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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.
I bought the second set, including many of the perfumes originally called ‘B sides and rarities’. These are scents from Lush past and also from B Never, Lush’s sister company which closed a few years ago. I have sampled all the perfumes in turn and I am going to review them all. The fragrance I am going to review today is Love.
Each fragrance comes in a tiny 2ml glass vial and the bottles are laid out together in a recycled cardboard case. It is also possible to buy the fragrances in the following forms:
- Solid GBP 7.50
- Spritzer GBP 15
- Atomiser GBP 31
The concentrations are different depending on the form purchased, with the atomiser having the highest concentration. The perfumes come in the standard black packaging which is slightly dull, but fits in with the Gorilla Perfume ethos of concentrating on the perfume rather than the packaging. Some people on the Lush forum have found that perfume can leak from these black bottles, but I haven’t had any problems.
Love has the following main notes: lemon, lemongrass, bergamot, apple, cinnamon, cassia, jasmine, rose and ylang ylang. I think it sounds very appealing and fresh. The scent has been used in some Lush products such as the limited edition Love Potion massage bar for Valentine’s Day and the Dragon’s Egg ballistic.
I was familiar with the fragrance as I had previously sampled products scented with Love, so I was excited about trying it. On first application, I loved the fresh apple scent. Apple is a very unusual smell to have in a perfume, so this is a really unique fragrance.
Over time, the scent dried down and the spicy cinnamon aspect of the fragrance became more prominent. The perfume lasted for ages on my skin – a good few hours – and I also found that it lingered on my clothes. I kept getting whiffs of apple – it reminded me of mulled cider!
It’s the sort of smell you can enjoy all year round – the freshness is ideal for summer, while apples can also evoke autumn and cooler weather, cinnamon being reminiscent of Christmas.
I love ‘Love’ perfume! It’s an unusual and refreshing scent. I would be happy to pick up a full size bottle and would recommend it to anyone who likes unusual, fruity scents.
I love perfume and I love Lush and nearly every perfume they sell is gorgeous in its own way. Obviously some are better than others but there hasn't been one yet that I didn't at least like if not adore.
Love is one that I only recently bought for myself as it is newish and I had actually waited a little while before purchasing it and treated myself to a while host of Lush goodies one day. As I always do with Lush perfumes I bought this in the solid version as I think this is not only a great way of buying expensive perfume fairly cheap the solid perfumes from Lush are always really good quality and although they aren't as potent as the sprays they still give off a strong and long lasting aroma.
The solid version of this cost £7.50 while it is also available as a spritzer and an atomizer for £15 and £31 respectively. I really do think that the solid perfumes offer the best value for money but I do also buy myself the larger spray bottles if it is a fragrance that I really like.
As with all the other Lush solid perfumes this one comes in a black stick with the solid perfume being a light rose colour. To use solid perfume you have to just rub some of it on to your pulse points such as your wrist and neck. Unlike some of the other solid perfumes from Lush this one doesn't stain your skin when you rub it on.
This is supposed to capture the essence of love and while I'm not quite sure it does that it is still rather lovely. It has notes of apple and spices in it and although the apple and spiciness is quite strong I also think that it smells of lemons and flowers with some sweetness in there too. It really reminds me a desert for some reason but this shouldn't put you off because it is really nice on my skin and not too sickly sweet where you actually want to eat it.
The only problem that I have with this is that it doesn't last nearly long enough on my skin. Usually with the solid perfumes from Lush I find that they last a long time which is what I think makes them really good value for money but this one only lasts a couple of hours at most before I can no longer smell it on me. I am not sure what the perfume would be like but I would have expected better longevity from Lush. It also isn't brassy and shouty and is more a fragrance to be enjoyed by yourself rather than expecting other people to be able to smell it with the exception of maybe just a subtle waft every now and again.
Love is absolutely lovely but it isn't going to be one that I buy on a regular basis for myself. It is delicate and feminine and I did enjoy wearing it but Lush already do so many other fragrances that are just a little bit nicer that I don't feel that I would bother with buying this again purely for that fact. I would recommend that you try it though as it is really nice and you might find that you like it better than some of the others that they do.
Lush Love perfume - solid version
Gorilla Perfume was a sort of subsidiary of Lush and was started specifically to showcase the perfumery of Mark and Simon Constantine. They wanted to offer perfumes that were different from the high street offerings that were made with quality ingredients.
Mark is the co-founder of "Lush" and also of the now closed "B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful and prior to that he headed the "Cosmetics To Go" company. In the perfumery he is assisted by his son, Simon.
Love is a Floral Fruity fragrance and was created in 2011 at the same time as TucaTuca and a few others. The fragrance features bergamot, amalfi lemon, lemongrass, red apple, cinnamon, jasmine, rose and ylang-ylang.
LUSH AND PERFUMES GENERALLY
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 small 2ml sample which was a gift from one of the staff in Lush one day. The solid perfume is £7.50, the small spritzers are £15.00, the large 30ml version is £31 and the 2ml sample sells for £3. I think this is one of the more expensive of Lush's perfumes. The solid versions usually offer good value and will probably be the one I buy myself after this has finished as 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 not one of Lush's stronger scents but the solid form works well for me so I don't think I will be tempted to buy the large atomiser as this works really well for me.
This scent was created to try and capture the elusiveness of love. It was inspired by Mark watching his sons fall in and out of love. It is flirty and fun and teases with its changing notes. It is quite a light scent sort of apple with citrus and a hint of spiciness. I thought it was a bit underwhelming initially but once I left the shop I realised that is was quite evident and began to enjoy it more.
WHAT LUSH SAY
"Feels like: that first rush of endorphins" is the tag line on the website.
"Watching my sons fall in and out of love inspired this perfume, and rather like their relationships, it took quite a while to get right. It is for flirts really, but being a flirt is not something everyone wants to be known for. On the other hand, flirting is so much fun. I have tried to make a perfume that will flirt for you while you pretend indifference. Love is an instantly bright and bubbly fragrance with a vivacious green apple fruit scent and sweet citrus innocence. As the initial burst fades, it's replaced with a sugary sweet apple pie note while maintaining a sharp lift." Mark Constantine
"This inspirational scent dreams up images of past flings and future fondles as the citrus, rose and jasmine oils have a party on your skin. Flirtatious and fruity, Love is the scent that keeps on giving."
This is Lush and all their perfumes come in the same packaging. The large atomiser is simple and plain black glass. I find that is good in that it keeps the perfume fresh as it is in the dark but annoying in that you can't see what is left.
I like the simple packaging as I fell the effort has gone into the scent not the bottle but I have to admit I do like pretty bottles and these don't look so great on my dressing table. The other problem is that all the bottles are the same so you have to keep the little cardboard tag on the bottles to tell which is which.
The spritzer comes in a small black spray, again difficult to see how much is left an dis not recyclable through Lush. The sample is a tiny glass bottle which is clear and has the name on the outside on a black label and can of course be recycled with other glass.
Finally the solid perfume comes in a black tube, a bit like a fat lipstick and this is recyclable through Lush. If you take five of these or a mix of these and the black pots then you can choose a free fresh face mask or fresh hair mask from them as a reward. What a fabulous incentive and one I make good use of so thank you Lush.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE PERFUME
Main notes: Lemon, lemongrass, bergamot, apple, cinnamon, cassia, jasmine, rose, ylang ylang
Initially all I got from this was the very subtle lemon notes, a sort of lemon meringue creamy rather than sharply citrus. Also blending with this creamy lemon are hints of apples and a very subtle cinnamon almost vanilla puddingish sort of scent.
After some time I began to notice the more floral notes coming through and the rose in particular but not sure I could detect the ylang ylang but that didn't bother me as I am not the biggest fan of ylang ylang, I find it a bit sickly.
This mix of notes almost hops back and forth and this is the flirting that Mark was aiming for. The citrus creamy notes are still there and yet the floral sweet notes also pop through from time to time.
It is sort of like having a bouquet of roses next to a lemon meringue pie you can smell them both and each comes through at different times.
As I write my review I am wearing this. I always wear the perfume I am reviewing as then I can keep sniffing it and remind myself of what smells I can detect. I love writing perfume reviews because of this I sit and sniff then write a bit more.
This isn't an especially feminine fragrance, but I love it the fruity sweetness suits me. Like a lot of Lush scents this has that strange and unusual blending giving a unique depth to it that you can't just place . It is creamily sweet at the same time as being light and citrus- like, a summery fragrance it is also mellow and distinctive in its own way.
I found this lasted pretty well around three or four hours when wearing the solid perfume. i find the solid ones last well on me as the scent is trapped in the oils.
I would suggest that it is possibly a daytime scent, perfect for holidays or in the summer. It isn't overly girly and sweet so would suit a range of ages .
I love this and have the solid version to go with my growing collection. I love having different perfumes to wear as my mood changes and I find this is quite an uplifting one but one that suits most occasions.
Mark and Simon Constantine don't think along traditional lines and so the scents they create and very unusual. They keep on inventing and I keep on trying them. This is a keeper as it is subtle yet fun and would suit most people. I do suggest that you try before you buy and do like I do. Put one or at the most two scents on your wrists and then leave the shop and do some shopping. Try the scents after thirty minutes and an hour and see what you think then as that will give you a better idea than just sniffing in the shop.
I am reliably informed that there are new Lush scents on the way in the New Year and I can't wait to see what they are. I understand that all the original ones will be available on line but Dirty and Tuca Tuca are two that will no longer be sold in the shops.
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