Lush – Dirty solid perfume

Dirty Solid Perfume

tagline:” Feels like : The only thing that gets you clean at a festival”

I my panic to make sure I had got some of each of the perfumes that are going to be discontinued in Lush shops I rushed out and bought myself a few of the solid versions. This was one I bought just the other day. You will still be able to buy this on line but not in the shops very soon. I love Lush and especially love their wonderfully unusual perfumes so want to make sure I don’t miss out on any!

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 solid version of DIRTY which I bought just the other day. The solid version costs £5.00 while the small spritzers are £9.50, the large 30ml version is £21 and the 2ml sample sells for £2.00. I think the solid version offers good value as the 2ml wouldn’t give me many uses and the solid ones have always given me plenty of use as 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.

Mark Constantine – co-founder Lush

THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION
Mark on Dirty fragrance:
“Dirty is a scent that boys will like for its fresh, sexy smell and girls will love them to wear (or might like to borrow!). Dirty was inspired by the term ‘Italian shower’ – a common phenomenon in men of all ages, who leap out of bed in the morning, spray under the t-shirt they’ve been wearing all night, and head out of the door. Although the Dirty man has no time to spare, he will always brush his teeth before making love, so this fragrance has a big hit of spearmint that’s clean, fresh and invigorating. A real wake-up call, Dirty is choc-full of uplifting notes, including the fresh herbs thyme and tarragon. Oakmoss and sandalwood are woody, but also very clean and a little sophisticated, too. Basically, it does the business.”

Simon on Dirty fragrance
“I liked the concept of cleaning your teeth making mint into an aphrodisiac. So I started to break down the fragrance, beginning with the Toothy Tabs. I thought that if you really wanted to harmonise yourself, you needed to extract the different parts of the perfume and put them in each product you’re using. By the time you’re finished, you’ve put the fragrance together.”

So there you have both father and son‘s views on this and why they created this rather different scent.

Simon Constantine

THE SCENT AND WHAT I THINK

Initially I wasn’t that fussed on this one as it did smell rather toothpaste-like but it has grown on me over time. It is one of the more masculine smells although unisex as far as I am concerned but a smell I am happy to wear but could seen men also being happy with it as it is a clean fresh herby sort of smell and not really sweet or feminine.

This is not one of Lush’s smack you in the face smells, it is a milder aroma that stays with youy all day but doesn’t kick you nose as soon as you put it on.
I always put the solid perfumes on my inner elbows, inner wrists and then in my cleavage as then I can smell them all day long. I find that the solid perfumes last really well as whatever the solid carrier is sits on my skin and keeps the scent in.

This smells minty to me initially but then the herby aromas start to blend with the mint so it isn’t as sweet as just plain mint, more herby. When I say mint I mean garden spearmint not polo mints type mints. I could make my own as I have mint, all types, tarragon and thyme so I have three of the main ingredients. I might have a bit of a problem with the sandalwood and oakamoss though.

I do love the fresh hit that you get from this and also the way the other herbs gi together and blend to make the lighter notes in this. The sandalwood again is one of my favourite smells and reminds me of India while the oakamoss adds the warmer mossy woody heart notes. It is a gentle clean manly smell but is still very appealing to both men and women.

Cool

WHAT HAVE THEY PUT IN THIS ONE?
The scent notes in this one are Spearmint, thyme, tarragon, oakmoss and sandalwood . Not many but they do combine to create quite an unusual scent suitable for both men and women.

Somehow this scent also reminds me of the seaside but not quite sure why as not of the notes are really things that you find at the seaside but maybe it is the fresh aroma that takes me there.

AND ALSO
Once I sniffed this in the shop I was not too sure at first but the threat of its removal from the shop encouraged me to buy it and use it a bit more. 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 so when I put this on it lasted pretty well all day long. The concentration is actually stronger than I thought initially. I wipe the solid stick on my inner elbows and wrists and then behind my ears. If I want to enjoy it more I wipe a bit down my cleavage as the warmth brings the scent up to my nose then. I know it lasts all day as I can still smell it on my wrists now and I put this on this morning.

I have found this one has grown on me in the last few days and I really like it now. It will never be my favourite of Lush’s perfumes but it is certainly very fresh and different. I think this would be more suitable for a day wearing than an evening scent.

MINT

Another good thing about the solid perfumes is that the plastic containers that they come in are recyclable through Lush and if you take back five of these or a mix of these and the black pots then you can choose a free fresh face mask or hair mask for your reward.

AND MORE GOOD NEWS
The solid perfumes usually have a use buy date about a year after they were made.
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.

Lush Ladyboy – solida perfume

 

Lush perfumes – Ladyboy
“Ladyboy is unisex and completely adorable”

LUSH AND PERFUMES GENERALLY
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 small 2ml sample which was a gift from one of the staff in Lush one day. The solid perfume is £7.50, the small spritzers are £15.00, the large 30ml version is £31 and the 2ml sample sells for £3. I think this is one of the more expensive of Lush’s perfumes. The solid version usually offers good value and is often the one I buy myself as 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. This is actually not particularly strong in the solid form but as it is rather an odd little number I am not sure I will be tempted to buy it again. But I am growing to like it more the more I wear it so who knows?

Other options for Ladyboy perfume

ABOUT LADYBOY
This scent was originally one of the B Never Too Busy to be Beautiful perfumes which was Lush’s sister company but now they are all one and this is now a Lush perfume.
I bought this just because I feel that I must have EVERY one of Lush’s perfumes and am trying to get all these before some are removed from the shops at the end of this year ready for new fragrances coming in.
The scent in this one is quite an earthy sweet scent and you can certainly smell the banana but it is balanced by the oakmoss and chamomile so that it isn’t sickly in any way. The violet also adds that sexiness to the mix and that really gives it an edge that I do like. I keep changing my mind about this one. Some days I love it while other days I am not so keen.

WHAT LUSH SAY

This is Mark’s take on Ladyboy :

“The banana isn’t some kind of a joke. The finished scent on the skin is sophisticated and contemporary in my opinion. Ladyboy is an intriguing blend where the combination of seaweed and violets creates a blend that – instead of shocking or disturbing – just smells as if it it’s about to become the fragrance that everyone’s wearing.”

On the website Lush say:
” It is for those who are truly daring. This fragrance was designed for bare skin.
Its quirky and sexy amber scent was originally sketched out in honour of Brazilian beaches and their uninhibited inhabitants. Anyone with an eye for contemporary style and cheeky fun should grab it.”

The tagline for this one is: “Feels like : a surreal beach party”

WHAT THE A-Z GUIDE SAYS
Taken from my A-Z Guide by Tania Sanchez and Luca Turin:
“B Never Too Busy to Be Beautiful fragrances have often turned out so weird, rich and novel that one ends up approaching them as one would a difficult crossword, expecting whatever pleasure they provide to come only after a sustained effort of understanding. This one is no exception, with a strange faceless start that feels like a fragrance seen from the back, and a heart note that eventually settles into an autumnal hum: a muted, sullen, basso profondo of linseed putty (labdanum), wood smoke (oakmoss and fucus) and sweet amber (another facet of labdanum). Be warned: this is a fragrance that only works on skin, so ignore the smelling strip.”

PACKAGING
This is Lush and all their perfumes come in the same packaging. The large atomiser is simple and plain black glass. I find that is good in that it keeps the perfume fresh as it is in the dark but annoying in that you can’t see what is left.
I like the simple packaging as I fell the effort has gone into the scent not the bottle but I have to admit I do like pretty bottles and these don’t look so great on my dressing table. The other problem is that all the bottles are the same so you have to keep the little cardboard tag on the bottles to tell which is which.
The spritzer comes in a small black spray, again difficult to see how much is left and is not recyclable through Lush. The sample is a tiny glass bottle which is clear and has the name on the outside on a black label and can of course be recycled with other glass.
Finally the solid perfume which I have comes in a black tube, a bit like a fat lipstick and this is recyclable through Lush. If you take five of these or a mix of these and the black pots then you can choose a free fresh face mask or fresh hair mask from them as a reward. What a fabulous incentive and one I make good use of so thank you Lush.

MY THOUGHTS ON THE PERFUME

This was apparently the perfume chosen by the Swedish/Norwegian singer Karin Park when she first visited Lush stores. She is also the inspiration for ‘Superworld Unknown’

I am really growing to love the combinations. This is a creamy earthy and VERY sexy smell. If you like ‘Daddy Oh’ shampoo the violet smell of that comes through in this. It is a kind of earthy sweet parma violet scent. It is a perfume designed to have you as the last ingredient so don’t bother trying this on a spray of card as it doesn’t work at all. I find I have to let my solid one develop on me at least half an hour to get the full benefit of the scent combinations working together. It is like a creamy violet pudding kind of scent but as I say the earthiness holds it down and keeps it grounded so that it is more than just banana and violets.

Violets

The initial smell is sweet and banana but very quickly the creaminess comes through and the earthy notes but the one that lingers for me is the deep violet which is heady and sensual. The earthiness is like autumn leaves and smoky bonfires in a garden of violets and bananas. Surreal is how Lush describe it and that image is just that surreal.

It really is like nothing else I have ever smelled and strangely compelling as I do keep coming back to it. Initially I thought it was not that exciting but it has really grown on me and I now really do like it.

Parma Violets

I am not sure that I would wear it to a posh sophisticated do but the powdery violet scent is oddly becoming quite addictive. I think it is one of those acquired taste sort of smells so I would suggest that you try before you buy or try the sample size as it is only £3 so not a huge amount to waste if you hate it.
I find that this is a most unusual smell: really interesting and with constant changes as it warms and develops on me. It is earthily creamy sweet yet has that sexy violet note that bangs on through. You also get the seaside freshness from the seaweed and the dry down of these warmer scents coming in to back it up the rather unusual banana makes this a more interesting scent than you would imagine reading the notes ..

As I write my review I am wearing this. I always wear the perfume I am reviewing as then I can keep sniffing it and remind myself of what smells I can detect. I love writing perfume reviews because of this I sit and sniff then write a bit more.

Seaweed

This isn’t a specially feminine fragrance, and is marketed as unisex but again it would not be one I would buy for my men in the family as I really think it is one that appeals or doesn’t. In fact I am not sure I would buy it for anyone as I do feel like many Lush perfumes, that is is one you should try on your own skin before making a decision.
I would suggest that this could be worn anytime and anywhere providing you like it. It isn’t girly and sweet so would suit a range of ages and even possibly men too as it suggests.

I am growing to like this more the more I wear it. I love having different perfumes to wear as my mood changes and I find this is quite a sensual one.
Mark and Simon Constantine don’t think along traditional lines and so the scents they create and very unusual. They keep on inventing and I keep on trying them. This is a keeper as it is different and fun but will possibly soon only be available on line so if you fancy trying then go and try it soon.
Another good one Lush.

Lush – Karma solid perfume

The current range of Karma perfumes

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 solid version of Karma. The solid version costs £5.00 while the small spritzers are £10.0, the large 30ml version is £21 and the 2ml sample sells for £2.00. This scent is one of the cheaper ones that Lush create and that is why I bought this one first of all my Lush perfumes. I think the solid version offers good value as the 2ml wouldn’t give me many uses and the solid one has given me plenty of use over the last months although mine is very close to the end now. 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
Karma is one of the oldest scents from Lush and it existed when they we ‘Cosmetic to Go’ I remember buying it some fifteen or more years ago. 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.

Karma solid perfume

“This is Mark’s ode to hippies and head shops – and another one of his creations heavily influenced by music. He reminisced about going to the Kensington High Street market in his twenties when “people were bonged out on God knows what” and weaved in the “layers and layers of creamy sound” from listening to Massive Attack.”
It really is another perfect summer fragrance as it is a refreshing with its orange blossom notes but then hits you with its more heady patchouli and pine taking you back in time to the late sixties and early seventies in my case. It is orange but it has got a very strong heady note which my husband hates as he says it smells like sick!! It doesn’t and his smell buds are really weird but I do know what he means , it is the same sort of slightly sickly smell that i find ylang ylang is for me.

THE SCENT

What does this smell like? It smells creamy, heady and a sort of heady deep orange fragrance. It is the deeper version of ‘Orange Blossom’ this has more depth and very heady heart notes, sweet, slightly citrus but as though it is Orange Blossom on a holiday in India as it has picked up all the incense smells from there. I find it is lovely at any time , it works for both night and day and lasts for ages without fading. As lush describe it on their website it is like “running through a field of flowers on your way to Woodstock” Which sums it up perfectly.

The retro elements of the perfume take me back and it is a combination of shopping in ‘Biba’ and a trip to India. Although it is very strongly orange there is a strong warm heart and depth which comes from the patchouli and pine. Patchouli is one of my all time favourite essential oils so I am bound to love it in whatever .

Oranges

WHAT HAVE THEY HIDDEN IN THIS ONE?
This is not as complex as some of the Lush perfumes and although this has layers of notes which hit you as the perfume develops there are fewer of them. This perfume has these main notes: Orange, patchouli, pine, lavendin, lemongrass, elemi, cassie. Orange is obvious and that is what hits you initially then the creaminess comes through and the scents combine and I really struggle to separate the notes in this as they seem to be all there together. The orange stays but it isn’t just orange it is sweeter and has more depth than just orange, it may be the lemongrass that lifts it a bit.

WHAT DO I THINK

This was a scent I remembered from years back so that is why it was the first solid perfume I bought when our Derby store got their full range of perfumes in.

I always try each perfume out a few times in Lush before I buy it. I put one smell on each wrist and allow it to settle. 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’.

Patchouli

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 am happy with how it works on me. Sometimes the solid ones smell different from the 30ml full concentrate. I haven’t tried the concentrate in this so I don’t know how that works in comparison. I think maybe I would not like the concentrate as it might be a bit too much.

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.

This is a lovely retro sort of perfume and I do like it but I have to choose when to wear it. I know a lot of people are not keen on the scent so I avoid wearing in when with them. I think this is one that you either love or hate as it is very distinctive.

Karma solid perfume balm

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.

Original Karma perfume bottle

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.

Lush Gorilla perfume ‘ Love’ – solid version

Lush ‘LOVE’ perfume options

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.
Love is a Floral Fruity fragrance and was created in 2011 at the same time as TucaTuca and a few others. The fragrance features bergamot, amalfi lemon, lemongrass, red apple, cinnamon, jasmine, rose and ylang-ylang.

LUSH AND PERFUMES GENERALLY
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.

Love atomiser

HOW MUCH?
The perfume I am reviewing here is the small 2ml sample which was a gift from one of the staff in Lush one day. The solid perfume is £7.50, the small spritzers are £15.00, the large 30ml version is £31 and the 2ml sample sells for £3. I think this is one of the more expensive of Lush’s perfumes. The solid versions usually offer good value and will probably be the one I buy myself after this has finished as 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. This is not one of Lush’s stronger scents but the solid form works well for me so I don’t think I will be tempted to buy the large atomiser as this works really well for me.

ABOUT LOVE
This scent was created to try and capture the elusiveness of love. It was inspired by Mark watching his sons fall in and out of love. It is flirty and fun and teases with its changing notes. It is quite a light scent sort of apple with citrus and a hint of spiciness. I thought it was a bit underwhelming initially but once I left the shop I realised that is was quite evident and began to enjoy it more.

Love solid perfume

WHAT LUSH SAY
“Feels like: that first rush of endorphins” is the tag line on the website.
“Watching my sons fall in and out of love inspired this perfume, and rather like their relationships, it took quite a while to get right. It is for flirts really, but being a flirt is not something everyone wants to be known for. On the other hand, flirting is so much fun. I have tried to make a perfume that will flirt for you while you pretend indifference. Love is an instantly bright and bubbly fragrance with a vivacious green apple fruit scent and sweet citrus innocence. As the initial burst fades, it’s replaced with a sugary sweet apple pie note while maintaining a sharp lift.” Mark Constantine
“This inspirational scent dreams up images of past flings and future fondles as the citrus, rose and jasmine oils have a party on your skin. Flirtatious and fruity, Love is the scent that keeps on giving.”

PACKAGING
This is Lush and all their perfumes come in the same packaging. The large atomiser is simple and plain black glass. I find that is good in that it keeps the perfume fresh as it is in the dark but annoying in that you can’t see what is left.
I like the simple packaging as I fell the effort has gone into the scent not the bottle but I have to admit I do like pretty bottles and these don’t look so great on my dressing table. The other problem is that all the bottles are the same so you have to keep the little cardboard tag on the bottles to tell which is which.

Jasmine

The spritzer comes in a small black spray, again difficult to see how much is left an dis not recyclable through Lush. The sample is a tiny glass bottle which is clear and has the name on the outside on a black label and can of course be recycled with other glass.
Finally the solid perfume comes in a black tube, a bit like a fat lipstick and this is recyclable through Lush. If you take five of these or a mix of these and the black pots then you can choose a free fresh face mask or fresh hair mask from them as a reward. What a fabulous incentive and one I make good use of so thank you Lush.

MY THOUGHTS ON THE PERFUME
Main notes: Lemon, lemongrass, bergamot, apple, cinnamon, cassia, jasmine, rose, ylang ylang

Initially all I got from this was the very subtle lemon notes, a sort of lemon meringue creamy rather than sharply citrus. Also blending with this creamy lemon are hints of apples and a very subtle cinnamon almost vanilla puddingish sort of scent.
After some time I began to notice the more floral notes coming through and the rose in particular but not sure I could detect the ylang ylang but that didn’t bother me as I am not the biggest fan of ylang ylang, I find it a bit sickly.
This mix of notes almost hops back and forth and this is the flirting that Mark was aiming for. The citrus creamy notes are still there and yet the floral sweet notes also pop through from time to time.
It is sort of like having a bouquet of roses next to a lemon meringue pie you can smell them both and each comes through at different times.

As I write my review I am wearing this. I always wear the perfume I am reviewing as then I can keep sniffing it and remind myself of what smells I can detect. I love writing perfume reviews because of this I sit and sniff then write a bit more.

This isn’t an especially feminine fragrance, but I love it the fruity sweetness suits me. Like a lot of Lush scents this has that strange and unusual blending giving a unique depth to it that you can’t just place . It is creamily sweet at the same time as being light and citrus- like, a summery fragrance it is also mellow and distinctive in its own way.

I would suggest that it is possibly a daytime scent, perfect for holidays or in the summer. It isn’t overly girly and sweet so would suit a range of ages .

I love this and have the solid version to go with my growing collection. I love having different perfumes to wear as my mood changes and I find this is quite an uplifting one but one that suits most occasions.
Mark and Simon Constantine don’t think along traditional lines and so the scents they create and very unusual. They keep on inventing and I keep on trying them. This is a keeper as it is subtle yet fun and would suit most people. I do suggest that you try before you buy and do like I do. Put one or at the most two scents on your wrists and then leave the shop and do some shopping. Try the scents after thirty minutes and an hour and see what you think then as that will give you a better idea than just sniffing in the shop.

Lush LUST perfume, solid version

LUST

Lush’s tagline for this: “Feels like : getting filthy in a good way”

I love Lush and especially love their wonderfully unusual perfumes. I am having a minor panic as a number of them are going to be removed from sale in the shops and will only be available online soon so I am buying as many as I am while they are still around.

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.

Ylang-Ylang

HOW MUCH?
The perfume I am reviewing here is the solid version of LUST which I bought just the other day. The solid version costs £6.00 while the small spritzers are £10, the large 30ml version is £21 and the 2ml sample sells for £2.00. I think the solid version offers good value as the 2ml wouldn’t give me many uses and the solid ones have always given me plenty of use as 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

This perfume was created to be a sexy man catcher. It doesn’t pretend to be subtle it is sexy jasmine and very strongly so.
“Mark firmly believes that the problem with jasmine fragrances is the temptation to dress them up in a frock and take away the power. With Lust, he went all the way and created a powerfully sensual, dirty jasmine perfume that stirs a primal yearning.
Wear this if you want to get lucky. Cast aside your inhibitions and wear this unadulterated jasmine fragrance.”

Mark on Lust perfume
“I think what you’re good at is what you like to do. I do believe that I’m good at jasmine. I wanted to do a really, really sexy, dirty, lustful fragrance and that’s what I’ve done. I’m very happy with it! I’d done fragrances like that before, but I’d never had the nerve to let them be. British people have a problem with sexy fragrances; there’s always this feeling of having to dress the thing up in a frock and put a bonnet on it. This time, I just went all the way.”

Rose absolute

THE SCENT AND WHAT I THINK

I just love this it is jasmine at its most powerful and sexy. It is ‘Flying Fox’ shower gel in a perfume. The jasmine is strong so if you are not a fan then steer well clear. It is backed up for warmth and depth by sandalwood another favourite of mine and the creaminess and floral notes are given that extra punch with the ylang ylang while a subtle sweetness and lift are added by the rose yet all the while the jasmine still packs its punch.

This is not a subtle perfume in any way shape or form it shouts sexy and you fell good when wearing it.
I have worn it all day today and it has lasted the entire day and I can still smell it on me. I had my hair cut and the hairdresser asked what I was wearing s I smelled really good. She also said it was very unusual and quite heady.

This is no shrinking violet of a perfume . It is strong and intense and a scent that will get you noticed. After you have been wearing it for some time you can still smell the wonderfully powerful jasmine mixing in a heady combination with ylang ylang which is also quite heady and rose and sandalwood they are all there and can be picked out at different times as the scent develops and blend together but still that jasmine powers on come through.

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

jasmine

WHAT IS IN THIS?
The notes in this are not subtle they are jasmine, ylang ylang, rose, vanilla, sandalwood. I have to say the vanilla doesn’t make much of an appearance smell- wise but maybe it just adds the creaminess subtly although there is not much subtlety in this perfume.

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 solid perfume 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. I wipe the solid stick on my inner elbows and wrists and then behind my ears. If I want to enjoy it more I wipe a bit down my cleavage as the warmth brings the scent up to my nose then.

I know it lasts all day as I can still smell it on my wrists now and I put this on this morning. 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 one of my favourites of Simon Constantine’s creations at Lush. I like lots of different scents but I am often drawn to the heavier more exotic sexy notes in this and it is unique. I am happy to just sniff the place I have applied this all day long.

Another good thing about the solid perfumes is that the plastic containers that they come in are recyclable through Lush and if you take back five of these or a mix of these and the black pots then you can choose a free fresh face mask or hair mask for your reward.

sandlwood

The solid perfumes usually have a use buy date about a year after they were made.
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.

Orange Blossom solid perfume – Lush Gorilla

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.

HOW MUCH?
The perfume I am reviewing here is the solid version of Orange Blossom. The solid version costs £5.50 while the small spritzers are £11.50, the large 30ml version is £24 and the 2ml sample sells for £2.50. This scent is one of the cheaper ones that Lush create and that is why I decided I could treat myself to the solid one when I went into Derby a few days ago. I think the solid version offers good value as the 2ml wouldn’t give me many uses and the solid one has given me plenty of use over the last month I was away 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.

Orange Blossom

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.

“I don’t think we’d ever really hit the ultimate orange blossom. We’ve tried and tried with neroli fragrances and they were all a little bit thin – not too petitgrainy or anything like that – but it’s difficult to get it right. If there’s one great experience when you’re in the Mediterranean, it is orange blossom. You’re cycling along and suddenly you’ll get a big waft of orange blossom. It’s Heaven on Earth! It’s no wonder it lifts the soul. It’s just absolutely perfect. It’s beautiful in my opinion; I’d like to take it away and wear it every day.”

It really is a perfect summer fragrance as it is a refreshing true orange blossom aroma that it exactly the smell you get when walking through orange groves in Mediterranean countries, they have captured it perfectly. It is simple but true to its roots.

THE SCENT

What does this smell like? It smells just wonderfully sweet, slightly citrus like but still floral and makes a perfect daytime summer fragrance. I find it is lovely on miserable rainy days as it really lifts my spirits and takes me to a warmer sunnier place. As lush describe it on their website it is like “ Liquid sunshine” Which sums it up perfectly.

Although it is light and citrusy there is a hidden depth and warmth which comes from the sandalwood which has to be one of the nicest wood scents around.

WHAT HAVE THEY HIDDEN IN THIS ONE?
This is not as complex as some of the Lush perfumes and although this has layers of notes which hit you as the perfume develops there are fewer of them. This perfume has these main notes: orange blossom, neroli, rosewood, ylang ylang, sandalwood, beeswax. The first two provide the citrus aroma, then a combination of rosewood and sandalwood give the deeper warmer notes with a hint of sweetness while the beeswax I have found in a few lush perfumes and in this I can smell the slightly warm honey aroma of beeswax which comes through after about ten minutes. I am not an ylang ylang fan and fortunately I can’t smell it much in this as I find it quite a sickly sort of aroma.

WHAT DO I THINK

I always try each perfume out a few times in Lush before I buy it. I put one smell on each wrist and allow it to settle. 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’.

sandlwood

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 am happy with how it works on me. Sometimes the solid ones smell different from the 30ml full concentrate. I haven’t tried the concentrate in this so I don’t know how that works in comparison. This does come through as very beeswaxy after some time when the lighter citrus notes fade.

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 most of the l 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.

Ylang-Ylang

This is a lovely fresh light perfume and I do really like it but think I might prefer my deeper stronger woodier scents in winter. I like lots of different scents but I am often drawn to the earthy notes, musk, myrrh, patchouli, vertivert, oakamoss and so this is more a scent I would wear in the day and in summer when I want a lighter more uplifting smell. I also like it as it lifts my sprits when the weather is miserable. So on these rainy days I have put it on and sniffed it during the day to cheer me up.

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.

Oranges

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.

Super World Unknown – Lush solid perfume

 

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.

HOW MUCH?
The perfume I am reviewing here is the solid version of SuperWorld Unknown. The solid version costs £7.50 while the small spritzers are £16.00, the large 30ml version is £33 and the 2ml sample sells for £3.25. This scent is one of the pricier ones that Lush create and that is why I decided to buy the solid one when I went into Derby a few days ago. I think the solid version offers good value as the 2ml wouldn’t give me many uses and the solid ones have given me plenty of uses over the last months and I still have plenty left in most of them. 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.

This one was inspired by a singer Karin Park who went into Lush to buy a ‘Ladyboy’ perfume and left her album “Superworld Unknown” for Mark and Simon. They listened and thought the title track has such wonderfully lyrics that they would build a perfume inspired by the track.

“The sun is up today, challenging the rain, in this superworldunknown” – Karin Park, Superworldunknown
So taking the singer’s Scandinavian roots and the song they began to create “Super World Unknown” the aroma. They were adding their thoughts about the sea and the moors when the singer came back into the shop and was talking about circuses and fairgrounds so they added some sweet aromas reminiscent of fairgrounds and came up with what we can buy now as ‘Super World Unknown’.

“If running away to join the circus smells of something good, this is it. The smell of candy floss, sherbet fountains, toffee apples and the seaside, yet it’s also sophisticated… escapist perfumery really. Clever use of cocoa and vanilla absolute with cassia makes this fragrance really edible without having a single character that it can be labelled with. A new blend of juniper berry adds a breath of Norwegian fresh air and the feel of walking in the hills in summer. I’ve also used a new material made from tonka beans to provide a hint of reassurance. Petitgrain and bitter orange mixed with lime, lemon and bergamot create a dizzy fairground ride of top notes. All of this is rounded off with rose absolute and ylang ylang.”
It is really a very unique scent that is quite hard to describe because it really does not smell quite like anything else.

THE SCENT

What does this smell like? It smells initially slightly paint- like as it is strong but this is combined with a sweetness and slight oriental hints. There is definitely a ginger sweet and spicy blend but with a back note of something I am really struggling to place. It has an orange citrus combination that is very evident initially but as it calms down the creamier tonka comes through and blends with the beeswax sort of sweet warmth too. It is wonderfully sweet, slightly citrus like but has a deeper more grown up oriental tinge which creates the more exotic smell. It is very hard to describe as each time I sniff I detect something different. The heart notes of sandalwood become more evident as it sits on my skin over time.

It is sort of like their lovely orange blossom but then it catches you unaware as it becomes more lime after the sweetness of the orange. The sandalwood in the drydown is beautifully gentle and blends with the tonka for a creamy note.

Orange blossom

I find it is lovely to wear day or night as it can adapt to either. It is light enough to wear during the day but the deeper more exotic notes can take it into a more evening headier scent too. It has a sort of note that reminds me of frankincense burning in a church.

Although it is light and citrusy initially there is a hidden depth and warmth which comes from the sandalwood which has to be one of the nicest wood scents around.

WHAT HAVE THEY HIDDEN IN THIS ONE?
This is one of the more complex of the Lush perfumes and this has layers of notes which hit you as the perfume develops. This perfume has these main notes:  Cocoa, vanilla, tonka, cassie, juniper, petitgrain, neroli, lime, lemon, bergamot, rose, ylang ylang, benzoin, sandalwood. The first things that come to the nose are the lighter fresher citrus notes of neroli, lime and cassie, the rose is hard to place but the ylang ylang is definitely there but fortunately not too evident as I find it a note that is hard to like in too great a quantity. The benzoin and tonka are both creamy while the sandalwood is one of my favourite woody warm smells . I also love the creaminess of cocoa and tonka which blends with the vanilla. I am not an ylang ylang fan and fortunately I can’t smell it much in this as I find it quite a sickly sort of aroma but it does give the slightly unusual note to this..

WHAT DO I THINK?

I always try each perfume out a few times in Lush before I buy it. I put one smell on each wrist and allow it to settle. 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’.

Sandalwood

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 am happy with how it works on me. Sometimes the solid ones smell different from the 30ml full concentrate. I haven’t tried the concentrate in this so I don’t know how that works in comparison. This does come through as very creamy ylang ylang and incense after some time when the lighter citrus notes fade.

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 most of the l 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. Also other people comment on the perfume I am wearing so I know it does last.

This is a lovely quirky scent that fits so well with Lush’s rather unusual collection. I love the way it starts quite light and develops into the deeper stronger woodier scent. I like lots of different scents but I am often drawn to the deeper notes, musk, myrrh, patchouli, vertivert, sandalwood and so this is a scent I would wear anytime. I do think it is an acquired taste though so I would certainly try before you buy.

Vetivert

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.

I’ll finish by adding a quote from the ‘A-Z Guide to Perfume’ by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez;
“Nearly everything at first glance is wrong….This is why when you first put on Super world unknown you feel giddy disbelief, as if Venus were suddenly emerging from a Manila trash heap…. If I ran the world, this is how fragrance would work: all the money spent on the juice and the bottle an afterthought.”