“ Brand: Lush / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Parfum „
Lush - Imogen Rose30ml Atomiser
This one is described on Lush website as : "A truly romantic new perfume; fresh and citrusy with floral kisses."
We must be so lucky as in Derby our lovely Lush shop in the Westfield centre has the entire range of Lush perfumes as well as the essential oil elements of some. Lush sells a fairly large range of perfumes now and every scent comes in three or four different forms. There is usually a solid perfume which tends to be the form which has the shortest staying power, the next is a small spray which is less concentrated than the 30ml black bottle which has the strongest concentration. Many of the scents also have a small 2ml sample bottle too which is usually in the same concentration as the mini spray or spritzers which I believe has 8ml in it. The solid perfumes weigh 12g so they are not huge but I rather like them to carry in my handbag as there is never a danger of any leakage and you can quickly pop a little on your pulse points without spritzing others in the bargain.
The perfume I am reviewing here is the 30ml version of 'Imogen Rose which I bought to take on my last holiday. The solid perfume in the scent is £10 , the small spritzers are £20.00, the large 30ml version is £42 and the 2ml sample sells for £4.00. This is one of the most expensive of Lush' perfumes so you really need to try it before you buy as it is a lot of money to spend if you don't
THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION
I love hearing the inspiration behind the creation of the different Lush scents. This is just such a beautiful story as the perfume was created by Simon Constantine in honour of his little girl on her first birthday.
This is what Simon says about Imogen Rose:
"This is for my nearly-a-year-old daughter Imogen Rose. I've been to almost everywhere roses are grown; I wanted to do something a bit different with the rose theme. I've always been disappointed with rose perfumes. They're either too granny-ish or seem so synthetic that I'm sure a rose has never been anywhere near them. So I used a lot of rose oil and rose absolute and placed a little baby element in there, too, so there's a hint of baby powder in the fragrance. I hope that the fragrance seems both fresh and floral - a true representation of the Damask Rose - and that it's a suitable monument to new fathers and the baby girls they love very much."
THE SCENT AND WHAT I THINK
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 pute 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.
WHAT HAVE THEY HIDDEN IN THIS ONE
The main notes in this are these : rose oil, rose absolute, basil, bergamot, vetivert, ambrette seed, tonka, orris..
As you can see this has two types of rose input and this floral aroma is blended with and lifted by the bergamont which is slightly lemony and also the basil which is a fresh aroma. These are then balanced with the creaminess of the tonka, the earthiness of vertivert and the violet scent which is a lovely floral deep rather sexy aroma that comes from the orris. The ambrette oil is a plant-based substitute and so more ethical than animal and this provides the warm, woody, slightly floral note in this perfume.
I sniffed this in the shop and I wasn't too sure I thought it was a bit too rose like but then I fell in love with rosejam bubble bars and went back to this and tried again. It is actually quite hard to smell different perfumes in the Lush shop as there are so many smells going on in there. What I usually do is put the perfume on using the samples there. I then go off and do my shopping. I do one or sometimes two perfumes at a time. If I like it still after I have finished my shopping it then does on my 'Wish List'.
I have to admit I do buy a lot on Ebay as you can often get them cheaper there. I just look for which are on there and bid to a certain amount. I miss out on loads but I decide what I am prepared to pay and stick to it. I also ask for them for gifts from the family too and that is how I have built up my collection. I managed to get this one from Ebay for less than half the price so I was well chuffed. There is no way I would have spent £42 , I think I paid about £15 which was enough.
I have the 30ml atomizer in this so when I put this on it REALLY lasts well all day long. The concentration is pretty intense so you have to be careful not to be too generous with your application. Instead of spraying in the air and walking through it like they advice for perfumes I just spray a small amount on my wrist insides and then spread this where ever I want it as it is quite dense.
Although I know it lasts all day I do find that I start to not be able to smell the perfume on myself after a while however my family often tell me they like my perfume when I am wearing this and other people often comment on the perfume I am wearing so I know it does last.
This is one of Lush's more expensive offerings but it is one that can be worn day or evening if you like it. I would suggest trying these perfumes one at a time like I do and then leave the shop so you can actually smell just that perfume on you as we are each different and perfumes react differently on different people.
This is not one of my top favourite as I do find it a bit strong on the floral notes and it lasts a long time when wearing it but I do think I is a very pretty aroma and would sit well on a nice summer's day when out and about.
I do have to say one negative thing about the little black bottle atomizers is firstly they are all identical apart from a small cardboard label so if you lose the label you have to rely on a sniff test or look underneath at the small sticky label. The other thing is that they are not entirely leak proof. I would never take one travelling at they do have a tendency to leak through the lid a bit. I keep mine upright and because they are in black bottles they are protected from the light so I can keep them out on top of my bathroom shelf.
The solid perfumes usually have a use buy date about a year after they were made. These black glass atomizers just have a made by date so it is up to you to decide if they are less true or faded after a time. I have had some that I have had longer than a year and I don't think they smell any less strong or altered in any way but maybe after five to ten years they might but I don't know. I like mine too much to have them last that long as I use mine daily.
If you are lucky enough to have a Lush store like the one in Derby with a full range of perfumes I recommend you to give them a try. They are not to everyone's taste as they are quite strong and a lot of them have quite deep strong and more heavy notes but I love them and spend ages listening to the stories as to the inspiration behind their creation.
To me perfumes are a sort of experience that is more than just the smell. They are a bit like fine wines and single malt whiskeys in that there is poetry and art in their creation. These to me are all part of the perfume, the inspiration, the poetry and the images that are created by you in your head as you first sniff the perfume as well as the effect you have on the scent, the way it changes on you and your own skin. It is all part of the magic to me.
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This is a gorgeous rose perfume. It's made with genuine rose essential oil.
I bought sample sized tubes when the new Lush scents were released.
My sample was 2ml and it lasted me for a few days. This scent does smell like rose, it's quite a strong smelling rose scent so I don't think it would be to everyone's taste. It's very feminine, although I doubt it would be for the younger woman. I am 26 years old and I do like this perfume. However my mum is 62 and she also likes this perfume. I guess it's down to personal taste with this one.
When you initially spray this scent is smells very floral and fresh. The rose hits you straight away and it hangs around for years (literally). This perfume does have brilliant staying power. I can use this in the morning and I can still smell it in the evening. However after a couple of hours the rose settles and the perfume transforms into more of a baby powder scent. I love the subtle hint of baby powder. This is my favourite part of the perfume. The baby powder scent lasts for a while and then it just becomes really girly and flirty. I would say that this perfume starts off as mature and finishes off a bit youthful, a bit like a good night out!
I would recommend this perfume. It's made with the following: (taken from the Lush website)
rose oil, rose absolute, basil, bergamot, vetivert, ambrette seed, tonka, orris.
I am a huge fan of Lush and their fragrances and own them all but in solid form because I find that this is the most inexpensive way of buying them as the perfume bottles are in the same price range as designer perfumes. One Lush fragrance that I do own in a bottle instead of the solid perfume is Imogen Rose but this is only because I received it as a gift at christmas.
To be honest I would never have chosen this fragrance over all the other lovely fragrances Lush do to be the one that I have in the expensive bottle version simply because Rose is one of my least favourite scents in perfumes.
Luckily Imogen Rose is not some sickly sweet granny smelling rose perfume but instead it is a more subtle and modern version of a rose perfume.
Like all Lush perfumes Imogen Rose contains quality natural ingredients which goes some way to explaining its horrendously expensive price tag of £42 for a 27g bottle. It contains rose oil, vetivert oil, amber accord and tonka amongst its ingredients.
When you first spray the perfume it is quite heavy and rich and I thought that I wouldn't be able to wear it as it was a little too much rose for me but after a short time it settles into something that resembles baby powder.
The baby powder smell then changes into a light floral scent that also has shades of some sort of spice to it. The lightness of the perfume means that it never resembles those horrible cheap rose perfumes that are available.
Although not my favourite by a long way it is actually one of the perfumes that I have had the most compliments on with several people asking what perfume I am wearing and where they can buy some.
The scent doesn't seem to last for a long time on my skin and unlike a lot of the other lush fragrances this one is much lighter and not as potent. I actually find it slightly too light on my skin as after a few hours I am no longer able to smell it much.
Because Lush have so many good fragrances Imogen Rose isn't really one that I would personally buy for myself but it is a modern version of a rose scent so would be perfect for girls who like the smell of roses but are afraid of smelling like their grandmothers. Even though it isn't my favourite I can appreciate the fact that it is a lovely fragrance all the same.
I picked up a set of small vials of Lush perfume when they were on special offer in the summer. One of the scents that I liked the sound of most was Imogen Rose. To be honest, 'Imogen Rose' sounds more like a little girl to me than anything else, but described as being 'the scent of authentic Damask roses' it appealed to me, as I love rose scented products. The Lush website states that the fragrance also has a hint of a baby powder smell to it, and on paper that sounds quite appealing to me.
As I have said already when reviewing some of the other Lush fragrances I received, I am not a huge fan of the bottles these are packaged in. I like my perfume bottles to look feminine and pretty so that I can display them on my dressing table, however the Lush bottles are quite frankly ugly! They come in plain black, short, fat bottles, that are an unattractive shape and have no hint of pretty about them whatsoever. I understand the concept of paying for the ingredients rather than the packaging, but I really think that the old style plain glass perfume bottles Lush used to use were much preferable to the newer designs.
The notes of this perfume are rose, bergamot, vetivert, ambrette seed, tonka and orris.
When I first apply this to my skin the initial fragrance does, as suggested on the Lush website, smell like baby powder. It's a very soft scent, very sweet and feminine, yet there is a hint of the rose coming through too, which gives it a floral edge.
I find that the scent settles on my skin quite quickly and the middle (or heart) notes begin to appear. It is at this stage that I find the baby powder scent seems to dissipate and the scent of the rose really begins to come out. It is quite a natural rose scent, and doesn't smell synthetic in the least. I did notice after a while that there is a sort of sharp scent comes out a bit which seems a little strange and doesn't seem to gel with the rest of the fragrance. Still, saying that the rose is the most dominant and so it doesn't spoil the overall scent.
When this perfume has been on the skin for a while, although the rose scent still lingers, there is a slightly deeper, very sweet scent that seems to remain on the skin, which I will guess is the tonka bean which has a musky vanilla sort of fragrance.
I tend to wear this as a daytime fragrance, as I prefer something with a little more depth to it for night time wear. It's suitable for vegans, so great if you're looking for a vegan gift, and I do want to note that despite being a rose based perfume, it doesn't smell old fashioned in the least.
I do like rose scents, but the last rose perfume I tried (Marks and Spencer's rose and amber) was extremely strong, to the point it was nauseating. Imogen Rose has a nice strength of fragrance and is strong enough that I can smell it on my skin, but not so strong that I feel choked by it, in the way I have with some of the other Lush scents.
Imogen Rose is available in several different sizes as well as a solid perfume. They can be bought from www.lush.co.uk or www.gorillaperfumes.com
27g bottle - £42.00
9g Atomiser - £20.00
12g Solid Perfume stick - £10.00
As you can see this fragrance is not particularly cheap, and as much as I like the scent, I'm not quite sure I'd be willing to pay those prices.
Overall this is definitely one of the better Lush perfumes. It is feminine and sweet, and manages not to be overpowering or sickly as some of the others are. I do think it's a little on the expensive side and I would like to see a prettier bottle, but other than that I have actually been quite impressed with this scent, so I will give it four stars.
Lush have recently introduced a new range of perfumes, Gorilla Perfumes, which even have their own website. The range includes the longstanding Lush perfumes Karma and Vanillary, a couple of perfumes which were originally part of the Retro range, reincarnations of perfumes from B Never Too Busy to be Beautiful (Lush's now-defunct sister cosmetics company) and some brand new scents. Imogen Rose was one of these, invented by perfume creator Simon Constantine in homage to his new baby daughter (aww!).
I received Imogen Rose in the form of a sample, when I ordered the special promotional set of 7 sample perfumes for £7 from the Lush site. Sadly prices have now increased. Like the other perfumes in the range, Imogen Rose comes in four forms:
Atomiser: 27g of perfume in a black atomiser bottle, for £42.00
Spritzer: 9g of perfume in a long thin spritzer bottle, for £20.00
Solid: 12g of product in a black solid perfume container, for £10.00
Sample: small 2g vial for £4.00
As far as I can work out, the perfume is available on both the Lush website and the new Gorilla Perfume website, but the sample size only seems to be available on the Gorilla Perfume site. You can, however, use your Lush.com login with the Gorilla Perfume site and get items from both delivered together, apparently.
This is what Lush say about the fragrance:
"Simon is always dissatisfied when he smells rose fragrances. He's been to pretty much everywhere that roses are grown and the perfumes never seem to match that authentic floral sweetness. He wanted to create a rose fragrance that smelt like real Damask roses, so he used the finest rose absolute with orris butter for a baby powder note that captures softness and innocence."
The ingredients of the perfume are rose, bergamot, vetivert, ambrette seed, tonka, and orris.
The perfume is one of the most expensive that Lush make, but I think that this is because of the quantities of rose absolute contained in the perfume. My understanding is that rose absolute is rather expensive.
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!
Lush have this to say about the concentration of their perfume:
"Our Gorilla Perfumes are made from some of the finest perfumery materials in the world and we don't use any unnecessary packaging. The concentrations of our different perfumes are excellent value:
Solid perfume sticks are 10% perfume in our low-odour Ultrabalm base.
Spritzers are 15% perfume in alcohol.
Atomisers are 20% perfume in alcohol.
When you compare those with the usual concentrations out there:
Colognes are usually 4% perfume in ethanol.
Eau de toilette, usually 10-12%. Eau de parfum, usually 12-20%.
Pure perfume, usually 20-40%"
Lush recently launched a new set of perfumes, all in a variety of scents and forms. One of these new scents was the perfume called Imogen Rose. I was slightly apprehensive when I heard of Lush's Simon Constantine developing a rose scented perfume (Imogen Rose is named after his daughter). I have always found rose scented perfumes to be more than disappointing, mostly smelling like a granny than anything else. I have never come across a rose scented perfume that has made me go "Wow, that is a perfect rose scent" and I couldn't see it happening with Lush either especially after Vanillary not actually smelling like vanilla but still, I thought I would give it a go.
When inventing Imogen Rose, Simon Constantine wanted a perfume that reflected real roses after being disappointed by the many rose perfumes which are available on the market. He also wanted a perfume which he could name after his daughter, Imogen Rose and have it be one which would authentic.
Imogen Rose is available in 4 different forms - a bottle (£42), atomiser (£20), solid perfume (£10) or a 2ml sample bottle. I purchased the 2ml sample bottle as I didn't want to spend a good deal of money on something that would probably smell wrong. The 2ml sample bottle was only £1 so I wouldn't be breaking the bank if it smelt terrible.
The 2ml sample bottle I have is a little glass bottle with a black rubber stopper and a sticker wrapped around it with Imogen Rose printed in white in the usual Lush product font. It is a small bottle and fits perfectly in your handbag so it works nicely as a travel companion as well as a sample.
Imogen Rose is made up of the following notes: Rose, bergamot, vetivert, ambrette seed, tonka, orris. When I first sniffed Imogen Rose, I was sniffing it directly from the 2ml bottle I had in my hand. I huffed disappointedly. The scent the bottle was giving off was dry and leafy and not in the least bit like the Damaska roses it was supposed to be like. In fact, I couldn't even smell anything that was remotely like a rose and began to wonder if I had picked up the wrong perfume!
I dabbed a little on my skin, deciding that I may as well try even though I thought at the time that Lush had failed miserably in their attempt to create the perfect rose perfume. Wow, was I wrong. The minute I put this perfume on my skin it changed into something completely different and wonderful. I could suddenly smell fresh cut roses mixed in with baby's talcum powder. The perfume is floral but sweet and it reminds me of that yummy smell babies have on them. It is absolutely gorgeous. It is a beautiful, soft and very innocent scent.
It is subtle but not so subtle you cannot smell it. It has a good staying power and lasts on me for around 6 hours which I think is fabulous. I have many compliments when wearing Imogen Rose. And it doesn't smell remotely granny which is a first for a rose scent I think!
Although in the bottle this scent smells as though it will never be true to a rose scent, it is a completely different story when on the skin and I am so glad I tried it properly rather than not bothering after sniffing at my bottle. Highly recommended perfume if you want a true rose scent. Absolutely beautiful
With my love for Lush I am intending to make way through their entire product collection, I seem to be up to date with trying all of the Bath Ballistics and I am almost done with the Bubble Bar slices, so its no mean feat being a Lush-o-holic. However, I am always really happy to try new products and the one product section with Lush that I am not so familiar with is their perfume range. So I decided that it was about time I tackled this problem and purchased myself something from the range, whilst trying some of the new products.
Lush perfumes come in 6 different aromas - Tuca Tuca, Ginger, Orange Blossom, The Smell of Freedom, Karma and Imogen Rose. They are all sold in store and online, though you are likely to find more online because all of the perfumes from the B Never to busy to be beautiful range can also be found online.
As ever with Lush, nothing is ever straight forward when it comes to a product and the perfume range is no different. For starters with Imogen Rose, of which I have in my possession, it is available in a bottle or as a solid perfume. I have never in my lifetime tried a solid perfume, so I thought I might as well give it go and see if I could be converted, if not, at least they save space on my ever expanding dressing table where there must be over 30 perfumes of my own and lord knows how many my husband (Gingaro) owns, I dare not count them.
So the solid perfume is priced at £10 and for that you get a 12g stick and I say stick because what you get is a fatter, dumpier version of a chapstick to describe how it looks and the tube itself is black and on the tube it features white writing which tells you it is 'Imogen Rose' and a solid perfume, so you definitely know which product you have purchased. The lid is one of those similar to the ones you find on a tube of lip salve and is simply removed by pulling it odd and then re-applied by pushing it back on, so thankfully that is a simple task. Then to reveal the solid perfume, again the characteristics of a lip salve/chapstick come into play with the twisting section at the bottom of the perfume which raises and lowers the solid perfume in and out of the tube. The one thing I immediately liked about this product was how easy it was to use and how easy it is to carry on your person or in your bag, I always have a bottle of perfume in my bag, no matter where I am going, and it has been known for that bottle, which is always made of glass to break which in turn becomes a complete waste of money and if it hasn't ruined my current handbag by staining it, I'm left stinking rather strongly of perfume!
So Imogen Rose was designed by a Lush product designer with reference to his one year old daughter also named Imogen Rose, and he, simon, wanted to make a perfume containing roses because in his own words "They're either too granny-ish or seem so synthetic that I'm sure a rose has never been anywhere near them" and from here Imogen Rose was born. As you would expect Imogen Rose is a nice bright pink colour and it really stands out against the blackness of the tube and when applied to the skin, thankfully it does not leave a pinky stain behind, although it does look pink on your skin when you do apply it.
When I first removed the top from the tube, I was pleasantly surprised at how nice this perfume did smell, like Simon who invented it, any perfume that usually contains Rose does remind me of my Granny and not in a nice way, so it is nice to have something which smells quite floral but fresh at the same time and not overly potent. The one remark people always make about Lush is how pongy their products and shops are and for me that is what I love about them, the solid perfume however is not pongy and would not give you a headache but it is a prominent smell as soon as you remove the lid.
So when it comes to the list of ingredients you wont be surprised to learn that as ever with a Lush product there is an exhaustive list which accompanies it and even more unsurprising is that the first ingredient to mention is Rose Oil and Rose Oil comes from the flower petals of the damask rose and is used in more than half a dozen lush products because on the skin it has an amazing ability to moisturise and improve the skins appearance. Next is Orris Butter which has a very delicate, sweet floral and a slight woody aroma. Vertivert Oil which is again used in a lot of Lush products, is good because it helps to help clear the mind and help dispel anger and anxiety and on the skin hosts similar properties to Rose Oil, however within a perfume it has an earthy aroma and works well alongside Orris butter. There is a further list of ingredients that can be found on the back of this product or from Lush themselves but these are the main ones to mention.
When it comes to using this perfume, because it is a solid there is obviously no need to spritz it here and there and for me at first this did pose a problem because if I am spritzing it I can tell how much perfume I have applied, so for the first few attempts I did find applying this perfume a little bit hit and miss but soon got to grips with it. So to apply it, you simply rub it onto your pressure points and apply as much or as little as you feel your skin needs and as I mentioned earlier within this review, given that the perfume stick itself is a bright pink colour and when it is applied to the skin you can see a slight pinky stain on your skin which disappears almost immediately and is not a permanent mark and I find it useful to pinpoint where I have applied the perfume as I am applying it. Once it is applied to the skin the fragrance for me comes alive and there is, as Lush tell you, a slight hint of the baby powder aroma, which is simply divine and for me makes this a fantastic perfume, if anyone has ever had a Baby Powder Yankee Candle then the aroma is distinctly similar and it is for me incredibly girlie and definitely not 'Granny-ish'.
For me this is a brilliant product and one I am really quite fond of, when applied it is very fragrant and the aromas last for a good few hours because a re-application is required and my own husband even likes the smell of it, despite knowing it is from Lush! So this is one product that I intend to carry around in my handbag for the immediate future and should it run out then I am very much tempted to either buy it again or try my luck with another one from the range. I suspect this product will last for different amounts of time depending on how often you feel the need to apply and re-apply it, I have had my 12g tube for 5 weeks now and suspect I've got just over half of the stick left and I apply it 2 or 3 times a day some days, although I don't actually use it every day of the week, so it is worth its money.
If you are still unsure whether or not this fragrance or any other of the Lush perfumes are for you , you can pay £4 for a 2g sample and they are quite useful if you are really not sure whether or not you like them. I purchased Tuca Tuca as a sample because I was unsure whether or not it was for me and as it turns out I don't think the smell works very well on my skin, despite the fact tat I like the smell of it. So I won't be purchasing Tuca Tuca.