Product Type: Lush fragrances
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I could do with a barrow of this fragrance!
Lush Flower's Barrow Perfume
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Lush Flower's Barrow Perfume
Advantages: Amazing unusual blackcurrant scent, long-lasting
Disadvantages: None for me
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.
Summary: My favourite of the new perfumes from Lush