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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Comme des garcons – Amazingreen – for men or women

 

AMAZINGREEN

AMAZINGREEN

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

PACKAGING

Amazing Green

Amazing Green

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

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

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

Rei Kawakubo – Comme de garcons

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

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

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

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Gun powder – one of the notes

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

MY THOUGHTS AND EXPERIENCE

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

Autumn leaves

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

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

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

Autumnal earthy aroma

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

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

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

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