and I love the three together as well. This is a scent that is a unique creation that also brings Aboriginal ingredients to us and also brings to people’s attention the plight of the Aboriginal people in Australia which is such a sad and cruel history. So this is lovely perfume oil as well as being an education too.

Lush Gorilla perfume – Lord of Goathorn

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This has to be one of the oddest perfumes I have ever smelled. Lush in Derby had just the one tester bottle in there today and so naturally I had to try it. I opened the bottle and thought it was vile when I smelled it a bit like creosote or something dead really awful. However I thought some of the other new perfumes had smelled a bit odd when sniffed in the bottle so I dabbed a goodly quantity on my inner wrist and then recoiled.

The initial blast is truly powerfully foul. It smells like a wharf side with fish and seaweed, tar and ropes but pungent and rather yukky.

I spent some time in the shop buying stuff and chatting to the staff as I always do and we all thought this was one we probably wouldn’t be rushing to buy. Some were more polite and said it was an acquired taste and maybe it was one you either loved or hated!

They did offer to wash it off but I decided to leave it on and see if it changed at all. For at least half an hour the notes of tar and ropes still hung around but fortunately the fishier rank notes did fade after about twenty minutes.
After about an hour the scent did improve and became quite licorice like on me. On my clothes the stronger notes still hung around a bit more but in fact it became far more acceptable after about an hour or so.

WHAT LUSH SAY
“Inspired by a longshoreman known as the Lord of Goathorn, this is a distinctly marine-like fragrance. Its initial intriguing seaweedy smell turns to smoky lime and basil lifted on a sea breeze.”

FROM THIS INSPIRATION
According to Basenotes this was
“ Inspired by a small, uninhabited peninsula off the coast of Poole – and the fisherman who lived there and had his boats commandeered by smugglers who would then leave him bounty. The smell evokes the sea using seaweed, lime and basil.”

Seaweed

Lush managed to create a distinctly atmospheric one here but not sure if it is one I will be rushing to buy. It is an acquired taste to say the least and I can’t see many people wanting to smell like an old fisherman really!

Lush used seaweed absolute combined with tarragon oil and basil oil to create this one. I can’t imagine how tarragon and basil combined with seaweed to create quite such an odd aroma. If it was just seaweed then it wouldn’t be so bad but where did the tar and fishy aroma come from?

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 a deep pinky red and white. There is a man with a cap and a sack walking and he is in black and white. The name of the perfume is in black with ‘Lord of’ and ‘Goathorn’ below 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 SCENT IN MY VIEW
The overwhelming scent that hits you in this one is the seaweed combined with fish and that of tar and ropes. After some time it does improve and the scent becomes one of liquorice which is much more pleasant, sadly you will have to put up with the bus emptying and everyone moving away from you before it mellows to the preferable liquorice scent.

This is such an amazingly strange perfume and the odd scent lasted far longer than I wanted it to. The more pleasant liquorice aroma lasted until I washed it off that night. On my clothes it was the nicer scent that stuck fortunately so I didn’t have to wash my jumper the next day. This is one strong and powerful perfume and not one that you would need or want to top up at all during the day.

The sillage I can’t comment on as I went straight home and by the time I got there it had calmed down a bit. Nobody actually recoiled from me but then nobody said I smelled nice either!!

PRICES AND SIZES
I am sorry all of you who are thinking of buying this as my Lush shop only had the tester bottle and it doesn’t seem to be available on line either despite being on the website so you will have to watch the Lush website with anticipation and wait patiently.

RECOMMENDED?
I am quite sure this one will not appeal to many people. This is a unique scent and a very odd one too. I certainly will NOT be buying it.
If you are in a Lush shop test with great care – you never know you might like it!!! 

This reminds me of strange liqueurs we have bought when abroad that atse disgusting when we get home. I love the fact that Lush create perfumes based on experiences but this is an experience I can live without!!

Lush – Ouch Heart perfume oil

Oudh Heart

I have almost a full collection of Lush perfumes gradually collected over the years and often from Ebay where I get them much cheaper than in the store. This was one of my Ebay bargains which I managed to get for £15 instead of nearly £40 so as you can imagine I was well chuffed.

This is one third of the parts of the Lush perfume ‘Scent of Freedom’ which is one of my all time favourites from Lush as it has so many interesting elements and the story about the perfumes creation is so lovely too.

 
This Oudh is sold in a small brown glass screw top plain bottle that is similar to those you buy essential oils in with the same sort of plastic inner lid to allow the oil to come out in small drops. The lid screws on well and never leaks which is useful.

agarwood trees

WHAT IS OUDH?
Oudh, which means wood in Arabic and comes from trees from forests of South East Asia. Oudh is actually a resin which is found in certain species of Aquilaria and Gyrinops trees. The resin is produced by the tree as an immune response to a fungus that invades the tree. It is said that it can take as long as 300 years for this fungus to spread through the bark of the tree. Once infected the parts of the tree become dark and heavy. The Chinese and Japanese words for Oudh translate into English as ‘the wood that sinks in water’.
This means that the best grade of Oudh is hard, nearly black and very heavy while inferior Oudh is lighter as it has less of the aromatic resin in it. So the darker the better for Oudh quality.

 

OUDH AND ITS PLACE IN CULTURES
Oudh always reminds me of the Middle East and North Africa because often in an Arab house Oudh is burned to sweeten the air just as Sandalwood reminds me of India. On our recent trip to the Gulf countries I smelled Oudh everywhere and in Bahrain, Oudh is burned as a mark of respect and and is a traditional gesture to welcome guests.

 
Oudh is cut, sliced into chips and burned over coal in traditional incense burners called mabakhir. Oudh burned in these burners is wafted under the Arab Djellaba to scent the clothes and make the owner smell sweet especially before going to the mosque.
Oudh sales shoot up at Ramadan and both Eid festivals as it is considered a big part of festivals. It is also burned at weddings and if it is a quality Oudh the scent will last well over 24 hours even after washing.

Oudh resin

During such occasions the mabkharah of burning Oudh at social gatherings is always passed counter clockwise and each individual wafts the smoke into himself to perfume his clothes. The Oudh is burned over smoldering bits of charcoal but these days Oudh is sometimes burned in an electric mabkharah.

OUDH IN PERFUMERY
Oudh based fragrances are just as treasured as Oudh chips and Oudh is often a base iscent in perfumes across the world.

 
Oudh comes from different countries and each has its own fragrance and strength. Oudh is valuable and the Oudh oil very expensive so it is often diluted hence the more you spend the better the quality usually.

 
When we were in the Gulf countries I had the best time in the souks in the perfume kiosks trying all the perfumes and different incenses and I did spend a fair bit while there. I came back with several resins , a burner and a pack of charcoal. Luckily I have found you can buy the charcoal here on Amazon so have been able to keep enjoying my incense resins at home.

resin is burned

We also visited a museum in Muscat where I tried the most expensive perfume in the world and Oudh played a big role in that too.

WHAT DOES OUDH SMELL LIKE?
Oudh is hard to describe mainly because it is not one fragrance as Oudhs vary amazingly depending of the quality, where they are from and how they have been prepared and distilled . Non aged Oudh smells of strong real wood and can be described as having a hint of a “medicinal” note, or “band aid” because it is a bit like the smell of old style band aids with a hint of sweetness. Others have a more fruit or honey sweetness or sometimes even a touch of tar or minerals.

Some more aged Oudhs are intensely woody a bit like rotting logs in a wood or the damp cellar with barrels of wine or whisky.

So all in all a bit woody, sweet and atmospheric.

WHAT ABOUT LUSH’S OUDH?
This is part three of The Smell of freedom and this part is inspired by when Simon Constantine from Lush met a man who had been held in Guantanamo Bay and then freed and from this experience Simon added this Oudh, frankincense and sandalwood which gives the depth and woodiness.

So Lush’s Oudh is not pure Oudh it is a lovely exotic combination of Oudh, sandalwood and frankincense so all the Middle Eastern aromas combining together to give the warm woody yet sweet and exotic smell in this small bottle of perfume oil.

Being an oil this scent lasts a really good long time, all day in fact and even longer on my clothes. You could also add it to your own creams and bath bombs or even mix it with carrier oil and put it on a burner if you felt rich enough. You could add a few drops to carrier oil for a deeply sensual massage or even drop a few in the bath. Perfume oils have so much more flexibility so experiment with these.

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.