“ Brand: Lush / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Parfum / Gender: for women „
To complete my online humiliation, I am now reviewing the solid perfume variety of the "Karma" scent by Lush. Firstly I apologise for writing about Lush, there seem to be 8 million reviews on here already. Secondly I never dreamed in a million years that I would own a Lush product let alone admit to liking the damn thing.
I have already reviewed the Karma solid shampoo and Jungle solid conditioner that were sent to me as a gift. I had fairly negative views on Lush as a company because they do use chemicals and hide behind the whole "green" label. However I had to eat my words because both the solid shampoo and the conditioner blew me away. It is a testament to how much I like these that I am still using them.
The one that really rocked my socks was the Karma solid shampoo, partly because of the effects on my hair but mainly because of the smell. It was so potent and delicious it is almost as if it had grabbed me by the nose-ring and shoved me in a time machine back to Woodstock festival, an era that I sadly missed out on because I was busy being born. My selfish, selfish parents....
Now I am an unapologetic hippy. I love all things dreadlock and tie dyed and Grateful Dead and patchouli. Cliched yes but it really is what I like. There is no need to pity me, I am happy enough. This solid perfume replicates the scent of the solid shampoo but in an even more concentrated and nose-tingling way. Forget Woodstock... this is like being invited for tea and croissants by Janis Joplin herself before indulging in a brief but passionate liaison on an Indian carpet before being run a bath by Jim Morrison. It is that good.
I got a bit over excited there.... KARMA solid perfume from Lush comes in a black push up tube containing a pale orange chunky stick of scented deliciousness. The lid unscrews and you push the perfume up by using your finger on the bottom of the tube. There is no way to push it down again apart from shoving the lid back on which is a bit of a shame but it is a small negative in an otherwise lovely product. Taking Janis Joplin out of the equation, the smell of Karma is a mixture of heady patchouli and citrus with a few complimentary ingredients added in which make it spicy and moreish.
The tube is short and squat and an easy size to carry around (and lose) and it has minimalist design. The tube simply has "Karma" written across the front with the words "Gorilla perfume" in a small font underneath. On the back of the tube you will find the ingredients, some are natural some are not.
The perfume uses concentrated essential oils of orange, patchouli, elemi, lavender and lemongrass which all come together in a scent that screams out to be noticed. Subtle it is not. The perfume is somewhat masculine, and some men would probably wear it.
Apparently the Karma is one of Lush's best selling products. I can see why.
This is strong so a little goes a long way. You simply rub the solid stick on your skin. I wear it on my wrists and up the inside of my arms. When I put it behind my ears I did find that it started to itch so I avoid this now. The solid perfume leaves a little trail of oil on your skin but it is minimal and does disappear when you rub your wrists together. The scent has good longevity and lasts a whole day on me. I have had a few people ask me what I am wearing so it is something that lasts and exudes.
The solid perfume container holds 12g of scent. Not a lot but it lasts ages as it is so strong. It is a good way to sample the strangely named Gorilla range without spending a fortune as the solid perfumes retail from around £5-7 each.
If you like the Karma scent like me, then Lush also do soaps, cream and bath products in the Karma variety but expect more chemicals to be added to these products such as foaming agents (SLS) and preservatives.
This is a good hippy scent, it reminds me of freedom, festivals and hot summers in a field with a bunch of dreadlocked scruffs with dogs on strings. Perhaps not appealing to most but very appealing to me....
The patchouli smell which is typically associated with the whole hippy vibe can sometimes have a harshness that becomes irritating after a while. The patchouli in this solid perfume is balanced very well by the other scents and it really does not have the same harshness despite its very obvious presence.
I love it.... I actually went and paid money for this despite my reservations about Lush as a company. If you like the smell of festival incense and are a bit of a bohemian then I think that you would enjoy Karma.
Karma costs £5.00 for the solid stick of perfume, £10.00 for the spritzer and £21.00 for the atomiser.
If you want to try it out you can sample it at a Lush store or buy the solid stick. If you don't like it then feel free to pass it on to me :)
More info here:
This contains a large quantity of natural ingredients and a few very unnatural ones. However it is so nice that I shall overlook this. I recommend this for free spirited folk who like to smell of retro earthy tones. A love for Janis Joplin is not essential.
LUSH KARMA SOLID PERFUME
We are very lucky in Derby because 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 solid perfume in the Karma which is probably the only one I have actually bought in the Lush shop rather than on Ebay. The solid perfume is £5, the small spritzers are £10.00, the large 30ml version is £21 and the 2ml sample sells for £2. I think this is one of the cheapest of all the Lush fragrances. The solid versions usually offer good value you don't need a lot to get a pretty decent aroma but you do have to be careful if it is very hot weather as it does melt very easily. This is particularly strong in the solid form so I don't think I will be tempted to buy the large atomiser as this works really well for me.
This scent is one of the oldest ones from Lush and was even in the old 'Cosmetics to Go' range but not in a bubble bar as these are newer inventions. Karma is available in lots of Lush variations from the perfume options to the bubble bar through a wonderfully luxurious body cream, a shampoo and a soap so if you like the smell then you have a lot of choices to indulge yourself with.
I bought it as I just love the wonderfully exotic patchouli and orangey scent of Karma and I have the lovely body cream in this scent and have also had the soap and the bubble bar as well so just had to have this to go with the set.
The scent in this one is strong patchouli mixed with a heady sweet orange and it does linger quite some time after you have used it. My nose gets filled with the sweet orange and heavy patchouli scent with a very faint hint of a gentle lemongrass , gardenia and lavender.
WHAT LUSH SAY
"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.
Mark on Karma fragrance: "It's a combination of many ideas."
Simon on Karma fragrance: "A bit of everything, really!"
The above was taken from Lush's website but there are too many quotes to add mine as well.
I have my "A-Z Guide" by Luca Turin and looked up what they thought of this as it is an acquired taste. Surprisingly as they are very critical of some this is what they say:
"Of all the terrifyingly potent odors that thicken the atmosphere in and around any Lush shop. Karma seems to be the most popular and probably still the best, a friendly combination of orange, patchouli, and lavender with a touch of sweetness. A good hippie fragrance is hard to find....basically this is just good."
This is strong so you have to like it. It is very distinctly orange but because of the patchouli it becomes very heady and hippie like and some people say it is quite sickly including my husband so I choose to wear it when not with him.
The top notes are orange, lemongrass and lavender. I am afraid the lavender gets pushed firmly into the background as the citrus sweetness of mainly the orange is pretty overpowering. The heart notes are pine, lemon and cassis which add to the sweetness and the pine gives the heady pungent aroma that comes through in this perfume. The base notes are patchouli which comes through quite obviously and then also pine tree, elemi which is like a pine fragrance and finally cinnamon which now I have read that I can smell a hint of the spicy sweetness that you get with cinnamon.
Still the overwhelming smell you get when wearing this is heady orange. Orange with patchouli, reminding me of the 60s and early 70s when Biba shops were full of those wonderful oils and lots of other smells of things not quite so legal!
Patchouli oil is known for its sensual smell and sweet, musky aroma which combines so perfectly with the. Lemongrass and orange lift this to a lighter note and the orange combined with cassis and cinnamon give the earthy sweetness and spice. The lavender I cannot say I can easily detect but obviously blends to give the overall unique scent that is Karma.
I think this is 'Marmite' sort of smell you either love or hate it. It isn't everyone's taste. I have to be in the mood for it and choose where and when I wear it as I know a lot of people are not keen. I find it very evocative and quite sensual but I would suggest that you give it a try before you buy it as it is an acquired taste. You can try it in one of the many forms such as a bubble bar or this solid perfume is only £5 so not a huge investment.
I find that this aroma lasts really well in the solid form so the atomiser would probably last ages. If I put some on my wrists and inner elbows in the morning I can still smell it as i go to have my evening bath.
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About a week ago I received a little package from my lovely Mother containing this Karma Solid Perfume. Apparently she'd smelt this and instantly thought of me so she bought one and sent it me in the post with an enclosed letter saying 'smells like those hippy sticks you like to burn don't you think?' By 'hippy sticks' she was referring to incense sticks..
Anyway, I do love Lush but my local store doesn't actually sell any of the perfume for some reason and I've never bought any online as who wants to buy perfume before they've smelt it? A little too risky for liking! So I was really excited to give this a try!
This solid perfume comes in a black tube that looks like a thick lipstick. You simply unscrew the lid and push up the bottom before rubbing the solid scented block on your wrists and neck to cover yourself in a lovely yet different scent. I really like the idea of solid perfume! It's great for just popping in your bag and topping up wherever and whenever.
The Karma scent is very unique and actually I really like it! The perfume itself it a deep orange colour and has a very strong citrus scent to it with a little bit of patchouli as well, I can completely understand why my Mother thought of me when she smelt this. It smells like my bedroom usually does do to all of that incense! The Lush website states this perfume has a notes of orange, patchouli, pine, lavendin, lemongrass, elemi and cassie. It's very sweet and fruity and, as my Mother says, hippy like.
Rubbing the perfume on your skin does look and feel a little greasy at first but after a couple of minutes the only evidence of it being there is that beautiful scent. It melts onto your skin really easily and you really only need to rub it against your wrist/neck once to get a full bodied scent.
The scent lasts for a good few hours as well and every now and again I get a strong whiff of it on my body. Most people I come into contact with ask me what I'm wearing as well so it's strong enough for others to smell. While a couple of hours doesn't make it the longest lasting perfume I've ever tried the design of the perfume makes it extremely easy to just top up when you need to.
The solid perfume contains 12g of perfume and I imagine it'll last rather a while even though I do keep rubbing it over my body a few times daily. I've been using it for about a week now and haven't really noticed it go down any. At £4.95 each I think these are quite a cheap alternative to usual perfume! Although this scent is also available in your usual spray type perfume if you would prefer. To top it off this perfume is vegan friendly and, as with all Lush products, has not been tested on animals - perfect.
You either LOVE this scent or you HATE it - I HATE it.
I bought this without testing it, which was a big mistake on my part. I paid £4.95 for this solid perfume. It came in a standard Lush metal tin with 10g of solid perfume inside it. I found the tin hard to get open so I twisted it in between my palms to open it. The perfume smells weird to me. It smells like something from the far east - quite oriental and exotic. I usually like exotic scents but this one just smells odd, like Lush have thrown together a load of random notes and this is what they ended up with.
The solid perfume was easier for me to rub onto my skin as the consistency seemed softer compared to the other Lush solid perfumes that I had used before. The perfume didn't feel greasy on my skin during use and I have to say that the staying power of the scent was brilliant. However, I just wasn't keen on the scent and I ended up giving it away in the end. It actually stinks. The scent is far too strong and overpowering. Wearing it for longer than an hour actually gave me a headache and I felt embarrassed wearing it as the scent seemed to settle into an awful sweat smelling scent - ew! I felt like I was smelling of B.O, it was just horrible!
The good thing about the scent is that it would last you ages as it is very strong. The tin is also useful for carrying around with you and you don't have to worry about leaking perfume bottles.
Not for me i'm afraid!
After being so impressed with my first purchase of solid perfume from lush I kept meaning to go back in and buy some more but always kept forgetting until recently when I was in town and thought I would stock up.
At first I couldn't see them anywhere and when I aksed she told me they had changed the packaging and they now come in a black stick instead of the metal tin. I really think this is a shame as I personally loved my little tin annd it lasted me absolutely ages.
I had a browse and finally decided on three different ones to buy myself. Of course being Lush I also got some other goodies so it was a bit of an expensive shopping trip but the actual solid perfumes were less than I had paid for my previous one as they were now only £4.50 each for a stick containing 12g of solid perfume.
I thought this was a bit of a bargain as my previous one has lasted me absolutely ages.
One of the nicest smelling of the solid perfumes I bought was the karma one and as I already have some body wash in the karma range I thought it would complement it nicely.
It comes in a black stick which even though it doesn't look as nice as the metal tin it is far easier to use as you can just rub it across your skin without having to use your fingers.
The perfume contains notes of Orange, patchouli, pine, lavandin, lemongrass, elemi and cassie. To me I can definately smell the citrus and it is lightly spiced and also a little musky.
Unlike every other Lush solid perfume i have tried this one is actaully quite strong smelling and isn't as subtle as the others. I think this is brilliant as with the others i am forever having to re-apply throughout the day just so I can smell it.
Apparently the perfume is supposed to capture the spirit and vitality of the 60's. now i am not sure how it supposed to do that as it doesn't really smell very retro to me though to be fari I suppose i am not really sure what the 60's smells like.
The combination of the sweet smelling citrus with the spicy aromas make this a quite unique perfume and there is nothing cheap smelling or generic about it and it can easily hold its own against much more expensive perfumes.
It is also quite a womanly smelling scent and not so sweet that you immediately think teenager when you smell it.
I do have a little problem with it though and that is the colour. It is a dark pink colour and when I apply it to my pressure points it stains my skin orange which is hard to make less noticeable unless you wash the perfume off. I had to stop putting it on my neck but as I like the smell so much I have started wearing it on the back of my neck where my hair will cover the staining.
I highly recommend this as it is absolutely gorgeous and a complete steal at the price. The scent will last all day and is strong enough to smell and even though it is only a small amount the perfume will last you absolutely ages even when using it all the time. Just be careful of the orange marks it leaves!
Karma is one of Lush's signature scents. It has been around since I can remember and it was no doubt it would be there in the solid perfume range. It has lent its scent to 12 other Lush products including a bubble bar, liquid perfume and a shampoo bar just to give you an idea of how popular this scent is!
Karma is a very strong scent. It is made up of lavendar, pine, patchouli, orange and lemongrass. Whenever I smell Karma the orange and the patchouli always hits me. It is a very strong nasal clearing smell though too much exposure to it always ends up leaving me with a throbbing headache. There is no toning the scent down either. It is another of Lush's scents that you will either love or hate.
Personally, I avoid Karma on the most part in Lush because I find the scent just too strong and it always gives me a headache. It doesn't matter how little I use. I would never have purchased this but it was given to me last Christmas as part of a gift. Karma as a solid perfume costs £4.95 but it has been discontinued in Lush now so you will only be able to pick it up on eBay or the Lush forum.
The solid perfume follows the trends of all the solid perfumes in the range and comes in a 10g aluminium tin with a screw lid. The tins are great for carrying around with you when you are out and about as they are so small they will fit into the smallest of bags of even your coat pocket. It has the iconic black Lush sticker on it with the Lush logo clear at the top and the word "Karma" in the Lush font. The solid perfume is waxy looking and not at all attractive in colour. As soon as you open the tin, the waft of Karma hits you. Even in this solid form the scent is very strong.
To use the solid perfume you simply run a fingertip across the wax and once you have a film of sheen on your fingertip you apply it to your desired area on your body. The solid perfume is made up of cocoa butters which leave your skin moisturised and soft wherever you have applied it. Solid perfumes from Lush are also non greasy which is good.
I did try the Karma solid perfume in the hope that it would be less headachy in this form but sadly after two hours of wearing it and the scent being as strong as if I had just applied it I had an awful headache and I literally had to scrub it off with antibacterial gel. I think this solid perfume would last a good amount of time and probably a fair bit longer than the other solid perfumes do.
I do recommend it. It is a nice scent it is just that I cannot take it personally.
Lush has pulled me through the darkest of nights with its aromatic smell that just uplifts you into a world of its own.
Solid perfume is something that I have never considered using until i was told that it was a fantastic steal by my friend!
The perfume comes in a little silver tin witha black label on the front(like all lush products usually have)
The smell generalises to the signuiture smell of lush , which why I am writing this review is Karma. The karma range includes creams,perfumes,soaps and well, solid perfume which tend to be just that little bit cheaper than the actual perfume itself but I only think that is because there is less packaging and I was told that lush like to cut back on all the wasting packaging and stuff and are really for saving the enviroment so it is a bargain for little package like this.
I dont really understand why it is called Karma because yes the smell may be beautiful but I dont see how this relates to all the hussle and bussle of Karma? The scent usually sells for around £9.99 for a little lip balm sized case of the solid perfume and optimistically lasts for around 4-5 hours because with the other products I have reviewed smell lasting is always a big issue for me.
Lush like to overcharge customers for stinky overwhelming poo that they create in an animal tested lab9ALTHOUGH THEY SAY THEY DONT WE KNOW THEY DO) But all I kept thinking is could this be the breakthrough the lush have been looking for?
Try it out now and see for yourslef?
Lush Karma Solid Perfume is pure brilliance. All lush products are made from all natural ingredients, as well as the benefits of finally wearing something that is not animal tested and filled with chemicals, it actually smells really good and fresh.
My mum bought me the Karma Perfume for Christmas and I think it smells lovely, its sort of a musky / sandalwood smell. Lush provide a wide range of solid perfumes, each one smells just as nice as the last. They also offer a range of different soaps and shampoos, again, all these products are created from 100% natural ingredients.
The perfume is quite strong too so you don't need to use alot to get that nice fragrance and you don't feel as though you are over powering anyone with the smell. I have had many compliments since wearing this perfume about how nice I smell, more compliments than I have done with previous fragrances.
Not only does the Lush solid perfume smell amazing but it lasts ages too. It is really convenient to pop into your handbag without having to worry about carrying a large bottle like most other perfumes.
I think the idea is really funky and original, I like the idea that it is in solid form. Although, it does look a little like a lip blam. And much to my dismay I have had the two mixed up once or twice. I can't recommend that Lush tastes as nice as it smells. But if your sure to use it as a perfume then I think that it is an excellent choice.
The reason this product has such mixed reviews is because it's made of natural ingredients, and they will react differently to different people's skin chemistry. So don't let bad reviews put you off!
I really like this frangrance, it lasts for ever on me and it's so convenient, I just rub a little on my wrists when I remember in the day, so I don't have to remember to spritz perfume on in my hectic morning. It smells lovely, warm, spicy and a hint of orange, different to all the mass-produced perfume out there!
Very convenient to carry around as well. Expensive, but will last for ages, so good value for money.
The tin is like the Lush lipbalm or temple balm tins. It's quite easy to open once you know how, but does take a knack. The best way that I've found is to twist the lid off with the palms of your hands.
Karma Solid Perfume is part of Lushs signature scent collection ''Karma''. The Karma scent was created by Lush to try and capture the scent of the summer of love, to recapture the scent of Kensington High Street in 1969 where people who wanted to change the world hung out.
Karma smells of a combination of fresh spicy christmas oranges, patchouli and incense (the sort in hippy shops). The smell reminds me of a gift baby jesus might have got by some very kind wise men.
Lush like to (where possible) make solid products as it saves on excess packaging (although karma perfume does come in a small tin) and usually solid products last alot longer as they aren't full of water so don't get used up as quickly. The little tin is really convenient for putting in a handbag or pocket. The perfume is a sort of waxy substance sort of like temple balm and the smell lasts all day. The only downside to karma solid perfume is that it is a little more difficult to apply to clothes (where fragrance holds longer than on the skin) but cause its a balm it holds to your skin much longer than a spray on perfume.
Price : £4.84
Although the price may seem a little expensive for the tiny tin but its alot cheaper than the atomiser perfume ( £20.55 ) and lasts absolutely ages.
Other products available in the Karma range:
Karma Kream, bubble bar, atomister, soap, solid shampoo and dusting powder.
I have been a fan of the Karma range from Lush ever since I started buying their products a few years ago.
Most people will have heard of Karma if they have every shopped in Lush. It's Lush's trademark fragrance which contains Orange, patchouli and lemongrass oils amongst others. It has a very distinctive smell attached to the Karma range, and it's one that is not for delicate noses.
I wanted to get a bottle of the Karma perfume, but it's more than I wanted to pay at £21 for the odd use. Instead I opted for a tub of Karma solid perfume. At only £4.95 I decided this was going to be great for me as I could pop it in my handbag and take it with me for whenever I needed it.
Solid perfumes from lush come packaged in small silver tin pots. These pots contain 10g of solid mass.
The pots all have screw lids. This isn't obvious when you first come across one of these little pots, and it took me a while to work out how to open it. Now I realise it's the easiest way to open as pulling on and off could prove difficult with slippery hands.
As you open the pot of Karma solid perfume, you are greeted with what looks like a mass of solid honey. The colour resembles a fresh light looking beeswax. The smell that comes out of the pot is something that can't begin to match anything else.
If you're a fan of Karma fragrance you will be opening this pot all the time. A gorgeous smell of patchouli hits you first, with undertones of orange peeking through. I personally don't get any of the other oils, but my nose is taken over by patchouli as it's quite a strong fragrance.
To apply this perfume you can either rub your fingers around the top or then apply to your pulse points, or you can even just rub the pot over the areas you want to apply to.
I find the first way slightly difficult as the perfume is solid, there is no give in the flexibility of it, and you may struggle to get much fragrance onto your body.
The second way of applying is great whilst the tin is full but as it starts to decrease then this method won't be an option so you'll have no choice but to apply with fingers.
This is the main downside to a solid perfume. I haven't found an easier way to apply them yet, and this is the main reason I haven't bought any of the other fragrances from Lush.
The fragrance itself will last well on your skin. It is a very strong smell so you won't need to apply too much anyway. I would say it's more of a daytime perfume as whilst it is strong, it has a fresh feeling to it which makes it suitable for daytime wear.
As with all Lush products, many of them have expiry dates attached to them due to their freshness. You can expect a pot of solid perfume to last you approximately a year before it will need throwing away.
My particular pot was made on 29/10/07 and will need to be used by 29/12/08. There is no way I will have used even half the pot by this time, but I still feel like I have had value for money from it, it's just a shame to have to throw it away. I may leave the lid off it and put it in one of my drawers to enjoy them smell.
If you like the Karma fragrance and don't want a whole bottle of perfume, try this as you won't be disappointed.