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My favourite store, Lush, makes beautiful and unusual fragrances under the name Gorilla Perfume. Many of these are available in-store, with some exclusively online. Several are available in sample sizes, and you can also buy two miniature sets each containing eight of the sample size fragrances.
I bought the second set, including many of the perfumes originally called ‘B sides and rarities’. These are scents from Lush past and also from B Never, Lush’s sister company which closed a few years ago. I have sampled all the perfumes in turn and I am going to review them all. The fragrance I am going to review today is B Scent.
Each fragrance comes in a tiny 2ml glass vial and the bottles are laid out together in a recycled cardboard case. It is also possible to buy the fragrances in the following forms:
- Solid £8
- Spritzer £15
- Atomiser £31
The concentrations are different depending on the form purchased, with the atomiser having the highest concentration. The perfumes come in the standard black packaging which is slightly dull, but fits in with the Gorilla Perfume ethos of concentrating on the perfume rather than the packaging. Some people on the Lush forum have found that perfume can leak from these black bottles, but I haven’t had any problems.
B Scent is the original signature scent of B Never, Lush’s sister cosmetic company. Lush describe it as a light, feminine fragrance, and it contains lemon, bergamot, ylang ylang, fennel, jasmine, lavender, sandalwood and musk. These are quite traditional perfume ingredients and I thought they sounded appealing.
On first smelling this scent I thought it was a very fresh, citrusy smell. When I first applied it I could smell the lemon and bergamot, it was a lovely refreshing scent. Over time, the scent dried down a little and I began to detect other notes, including the jasmine and ylang ylang, leading to a musky scent towards the end. The perfume lasted three or four hours on my skin, a good amount of time.
Because this fragrance is light, I see it as more of a daytime scent, although it would be suitable for the evening at a more informal event. I feel it would suit all ages – ideal for teenagers and young women, but not too sweet and girly for older ladies.
After trying this, I can see why B Scent was the signature scent of Lush’s sister company. It’s a pleasant, refreshing fragrance which is easy to love – recommended.
Lush perfumes - B-Scent
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.
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 £8, 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 particularly strong in the solid form so I don't think I will be tempted to buy the large atomiser as this works really well for me.
This scent is one of the older ones from Lush and 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. The same aroma used to be in one of Lush's older soaps which has now been around for some time B Scent Electro soap for those with scent memories. They may re release it as a retro at some time.
I was thrilled to have this given to me as the smell is very light but has that lovely slightly earthy after note which I love.
The scent in this one is strongly citrus and fennel giving a slight aniseed smell and the grapefruit also adds to the slightly un -lemony citrus. I do like the aroma of grapefruit as it is unique with a fresh but interesting smell.
WHAT LUSH SAY
This is Mark's take on B Scent :
"When you think of perfume, it's impossible not to think of France. When I was young, I had a crush on a beautiful French waitress who smelled of lemons. I didn't realise it at the time, but she must have been wearing good traditional cologne. It's probably one of the reasons why I have a bit of a thing about cologne. Later, when I was working on the perfume, I ate some lovely soup with just a touch of fennel and it inspired me to add some to the fragrance. I like the fresh, soft, lemon opener and the floral heart, but I'm very happy with the elegance of the fennel flourish. Just foodie enough to make you smell good enough to eat."
The tag line on this one to describe it on the website is ;" Feels like : kissing a lover's neck" and describes as "A stylish and utterly feminine combination of rose tempered with crisp citrus"
WHAT THE A-Z GUIDE SAYS
I have my "A-Z Guide" by Luca Turin and looked up what they thought of this as it is an acquired taste. Surprisingly as they are very critical of some this is what they say:
""The rose here smells like half of Joy: an exuberant pink flower with a charming anisic sweetness, paired with a vivid lemony top note worth smelling again and again. Somebody at Be Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful is having a good time."
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 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 ii make good use of so thank you Lush.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE PERFUME
I really love the combinations. This is a light fragrance and fresh yet it has that certain je ne sais quoi sort of earthiness that brings it to a whole new fragrance.
The initial smell is citrus and the lemon, bergamot with that lovely aniseed fennel combining to bring a more interesting and layered aroma but after a short while the fennel fades into the background as does the lemon which becomes warmer and creamier. The rose and a hint of jasmine then develop bringing a sweetness and earthy floral to the mix. The sandalwood is the sweet earthy smell I am getting as it dries down. The other scents are still there but combining to create the warmer powdery muskiness with citrus lighter notes.
I find that this is a most unusual smell: really interesting and with constant changes as it warms and develops on me. It is light and refreshing and yet is also warm and earthy too. It is not harsh like some citrus scents can be nor is it truly light and refreshing because of the dry down of these warmer scents coming in to back it up. I just love the warm lemony rose which is still very evident even when I can smell the delicately musky dry down.
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 a specially feminine fragrance, I think that men could get away with wearing it too. Like a lot of Lush scents that has that mysterious depth to it that you can't just place it all melds into an herbally yet warm and complex mixture. It is a grown up citrus, which is not only a .very refreshing. And summery fragrance it is also mellow and distinctive in its own way with the combination of florals, fennel and sandalwood.
I would suggest that it is possibly a daytime scent, perfect for holidays or in the summer. It isn't girly and sweet so would suit a range of ages and even possibly men too as it does have a slightly aftershave note.
I love this and will be saving for the bigger version as I use this up. I love having different perfumes to wear as my mood changes and I find this is quite an uplifting one.
According to the Lush website the creator "wanted to create a fragrance that you would imagine real Parisians wearing, rather than the old traditional French fragrances or modern American single notes."
I think he has succeeded as he does with most of his scents. Mark and Simon Constantine don't thonk 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. It reminds me of the Mediterranean countries with the wonderful scents that come from the orchards and wild herbs as you walk around in the sun. Fabulous thanks Lush.
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B is the house scent of the B Never Too Busy to be Beautiful (from now on BNTBTBB) and it might be known to all the Lushies out there as the smell of the B Scent Electro soap, which used to be a guest soap at Lush for a large part of the 2008.
The packaging, as usual with Lush (and generally very commendable) is plain and simple: I have a glass atomizer with a black and gold paper label - BNTBTBB provide glass bottles too, but none of them will exactly send bottle collectors into overdrive.
The juice is the point here, and it's a wonderful scent. What hits the nostrils initially are citrus and fennel: a strong, fresh burst of grapefruity lemon with a herbal, anniseed flourish of fennel.
After a minute or two, the fennel very much fades into the background. It's still there if you know what to look for, but not immediately obvious. What follows is a lemony sweetness, warm and fresh at the same time, with emerging florals (particularly rose) growing noticeably bigger . If you know the scent of B Electro soap, this is very similar, but much warmer, less sharp, and more complex.
I love this unusual smell: really captivating, playful, neither cloying nor shrill and endlessly fascinating, a warm lemony rose that keeps winking at me as it settles down into the delicately musky drydown. There are some fragrances that one settles into with comfortable or languorous ease, aware of it but not really engaged with it - like a cashmere jumper, let's say. B scent is more like a brilliant necklace: I keep smelling it on my wrists, sniffing for it in the air, again and again, just like I keep playing with my favourite necklaces.
It's probably better as a daytime scent, and a holiday, summery one in spirit (but do wear it to the office to lift your moods): playful, quirky but not terribly girly: it would suit anybody from an intelectual eighteen year old to a young at heart great-grandmother.
B blurb claims that the scent's creator "wanted to create a fragrance that you would imagine real Parisians wearing, rather than the old traditional French fragrances or modern American single notes" and I think they succeeded: B scent doesn't smell traditionally French, but is by no means American in style; a very European fragrance all in all, like a quirky French girl being kissed by a pretty English boy in a Sicilian cafe.