My favourite store, Lush, makes beautiful and unusual fragrances under the name Gorilla Perfume. Many of these are available in-store, with some exclusively online. Several are available in sample sizes, and you can also buy two miniature sets each containing eight of the sample size fragrances.
I bought the second set, including many of the perfumes originally called ‘B sides and rarities’. These are scents from Lush past and also from B Never, Lush’s sister company which closed a few years ago. I have sampled all the perfumes in turn and I am going to review them all. The fragrance I am going to review today is Ginger.
Each fragrance comes in a tiny 2ml glass vial and the bottles are laid out together in a recycled cardboard case. It is also possible to buy the fragrances in the following forms:
- Solid £6.00
- Spritzer £12
- Atomiser £24
The concentrations are different depending on the form purchased, with the atomiser having the highest concentration. The perfumes come in the standard black packaging which is slightly dull, but fits in with the Gorilla Perfume ethos of concentrating on the perfume rather than the packaging. Some people on the Lush forum have found that perfume can leak from these black bottles, but I haven’t had any problems.
Ginger is one of the cheaper fragrances. The scent is the same as that from the Ginger Lotion, which I love. It isn’t your normal rich spicy ginger scent – there is certainly ginger there, but it is lighter, more feminine and with a hint of floral scent. It reminds me of vintage perfumes and products – but in a good way, not an old-woman way! It’s nothing like gingerbread and resembles more fresh ginger.
I love this scent and it is one of my favourites. It is distinctive and unusual – I can’t think of any other perfume like it. I think of it as more of a daytime perfume than an evening one, and more of a summer fragrance than a winter one, despite the ginger aspect. It’s floral but not sickly, spicy but not too much. I think it would appeal to women of all ages (but not if you don’t like ginger, obviously!).
The perfume lasts a good few hours on me, so I don’t have to reapply too often.
Ginger is a lovely fragrance from Lush. As I mentioned it’s one of my favourites. It won’t appeal to everyone, but I think it’s lovely, and it’s long-lasting too.
I love perfumes and I love Lush so I have been trying to sample all their perfumes and luckily online you can still purchase the back catalogue of perfumes that aren't available in stores anymore. I have tried most of them now with I think only one to go and the majority of them have been fabulous.
My favourite way to sample them is with the solid perfumes. I find these offer the best value. If I really really like a perfume from Lush then I will buy the spray but because these are quite expensive I save that for only my very favourites and use the solid perfume to try them out.
Ginger is one that I have tried as a solid perfume and although I thought it was nice it wasn't one that I liked enough to buy as a perfume spray as it just wasn't as nice as some of the other perfumes available from Lush but this is purely because I am not as keen on the fragrance of this one and it doesn't have anything to do with the quality which is just as good as the rest of the perfumes.
Ginger is not one of my favourite smells so I was hesitant to try this but as I had made it my mission to try all the perfumes I had to get it to try.
The perfume has ginger as its main base ingredient but it also has loads of other ingredients to offset the ginger such as rose, mimosa, jasmine, ylang ylang and geranium.
The ginger smell is the most dominant but you can also smell the florals which is actually a nice combination. The spiciness is further offset by some sweetness and it is lovely. I applied this in the usual way of putting it on my wrists and neck pulse points and it was fragrant for a few hours at a time. The solid perfume is a great way of using the perfume as it is stronger than you might think but it is also subtle enough to be enjoyed without being over powering. I enjoyed using this as a solid perfume but I think that the spray would be too strong for me and the ginger might be a bit more overpowering which is why I wouldn't purchase it.
If you like ginger then this is the one for you as it is really good quality and the ginger is less artificial than some other ginger smells in products I have smelt. It isn't the perfume for me but that doesn't mean I don't think it is good as it is and is actually a nice fragrance where all the ingredients work well to complement each other.