“ Brand: Lush / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Toilette „
I had decided a while back to review my extensive perfume collection, and while looking in a drawer, I discovered a 'gorilla' Lush Karma perfume that I had forgotten I owned. This was my second Karma perfume, as I had bought the larger spray bottle (that is pictured above) around 5 years ago. The gorilla perfume name came from a conversation between the father and son perfume duo Mark and Simon Constantine. Legend has it that this name came about when they were planning guerrilla style perfume events to unleash their new creations on an unsuspecting public. "We're like guerrilla perfumers!" Mark exclaimed "Hmm more like Gorillas.." (taken from http://www.gorillaperfume.com/uk/about)
I have been wearing the Karma scent for a few years now, as I really like the scent. I know a lot of people hate the smell of Lush shops, but I don't, and this scent sums up the scent of Lush for me. I am also a big fan of the scent of oranges, which you can find in this scent. The orange is combined with patchouli, pine, lavendin, lemongrass, elemi and cassie to provide something rich, spicy and slightly sexy. This scent was inspired by hippies and head shops and is described as an 'ode to hippies' but as I am definitely not a hippy, don't let that put you off trying this scent.
The packaging on the one I own is very basic. The tube itself is black and it just says the name of the product in white, along with some ingredients and that this contains 12g of solid perfume. You just unscrew the lid and push up the perfume stick and apply it to the areas where you want, I normally rub it onto my wrists and the sides of my neck. The perfume itself is an orangey colour, and the stick is quite thick and slightly sticky to the touch, although this faces once applied to your skin. One thing I would add when applying this though is to not apply too much and to let the perfume melt onto your skin, otherwise it can leave slightly orangey, greasy marks, which aren't a good look!
This is a long lasting scent. When I had the spray, the scent seemed to last all day. Even the solid perfume lasts a long time, partly because it is such a strong combination of scents. I do like the slightly spicy, orange and patchouli scent of this perfume and I think the combination of the two scents is a positive one. (An aside, but still related to this perfume. I used to work in an office with two guys, and when one of them pissed me off, I made sure I wore this the next day, as I know it's a rather unique scent and not one that they really liked...)
I would recommend this scent, as it's one that I love, but I know it's a scent that really divides people, and seems to be something you either love or hate, so I would definite;y recommend testing this a few times before buying it, as I find that it takes a while to develop it's full potential (I hated it when I first tried it,an hour later, I was planning on going back to the shop so I could buy it...)
The perfume is available from Lush stores or from lush.co.uk and is available in the following:
Solid Perfume which costs £5 , a spritz which costs £10 and an atomiser which costs £21. This scent is also easy to layer up, as you can buy different karma scented items, such as karma soap, bubble bars, karma crème (a body crème) and even karma solid shampoos.
As is the case with most (if not all) Lush products, this is vegan friendly and not tested on animals.
DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, *Limonene, *Linalool, Sweet Orange Oil, Lavandin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Cassie Absolute, *Cinnamal, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Farnesol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Eugenol, *Benzyl Salicylate
Lush's trademark scent "Karma" is one of my absolute favourites. I love the bubble bar, the cream and the perfume solid so I snapped up a bottle of the liquid perfume when I found it on Ebay.
Like the Karma range, it is earthy and heavy on patchouli, so if you like delicate florals then this one is not for you. If you enjoy wafting around like an extra in an iconic 1969's film, then you will love this one.
Lush's perfume range is something that I am only just dipping my toes into. The main reason being cost- the prices are prohibitive to me. Sometimes though when you really love a scent and know that you will get a lot of use from it, then saving up for the product really is worth it.
Grrrr for Gorilla (in an ugly bottle):
If you go to the Lush website, you can find Karma perfume under the Gorilla perfume tab. None of the bottles look like the one in the picture though as they all feature the plastic black bottles. The bottles are fairly ugly and I am not sure when they stopped doing the pretty glass bottle. As far as uniformity and branding goes, the black labels and bottles do little to entice the buyer. But of course Lush tend to run on reputation and the addictive nature of their products so perhaps it does not matter.
For those that love the combination of citrus and patchouli then Karma perfume is a no brainer. You can layer with it as there are other products available on the main site such as soap, solid shampoo (my favourite), cream etc. Lush describe Karma as "Retro yet ageless. Karma is a powerful, spicy and unique patchouli and citrus perfume. It's a strange slow-burner for some; you fall for it without realising what's happening. Others love it from the first sniff as they are transported to the age of freedom."
As one of Lush's best selling scents, I would say that the above sales blurb is fairly accurate to the product which makes a change, as Lush can be guilty of over exaggeration at times.
So what is it like?
Perfume reacts differently on each person as the ingredients react to the chemicals and oils in our body and skin. I find Karma to be a very evocative and addictive scent, and once I put it on I love to catch wafts of it as I go about the day. The orange oils definitely balance out the harshness of the patchouli oil, and this makes it much more accessible and user friendly. Citrus notes are uplifting and softening to the woody notes in a scent, and this is exactly what this perfume conveys. Woody aromas with a warm orange and a smidge of pine. This is a very natural scent and actually quite unisex. It is not girly and flowery at all and is ageless.
When combined with other products in the Karma range, the effect is even more striking but it does not become overwhelming.
I am very lazy when it comes to cosmetic faffery- and am delighted to report that even a quick slick of the solid perfume brings my natural scent to life. We all have a natural scent & mine is quite vanilla/sandalwood. This perfume both compliments & enhances that. I have both the solid version of this perfume and the spritzer, and I must say that I prefer the solid as it seems to blend better on my skin.
Overall impression and value for money:
The longevity of Karma perfume in the solid form is less that the spritzer when I use it. Even so I only usually reapply once more in a day (and that is because I want to sniff it!). In terms of value then Karma is a good buy. It lasts a long time even when used every day (and frequently stolen by a four yr old) and can be worn as either a day type perfume or an evening one.
Karma is a beautiful product and if you like the perfume then I recommend the solid shampoo "Karma Komba" which is really delicious and very user friendly.
Lush Karma perfume starts at £5 for the solid stick perfume, £10 for the spritzer and costs £21 for the atomiser. Those prices are actually reasonable when compared to the rest of the perfume range.
I have seen people on here mention sample vials- please would somebody enlighten me as to where I could get these so that I can try out other perfumes. Thanks :)
I absolutely love this perfume.
It is what I would describe as an oriental fragrance. It does smell quite exotic and tropical. It does smell quite strong initially so don't be put off by this. It soon settles down into a more subtle scent. The perfume contains a mixture of notes that are both fruity and flirty. It's a feminine fragrance that makes you feel womanly and sexy. The tropical accent of the perfume reminds me of far away places and holidays in the sun, which isn't a bad thing!
After using this perfume in the morning I can detect the orange notes before midday. These are the middle notes that balance out the perfume. If you look closely at the bottle it's actually shaped like a segment of orange, it's really stunning! Once the perfume has had some time to settle it becomes more of a musky scent. This musky scent leaves it's mark on your skin and I can still smell it on my skin the day after if I haven't had time for a shower that day. This is how strong the perfume is. As it is so strong I doubt it would be for everyone. It's more of a mature scent from Lush so I would recommend it to the older woman.
It also comes as a solid perfume so you can layer the scent if you wish.
It can be worn as a casual daytime scent or layered up as an evening scent.
GORGEOUS - However it wouldn't be for everyone...
Lush launched Karma perfume in 1995. I discovered Lush four years later at Covent Garden when the wonderful 'Lush aroma' enticed me into the store. I bought my first bottle of Karma fragrance that day and have loved it ever since.
Karma is the creation of Mark Constantine, founder of Lush. According to Lush it is Mark's "ode to hippies". Karma has a unmistakable undertone of patchouli and the first thing to say here is if you don't like patchouli, Karma is probably not for you. It does seem to be a love it or hate it kind of perfume.
I love Karma, to me it is earthy, warm and sensual. I find it calming and uplifting at the same time and it evokes memories of warm, balmy summer evenings with friends and music. The name karma implying the cycle of cause and effect through words, thoughts and actions I do believe very appropriate for this fragrance, it has a rounded and balanced nature to it.
The top notes are orange and lavender, it has middle notes of lemon-grass and pine and base notes of patchouli and elemi. I find Karma a fairly strong perfume and wouldn't spray it more than twice at any one time, for me it is definitely for wearing in the evenings. When I first apply this fragrance I'm immediately aware of a mellow and warm citrus aroma, then as the fragrance settles the spicy notes come through along with the earthier tones of patchouli. Orange and lemon-grass balance the deeper notes perfectly in my opinion, making Karma a rich but also rejuvenating fragrance. It has good staying power on my skin and usually lasts for three hours but will sometimes linger beyond that.
When I first bought Karma it was presented in the clear glass bottle and I still have one of these in a drawer. Karma perfume is now sold as part of Lush's range of Gorilla Perfumes in black wedged shaped bottles. Personally I thought the clear glass bottle was more attractive and suited the character of this fragrance. It is available as follows:
Atomiser 30ml £20.00
Spritzer 10ml £9.00
Solid perfume 12g £7.00
Lush are against testing on animals and the majority of the ingredients in Karma are natural. It is suitable for vegans.
If you like patchouli and haven't yet tried Karma, I highly recommend it.
Thank you for reading this review :)
© Lunaria 2012
I have written before in my reviews how I bought a selection of sample sized bottles of perfume from Lush last year when they were launching their Gorilla perfume range. I must admit that I haven't been overly impressed with the range, and Karma is no exception. I actually knew what this smelled like before I bought it as it has been around for a long time and I had used the Karma soap in the past.
I suppose that you could say that Karma is Lush's signature scent. It has been around for many years now and there are a huge range of Karma fragranced products available. These include:
Karma Kream: Body lotion
Karma Komba: solid shampoo bar
Karma bubble bar: solid bubble bath
Karma soap: hopefully this one's self explanatory!
Karma bath melt: melty bath oils
You can buy the perfume in the form of a liquid spray or in solid stick form. I have a small vial of the liquid scent, and in my experience liquid scents often differ quite a lot from the solid versions.
Karma used to come in a glass bottle which was fairly plain, but inoffensive and not bad to look at. When Lush re-launched as Gorilla perfumes, they put all their scents into black bottles with white writing, which in my opinion are ugly and very unfeminine. I understand them having plain packaging for environmental reasons, but I do not like the bottles one little bit and I'm sure they could be improved!
The scent is suitable for vegans and Lush describe it as 'a powerful, spicy and unique patchouli and citrus perfume.' I'd say they have hit the nail on the head with the 'unique' part as I have never smelled anything like this stuff (and that's not a compliment!) and if by powerful they mean overpowering, then yep, they've hit the nail on the head again! Can you tell I don't like this stuff?
Although I don't know the notes of the perfume, it contains sweet orange oil, patchouli oil, lavandin oil, pine oil, lemongrass oil, elemi oil and cassie absolute.
In the bottle the perfume smells very herbal and actually smells a little like vicks vaporub! It's quite a sharp scent, and the patchouli is definitely the dominating factor.
When applied to the skin, again the scent is quite sharp and smells very orangey with a strong patchouli undertone. I personally find it too sharp, it's so strong it almost makes my eyes water at first, and in my opinion really isn't very pleasant.
When this settles on the skin I feel a more subtle orange scent comes out which is presumably the orange blossom, and it's not the sharp orange that you get when the fragrance is initially applied. The main scent is still the patchouli though unfortunately for me, as I'm really not a patchouli fan. Patchouli is obviously quite a strong fragrance anyway and unfortunately I find that it lingers until the scent disappears.
The overall scent of this, in my opinion is not very nice. My boyfriend described it as smelling mouldy and to me it reminds me of the damp, earthy kind of scent my dads garden shed has! As I have already mentioned this particular fragrance is very popular, so there are obviously people out there who love it, and I guess it's one of those love it/hate it scents. It's just a shame I'm on the hate side.
It's quite a strong scent and one you can really smell on your skin. It lasts well which is a plus if you like the scent, but not quite so great if like me you don't.
This scent can be purchased in the following sizes from www.lush.co.uk
2g sample vial (the one I have) -£2.00
10g atomiser - £9.00
27g bottle - £20.00
Overall I don't think it will come as any surprise that I can't recommend this scent. If you have tried any of the other products in the Karma range and liked them then I guess you would also like this, but it's definitely not one for me.
If you're a Lush fan at all, you'll know that Lush have recently introduced a new range of perfumes, Gorilla Perfumes, which even have their own website. The range includes some brand new scents, a couple of perfumes which were originally part of the Retro range, reincarnations of perfumes from B Never Too Busy to be Beautiful (Lush's now-defunct sister cosmetics company) and the longstanding Lush perfumes Karma and Vanillary.
I received Karma in the form of a sample, when I ordered the special promotional set of 7 sample perfumes for £7 from the Lush site. Sadly prices have now increased. Like the other perfumes in the range, Karma comes in four forms:
Atomiser: 27g of perfume in a black atomiser bottle, for £20.00
Spritzer: 9g of perfume in a long thin spritzer bottle, for £9.00
Solid: 12g of product in a black solid perfume container, for £4.50
Sample: small 2g vial for £2.00
To keep Karma in line with the other perfumes in the range, it no longer comes in the glass bottle and solid perfume tin, but in the black bottles now pictured on the website. As far as I can work out, the perfume is available on both the Lush website and the new Gorilla Perfume website, but the sample size only seems to be available on the Gorilla Perfume site.
Karma is Lush's signature fragrance and has been around for years. It is very 60s and hippy-ish, containing orange, patchouli, pine, elemi, lemongrass, lavandin and cassie. As well as a perfume, Karma comes in the form of a shampoo bar, soap, bubble bar and (in the Retro range) bath melt.
I was familiar with the Karma scent having tried all the Karma products listed above, but was still excited to try the frangrance in its pure form. At first when I applied the perfume I could smell the orange blossom mostly, an aspect of the scent which is also dominant in the body lotion, but tempered with the lemongrass.
After a while the darker and earthier aspects of the scent, such as the pine, come out and really deepen the tone of the perfume. I find that it lasts a good few hours before I have to reapply. The perfume evokes long hot summers, festivals, countryside and grass and it has a very calming and chilling effect. I feel it's a really nice perfume to wear in the summer, or even in the winter if you want to be reminded of long lazy summer days! A great perfume, and the price makes it really good value for money compared to most perfumes available.
Lush have this to say about the concentration of their perfume:
"Our Gorilla Perfumes are made from some of the finest perfumery materials in the world and we don't use any unnecessary packaging. The concentrations of our different perfumes are excellent value:
Solid perfume sticks are 10% perfume in our low-odour Ultrabalm base.
Spritzers are 15% perfume in alcohol.
Atomisers are 20% perfume in alcohol.
When you compare those with the usual concentrations out there:
Colognes are usually 4% perfume in ethanol.
Eau de toilette, usually 10-12%. Eau de parfum, usually 12-20%.
Pure perfume, usually 20-40%"
I am a vegan and I like to use perfume. Now then I really like the smell of patchouli and perfumes which include that particular aroma as a key note do appeal to me. Of course there are may perfumes that include patchouli and some I like some I don't so it really does need to be a special blend for it to appeal to my senses and feel just right. Girls will know what I am saying, you know when you wear a fragrance and it is 'so' you well that is what I experience when I am wearing Karma by Lush.
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Providing a good working environment to promote the well being and happiness of the people who are the workforce.
Having long candlelit baths, sharing perfumes, filling the world with perfume and enjoying life.
The right to make mistakes and start all over again.
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~~Give me some KARMA~~
Trippy KARMA fragrance. Remember the 60's - lets enter the time warp!
This perfume is powerful and unique, totally unique! Said to be ageless and retro. With spices, citrus and patchouli it is a complex and slow developer for some and then without even realising it you have fallen in love with this fragrance. Some report to love it from the first sniff and are 'transported to the age of freedom'. You want to know something else? This perfume will smell totally different on everyone who wears it!
~~What is in this Karma?, Tell us all about it~~
Native to Erasia is Siberian Pine Oil. It is pale yellow and is reported to clear the mind. That is not a bad thing.
Perfume notes :
~~And the choice is yours, really!~~
Available in three choices
Perfume 27g @ £20
Atomiser 9g @ £9
Solid Perfume 12g @ £4.50
Well now the image that you see above is now no more. Lush have revamped the perfume designs and they are now called 'Gorilla' and are in black bottles. The perfume bottle is matt black and an appealing shape and size, easily fitted into your handbag if you desire. It has a small lid that is easy to remove and a pump action spray. Simple and straightforward. The writing is minimalistic and in a nice font. I think it works - it is different! No Box!
The price is appropriate for the high standard of perfume and good quality bottle. Made by an ethical company and suitable for vegans, not tested on animals. Good for me so far. The perfume lasts a long time and you only need a small amount as this stuff is pretty strong, it doesn't take long to settle though. Great fragrance! I was one of those who loved it from first sniff, it was a matter of 'what is that? I like it!' and it is now the fragrance of choice and I really can't see myself wanting to wear any other. In fact my other perfume bottles are slowly but surely being given away otherwise they just stand untouched and unwanted on the unit. I think you get the impression that I like this smell, it is just so lovely, I can't stop smelling myself!
Great company - Lush, Great price - £20, Lasts for ages, gorgeous smell. Well I love it!
Thank you for reading.
This is a product that I actuallly bought for my granny before splashing out and getting myself some. If you could imagine would heaven might smell like, bottled then this is probably it.
Karma is a fragrance and can be bought in a bottle for about twenty pounds, making one of Lush's dearer items. It is worth the price tag though. For your money you get 30g of the most infuriatingly aromatic scent you will ever step across.
My first impression of this was one of a shocked nature. I was genuinely amazed at how strong the smell was and how intoxicating it was. The nose becomes enveloped by eastern spices and you feel like you being transported to the ancient Egypt pyamids. The scent contains oranges and lemongrass which give it a wonderful fruity zest, while elemi and pine oils provide a subtler deeper flavour from within. The result is a fragrance that is daring, tempting and warming.
There are a few ways that I like to use this. It can be very strong if you cover the body in it, so maybe a dash on the sleeve of a top will suffice. I prefer to use it to spray in rooms. A couple of sprays into a bedroom or a lounge sets a mood of an exotic nature and you feel captivated by the spice. The smell lingers for a good hour or so afterwards, before it slowly retreats and urges you to have another spray. A totally addictive and passionate smell that you will succomb to if you get to smell it.
You can buy this from all Lush stores and also online from their shop, I believe the glass bottle has been replaced by a plastic bottle though now, but the scent remains the same.
The 'Karma' fragrance by Lush has been my signature scent for so long that I can't even remember the first time I wore it. In a pretty little amber-coloured bottle, it encapsulates the ethos of the Lush brand- summery, exotic, and a little bit hippie!
Some reviewers have remarked that, at £21.95 (at time of writing), Karma may be a little expensive. As an 'impoverished' student, I will agree that it is quite a lot to invest in what is ultimately a luxury item; however, considering the exorbitant prices of many other fragrances on the market, it doesn't really seem at all bad. Plus, the strength of the scent means it needs to be applied only once a day, which makes it pretty good value! Of course, no review of a Lush product would be complete without highlighting the company's outstanding ethical and environmental stance, which is an increasing factor in many people's choice of product.
The mixture of ingredients, including orange, patchouli, pine, lavender and lemongrass, provides an initial zesty spritz, which then mellows into a subtle, layered fragrance throughout the day. Some may be put off by the overpowering initial smell, but perhaps they are not best suited to such a boisterous perfume anyway!
The orange and spice in the perfume makes Karma a lovely, warming scent for winter, but the lemongrass suits it for summer as well! Ultimately, for those with a personality to complement it, rather than be overpowered by it, Karma is a perfume that will stay in your heart (and probably on your clothes) for a long time after you've washed it off.
I've been a huge fan of Lush for a long time and I've wanted to try this perfume for almost as long! But at £21 it was a bit out of my student budget, so I bought some Karma soap, and then the solid perfume - kind of working my way up the hierarchy! Finally I got this for Christmas and it is every bit as good as the other Karma products. The packaging is very simple, a curved glass bottle with an orange sticker saying Karma on it. On the bottom there is a little sticker saying when it was made, which I really like. It has a standard gold cap with a little spray thingy. It isn't like an aerosol (which is great because I'm asthmatic and aerosols trigger it) it's just a spray. Be warned, you need ONE spray, and one only, it is very strong.
As to what it smells of...it is a lovely warm, orangey, perhaps slightly musky scent. I can't describe it much better than that, but it is really unique and not like the normal perfumes, which all smell the same to me!
Because it is made of mostly natural ingredients, Karma will change throughout the day and smell differently on different people, due to your skin chemistry. Definitely try before you buy!
This is one of those perfumes that makes me wonder how many testers Lush must go through, with people wandering in and sneakily spraying themselves before a day or a night out. It's over £20, which might be a little bit out of the price range of some of Lush's demographic, although it does make the perfect gift for the older relatives of that demographic and Christmas is only four months away....
The bottle is a half-moon shape with a long gold-coloured top and an orange label. It's lighthearted and pretty, and although it looks a bit incongruous next to my Prada and Chanel No. 5 bottles it definitely fits in with that sort of scent - powdery and complex without being too overpowering - although you should spray sparingly to get the right effect. It's heavy on the essential oils, so some people find that they need to spray it on their clothing or on their hairbrush rather than directly onto the skin as it can smell different on different people and the unadulterated smell is sometimes nicer than the mixed-with-natural-scent smell. If you see what I mean.
The makers of the perfume say it's supposed to be evocative of the summer of 1969. Containing Patchouli, Orange, Lavender, Pine, Lemongrass, Elemi (also piney and lemony smelling) and Cassis Absolute essential oils, it definitely does that, and if Santa were to slip it into my stocking - or not bother waiting for Christmas and just deliver it now, I'd be delighted. A gorgeous scent for people who like their perfumes lighthearted and fun yet complex.
I'm a complete Lush addict my favourite being the items that smell of sweets like Rock star soap, creamy candy bubble bar and Sex bomb bath ballistic and I love to have a constant supply of soaps, bubble bars and bath bombs but i'd never tried the perfume before. A friend bought me the Sunny Hunny soap stack which contained the Karma soap, this was the start of my adventure into the world of Karma, after being absorbed into the fab hippy scents I purchased the Karma bubble bar to go with my soap, I love the smell on my skin when I come out of the bath and although it lingers its not strong enough to deal with my addiction to the Karma scent so I made the plunge and purchased the perfume atomiser from my Local Lush store in Newcastle upon Tyne.
I couldn't wait to get home and spritz myself with the orange, patchouli, pine, lavender and lemongrass scent. I've only been using Karma Perfume for about 3 weeks but everywhere I go people comment on how lovely I smell and ask what it is, I have to say that my mum purchased some last week and the scent does not suit her at all so I acquired another bottle!
The thing I love most about Karma is that the smell lasts and lasts, even when I wake up in the morning you can still smell the distant scent of Karma which is fantastic!
I would reccomend everyone to buy a bottle, it will be the best £21 you ever spend!
I have long been a fan of Karma products by Lush. The soap smells absolutely fantastic and even when not in use it makes my bathroom smell gorgeous. I've had a few comments from visitors about it. I also love the talc and have used them both for a few years but didn't have the perfume until recently.
I have to say how I got this bottle of Karma as it's indicative of the Lush experience. It was shortly before Christmas and I was in Lush buying my Mum some Karma soap that she had asked for. While I was there I had a little squirt of the Karma Fragrance tester. One of the assistants started chatting to me and I told her I loved Karma, but that the perfume was a little out of my price range at the moment. My husband had just been made redundant (thankfully he's back in work now), so things were tight and although I didn't tell her this I think she might have picked up that I was basically skint. Later in the day when I looked in the Lush bag there was this full bottle of eau de toilette with a little note - "Dear Karma Lady, Happy Christmas from Lush". Needless to say I was really pleased, and also surprised at the generosity of the gift, this costs £21.00 for a 30ml bottle. I am used to getting free samples from Lush, when you buy their products they will often add something like a little soap bar or a free face mask, but this was rather more pricey, albeit it was Christmas. So, thankyou very much Lush!
The perfume is a strong orangey yellow colour presented in a dinky clear glass arched bottle, with a tall gold coloured lid. When purchased this is placed in an orange cardboard folding gift bag with a gold sparkly thread tieing it at the top.You will find the ingredients list on the back of this.
There are lots of essential oils in here which makes it very strong smelling. The first two listed are Patchouli and Orange oil both of which are distinctive. I do like Patchouli and tend to prefer muskier intense scents to lighter floral ones so this seems perfect for me. There is also Lavender which I really like, Pine, Lemongrass, Elemi (another pine and lemony smelling oil) and Cassie Absolute (from Acacia, smells like violet and orange blossom). This mix of oils are supposed to be calming, grounding and also uplifting. So what does the mix smell like in a perfume? The answer is strong, fruity, unique. Fragrances do smell different on different people and I have smelled this on other people and thought it smelt gorgeous but unfortunately it didn't seem to do quite so well on me, at first! Initially I found it a bit much; too heavy, too orangey, too sharp to be entirely pleasant, but experience has shown that it becomes more pleasant as it settles and it changes throughout the day. So bear in mind if you find this too intense on first squirt, it soon settles and becomes gentler on the nose. It is very long lasting you can put a little on of a morning and still smell it at night. I have to emphasise you really do only need the tiniest amount of this on your skin otherwise it can be overwhelming and cloying. I think this is a mistake I made when I first used it, I just didn't realise how little of it was needed. This does make it very reasonably priced if you use it wisely. Another trick I have learned is that if I squirt a touch onto a bit of my clothing, (I put some under the collar of my jacket), rather than on me, it smells great and possibly a bit better! It took a bit of experimenting but I think I've got it right now and I'm happy with it.
According to the Lush website, 'Karma was made...to capture the scent of the summer of love...1969', there is something a bit hippyish about it, but don't let that put you off. This is a great smelling, long lasting, reasonably priced scent with lots of natural ingredients. Not a lot more you can ask for is there? Oh yes, and it was free, lucky me, must be my Karma.
Lush's Karma perfume is my favourite perfume, but also one that I can happilly wear ever day.
Like most perfumes, it comes in a distinctive bottle, which is a nice shape, but I do find that when I'm getting towards the end of the bottle it becomes much harder to get any out!
The smell is very distinctive - like oranges and spices and incense. It's a very warm scent, so perhaps not suited to you if you are more a fan of the crisp/clean perfumes.
I've found that it will last quite a good long while without you needing to spray on more and it is quite a strong scent, so a little really does go a long way.
It is also a perfume for the vegetarians and vegans amongst us, and is not tested on animals (in line with all of Lush's products). The ingredient list is as follows, for those who have allergies:
Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin)
Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis)
Lavendin Oil (Lavandula hybrida)
Pine Oil (Pinus)
Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon schoenanthus)
Elemi Oil (Canarium luzonicum)
Cassie Absolute (Acacia farnesiana)
I would recommend buying something cheaper to test it out (such as the soap or perfume solid), as a it now appears to be £20.55! This is quite a jump from what it used to be, so it may no longer be suitable for tight budgets.
Despite this, I would highly recommend it, as well as all the associated products (bubble bars, soaps etc).
I have been keen to try Karma for a while and when it recently came up on Ebay I put in a bid and won a brand new bottle.
Karma sells for £21 for a 30g bottle (why Lush insist of everything being in grams rather than ml I do not know!). I won my bottle for a reasonable £15 and paid £2.50 postage, so I saved myself £3.50 which I thought was good.
Karma comes in an unusual bottle; it is like a semi-circle with a very long lid on it. The fragrance itself is a golden colour and can be seen through the clear bottle, the lid is a gold coloured metal. On the front of the bottle is a sticker saying Karma in big letters. This also comes in a nice little orange gift bag making it good to give as a present.
Unfortunately whilst the bottle looks very appealing I really wish I had tried out Karma on a smaller scale by buying a little tin of solid perfume or a bar of soap because I really hate this fragrance!
When I first opened my package containing my bottle of karma I had a little sniff of the lid and it smelt quite pleasant so I gave a squirt into the air, I could not smell anything so I gave another squirt on one of my wrists and rubbed them together, then had a sniff of my wrist. I was happy with the smell to start with but a headache started to creep over me and I began to feel very ill, I realised it was the perfume which was making me feel so bad.
I tried to stick it out for a while hoping that the aroma of Karma would fade but it didn't and I ended up rushing to the bathroom to scrub it off with some of my trusted Lush soaps. Thankfully the perfume washed off well and I was soon smelling of Porridge soap and my headache began to fade.
To be honest I am quite disappointed as I have heard many people rave about how great Karma is and now I am stuck with a full bottle of it which I can't use.
The fragrances which go into Karma are orange, pine, lavender, lemongrass and patchouli, all of which I like individually but together they were just too much for me. This really did smell lovely whilst it was in the bottle but once sprayed it is just too strong.
The ingredients in Karma fragrance as given on the Lush website are -
Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin)
Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis)
Lavendin Oil (Lavandula hybrida)
Pine Oil (Pinus)
Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon schoenanthus)
Elemi Oil (Canarium luzonicum)
Cassie Absolute (Acacia farnesiana)
I know that Karma has a huge fan base, however I will not be joining them, all I am interested in is getting rid of this horrible perfume!