Product Type: Lush fragrances
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Ode to Hippies
Lush Karma Solid Eau de Parfum
Member Name: catsholiday
Lush Karma Solid Eau de Parfum
Advantages: I love the smell and it lasts well
Disadvantages: Some may not like it as it is an acquired taste
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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Summary: One of Lush's oldest scents