Product Type: Lush fragrances
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Which Gorilla will you choose?
Lush Gorilla Perfume Miniature Set
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Lush Gorilla Perfume Miniature Set
Advantages: Get to sample lots of different perfumes, nicely presented, reasonably priced
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.
Summary: Handy set for testing or travel