I am currently absolutely obsessed with Lush perfume. They have loads to try and they are all gorgeous in their own way. Unfortunately it would cost an absolute fortune to buy them all but a cheap way of enjoying them is to buy the solid perfumes which cost much less than the spray bottles. My current favourite is the Orange Blossom one as it is just the perfect summer scent. The perfume is a mix of orange blossom, neroli, ylang ylang, rosewood, sandalwood and beeswax. To me this just smells like summer in a bottle and I have been enjoying wearing it during this hot spell we have been having the last couple of weeks as the fragrance seems to intensify in the warm weather and improve. The solid perfume costs 5.50 and I think it is a bargain as it is such good quality. I was worried that it would be rubbish and have hardly any fragrance but for a solid one that you just rub on your skin it gives off quite a surprising amount of fragrance from it. It also lasts longer than I expected. I expected with the price for it to fade in half an hour but it lasts a few hours before fading. It does stay quite close to the skin but this isn''t a bad thing and I can smell it for a few hours after using it. The joy of having a solid stick is that I can carry it around with me and just apply it whenever I want to. This is a very uplifting fragrance and is one of those ones that lift your mood as soon as you smell it. I always feel more relaxed and carefree when I am wearing this. I haven''t bought myself the bottle of spray perfume yet but I plan to get myself it before the end of summer so I can take the summer mood into autumn with me when the weather starts to turn and the nights are no longer so light.
I only have a couple of designer perfumes and I save these for special occasions as I think they are too expensive for me to use every day. I still like to wear perfume however I just wear cheaper ones.
The solid perfumes from Lush are really nice and not too expensive to buy either. I bought myself the Orange Blossom one a few weeks ago as I thought it would be a nice summer fragrance and I have used it a few times since then and it really works well with this hot and sticky weather that we have been having.
This solid perfume only cost £5.50 so it is really economical. Obviously it isn't all that large but I have bought different solid perfumes before from Lush and they last me for ages. They come in a push up stick and you just rub the solid perfume wherever you want it on your skin. The best areas to apply it are just the same as perfume to the neck and wrists.
This contains orange blossom, neroli, rosewood, ylang ylang and sandal wood. I love the smell and think it is really summery. It is a really nice citrus fragrance and refreshing with the heat. I don't think the solid perfumes are all that strong but the heat really seems to help this one become stronger and more intense as when I apply it in the house it has a lovely citrus fragrance but it stays close to the skin however when I have been out in the sun and gotten warm it has become more intense and other people have noticed it more.
I like the fact with these solid perfumes other than being really good value for money that they are easy to transport around with me and I can keep this in my bag for touching up whenever I feel the need.
I would definitely buy this one again as it is such a nice and refreshing summer citrus fragrance. I probably wouldn't wear it in the colder weather but it is perfect for the summer. The fragrance also goes really well with my other citrus based body products even though none of them contain orange blossom it still blends well with them.
Lush - Orange Blossom 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 version of Orange Blossom. The solid version costs £5.50 while the small spritzers are £11.50, the large 30ml version is £24 and the 2ml sample sells for £2.50. This scent is one of the cheaper ones that Lush create and that is why I decided I could treat myself to the solid one when I went into Derby a few days ago. I think the solid version offers good value as the 2ml wouldn't give me many uses and the solid one has given me plenty of use over the last month I was away and I still have plenty left. 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. I would also suggest that keeping it in the fridge may affect the scent so would not advise that.
THE STORY BEHIND THE CREATION
I love hearing the inspiration behind the creation of the different Lush scents. They are all so different and rather like poetry but of smell rather than words. This one is no different. I really admire Mark Constantine and his philosophy and the fact that he does things he really believes in. His story about how this perfume came to be is another great, rather poetic sort of story.
"I don't think we'd ever really hit the ultimate orange blossom. We've tried and tried with neroli fragrances and they were all a little bit thin - not too petitgrainy or anything like that - but it's difficult to get it right. If there's one great experience when you're in the Mediterranean, it is orange blossom. You're cycling along and suddenly you'll get a big waft of orange blossom. It's Heaven on Earth! It's no wonder it lifts the soul. It's just absolutely perfect. It's beautiful in my opinion; I'd like to take it away and wear it every day."
It really is a perfect summer fragrance as it is a refreshing true orange blossom aroma that it exactly the smell you get when walking through orange groves in Mediterranean countries, they have captured it perfectly. It is simple but true to its roots.
What does this smell like? It smells just wonderfully sweet, slightly citrus like but still floral and makes a perfect daytime summer fragrance. I find it is lovely on miserable rainy days as it really lifts my spirits and takes me to a warmer sunnier place. As lush describe it on their website it is like " Liquid sunshine" Which sums it up perfectly.
Although it is light and citrusy there is a hidden depth and warmth which comes from the sandalwood which has to be one of the nicest wood scents around.
WHAT HAVE THEY HIDDEN IN THIS ONE?
This is not as complex as some of the Lush perfumes and although this has layers of notes which hit you as the perfume develops there are fewer of them. This perfume has these main notes: orange blossom, neroli, rosewood, ylang ylang, sandalwood, beeswax. The first two provide the citrus aroma, then a combination of rosewood and sandalwood give the deeper warmer notes with a hint of sweetness while the beeswax I have found in a few lush perfumes and in this I can smell the slightly warm honey aroma of beeswax which comes through after about ten minutes. I am not an ylang ylang fan and fortunately I can't smell it much in this as I find it quite a sickly sort of aroma.
WHAT DO I THINK
I always try each perfume out a few times in Lush before I buy it. I put one smell on each wrist and allow it to settle. 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 have the solid perfume in this and I am happy with how it works on me. Sometimes the solid ones smell different from the 30ml full concentrate. I haven't tried the concentrate in this so I don't know how that works in comparison. This does come through as very beeswaxy after some time when the lighter citrus notes fade.
I love the way the solid perfume lasts behind my ears and down my cleavage as I can smell the aroma rising as my body heat helps it dissipate.
Although I know it lasts quite some time on me I do find that I start to not be able to smell the perfume on myself after a while however my husband often says you smell nice later on in the day when we have a hug or a quick cuddle when preparing the meal other people comment on the perfume I am wearing so I know it does last but this is not as long lasting as the concentrate and some of the other scents.
This is a lovely fresh light perfume and I do really like it but think I might prefer my deeper stronger woodier scents in winter. I like lots of different scents but I am often drawn to the earthy notes, musk, myrrh, patchouli, vertivert, oakamoss and so this is more a scent I would wear in the day and in summer when I want a lighter more uplifting smell. I also like it as it lifts my sprits when the weather is miserable. So on these rainy days I have put it on and sniffed it during the day to cheer me up.
The nice thing about a solid perfume is that you can put it exactly where you want it. It is also very handy for the handbag as it NEVER leaks unless the weather turns very hot. It isn't a good idea for example to leave it in a car as the sun will cause it to melt. I had to be very careful when we were on holiday recently in the USA and I kept my solid perfumes in our cold bag with all our cold stuff when we were travelling from place to place. I also left them in the hotel rather than in my handbag as it was over 35°C most days and that was enough to make them very soft when in my bag.
The solid perfumes usually have a use buy date about a year after they were made. I have not had any that I have had last longer than a year so I am not sure how the scent lasts should you have one over the use by date. I like mine too much to have them last that long as I use mine daily.
Another good thing about these little solid perfume tubes is that when you finish them these little tubes or pots count as one container to recycle so if you take five back to Lush you can choose a FREE fresh face mask or fresh hair mask so even the container is worth something.
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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I bought some sample tubes of the Lush Gorilla perfumes when they were first released.
This one is called Orange Blossom and it is available to buy both instore and online.
The perfume initially smells very fruity and fresh. It is a casual scent that can be worn during the daytime but the added touch of spice means that the perfume can be used during the evening as an evening scent. When you first spray the perfume it smells very much like orange. It doesn't smell like oranges that you buy from the supermarket, it smells more like the rich spanish oranges that you buy from abroad. The perfume contains added spices, musk and neroli which come together to deliver one beautiful scent. The orange scent on top finishes off the scent very well.
The scent has good staying power. It settles well and it keeps you smelling fresh all day. The perfume settles quickly. Once it has settled you can detect the ylang ylang and sandalwood much easier. The musky base to the perfume makes the perfume smell very sexy and feminine. The musky base to the note is long lasting too. I can still smell it the day after if I haven't showered.
This perfume would be suitable for women of all ages. I don't say that too often. However this scent is gorgeous and I think it would appeal to everyone due to the fact that it smells so sweet and fruity. It's good value considering it contains pure essential oils and that it is handmade and cruelty free.
I would recommend this perfume. It's just lovely.
I'm not a big perfume person these days - mostly because I find that most perfumes smell more of chemicals than of nice smells. I'd guess this is because I don't use many chemicals on me or around my home anymore which means that they stand out to my nose more now.
Having said that, I do still like to have the odd nice scent, so I like to look for things that are a bit more natural to use. Lush tends to be one of the brands I turn to for this.
The Lush Orange Blossom Perfume is a solid perfume. It comes in a small black tube that looks a bit like a stick deodorant and works in a similar way by being pushed up from underneath as you need to expose more of the stick inside.
The stick itself is fairly small - a similar size to say a glue stick - at 12g, so it's very convenient to pop in your pocket or handbag which is great. The price for this is also pretty small - just £5.50 which is a lot less than many perfumes around, and of course being a Lush product it contains a lot less chemicals than many perfumes too.
One great thing about Lush is that they are very open about what their products contain. Now not everything in this is totally natural, but most of it is, and out of 21 ingredients only 5 of them aren't natural. Now admittedly one of those is 'perfume' which can in fact contain many, many ingredients all on its own (I very much dislike the fact that they've listed this one this way but what can you do!), but overall, it's still a lot better than many perfumes and does at least mean I'm limiting the amount of chemicals I'm using if not eliminating them.
Ok your probably wondering what the perfume itself is like - well it's definitely very orangey and quite tangy smelling, and if you're not used to solid perfumes you could quite easily over do this one. The trick to using a solid perfume is to give your neck and wrists a gentle swipe and leave it at that. It's not something you want to be rubbing on thickly. As well as the Orange scent, there's also a few hints of other things, a little sandalwood gives it a slight spiciness, and then the rosewood, neroli and ylang ylang oils that are in there aren't directly evident in their own right, but they definitely add a deeper floral background to the scent.
I'd say overall this is quite a youthful scent, and also pretty definitely a daytime one too. It's not something you'd wear on a date, but perhaps more to head out for lunch with your girlfriends.
Now I've noticed a few other people have mentioned they think this is too strong a scent, and I wonder to be honest if it's to do with how they're using it. Like I mentioned earlier solid perfume can be a bit over powering if you do use too much of it, and I can imagine that if you did this would become quite sickly smelling and would probably leave a fairly greasy feel to your skin, however, a quick swipe leaves what I think is quite a pleasant fragrant springtime smell on my skin, I've never felt that it was greasy or unpleasant in anyway and I'm pretty happy with it overall.
I'm a big fan of Lush, but as money's been a little tight recently I haven't been buying too many new products, so instead I've been digging out a few of my old bits and pieces that I've just popped in a drawer and forgotten about. My sister in law is a huge Lush addict and is often sent a lot of freebies as she literally buys bags full of stuff. One product she received but wasn't too keen on was a variety of Lush's solid perfume in Orange Blossom, she then passed it onto me and my Mum to try, in all honesty we were pretty disappointed. The solid perfume would usually cost £5.50 for a 12g stick which I suppose isn't a bad price, it's not tested on animals but as far as I can tell it's not suitable for vegans which many Lush products are.
What Lush say: "Our fresh orange blossom and neroli perfume that smells like a distilled Mediterranean moment. Orange blossom fragrances are notoriously difficult, but this one captures the smell of the flowers in bloom perfectly, with honeyed and woody notes as it settles down".
The perfume stick is packaged simply like other Lush products. It comes in a plastic tube, rather like a big lip salve, with the orange solid perfume stick inside. It weighs hardly anything, unlike some perfumes which are impossible to carry around with you. The packaging is very simple, this is the reason why the perfume is so cheap, I know normally perfumes are very expensive but I do tend to like a nice bottle when it comes to buying my scents.
To be honest when taking a look at the perfume it doesn't particularly look very appealing, it's childish and looks clumpy and awkward, no hint of sophistication I enjoy when using perfume. When I first smelt the perfume I thought it was quite summery and citrusy, however when I applied it to my skin I was disappointed. The perfume wasn't summery and fresh it became strong and overpowering, the fruitiness became too much, and almost a more masculine, fruity scent. Yes, the smell does last all day, but it's just not pleasant and it only lasts because it's so strong.
I have to say, this being my first encounter with Lush solid perfumes, I've been very disappointed. I doubt I will be trying many other solid fragrances as the scent you smell from the stick is very different from the smell once it has settled on your skin. I'd appreciate some nicer packaging, although that's just the way Lush packages its products, the perfume has just got a bit of a cheap feel to it, not one for me.
I received a stick of Lush Orange Blossom Solid Perfume for a present - although I can see that it costs £5.50 for 12g stick of perfume. I had never tried solid perfume before and so it was a little bit of a novelty to me and I was keen to see how it compared to the spray perfume I usually use. I am an avid Lush fan and generally find very little to complain about - and I assumed this product would be no different.
The perfume stick comes in a black plastic tube which looks like a cross between a deodorant stick and a Calypso ice lolly! Its lightweight and for that reason is a good sized product for me to be able to carry around in my handbag so that refreshing up during the day would be a possibility. Unfortunately, the bottle looks very cheap - which I wouldn't normally have an issue with because Lush prefer to spend the money on the product itself, but I do kind of feel that for a perfume product it is nice to have a sophisticated bottle as I apply perfume partly to make me feel attractive. Applying perfume from a cheap bottle does not make me feel attractive!!
The perfume itself is solid and is very orange (and again looks like a Calypso ice lolly!) . I get that the aroma is "orange blossom" but, for me, the colour was rather off-putting and looked quite plasticky. All in all, first impressions of this perfume were not great. It looked like something that a young child might appreciate more than an grown adult woman!
The fragrance itself does indeed smell of orange blossom - and so it is obviously named appropriately. It is very orangey with a undertone of sandalwood and rosewood and this is very evident. However, for me, the mixture of the aromas simply doesn't work for me. It smells overly sweet and sickly - and to be honest, its all a bit too much! I'm quite partial to fruity perfumes but, at the same time, I don't want to walk around smelling like a fruit stall or a glass of Fanta! I just feel like the balance is all wrong - and its really unusual for Lush to get the combinations so out of whack.
Applying the perfume involves rubbing the stick on your pulse points - in much the same way as you would spray perfume. However, I hated the way that the perfume felt on my skin once I'd wiped it on because it felt very sticky and thick. Luckily, it didn't leave a visible sticky or oily streak, but I could feel it if I wiped my hands on my skin. I really didn't like it at all.
The aroma of the perfume does last throughout the day - which is great if you like the smell....but not so great if you don't!
Overall, I really didn't like this perfume. I didn't like the packaging, the perfume in solid form, the fragrance or the way it felt on my skin. I don't think I've ever known Lush get it so wrong.
As mentioned in a previous review, I took advantage of an offer in the summer, where you could buy seven small sized bottles of Lush perfume for just £7. I believe this offer was to promote the launch of Lush's new range of perfumes, known as gorilla perfumes. One fragrance I really looked forward to using was Orange Blossom, simply because I liked the name, and the thought of an orange blossom perfume.
I have a small glass vial of this fragrance, however the full sized version comes in a proper bottle. I must admit I am not impressed by the bottle at all. It's black with white writing - the same way Lush's shower gels, shampoos etc.. are packaged. I personally like pretty, girly bottles that I can display on my dressing table, and although I understand the concept that the money should be spent on the product and not its packaging, I feel that a basic plain glass bottle would have been better than the short, quite frankly ugly black bottles Lush have chosen.
The Orange Blossom perfume contains rosewood oil, ylang ylang oil, orange flower absolute, neroli oil, and sandalwood oil and beeswax as well as other things.
In the bottle I thought this was one of the nicest smelling of the Lush fragrances I received. As I'd bought the sample pack online I didn't know what any of the fragrances were like, but this one smelled quite fresh and fruity to me, and I think had I picked it up in the shop I may have found myself purchasing a bottle
When first applied to the skin, there is a very sharp and tangy scent from the perfume. I suspect this is possibly the orange blossom and neroli oil, as it's quite an orangey smell and not too different from how it smells whilst in the bottle.
I find that the scent settles on the skin quite quickly and the tangy scent gives way to a much more floral scent. The scent of the rosewood really starts to come out in the perfume but combined with the orange flower and neroli, I feel it actually takes on too deep a scent and I feel it's a little overpowering and a touch sickly.
There is a strong woodiness to the fragrance which I think makes it seem a little old fashioned and slightly masculine, and I feel is a little disappointing really. As with the Vanillary fragrance from Lush which I recently reviewed, I feel that this scent didn't really seem to have base notes - it went from the initial tangy scent, straight to woody and stays like that until it wears off.
I also find that the fragrance is too strong for my personal tastes. For a while I carried my small vial in my bag in case I wanted to touch up my perfume during the day. I only applied it on two or three occasions, but found that the smell was so strong it was almost like it enveloped me and I was really self conscious that the fragrance was following me around in a cloud. I asked my colleague for an opinion and he said he could smell it from the other side of the desk, which confirmed my worries and I stopped using it after that!
I also find that once it's on the skin, it lasts very well and takes a long time for the scent to fade.
Orange Blossom is available in three different sizes:
2g sample bottle (the one I have) - £2.50
9g atomiser - £11.00
27g bottle - £23.00
You can also get this in solid form for £5.50 for a 12g stick. Buy from www.lush.co.uk or www.gorillaperfumes.com
Overall this was another of the Lush perfumes that I have been unimpressed with. I really thought I would like this from the name, and although I like the scent whilst in the bottle, once it settles on the skin I find it much too strong and overpowering, therefore would not recommend it.
I buy things from Lush quite often but usually wait until i'm over at the shop to buy as I like to sniff the things before I get them. There is favourites that I get, but I like to try new products from the Shop as it is one of my favourite beauty shops. You can buy online and get delivered to you if you don't want to go to the shop.
The good thing about this Perfume and other Perfumes that have just came out is that Lush are selling little Sample Vials of the scent. So you can try for a cheap price and if you don't like it then at least you haven't spent all that much on it.
The 2ml sample cost me £1, which I wasn't going to grudge. I know that 2ml isn't much, but it gives you a generous shot of this and you should be able to make your mind up weather you like this or not. You can also buy this in the Solid Perfume form which costs £5.50, an Atomiser which costs £11 and a bottle of this which costs £23. Not sure of the sizes of the bottles and that as haven't bought it this way.
The Vial isn't all that eye catching. It is just a little glass tiny test tube kind of shape. It has a plastic end which you pull off and a flat plastic part inside of the vial. So you can either use the plastic part to rub over the area you wish to scent, or just hold the vial upside down or your wrist or that and tip it up to scent. I done it the latter way as it got the scent out quicker and was less fiddly.
No prizes for guessing the main scent in here is Orange Blossom. I was surprised that there was quite a few other notes in here as well and I could smell Jasmine and Sandalwood and a slight dash of what I think is Rose as well. It all goes together well and this is fruity, slightly musky and has a dash of spice to it.
This lasts a good enough lenght of time as well. I don't know how much Perfume I would normally use in 1 go, perhaps it is more than 2ml, so it would be unfair to possibly try and measure this up to my normal Perfume usage.
A nice delicate but fruity scent which I would consider buying it in a larger size next time.
Orange blossom perfume by Lush is another solid perfume that I own which I was tempted to buy as a full sized perfume bottle until I discovered the Body shop's neroli Jasmine which is very similair to this but just that little bit superior.
The solid perfume I have comes in the usual 12g black stick which I have to say originally I missed the little metal tub but have come in the past few months to really grow fond of these sticks and how easy they are to use. Although the little metal tubs were cute he lids were difficult to remove and it was messy having to use my fingers whereas with the stick it is simply a case of removing the lid and slicking the perfume on my skin.
It is coloured a lovely orange colour and really does capture the scent of orange blossom well. It is immediately fruit and light wth a hint of floral and like most of the other lush solid perfumes it quite subtle in scent. It is quite sweet but never sickly smelling.
Unlike the rest of them though this one actually has quite good longevity and can last nearly a whole day.
It is a really nice summery scent that will cheer you up and make you long for sunny days and long evenings again.
I really like it but I haven't replaced my one since it ran out because as I said it smells very similar to Neroli Jasmine from the body shop which is my current favourite and at £23 for a 27g bottle of orange blossom compared to just £8.50 for a 30ml bottle of the body shop it just isn't worth the money for me.
It really is a nice smelling perfume and highly recommended but to be honest if you like this then you would probably be better off with either buying the solid perfume for £5.50 or going into the body shop and trying the Neroli jasmine instead and savinf yourself a few pounds.
Lush Orange Blossom Perfume
I would be surprised if anyone hadn't heard of 'Lush', especially on this site where so many people love and review their products on a regular basis. Lush are a chain of stores that offer skincare and body care products that incorporate a lot of natural and healthy ingredients. To date, I haven't tried too many of their products, but I have started to try more and more of their items and so far with a couple of exceptions I have found them to be of a fantastic quality, even if they can be a tad pricey.
After discovering that they also did a range of fragrances I was eager to try them out. I ended up after a recent shopping trip treating myself to a couple of bath bars and bombs along with this lush orange blossom solid perfume.
This is easy to apply, I just rub a bit on each of my wrists in turn. I prefer to not use that much as the smell will develop when it is heated by your skin. When I was in the shop the salesperson did suggest that you should rub this on your pressure points to put you in a summery mood. I have quite sensitive skin and I have never noticed any negative reaction to this perfume, also as long as you don't apply it too thickly it shouldn't rub off too much on your clothes.
Personally, I rather like the scent, but in my opinion it isn't that grown up. I think it will be nice to wear on a summer's day, or even in mid winter to remind you of those summer days. I wouldn't wear this on a night out or for evening wear. It's quite an uncomplicated fragrance that is probably best described as being just - nice.
Lush suggest that this is a fragrance the will suit both men and women, however, personally I think it is a bit sweet smelling to suit men, or at least I don't think it would suit my husband or brother, the only men I have ever bought fragrances for.
The notes of this perfume according to Lush include, orange blossom, neroli, rosewood, ylang ylang, sandalwood and beeswax.
I own the solid perfume which cost £5.50 for a 12 gram tube. The orange blossom perfume is also available to buy in sample sizes or spray bottles. For the price the smell is really nice but it just doesn't compete with any of my fragrance favourites. The packing is simple and very in keeping with the lush ranges.
Personally, I have and will continue to try some of the other lush fragrances as I like the natural and refreshing smells, but I doubt I will invest in any more solid perfume sticks. I also think that this smell is perhaps a bit childish. I am not sure if it is just the fact that the hard perfumes like this remind me of some I used to have as a girl growing up. I didn't get the chance to smell the more conventional spray perfume to compare the fragrances but I assume that since they are from the same range that they would be similar in smell.
I couldn't decide between giving this orange blossom solid perfume a three or four stars out of five, but for simplicity I will give this three out of five stars. I don't think I would necessarily recommend this perfume to people, it is absolutely one that you should smell and wear for a short period before you buy. It is definitely a light, refreshing perfume that does very well at smelling like summer.
Since Lush have launched a few new perfumes I have been steadily trying them all though not buying the full size bottles - just the little 2ml bottles they had for samples. Orange blossom was one of the scents I purchased in the 2ml form.
Orange Blossom is available in 4 different forms - bottle (£23), atomiser (£11), solid perfume (£5.50) and a 2ml sampler (£1). I purchased the 2ml sampler as Lush perfumes can be a bit funny on me, I have had the odd one or two smell like cat wee or curry powder so I didn't want to waste my money on something I was never going to use again so I thought the 2ml sampler bottle was the answer. I also purchased a sample of Imogen Rose and a couple of other of the new scents which I will also review.
I have never managed to find a perfume that truly captures the scent of orage blossom and smell truly like orange so I was excited to get hold of this particular perfume. I was also surprised to see that this is a unisex perfume so it is suitable for both men and women.
Orange Blossom perfume is made up of the following notes: Orange blossom, neroli, rosewood, ylang ylang, sandalwood, beeswax. The perfume is supposed to create that Spanish/Mediterranean feel, much like when you are walking through orange trees and such. When I first sniffed the bottleI found I couldn't really smell anything but having learned my lesson with Imogen Rose (see review) I decided it was best to quit sniffing the bottle and put some on my wrist. I could smell this beautiful warming scent on my wrists, truely orange blossom like with the lovely and calming neroli seeping through. As it settled down on my wrist there was a distinct honey smell and the sandalwood complimented the orange blossom beautifully. It reminded me of a late summer's day, just as the sun is lowering in the afternoon and there is a gentle breeze.
The scent is very strong and after wearing it for a couple of hours I had to scrub it off as it started giving me a headache but the scent if you can take it is very beautiful. It is very much a summer scent. I cannot see a place for it in the winter personally. I don't know if it has a good staying power as I had to scrub it off prematurely but even after two hours of wearing it the perfume was still strong and noticable.
A beautiful scent just not for me though if you can take it and it doesn't give you a headache I would recommend buying a bottle but do try a sample bottle before spending your cash as the perfume may be just too strong for you.
If you're a Lush fan at all, you'll know that 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, of which Orange Blossom is one.
I received Orange Blossom 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, Orange Blossom comes in four forms:
Atomiser: 27g of perfume in a black atomiser bottle, for £23.00
Spritzer: 9g of perfume in a long thin spritzer bottle, for £11.00
Solid: 12g of product in a black solid perfume container, for £5.50
Sample: small 2g vial for £2.50
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.
The Orange Blossom fragrance contains orange blossom, neroli, rosewood, ylang ylang, sandalwood and beeswax. Sadly it is not suitable for vegans.
This is what Lush say about the fragrance:
"Fresh orange blossom absolute and neroli oil burst out of the bottle like a distilled Mediterranean moment. Over time, the honeyed and woody tones develop on your skin and you're left with a warm glow. Orange Blossom was going to be used in a candle, but when we smelled it, we couldn't get enough. It's difficult to get orange blossom scents right - they can turn too thin, too soapy or too harsh. Simon's version is just right."
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 Meditteranean 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.
I really like this perfume and I can see myself buying a spritzer next year to get me through the summer!
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%"