“ Brand: Lush / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Parfum / Gender: for women „
Lush - Breath of God 30ml Atomiser
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 solid version of 1000 kisses which I bought to take on my last holiday. The solid version costs £7.00 while the small spritzers are £15, the large 30ml version is £32 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 have always given me plenty of use as you don't need a lot to get a pretty decent aroma but you do have to be careful if it is very hot weather as it does melt very easily. I would also suggest that keeping it in the fridge may affect the scent so would not advise that.
THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION
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 has been created by blending Simon's two stand-alone fragrances Inhale and Exhale. Apparently "Simon discovered that incense itself actually contains pheromones that are present in human breath. When it's burnt in religious ceremonies, it's actually like a Breath of God moving through the congregation. So that's essentially how the fragrance got its name!"
According to the Lush website this perfume makes you feel like "You're unstoppable".
In Derby we are lucky in that we can buy the two individual perfumes as well as this combination creation. And I am tempted as they are both really great individually as well as it this masterpiece.
THE SCENT AND WHAT LUCA TURIN SAYS
The idea of combining these two very different scents were an experiment and ..
"Such an experiment should be a hot mess. But it's a triumph, a walk through an autumnal landscape in shades of pencil gray instead of painterly gold, with the sweet biological rot of compost below and dry air touched with woodsmoke above. In structure it is reminiscent of the best of Serge Lutens's scents, straddling the dark cedar-violet of the Bois fragrances and epic florals such as Sarrasins and El Attarine, and it has a herbal air of archaic medicine, or potions to ward off malice. Surreal combinations - lemon ham, grape leather, bubblegum tobacco, loquat vetiver - rise from its depths each time it comes to attention, hour after hour. Wearing it, I feel a sense of wonder that so late in the perfume game there can still be such a profound invention."
THE SCENT AND MY VIEWS
Simon's combining of the smoky vetiver of one of his fragrances and the delicious alien fruity floral of the other and creating this Breath of God was inspirational in my view. I think this is possibly my very favorite Lush scent and very close to being my all time favourite..
What does this smell like? This first thing that hits me with this strangely is the vertivert, the wonderfully earthy aroma that I really love and then very quickly the lighter notes take over but the rose is very strong and the lemon and neroli just complement the rose and lift it a level. I am not great at recognizing melon but the amber and cedarwood are there in the background providing the sweeter deeper notes.
This is just the most gorgeous deep woody perfume I have ever smelled. It reminds me of autumn walks in the woods. Deep piles of damp leaves and fresh autumn air combined.
This is no shrinking violet of a perfume . It is strong and intense and a scent that will get you noticed. After you have been wearing it for some time then the more earthy , deep notes begin to work themselves through as the lasting quality of amber ,musk as well as sandalwood and cedarwood develop and blend together but still that hint of the herby floral rather heady notes does come through.
This is just a lovely strong powerful perfume that almost shouts out as you wear it. It is far from subtle so if you like flowery gently light perfumes you probably won't like this.
WHAT HAVE THEY HIDDEN IN THIS ONE
The main notes in this are these : Neroli, lemon, melon, jasmine, rose, vetivert, sandalwood, cedarwood, amber, musk. I have mentioned many of these but the jasmine comes through with the heady floral notes and is very evident but somehow the lemon holds its own with a certain sharpness too.
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.
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 probably my favourite of Simon Constantine's creations at Lush. I like lots of different scents but I am often drawn to the earthy notes but this one is unique and I am happy to just sniff the place I have applied this all day long.
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.
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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I'm a huge fan of the natural cosmetics store Lush and am trying to sample everything they make. Last year they introduced a new range of perfumes - Gorilla Perfumes - some of which are available in store, and some of which can be obtained from the website. Breath of God is only available online and I chose a small sample to go in my last website order. I was intrigued by the description of the fragrance, which stated that Breath of God was a combination of two other Lush scents - Inhale and Exhale.
Inhale was created as a light and fruity scent, invented after creator Simon Constantine's journey to Tibet. It is made up of lemon and melon notes. Exhale is the darker, wood-smoky scent inspired by incense and containing vetivert, sandalwood, cedarwood, amber and musk.
Lush says: "Intensely medicinal at first, this fragrance develops throughout the day, continuously revealing new facets. It's a thinking person's perfume; it makes you contemplate. The melon notes add a transparent quality, which should be at odds with the smoky dry-down, but instead combine to create a wonderful olfactory experience."
The perfume is clear in colour, which is a definite positive as some of the Lush perfumes have quite strong colours, which doesn't look very good when applied to the skin! My first thought was that the perfume was very musky. It caught in the back of my throat and made me cough. I could detect some deeper notes including sandalwood, but no matter how hard I tried I couldn't find any melon. There was a slight citrusy aspect as the perfume dried down, but that's all I could detect of the Inhale aspect to the perfume.
Luckily, the perfume wasn't so strong a few minutes after application and I no longer wanted to cough. I still wasn't really keen though. In all honesty the perfume strikes me as a bit of a mess. I guess that's what happens when you try to shove two scents together. I would like to try Inhale and Exhale separately, but I won't be repurchasing this again.
Although it's not a scent that women can't wear, Breath of God seems to me quite masculine and seems more of an aftershave rather than a perfume to me. A nice attempt by Lush, but this is one fragrance that didn't really work for me.
Breath of God is priced as follows:
£3.25 - 2g
£7 - Solid
£15 - 10g
£32 - 27g
Ingredients: DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Cedarwood Oil (Cupressus funebris), Rose Oil (Rosa damascena), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Grapefruit Oil (Citrus paradisi), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Black Pepper Oil (Piper nigrum), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill), Cade Oil (Juniperus oxycedrus), *Benzyl Salicylate, *Citral, *Coumarin, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Citronellol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool
The perfume is suitable for vegans.