My favourite store, Lush, makes a number of perfumes under the Gorilla Perfume name. Most of these are scents which come in black bottles with spray nozzles, but there are also a few perfume oils among the range.
One of the Gorilla perfumes is called Breath of God, designed as a 'play of light and dark' and inspired by Simon Constantine's visit to Tibet. The two aspects of the perfume are both available individually as perfume oils, called Inhale and Exhale. Here I'm going to review Exhale, the 'dark' side of the fragrance.
As a perfume oil, this fragrance comes in a small dark glass bottle with a screw top. To use it, you simply tip the bottle up and dab some onto your skin. The bottle is very secure and the oil doesn't leak, which is a good thing. It's also small and compact, ideal for carrying around.
On the Lush website this fragrance is described as the "intense wood-smoky base of Breath of God". It is darker than its companion Inhale and is made up of vetivert, sandalwood, cedarwood, amber and musk.
Like Inhale, Exhale reminded me of the Breath of God scent. In fact, I like both Inhale and Exhale better separately than as part of the same fragrance. When I smelled Breath of God I thought it was a bit of a mess. With these two separate scents, each fragrance is shown off individually.
I thought Exhale was a lovely, mysterious, dark scent that reminded me of incense. It was smoky and rich and made me think of an incense-filled temple - which I believe is the idea.
Exhale lasted much longer on my skin than Inhale. It lasted a good few hours, which I was pleased with.
Another use for the perfume oil could be as a household scent, in an oil burner perhaps, or a scented bath. You could add a few drops to your radiator, and the warmed scent could spread around the room. Alternatively, add a drop or two to a tealight.
***Price and Availability***
Exhale is priced at £16 for 15ml. However, being an oil, the scent is more concentrated and it is made with real essential oils, which are pricey. With Inhale, I felt that the price was a bit steep considering the scent wasn't very long-lasting. However, Exhale lasts so long that I feel it is a bit more reasonable.
I like Exhale more than Breath of God itself, and I also prefer it to Inhale because of the longevity. It is a little expensive, but it is something I would consider purchasing.