“ Brand: Lush / Type: Fragrance / Concentration: Eau de Parfum „
I am a huge fan of Lush and their perfumes. Unfortunately they are really expensive so I can't afford to buy them all in their spray bottle but luckily Lush have a way of owning and trying all the perfumes in the range for a much less expensive outlay.
You can either buy a smaller sampler or else like me the solid perfume. I love the solid perfumes as I think they are great for everyday wear and because they are so inexpensive I can afford to buy nearly the whole range of perfumes if I want. They also come in a really convenient little black stick so I can either have one in my bag or in the car or wherever I want really as they are so easy to carry about with me to touch up whenever I feel like it.
Superworldunknown is an older perfume but still available online from the Lush website. The solid perfume costs £7.50 and I think this is a really good price thanks to the high quality ingredients that Lush use in making it and also because the perfume is gorgeous.
This perfume contains loads of ingredients that when reading I wouldn't actually think go with each other but actually combine really nicely and all complement each other perfectly. It has cocoa, vanilla, tonka, sandalwood, neroli, bergamot, ylang ylang, lemon, lime and juniper in it.
This is such an unusual scent and I can't understand why it isn't front and centre of the stores instead of just being available online.
It smells citrusy with a hint of spiciness and there is loads of sweetness. It is quite a delicate and feminine fragrance and one that I think could be worn and enjoyed at most times. I think that the ingredients have a lovely combination and each time I raise my wrists to smell them there is something different to smell as it is quite a complicated scent and not one dimensional like a lot of perfumes.
I add this to my pulse points such as my wrists and my neck. I think it lasts a good amount of time but the beauty of it being a stick of solid perfume is that I can reapply whenever I feel the need as it is really so convenient.
The solid perfume isn't as strong as the spray but it is strong enough that I can smell it and it also projects outwards so other people will be able to smell it too but it won't be overpowering for them.
I have only had this a few weeks but in that time it has really grown on me and I am even tempted to buy myself the bottle and I only ever do that with ones that I absolutely love. Although it obviously isn't to everyones taste as my sister says this actually makes her feel queezy. For me though it is beautiful and delicate and I enjoy wearing it.
Lush - Super World Unknown 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 SuperWorld Unknown. The solid version costs £7.50 while the small spritzers are £16.00, the large 30ml version is £33 and the 2ml sample sells for £3.25. This scent is one of the pricier ones that Lush create and that is why I decided to buy 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 ones have given me plenty of uses over the last months and I still have plenty left in most of them. 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.
This one was inspired by a singer Karin Park who went into Lush to buy a 'Ladyboy' perfume and left her album "Superworld Unknown" for Mark and Simon. They listened and thought the title track has such wonderfully lyrics that they would build a perfume inspired by the track.
"The sun is up today, challenging the rain, in this superworldunknown" - Karin Park, Superworldunknown
So taking the singer's Scandinavian roots and the song they began to create "Super World Unknown" the aroma. They were adding their thoughts about the sea and the moors when the singer came back into the shop and was talking about circuses and fairgrounds so they added some sweet aromas reminiscent of fairgrounds and came up with what we can buy now as 'Super World Unknown'.
"If running away to join the circus smells of something good, this is it. The smell of candy floss, sherbet fountains, toffee apples and the seaside, yet it's also sophisticated... escapist perfumery really. Clever use of cocoa and vanilla absolute with cassia makes this fragrance really edible without having a single character that it can be labelled with. A new blend of juniper berry adds a breath of Norwegian fresh air and the feel of walking in the hills in summer. I've also used a new material made from tonka beans to provide a hint of reassurance. Petitgrain and bitter orange mixed with lime, lemon and bergamot create a dizzy fairground ride of top notes. All of this is rounded off with rose absolute and ylang ylang."
It is really a very unique scent that is quite hard to describe because it really does not smell quite like anything else.
What does this smell like? It smells initially slightly paint- like as it is strong but this is combined with a sweetness and slight oriental hints. There is definitely a ginger sweet and spicy blend but with a back note of something I am really struggling to place. It has an orange citrus combination that is very evident initially but as it calms down the creamier tonka comes through and blends with the beeswax sort of sweet warmth too. It is wonderfully sweet, slightly citrus like but has a deeper more grown up oriental tinge which creates the more exotic smell. It is very hard to describe as each time I sniff I detect something different. The heart notes of sandalwood become more evident as it sits on my skin over time.
It is sort of like their lovely orange blossom but then it catches you unaware as it becomes more lime after the sweetness of the orange. The sandalwood in the drydown is beautifully gentle and blends with the tonka for a creamy note.
I find it is lovely to wear day or night as it can adapt to either. It is light enough to wear during the day but the deeper more exotic notes can take it into a more evening headier scent too. It has a sort of note that reminds me of frankincense burning in a church.
Although it is light and citrusy initially 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 one of the more complex of the Lush perfumes and this has layers of notes which hit you as the perfume develops. This perfume has these main notes: Cocoa, vanilla, tonka, cassie, juniper, petitgrain, neroli, lime, lemon, bergamot, rose, ylang ylang, benzoin, sandalwood. The first things that come to the nose are the lighter fresher citrus notes of neroli, lime and cassie, the rose is hard to place but the ylang ylang is definitely there but fortunately not too evident as I find it a note that is hard to like in too great a quantity. The benzoin and tonka are both creamy while the sandalwood is one of my favourite woody warm smells . I also love the creaminess of cocoa and tonka which blends with the vanilla. 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 but it does give the slightly unusual note to this..
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 creamy ylang ylang and incense 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 most of the l day 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. Also other people comment on the perfume I am wearing so I know it does last.
This is a lovely quirky scent that fits so well with Lush's rather unusual collection. I love the way it starts quite light and develops into the deeper stronger woodier scent. I like lots of different scents but I am often drawn to the deeper notes, musk, myrrh, patchouli, vertivert, sandalwood and so this is a scent I would wear anytime. I do think it is an acquired taste though so I would certainly try before you buy.
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.
I'll finish by adding a quote from the 'A-Z Guide to Perfume' by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez;
"Nearly everything at first glance is wrong....This is why when you first put on Superworldunknown you feel giddy disbelief, as if Venus were suddenly emerging from a Manila trash heap.... If I ran the world, this is how fragrance would work: all the money spent on the juice and the bottle an afterthought."
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