Product Type: Lush fragrances
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Unusual evocative scent
Lush Sikkim Girls Perfume
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Lush Sikkim Girls Perfume
Advantages: Lovely scent, long-lasting
Disadvantages: None in particular
Lush, my favourite store, recently released a number of new fragrances under the Gorilla Perfume name. These look, smell and sound very different to other perfumes from both Lush and other brands, with unusual ingredients and concepts, and I was very intrigued when I heard about them.
To coincide with the launch of the new fragrances, Lush opened a temporary gallery space in east London. I visited this gallery and had a memorable experience. The fragrances were displayed as works of art, with pictures or sets used to represent the perfumes. Simon Constantine, head perfumer at Lush, has stated that he wants to develop the concept of perfume as an art form, like painting or music, and I feel that he has met with success here.
The new perfumes come in bottles of different sizes and shapes, and look like old apothecary bottles displayed in-store. Testers of the perfumes are available, and I've tried Sikkim Girls a few times now.
Unlike other Lush perfumes, which come in standardised black bottles, the new fragrances come in clear glass bottles of all different shapes and sizes. I really like these bottles as they are unusual and attractive. The perfume itself is an orange-brown shade which is earthy and dark. The label on the bottle has a picture of two exotically-dressed women.
Many of the new Lush scents have been inspired by ancient British folklore, but Sikkim Girls is an exception. Sikkim is a land-locked Indian mountainous state in the Himalayas, and Sheema Mukherjee, a musician and composer, was in Darjeeling when a café owner warned her about the dangerous Sikkim Girls. "When asked why, the owner said they had seduced and stolen away his son-in-law. Somehow they had accomplished this whilst covered head-to-toe and simply with a subtle yet sexual sway of their bodies."
The fragrance is suitable for vegans and, as the list of ingredients is so small, I have reproduced it here:
DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Jasmine Absolute, Frangipani absolute, Tuberose absolute, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Coumarin, *Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Farnesol, Limonene,Linalool , Hydroxycitronellal
Jasmine, frangipani and tuberose along with a number of secret 'perfume' ingredients combine to form this exotic and unusual fragrance. These are unusual florals and I have rarely come across them, with the exception of jasmine, when I have tried perfume.
I first applied Sikkim Girls in a Lush store using the available tester. I have tried it a few times in order to get a feel for the fragrance.
The scent is musky and exotic, and I liked it straight away, although I was surprised by the fragrance: I had thought it would be darker but there was a sweetness within the scent that was unexpected. I thought it would be a slightly masculine fragrance, but in fact the scent makes it rather feminine.
I really liked the scent, which I found pleasant and unusual. I couldn't place any of the ingredients, but it certainly didn't smell like any other scent I've experienced. The smell was evocative and made me think of hot, exotic places like India - which I'm sure was the intention!
I found that the scent lasted a long time: several hours on the skin, and even longer on clothes. It would make a perfect perfume for evening as it is exotic and evocative, strong but not overpowering.
***Price and Availability***
Sikkim Girls is widely available in Lush stores and via the website. It comes in a range of sizes ranging from 7g (£14) to 92g (£65). It isn't as pricey as Hellstone but is more expensive than some of the other new fragrances.
I really like Sikkim Girls and I would consider purchasing some of this fragrance. It fits in with the Gorilla Perfume ethos of exploring scent as a work of art, while remaining pleasant and wearable. Definitely recommended by me.
Summary: Lovely new scent from Lush