“ Brand: Lush / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Parfum / Gender: for women „
Breath of God, available at Lush stores for a mere £7 or so for 12g, is a solid perfume which develops and adapts to the skin throughout use. The product's ingredients contain: cedarwood, vetivert and sandalwood, as well as lemon, melon and neroli. As you can probably tell, these ingredients provide a blend of masculine and feminine scents to create the ideal unisex perfume. In that sense, perhaps the product should be named 'Breath of God and Goddess.' It's a super scent, it smells different on everybody who I've known to own it. I purchased this as a gift for my boyfriend and it's fast become one of his favourite products - he's owned it for around a year and there is still plenty of product left to use. In colour, it is an electric blue shade which transfers on to the skin as a clear moisturising slick of scent. The product therefore is aesthetically pleasing, with sleek black packaging teamed with the traditional Lush fonts and descriptions. Another bonus with the product is that the empty container can be kept aside and saved - once five tubs are collected you can trade them in for a fresh face mask as a thank you for helping to recycle produce. I'd say that Breath of God is an incredibly worthwhile purchase for someone who likes to try different scents. It's different from the usual atomiser and is small enough to keep in your pocket, purse or handbag when on the move.
I love my perfume but they can be so expensive and at the minute I am trying my best to economise so I am looking for cheaper ways to get my fix. Lush do some gorgeous perfume but at over £30 for a bottle they are up there with the designer brands. A good way of getting some lush perfume cheaper is by buying them as solid perfumes instead of liquid sprays as this way you are getting the beautiful scents but at much cheaper prices. Breathe of God is a Lush Gorilla Perfume and you can buy it in a small spray, larger perfume and the solid version which is what I have. The solid perfume comes in a solid form in a push up stick that can be rubbed anywhere you fancy on your skin. The colour of the perfume is what first attracted me to it when I was browsing around the shop because it is bright blue and I have never seen a bright blue perfume before. The main smell of Breat of God to my nose at least is a citrus smell but there is also a spicy woody smell in the background that stops it from being too light and fresh. It is certainly more complex than the usual citrus scents out there. It is quite an unusual scent in that it isn't very feminine and it didn't surprise me in the least when I found out that Breathe of God is designed to be a unisex fragrance. The citrus smell that the perfume has gives it a real summertime smell but the spiciness of it also means that i wouldn't be out of place in the colder darker autumn. It contains black pepper that mixes so well with the main orangy scent. The thing that I like about the solid perfumes from lush is that they last so much longer than you would think and by slicking some on my pulse points in the morning I can be assured that the fragrance will last right up until the evening. It can be a little greasy when you first rub it on so its best to just rub it in well. You also need to rub it in well to make sure that you don't end up with blue streaks. The solid perfume costs £7 from lush stores and I think its well worth the money as it smells gorgeous and like all the solid perfumes they sell it will last you for absolutely ages with using it every day.
Where do I start with Breath of God?? It's complicated! Here's the condensed history: Simon Constantine, the creator, was born into the Lush family but decided he really didn't want to join the family business. So off he went travelling the world instead. (Nice choice Simon!) Now I don't know what happened in Tibet, may be a blow to the head or too much incense, but after returning home, he did a complete u-turn and began creating perfumes for Lush just like his dear old dad. Anyway, I for one am glad of his time out in Tibet, as it was there he formed the idea for 'Breath of God'. Breath of God actually began life as two separate perfumes, 'Inhale' and 'Exhale', inspired by Simon's time in Tibet. The idea is that Inhale is the fresh, clean air scent that you take in and Exhale is the dirty, smoky out breath scent. Breath of God is the result of combining the two perfumes. Inhale is described as a citrus scent and the main fragrances are lemon, melon and neroli (sweet orange oil). Exhale is based on the smell of temple incense and the main fragrances are cedarwood and sandalwood. Inhale is the light, fruity fresh feminine part and Exhale is the dirty (sorry guys!), heavy masculine part. (You can still buy Inhale and Exhale separately from Lush under their perfume arm, www.gorillaperfumes.com) So you see, it really is complicated! Breath of God is not just a perfume; it's an amalgamation of clean and dirty, feminine and masculine, light and heavy. (Not a big 'conceptual artist' myself but I get the idea.) Now the history's out of the way, what does this mix look and smell like? Well, it's described as unisex and I'm happy with that, although whether or not my husband would wear it, I'm not sure. The light fresh citrus scents are supposed to eventually give way to the smoky sandalwood and cedarwood after a few hours of wear but honestly, I find that although I can smell the smoky side of the perfume, it is the citrus part that dominates no matter how long you've been wearing it. It's not overly light and summery though due to the underlying sandalwood. It has more substance than a lot of traditional citrus based scents and a lot more staying power. Don't expect to smell like you would when you wear a full-on citrus like CK1 (Calvin Klein) - you won't, you will still have a smokiness to your scent. But here's the big advantage to the sandal/cedarwood mix: they don't dominate but what they do is help the citrus notes 'cling' longer to your skin. I really am not a perfumer and have no idea how or why they do this - but they do. You will get a good 5-6 hours wear out of your perfume once applied. Breath of God comes packaged in the usual Lush solid perfume tough, black plastic push-up stick. It's 6cm high and has a circumference of 8cm. It has the standard plain packaging: black tube and black label with 'Breath of God Solid Perfume' written on the package in white writing. Those of you who have read my other reviews on Lush solid perfumes, please forgive me for repeating the packaging information but I think it's important consumers know what they're getting. As with all Lush products, the packaging is by no means pretty but it has a low environmental impact and the products are ethically sourced - and that's the most important thing. Breath of God solid perfume is a coloured stick. It's a beautiful light electric blue which I love drawing on myself with! (I never grew out of crayons) As with the other bright colours in the Lush solid perfume range, this poses a problem if you don't rub the perfume in well. You could well be wandering about town or work with an electric blue stripe down your neck or forearm - be warned!! It's also best to keep your perfume away from any little ones - the bright blue colour and the crayon type appearance can prove far too attractive for budding artists. (Unfortunately, I speak from experience there.) As with other Lush solids, this lasts and lasts. You will get a good 2 months regular usage out of this stick. It's lovely and portable and not messy at all (until children get their hands on it!). It won't spill like a liquid and only costs £7.00 a tube. (One of Lush's more expensive solids but I still think it great value for 2 months worth of perfume.) So there you have it, Breath of God: two perfumes in one and unisex to boot.