Product Type: Lush fragrances
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Third and final part of Smell of Freedom
Lush Smell of Freedom Oudh Heart
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Lush Smell of Freedom Oudh Heart
Advantages: Pleasant, unusual scent
Disadvantages: Very expensive
My favourite store, Lush, makes a number of perfumes under the Gorilla Perfume name. Most of these are scents which come in black bottles with spray nozzles, but there are also a few perfume oils among the range.
One of the Gorilla perfumes is called The Smell of Freedom, an unusual scent inspired by figures from around the world. Three individuals in particular inspired the perfume, and each of these inspired a different aspect of the scent.
These aspects are each available to buy as a perfume oil. They are named Old Delhi Station, Fire Tree and Oudh Heart. This review will discuss the Oudh Heart fragrance.
As a perfume oil, this fragrance comes in a small dark glass bottle with a screw top. To use it, you simply tip the bottle up and dab some onto your skin. The bottle is very secure and the oil doesn't leak, which is a good thing. It's also small and compact, ideal for carrying around.
Oudh Heart was inspired by a prisoner held in Guantanamo Bay. Sami Al-Hajj, an Aljazeera cameraman, was held there without trial for several years and eventually freed thanks to the actions of Lush and the human rights organisation Reprieve. Inspired by his optimism and resilience, Lush perfumer Simon Constantine created the third part of The Smell of Freedom, consisting of oudh, orris, sandalwood and cedarwood, as a rich, woody fragrance.
I found Oudh Heart to be a very pleasant fragrance. It had a slightly fruity, pleasant scent. I assume this aspect was the oudh and orris as I am not familiar with either of these. There was a richer, darker aspect to the scent too which reminded me of incense: I think this was the sandalwood and cedarwood. I enjoyed using this warming fragrance, which was comforting yet uplifting.
The scent lasted three or four hours on my skin, which I thought was reasonable.
Another use for the perfume oil could be as a household scent, in an oil burner perhaps, or a scented bath. You could add a few drops to your radiator, and the warmed scent could spread around the room. Alternatively, add a drop or two to a tealight.
***Price and Availability***
Oudh Heart costs £40 for 15ml, which is pretty expensive. However, being an oil, the scent is more concentrated and it is made with real essential oils, which are pricey. The scent is long-lasting, which is good. All the same, I'm not sure if I'd want to buy it at its current price.
I like Oudh Heart but probably wouldn't buy it, simply because of the enormous price tag. It is nice but I actually prefer the other two scents in the Smell of Freedom collection, which are half the price. It's a shame as it is a very nice scent - just too expensive!
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