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.

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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 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 – 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 – 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.

 

5675-old

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

jasmine

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.

bergamot

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.

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.

 

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.

 

Lush – Voice of Reason – perfume


Lush have recently created a new series of wonderfully different perfumes and although sadly, this means many of the older ones will no longer be available, it does mean we get new lovely scents to enjoy.
This was not one of the first perfumes in the new range that I tried but I now own four and am saving for others and this one is one of the ones I really like and have on my list. I am wearing it as I write this and have had it on since around 10am this morning and now it is about 8.30pm and I can still smell it really well on my inner wrist wear I tried it in Lush this morning. 

My initial reaction was that this was a very different scent and the sort I love with smoky earthy aromas and an interesting mix that I think Lush do so well. Having enjoyed this several times over the last few months I have grown to love it. 

Initially you do get a blast of deep smokiness with leathery creaminess but then it becomes more sandalwood and exotically academic. It smells like a warm library with leather chairs and a big open wood fore.

THE STORY 
“Inspired by the beat generation and the spoken word comes literary figures like; William Burroughs and Neal Cassady and bards like Gil Scott Heron and Leonard Cohen at street corners, basement clubs and claustrophobic coffee shops. With the strong aroma of French Gitane cigarettes and espresso…sandalwood and the tonka bean are major ingredients..” 

LUSH SAY 
” The Voice of Reason was growlingly gorgeous and bowled me over again, my skin shuddered all over and I felt momentarily lost in darkness. My eyes felt heavy and my skin seemed to pull smoke from the air and roll it across my surfaces. It is powerful reactive stuff, this fragrance, a woozy, barbequed genie in a damn fine bourbon-soaked bottle. That reeking of cold bonfire as you move in and out of doors on November 5th, eyes stinging, hair full of stars and dirty night. Inspired by the Beat Generation: Kerouac, the porno visionary Burroughs, Gil Scott Heron, and the tar-pit rumblings of Leonard Cohen, The Voice of Reason is smoke incarnate. Devil’s breath, exhaled through jazz trumpets and wrapped in sin. Huge doses of my beloved tonka bean and sandalwood ebb and flow on the skin, making the drydown one sensual slide into sweet sweet embers. It smells filthy too; I realised that the other day as I wore it out to meet a friend who leaned in and inhaled my throat like a starved vampire. Dirty smoke. Who could ask for more? ” 

I love descriptions like these as they really give the perfume character and interest beyond the wonderful scents.

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 green and black. The main picture is of two men, one looks like he has an old style afro hair cut and it is just black and white and simple. The name of the perfume is in black text above the picture. It is sort of retro cartoon style with just black and white colours and certainly very different from the plain black ones of the original perfumes. They look a bit like mini liqueur bottles or old fashioned apothecary bottles to me. 

THE NOTES AND SCENT 
The new perfumes Lush has just brought out are quite strong and this is one of the stronger ones. It is a knock you over scent , a Marmite sort of smell and it does last a good long time on me. It is a really smoky heavy atmospheric scent and reminds me of leather chairs, wood fires and shelves full of old leather bound books with a creamy sweetness that flits in and out. ‘Voice of Reason’ is quite strong and initially smelling it in the bottle I was interested but not hooked. This is definitely one that takes over your interest and becomes far more worthwhile after some time on the skin and keep smelling it as it develops and changes as it really is wonderful, quite unisex, and not in the least feminine yet I really love it.

Sandalwood

The label says it has: sandalwood , Buddah Wood oil, rose oil, coumarin and a few others. Obviously the two woody oils give the woody, smokiness although sandalwood is a really lovely sweet smelling wood that reminds me of India every time I smell it.

To help give you an idea of the scents within: 

The fragrance of sandalwood essential oil is woody yet aromatic like a spice market sort of sweet, warm and woody and one of my favourite scents of all time.

Buddha Wood oil is the one that really gives this perfume its smokiness as this oil extracted from a tree in Australia gives a very strong woody aroma with ‘meaty and leathery smoky’ notes. This oil is created by steam distillation of the logs, and this gives a heavy dark red coloured.

Rose oil absolute from the damask rose is a true rose scent and is also good for skin and yet another uplifting and feel good scent. In this perfume it gives the more feminine sweet, lighter notes. 
Coumarin is tonka bean which gives a creamy sweet slightly vanillary note and in this case softens the smokiness.

Geraniol is found in rose oil, palmarosa oil, and many other essential oils. It has a rose-like scent and in this perfume adds the lighter sweeter floral notes.

Benzyl cinnamate according to the Lush website “is a crystalline material with a heavy and persistent aroma. It is found in essential oils, including chamomile, lavender, geranium, lemongrass, benzoin, rose, tagetes and lemon myrtle.” It gives a heavy creamy note to perfumes.

Citral has a strong, fresh odour of lemon peel.This will lift the perfume and give the hints of light freshness.

Eugenol has the same odour as clove and indeed makes up 85% of clove oil. This gives the aromatic notes and more exotic spicy hints.

Citronellol has a sweet, rose-like odour and is found in essential oils like rose, geranium, neroli, chamomile, tagetes, lemongrass, basil and lavender.It is added to sweeten the fragrance so that is is not too dry and smoky.

Farnesol also found in natural essential oils like rose, palmarossa,neroli and ylang ylang and has the aroma of violets so giving the floral note to this perfume.

MY VIEWS 
I absolutely love this perfume now that I have tried it a few times. It is atmospheric and smoky , a bit like the scent of a loving Dad or Grandad with his tobacco and pipe sitting by the fire. It is evocative and yet also has hints of sweetness like a nice tobacco . It is a warm cosy sort of smell and a true feel good smell. As well as using this as a perfume the lady in Lush suggested dropping some on a warm radiator and then the room becomes filled with the lovely scent and it carries right into the room. 

As a perfume I find this wonderfully smoky yet cosy, sweet and comfortable. It changes as I am wearing it and even as I sniff from one time to the next it flits back and forth between the smokier scent and the sweeter slightly spicy notes of the sandalwood and essential oil ingredients with floral contributions.

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

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

PRICES AND SIZES 
There are five sizes available but save up as this is not a cheap perfume as it contains expensive oils. The smallest size is 7g for £20, then £40 for 25g or 28g ( not sure what the difference is here but one might come with a dropper. 43G with cost you £50 and 46g for £60 but if you are really lucky and can afford this then the 92g costs £100. I am rather hoping to buy the small bottle in the next few months as I have now tested it at least six times and have truly fallen for this one. This is as you can see one of the more expensive ones in the new range.

Everyone has commented on this smells on me today. Many complemented me but others did just ask what it was so obviously they were less keen but I did know from this that it has great lasting quality and sillage too. It lasted on my coat inner sleeve for well over a week and makes my wrist smells wonderful whenever I put my coaton to go out! 

If you are near a Lush shop and you are a fan then I urge you to go in and try their new perfumes. Put some on then go and walk around before you start to sniff the perfume on you. That way it has a chance to develop and you are not trying to pick the scent from everything else in Lush. Wear it for a day and you will see it becomes quite changeable flitting between citrus fresh and earthy herby. It is such a wonderful scent and suitable for both male and female wearers I would say.It is different and one you should try and wear before buying as it smell different on different people. 

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

 

 

Comme des garcons 2 or CdG2 – for men or women

Commes des Garcons 2 box

I received this small sample vial in the mail. I honestly cannot say where i get it from as I often request samples and it makes a lovely surprise when they arrive and I get to try things I certainly would risk buying sight or smell unseen or unsmelled!

PACKAGING
The package mine came in was a plastic outer envelope with a small glass bottle mini spray. I love these small sample sizes to try new smells and also I take them on holiday as they are so light and then dump them when I have used them. On the side of the bottle is the name and a scribbly looking 2 across the brand as though a child has written the 2 on there.

This is sold in a bottle that is sort of similar to an iphone 3 sort of shape and silver with the brand in white simple text and again the rather scratchy scribbly 2 across the front. It is simple and understated.

Commes des Garcon 2 bottle

COMME DES GARCONS
This is not a brand I have come across before but as i do like earthy scents I was looking forward to trying it. I guess the name is saying that the perfumes are unisex and maybe the clothes too as it is a Parisian based fashion brand owned by a Japanese designer, Rei Kawkubo. Again I have not heard of the fashion brand but I am not very well up in high end branded fashion so hardly surprising I suppose.
This company has 68 different fragrances, the first was created in 1994 and the fragrances are created in collaboration with a large number of perfumiers not just one or two which i found unusual.

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

WHAT THEY SAY
“CdG2 plays with duality,with contrasts and complements, exploring the notion that opposites attract.”

THE NOTES
The top notes are : aldehydes, mandarin orange, tea, angelica, mate ( not sure what that is!)
The middle notes are: nutmeg, magnolia, coriander, cinnamon, West India bay, ink, caraway
The base notes are: patchouli, cedar, incense, vetiver, amber and labdanum

MY THOUGHTS AND EXPERIENCE

vetivert

When first sprayed on the opening is quite intense and strongly fresh and the aldehyde combined with the floral notes are my initial impression. When I first sprayed it I had to move my head back a bit as it was pretty strong.

After about ten minutes or so this does calm down a bit so that you can actually sniff the area you have put it on. At this stage I can strongly smell a powdery note but somehow it blends so that the first inhale smells different from the exhale. The floral notes are still strong and surprisingly the cinnamon and nutmeg are very hard to detect. At this stage it is not as citrus smelling , more powdery floral.

After a while the base notes are able to develop and I can pick out the woodier elements of this. The incense comes through strongly, the depth of the vetiver and patchouli I am not convinced make much of an appearance but that ink is really there. Reminds me of the days when we had to fill fountain pens with Quink!
There is a hint of ‘church’ which is incense and damp woodiness that I often smell in older churches.

It lasts quite well on me and I can still smell it faintly about five hours after I put it on but i am quite surprised how sweet and powdery it is considering the base notes are all so earthy.

Ink

I find it quite exotic and sexy sort of smell. You could wear it day or night and in my opinion is probably not for the girly feminine sorts of people or the younger audience but that is just my feeling. From the man’s point of view I wouldn’t like to say as my husband refuses to wear ‘perfume’ as he calls it.

It is certainly different and each time I smell it coming from my wrists I pick new notes or combinations.

WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?

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

Some reviews I read say it is one for the ladies as it is too floral while others say it is for men as it is citrus and herby. They are really both correct as the perfume develops on different people differently. As the people in lush say your skin is the final ingredient and that effects how different scents develop. Always try your perfumes first, if you can, before making a big expensive purchase. These samples are a great way to try them. This little bottle was about 2ml and gave me about two or three days use I would say and I am so thrilled I got it as a free sample after seeing the prices on Ebay for the same little bottles. On Amazon the 25ml bottle is £57 which is a lot in my humble opinion.

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Lush Gorilla Perfumes – “THE BUG”

 

Lush’s range of ‘The Bug’ scents

THE BUG- Lush perfume

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

LUSH SAY

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

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

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

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CCTV camera

THE BOTTLE

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

The largest bottle of ‘The Bug’

THE NOTES AND SCENT

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

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

labdanum

labdanum from rock rose

Photo from:www.bellasugar.com

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

Elemi gum

Elemi gum

Photo is from www.biolandes.com 

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

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

MY VIEWS

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

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

Sandalwood

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

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

PRICES AND SIZES

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

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

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

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

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