“ Brand: Lush „
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.
This set is the original one and contains eight of the most popular perfumes available in store:
Vanillary, Karma, Lust, Imogen Rose, Tuca Tuca, Orange Blossom, Smell of Freedom, Breath of God.
Each fragrance comes in a tiny 2ml glass vial and the bottles are laid out together in a recycled cardboard case. Printed on the outside is the name of the set and there is a leaflet about the perfumes included inside.
I will write short summaries of the included perfumes below.
Vanillary is made up of vanilla, jasmine and tonka. The combination of ingredients give the perfume a sweetness and a kick not found in other vanilla scents I've come across. It smells of biscuits and while this sounds strange is absolutely delicious! I love this perfume and it is probably my favourite Lush scent. It lasts all day on the skin and is comforting and relaxing. It's an ideal perfume to wear in this cold wintery weather - definitely more of a winter than a summer perfume. Occasionally I find it too sweet - when I've got a hangover for example - but most of the time I absolutely love it!
Karma is Lush's signature fragrance and has been around for years. It is very 60s and hippy-ish, containing orange, patchouli, pine, elemi, lemongrass, lavandin and cassie. As well as a perfume, Karma comes in the form of a shampoo bar, soap, bubble bar and (in the Retro range) bath melt.
I was familiar with the Karma scent having tried all the Karma products listed above, but was still excited to try the fragrance in its pure form. At first when I applied the perfume I could smell the orange blossom mostly, an aspect of the scent which is also dominant in the body lotion, but tempered with the lemongrass.
After a while the darker and earthier aspects of the scent, such as the pine, come out and really deepen the tone of the perfume. I find that it lasts a good few hours before I have to reapply. The perfume evokes long hot summers, festivals, countryside and grass and it has a very calming and chilling effect. I feel it's a really nice perfume to wear in the summer, or even in the winter if you want to be reminded of long lazy summer days! A great perfume, and the price makes it really good value for money compared to most perfumes available.
Lust is basically a jasmine fragrance, although it has been tempered with ylang ylang, rose, vanilla and sandalwood. It smells just like Flying Fox shower gel and the Godiva shampoo bar. There's nothing particularly subtle or multi-layered about this scent - it's basically just a strong jasmine fragrance!
The smell of jasmine was never a particular favourite of mine, until I tried the Flying Fox temple balm, which is supposed to be good at improving the mood. I do suffer from mood swings especially at the time of my period and I found this temple balm to be absolutely fantastic at calming me down and helping me feel better. Once I realised this I started to like the scent for its own sake. It's a very heady, deep and sensual fragrance which I really enjoy wearing and I feel more attractive when I have it on, which is an odd feeling to get from a perfume I suppose! I must say that I haven't tested its supposed powers of attraction yet though!
When I first tried Imogen Rose I wasn't sure what to make of it. I could detect a rose scent, and it certainly seemed authentic and not synthetic. I could also detect the 'baby powder' note, although I wasn't so keen on this part - I don't really want to smell like a baby!
I couldn't make up my mind if the scent was too 'grannyish' or not, but I asked my dad and he said not - and trust me he hates 'granny' scents and would have been honest if he had thought I did smell like an old woman!
Throughout the day though, the 'baby powder' not disappeared and the fragrance turned into more of a true rose scent, which always remained authentic and seemed more grown up as the day went on. I grew to like it more and more throughout the day. One thing I will say is that the perfume is long-lasting!
After an uncertain start I've decided I really like this perfume and I would certainly consider buying a larger bottle. It's a really authentic rose scent that goes on sweet but matures and deepens. Definitely worth a try if you like rose scents!
The ingredients of the perfume are cassie, vanilla, sandalwood, vetivert, violet leaf and ylang ylang.
On first smelling Tuca Tuca in-store, I really wasn't keen. However, the assistant convinced me to try some on and after wandering around town for a few hours I actually began to quite like the scent. It smells just like those parma violet sweets I used to like, a very sweet violet scent. It is fun and definitely unique! The perfume seems to have very good staying power.
I do quite like the perfume, but I can't say it's a favourite or that I'll be rushing out to buy a large bottle. It is definitely different though and will certainly appeal to some people, so it's worth testing it out in a Lush store in order to give it a try.
The Orange Blossom fragrance contains orange blossom, neroli, rosewood, ylang ylang, sandalwood and beeswax. When I first dabbed on the sample perfume I thought it smelled delicious - just like pure orange blossom, very fresh and natural and light. It made me think of warm sunny days in the Mediterranean with a fresh breeze blowing through the trees. The first time I applied it, I was a little bit hungover and a tad miserable owing to the awful rainy weather outside. This perfume really cheered me up and made me feel so much better.
After a while the more subtle 'woody' notes came out and the scent deepened a little. It was still lovely though and I kept smelling myself! The only bad thing I could say about the perfume is that the longevity isn't the best, but considering the price it's not such a big deal - it seems very good value for money compared to most perfumes out there.
*Smell of Freedom*
The Smell of Freedom is quite different from the other scents in the sample pack and contains lemongrass, lemon myrtle, neroli, jasmine, ginger, fire tree, clove, black pepper, sandalwood, oudh and orris. Some of these ingredients sound familiar and some don't. When I first tried the perfume my initial thought was that it seemed to be quite a unisex fragrance, not too masculine but not especially feminine, and smelled very fresh, like open moors (hence the 'freedom' name?). I found the scent interesting and kept sniffing my wrists to try and decide what I thought of it.
I kept it on all day and I have to say it grew on me. It's a very unusual scent, evoking grass and the outdoors in general. I've worn it a few times at work, and find it's a really relaxing scent to use, as I can smell my wrists and imagine I'm in the middle of a field or a wood, skipping over the heather like Cathy and Heathcliff, not sat in front of a computer in an office!
The perfume is long-lasting, too. I put it on in the morning before work, and could still smell it when leaving at 5pm, although it had weakened a bit.
Overall, I was impressed with this perfume, despite being unsure what to make of it at first. I see it more of a 'mood-altering' fragrance more than a strict perfume, and it's unisex as opposed to the very feminine fragrances I usually wear - it's not something I'd wear on a night out - but I'd certainly consider buying a bottle to help alleviate stress or something like that! I'd definitely recommend popping into Lush and trying some on to see what you think!
*Breath of God*
Breath of God is a combination of two other Lush scents - Inhale and Exhale. Inhale was created as a light and fruity scent, invented after creator Simon Constantine's journey to Tibet. It is made up of lemon and melon notes. Exhale is the darker, wood-smoky scent inspired by incense and containing vetivert, sandalwood, cedarwood, amber and musk.
The perfume is clear in colour, which is a definite positive as some of the Lush perfumes have quite strong colours, which doesn't look very good when applied to the skin! My first thought was that the perfume was very musky. It caught in the back of my throat and made me cough. I could detect some deeper notes including sandalwood, but no matter how hard I tried I couldn't find any melon. There was a slight citrusy aspect as the perfume dried down, but that's all I could detect of the Inhale aspect to the perfume.
Luckily, the perfume wasn't so strong a few minutes after application and I no longer wanted to cough. I still wasn't really keen though. In all honesty the perfume strikes me as a bit of a mess. I guess that's what happens when you try to shove two scents together. I would like to try Inhale and Exhale separately, but I won't be repurchasing this again.
Although it's not a scent that women can't wear, Breath of God seems to me quite masculine and seems more of an aftershave rather than a perfume to me. A nice attempt by Lush, but this is one fragrance that didn't really work for me.
The set contains £19.95, which sounds like a lot for 8 miniature perfume vials, but you'd pay a few pounds more if you were to buy them individually. The set is ideal for taking on holiday; for changing your perfume every day; and for sampling the different scents in order to work out which one you like best.
I really recommend this set. Lush perfumes are quite unusual and many of them won't appeal to everyone, but this miniature set is an ideal way to sample a wide variety of scents - you're sure to find one you like.
LUSH PERFUME SET 1 GORILLA MINIATURES
Lush sell two sets of miniatures or sample size perfumes and each set has eight small glass bottles. The set I am reviewing in this case has these eight mini bottles:
Karma, Imogen Rose, Breath of God, Lust, Orange Blossom, Vanillary, Smell of Freedom and Tuca Tuca.
This little set costs £19.95 in Lush shops and online from Lush but this is something that often comes up on Ebay so if you fancy trying these then I would suggest keeping an eye on Ebay.
This sound expensive for eight tiny 2ml bottles but if you buy these individually they do vary in price. Karma costs £2, Imogen Rose costs £4, Breath of God costs £3.25, Lust costs £2, Orange Blossom costs £2.50, Vanillary costs £2.50/£2.75 ( not too sure on that one), Smell of Freedom costs £3.25 and finally Tuca Tuca costs £2.50 so the total comes to in excess od £21.50 should you buy these individually.
The bottles are all identical and fairly boring glass bottles with the perfume name on a black label along the side. Each bottle has a stopper lid which I actually find fiddly and tricky to open so that is something I would change. It is a kind of rubbery stopper which I can't get a grip on and I have to wriggle it a bit back and forwards but I am always very worried I might spill the contents if I pull too hard and accidently jerk the bottle while removing the stopper.
The tiny bottles come in a neat brown cardboard recyclable box. The tiny bottles are also recyclable of course where ever you recycle glass.
Karma is an original scent from when Lush were 'Cosmetics to Go and is one of their signature scents. It is a heavy orange and patchouli mix which I love, it is a unique Lush scent.
"This is Mark's ode to hippies and head shops - and another one of his creations heavily influenced by music. He reminisced about going to the Kensington High Street market in his twenties when "people were bonged out on God knows what" and weaved in the "layers and layers of creamy sound" from listening to Massive Attack."
It really is another perfect summer fragrance as it is a refreshing with its orange blossom notes but then hits you with its more heady patchouli and pine taking you back in time to the late sixties and early seventies in my case. It is orange but it has got a very strong heady note which my husband hates as he says it smells like sick!! It doesn't and his smell buds are really weird but I do know what he means , it is the same sort of slightly sickly smell that I find ylang ylang is for me. This however I love and have used this for many years.
What does this smell like? It smells creamy, heady and a sort of heady deep orange fragrance. It is the deeper version of 'Orange Blossom' this has more depth and very heady heart notes, sweet, slightly citrus but as though it is Orange Blossom on a holiday in India as it has picked up all the incense smells from there. I find it is lovely at any time , it works for both night and day and lasts for ages without fading. As lush describe it on their website it is like "running through a field of flowers on your way to Woodstock" Which sums it up perfectly.
Inspired by Mark's daughter, Imogen Rose.
On the website Lush describe this as like "youthful innocence" and this works as it was inspired by a baby girl and smells like a combination of floral and baby smells.
This is a very beautiful feminine fragrance. Obviously rose is dominant and is really has the true rose scent as you might get from a real rose. They have managed to get away from the granny scent that you sometimes get and create a pretty very deep but girly scent. It is quite different from the other Lush perfumes that I have bought as it is a real strong floral fragrance with a creamy heart. It does have a lighter powdery scent a bit like baby powder that I can smell after some minutes as the dry down.
I think the reason this smells like a real rose is the vetivert which gives a deeper heart and reminds me of the earthiness that you get when smelling a real fresh rose.
This is just a lovely, pretty, strong perfume that is lasts a good long time when you wear it. I also love smelling it on my jackets if I have worn them when wearing this as it makes my clothes smell lovely. If you like deep floral perfumes that have lasting quality then give this a try.
BREATH OF GOD
One of my favourite woody/ earthy perfume from Lush.
This perfume has been created by blending Simon's two stand-alone fragrances Inhale and Exhale .Apparently "Simon discovered that incense itself actually contains pheromones that are present in human breath. When it's burnt in religious ceremonies, it's actually like a Breath of God moving through the congregation. So that's essentially how the fragrance got its name!"
What does this smell like? This first thing that hits me with this strangely is the vertivert, the wonderfully earthy aroma that I really love and then very quickly the lighter notes take over but the rose is very strong and the lemon and neroli just complement the rose and lift it a level. I am not great at recognizing melon but the amber and cedarwood are there in the background providing the sweeter deeper notes.
This is just the most gorgeous deep woody perfume I have ever smelled. It reminds me of autumn walks in the woods. Deep piles of damp leaves and fresh autumn air combined.
This is no shrinking violet of a perfume . It is strong and intense and a scent that will get you noticed. After you have been wearing it for some time then the more earthy , deep notes begin to work themselves through as the lasting quality of amber ,musk as well as sandalwood and cedar wood develop and blend together but still that hint of the herby floral rather heady notes does come through.
This perfume was created to be a sexy man catcher. It doesn't pretend to be subtle it is sexy jasmine and very strongly so.
"Mark firmly believes that the problem with jasmine fragrances is the temptation to dress them up in a frock and take away the power. With Lust, he went all the way and created a powerfully sensual, dirty jasmine perfume that stirs a primal yearning."
I just love this it is jasmine at its most powerful and sexy. It is 'Flying Fox' shower gel in a perfume. The jasmine is strong so if you are not a fan then steer well clear. It is backed up for warmth and depth by sandalwood another favourite of mine and the creaminess and floral notes are given that extra punch with the ylang ylang while a subtle sweetness and lift are added by the rose yet all the while the jasmine still packs its punch.
This is not a subtle perfume in any way shape or form it shouts sexy and you fell good when wearing it.
I have worn it all day today and it has lasted the entire day and I can still smell it on me. I had my hair cut and the hairdresser asked what I was wearing s I smelled really good. She also said it was very unusual and quite heady.
This is no shrinking violet of a perfume . It is strong and intense and a scent that will get you noticed. After you have been wearing it for some time you can still smell the wonderfully powerful jasmine mixing in a heady combination with ylang ylang which is also quite heady and rose and sandalwood they are all there and can be picked out at different times as the scent develops and blend together but still that jasmine powers on come through.
"I don't think we'd ever really hit the ultimate orange blossom. We've tried and tried with neroli fragrances and they were all a little bit thin - not too petitgrainy or anything like that - but it's difficult to get it right. If there's one great experience when you're in the Mediterranean, it is orange blossom. You're cycling along and suddenly you'll get a big waft of orange blossom. It's Heaven on Earth! It's no wonder it lifts the soul. It's just absolutely perfect. It's beautiful in my opinion; I'd like to take it away and wear it every day."
It really is a perfect summer fragrance as it is a refreshing true orange blossom aroma that it exactly the smell you get when walking through orange groves in Mediterranean countries, they have captured it perfectly. It is simple but true to its roots.
What does this smell like? It smells just wonderfully sweet, slightly citrus like but still floral and makes a perfect daytime summer fragrance. I find it is lovely on miserable rainy days as it really lifts my spirits and takes me to a warmer sunnier place. As lush describe it on their website it is like " Liquid sunshine" Which sums it up perfectly.
Although it is light and citrusy there is a hidden depth and warmth which comes from the sandalwood which has to be one of the nicest wood scents around.
Inspired by a visit to Hester Blementhal's Fat Duck restaurant where a pudding there inspired both this and the vanilla bath ballistic.
This is gorgeous warm creamy mix of vanilla and jasmine so not just sweet and cloying it is heady and sexy too.This is one that feels like a 'warm cosy hug' It is sweet, warm true vanilla but then the headier jasmine takes over and stays beautifully blended with the warm sweet vanilla.
Not a perfume I would wear every day but makes a lovely change and is one I turn to in winter as I find it warm and comforting.
SMELL OF FREEDOM
Another of my favourites because of the story about its creation as well as the great scent.
This perfume is again the result of some of Simon's experiences .He met three different people in very different places but all were survivors from some sort of hardship but the common thread was freedom.
The perfume was created using local ingredients and the 'Smell of Freedom'" opens with a fresh, herbal accord and reveals its complex, spicy and woody nature as it warms on your skin."
Who were the inspirations for this? The first was a combination of seeing a painting of a wrongly executed Aboriginal and the Aboriginal struggle to reclaim land that is rightly theirs. To recognize this Mark uses Australian sandalwood, lemon myrtle and fire tree oil. These combine to give both a floral and woody note to the perfume.
The second inspiration was a journey to meet a Tibetan monk. From this journey Simon used ginger, clove and black pepper which adds the a spicy, oriental scents.
Lastly Simon met a man who had been held in Guantanamo Bay and then freed and from this experience Simon added Oudh, frankincense and sandalwood which gives the depth and woodiness.
These three individual fragrances were now all combined to create 'The Smell of Freedom.' The lovely lady who I spend hours talking to in Lush in Derby always inspires me with these wonderful stories and these always draw me towards perfumes as much as the scent itself almost.
What does this smell like? In my view this doesn't smell as woody as I would have imagined given the ingredients. For me the initial opening is Australia and walking down amongst lemon gum and lemon myrtle trees as they really have the most wonderful strong lemon yet tree and garden sort of smell. It isn't a lemon of a real lemon it is quite distinctly Australia lemon scented trees. I used to have several lemon scented trees in my garden in Australia and I do miss the wonderful smells of the plants there.
This lemon opening then dies down a bit and blends to become more spicy when I can detect the sandalwood and ginger both of which are favourite smells of mine. Sandalwood takes me straight to India and the smells of the carved sandalwood things, the incense sticks and it is just India to me. Ginger is such a clean clear smell that blends with others perfectly while lifting it slightly too.
Fire tree is so distinct and a very interesting smell, kind of woody and herby and it distinctly Australian again. I have friend in Australia who has Aboriginal roots and works with Aboriginal people and this is a scent she uses in her soaps that she makes. Just by the way in passing, you can buy this by itself from our Lush and I do like it and might add it to my 'Wish List' but it is very expensive!
The more earthy , deep notes begin to work themselves through as the lasting quality of oudh,orris and sandalwood blend together but still that hint of the floral sweeter notes does come through.
This is just a lovely strong powerful perfume that almost shouts out 'Freedom' as you wear it. It is far from subtle so if you like flowery gently light perfumes you probably won't like this.
Inspired by a song and a dance heard by Simon and Mark when they were in Venice.
The perfume has some very strong interesting notes, cassie, vanilla, sandalwood, vetivert, violet leaf and ylang ylang. Most of these are quite heavy notes in my view and indeed the perfume is quite a heavy rather cloying fragrance.
I have read a few reviews where people have hated this perfume and found it far too heady and sweet. I actually love the smell but I can see what people may find too much in this smell.
A lot of Lush's heavier perfumes have a rather nostalgic scent about them and this in my view is no exception. The rather heady notes of the hippy times of the 60s and 70s when the original 'Cosmetic to Go' began.
I spend a lot of time in the Lush shop in Derby testing and trying things and this was no exception. With the extremely friendly and welcoming staff we all tested this perfume and then waited to see how the small developed on each of us. The notes you smell can depend on different people's skin chemistry. Some of us had far more of a creamy violet smell, almost sweet like a Parma violet, others found the jasmine came out a bit like jasmine on a warm evening while others had the scent develop into the more earthy sandalwood, or vetivert. I know this happens with all perfumes but this seems more obvious than most. Some that hated it thought it smelled of moth balls so it s well worth going in and trying this one.
My personal smell develops from the original floral hit to a muskier candied-violet somewhat akin to musky Parma violets with a sort of smokier quality as the vetiver develops. As I said I love it but it is a personal or somewhat of an acquired smell.
SO IN SHORT
This set is a great gift for someone wanting to try out which perfumes they like and want to buy a bigger version of. It also is a great set to take away on holiday as you get to carry eight different smells so that you can have different scents for different occasions.
Personally there is not one of these perfumes that I dislike. There is not really a single Lush perfume that I don't like but I do have to swap around depending on time of year and my mood or the occasion. This set allows you to chop and change and try all eight so keep an eye out for a bargain on Ebay is my advice.
MORE TIPS ON PERFUME ENJOYMENT
When trying a new perfume let it develop on your skin. Lush fragrances because of their high essential oil content, change and develop on your skin over time. My suggestion is to spray some on then go for a coffee or wander around the shops and keep smelling yourself every few minutes. This will really tell you what the fragrance will smell like on you.
Don't pre judge a perfume by reading the notes, allow yourself to be surprised! Sometimes I can be a little unsure of a fragrance at first, but once I have tried it for a day I am often pleasantly surprised.
If you find one you really fall in love with then buy the bottle because it will last longer. I love the solid perfumes as they are more reasonably priced and I have also found that if I put a smear down my cleavage I enjoy it and also sometimes I rub a little in the ends of my hair and that stays all day long and people really comment on my nice smelling hair.
Finally don't just look at the ingredients and notes. Smell the whole perfume and then think of how it makes you feel or where it takes you to and that is what makes it fully you and personal. Remember if it makes you feel good and happy then that is what is important.
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