“ Brand: Lush / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Parfum „
Lush, my favourite store, recently released a number of new fragrances under the Gorilla Perfume name. These look, smell and sound very different to other perfumes from both Lush and other brands, with unusual ingredients and concepts, and I was very intrigued when I heard about them.
To coincide with the launch of the new fragrances, Lush opened a temporary gallery space in east London. I visited this gallery and had a memorable experience. The fragrances were displayed as works of art, with pictures or sets used to represent the perfumes. Simon Constantine, head perfumer at Lush, has stated that he wants to develop the concept of perfume as an art form, like painting or music, and I feel that he has met with success here.
The new perfumes come in bottles of different sizes and shapes, and look like old apothecary bottles displayed in-store. Testers of the perfumes are available, and I've tried Flower's Barrow a few times now.
Unlike other Lush perfumes, which come in standardised black bottles, the new fragrances come in clear glass bottles of all different shapes and sizes. I really like these bottles as they are unusual and attractive. The perfume itself is a pale green/yellow colour which really fits in with the theme of the fragrance. The label bears a picture of a rolling landscape.
Many of the new Lush scents, including Hellstone which I have previously reviewed, have been inspired by ancient English landscapes. Flower's Barrow is one of these. Head perfumer Simon Constantine climbed above Lulworth Cove, to the site of an Iron Age hillfort believed to have been taken over by the Romans, who now - apparently - haunt the area known as Flower's Barrow. The fort has sunk into the sea, and the surrounding area is filled with nettles and brambles. This perfume aims to capture the spirit of the area.
The fragrance is suitable for vegans and, as the list of ingredients is so small, I have reproduced it here:
DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Geranium Oil, Rose Absolute, Blackcurrant Absolute, Roman Chamomile Oil, Citronellol, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Eugenol, Farnesol
Blackcurrant absolute reflects the brambles weaving over the Flower's Barrow area and adds a fruity note to the fragrance. Geranium and rose add a floral aspect and chamomile is relaxing and soothing. The perfume includes herbs such as sage and thyme, traditional British scents that mingle to create a very homely, yet mysterious fragrance.
As mentioned earlier, I visited the Gorilla Perfume gallery in London and spent some time afterwards exploring the shop. I explained to a shop assistant that I really liked the limited edition Comforter perfume (which smells of blackcurrant, like the bubble bar of the same name), and she pointed out to me Flower's Barrow, as it also contains blackcurrant. I tried some on there and then and have sampled it on several occasions since.
I loved the smell of this fragrance immediately - summer flowers mixed with fruity blackcurrant. It smelled like a 'proper' perfume, yet more natural than most. The blackcurrant scent became more apparent over time, though this was a subtle change and the fragrance didn't seem to have top, middle and base notes like other fragrances.
The fragrance is extremely evocative, making me think of wild British countryside. I found myself smelling my skin often while wearing it, and it would uplift my spirits while reminding me of the rich history that lies beneath the land of Britain. The longevity is impressive - the fragrance lasts for several hours on skin, and even longer on fabric.
***Price and Availability***
Flower's Barrow is widely available in Lush stores and via the website. It comes in a range of sizes ranging from 7g (£14) to 92g (£65). It isn't as pricey as Hellstone but is more expensive than some of the other new fragrances.
I love this fragrance and I definitely want to buy a bottle - although given the price, it might have to be a small bottle! Like the Hellstone fragrance, it exemplifies the 'perfume as art' philosophy but unlike Hellstone, I find it to be beautiful and wearable. I'd wear it during the day, normally, but I think it would also make a lovely evening perfume during the warmer months.
FLOWER'S BARROW- Lush perfume
My initial reaction was that sounds a bit boring and rather like others in the older range but once again I was wrong. Initially you do get a blast of a floral scent but then it becomes more rose like but with a strong hint of honey to me. In fact it reminds me a lot of the new shampoo Fair Trade Honey.
"There are stories about an Iron Age hillfort above Lulworth Cove. It seems to have been taken over by the Romans, who are said to haunt the place known as Pines Hill or Flower's Barrow. Climbing the steep hills to explore this magical place, Simon dodged explosives used by the Ministry of Defence! The ancient fort has sunk into the sea and nettles and brambles have taken over the land. To capture the spirit of this place in scent, Gorilla has utilised well-used herbs like sage and thyme, as well as geranium and blackcurrant"
"If you can imagine ruins tangled in briars, echoing with a tremulous history, a sense of something haunted in the stone, wrapped with very British weeds and leaves, you will have a inkling of how Flower's Barrow might smell."
This new range is not presented in the plain black bottles that we are used to in Lush perfumes. These are in clear square bottles and some are round classic bottles depending on the size of the perfume inside. The labels are quite different; this one is green and black. The main picture is stulised beach and coast view from above. The name of the perfume is in black slightly squiggly text above the picture. It is sort of retro cartoon style with the colours and certainly very different from the plain black ones of the original perfumes. They look a bit like mini liqueur bottles to me.
THE NOTES AND SCENT
Like all the new perfumes Lush has just brought out bar two which are lighter and more like eau de toilettes, this is a strong powerful scent that lingers for a long, long time. Flower's Barrow is one of the stronger ones and initially smelling it in the bottle I was interested but not hooked. This is definitely one that takes over your interest and becomes far more worthwhile after some time on the skin and keep smelling it as it develops and changes as it really is wonderful, quite feminine, a strong rose but not in the sickly sweet granny way.
The label says it has: Sage, thyme, geranium and blackcurrant in the mixture. Flower's Barrow has a true rose but a more rose geranium aroma and it is heavy rather than a light floral with a warm heart. It is not spicy but neither is it overly sweet; it has a more earthy aroma than Imogen Rose and that possible comes from the herbs like sage.
To help give you an idea of the scents within:
The fragrance of geranium oil is very sweet and floral with a hint of perfume to me. I love my rose geranium plant and crush the leaves which give off a lovely rosy smell
Sage is a rather musky herb with quite a strong specific aroma. I find I can't eat a sage leaf as it isn't like eating parsley or fresher herbs it has a very strong pungent smell. Some say it smells like majurana but I am not convinced of that. It does add a deeper herby scent to this perfume.
Thyme is a Mediterranean herb and reminds me of holidays in these hot countries, quite a dry scent but with a spicier aroma. It is aromatic and the herb comes in different scents such as lemon and is said to be a natural antiseptic although that is not really what it is included in the perfume for.
Blackcurrant is fruity and sweet smelling unless you smell the leaves which to me smell a bit like cat pee so I would imagine that it is not scent that is captured in this perfume!! In the perfume you have blackcurrant absolute maybe from the flowers but I am not sure.
Roman Chamomile is very subtle but has a smell like apples and leaves to me with a hint of honey.
I absolutely love this perfume now that I have tried it a few times. It is both rosy and et deep and herby sweet.It is not all sweet and floral and yet it does flirt in and out . The resemblance to Fair Trade honey is amazing and it is the deeper sweetness of honey that combines with the rose and blackcurrant and each of these is evident at different times. It changes back and forth, at times I can really smell rose while at other times the earthier, hery aromas come through stronger. At times the rose reminds me of marshmallow or Turkish Delight while at others I can strongly smell the geranium element with the rose.
It does remind me of my rose geranium plant which I love and often bring in to add a nice smell to my rooms in the house. I find this a lovely cosy sort of floral scent and it last really well on me.
As someone reviewed this on the website describes this as a:
"most delicious scent of tangled briars and sweet vanilla dust." woody and also the green balmy notes flirt back and forth with the deeper woody overtones."
As well as using this as a perfume the lady in Lush suggested dropping some on a warm radiator and then the room becomes filled with the lovely scent and it carries right into the room.
As a perfume I find this wonderfully sensual and it changes as I am wearing it and even as I sniff from one time to the next it flits back and forth between rose floral and then more herby a bit like smelling roses in a garden with other plants.
I love the new Lush perfumes. There isn't one I don't love but they are not for everyone. My daughter likes fresher lighter scents and most of these are deeper and heavier than she enjoys. This one she does like though.
The majority of these new perfumes are perfumes rather than eau de toilettes and as such they really last well on both me and my clothes. They are oil based with lots of essential oils and as such have great lasting quality and sillage as well. They also need to be worn on the skin to test them. Sniffing the bottle does not do the trick and even putting them on cardboard is not the same as they develop on you and change according to your skin chemistry it seems as they smell different on different people.
PRICES AND SIZES
There are five sizes available but save up as this is not a cheap perfume as it contains expensive oils. The smallest size is 7g for £14, then £27.50 for 25g or 28g ( not sure what the difference is here but one might come with a dropper. 43G with cost you £37.50 and 46g for £40 but if you are really lucky and can afford this then the 92g costs £65. I am rather hoping for the small bottle for Christmas as I have now tested it at least six times and have truly fallen for this one.
Everyone has commented on how nice this smells on me today and I have been all around visiting friends and shopping so a variety of different contacts there. So many complemented me that I know it has great lasting quality and sillage too. It lasted on my scarf for well over a week when I wore it previously and still smelled lovely whenever I wore it. I was reluctant to wash it as I enjoyed the smell whenever I put it on to go out!
If you are near a Lush shop and you are a fan then I urge you to go in and try their new perfumes. Put some on then go and walk around before you start to sniff the perfume on you. That way it has a chance to develop and you are not trying to pick the scent from everything else in Lush. Wear it for a day and you will see it becomes sweetly rose like but not in any way Granny like and old fashioned. It is a true floral at times but rather more earthy, like a wild rose opposed to a cultivated beauty that is a bit shallow in scent, this is deep and has a warm heart. It is such a wonderfully feminine perfume with deep notes and lots of character. I love it.
Just in case you were wondering sillage is how much fragrance follows you or is left in the room when or after you are in it and this perfume has great sillage qualities.
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A woderful earthy rose perfume from Lush