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.
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 a reddish-brown purple shade while the purple and white label shows a security camera.
The Bug is one of the most bizarre perfumes in the new Gorilla fragrance range. It was inspired not by creepy-crawlies, but by the modern culture of surveillance, security cameras and computers tracking us even as the Internet becomes an even more important part of our lives. How would you begin to transform this very abstract concept into a scent? The perfume is suitable for vegans.
Perfumers Mark and Simon Constantine were inspired by “the paranoia of the modern age”. Designed to both attract and repel, the fragrance contains a woody base of sandalwood and a lighter note of elemi, as well as labdanum resinoid which creates an unsettling aspect to the scent. Other ingredients are included as part of the ‘secret’ perfume.
I wasn’t keen on The Bug the first time I smelled it. I thought it was rather unremarkable and musky. However, judging from past experience I knew I should try it on my skin before making a final judgement. I did so, therefore.
I thought the scent was a bit strong and overwhelming at first, but within a few minutes it settled down into an unusual aroma, with a sweet aspect alongside a pepper note. I find it hard to describe this scent, as it is so different from anything else I’ve tried, and anything else in the Lush range. Like Hellstone, I found it quite unsettling, but kept sniffing my wrist nevertheless – there was something compelling about it. It was pleasant and wearable, but edgy.
The fragrance lasted around four or five hours on my skin, which is reasonable enough. After a while some of the uniqueness of the perfume seemed to vanish, and it started to become a normal spicy-sweet scent. I still liked it, however – an unusual concept for a perfume.
***Price and Availability***
The Bug is widely available in Lush stores and via the website. It comes in a range of sizes ranging from 7g (GBP14) to 92g (GBP65). The fragrance isn’t the cheapest, but it is less pricey than some of the others available in the new range.
I really liked The Bug, much more than I had expected to. I don’t know if I would buy it as I don’t know if it is really ‘me’. However I do think it is a worthwhile fragrance, an abstract concept rendered as a scent, and I do recommend trying it.
THE BUG- Lush perfume
My initial reaction was wow that is strong and quite insect repellent like but within minutes it mellowed a little and although it had a strong green fresh element there was also the very earthy background aroma coming through.
this one was "Inspired by the paranoia of the modern age (and a track by the same name), this perfume was introduced by walking people through a dark corridor full of clips from cctv footage and glowing uv-lights. The perfume contains galbanum and black pepper."
Also inspired by Ashley Judd's movie 'The Bug' which is a wacky psychological thriller!
"Also inspired by music, Mark and Simon feel the paranoia of the modern age with The Bug. Thoughts drift to ominous surveillance cameras...voices whispering in the ears...hidden secret police and anonymous hackers...ideas for a 'protest perfume' emerge - a disjointed scent for our times using such unique fragrances as galbanum and black pepper."
This new range is not presented in the plain black bottles that we are used to in Lush perfumes. These are in clear square bottles and some are round classic bottles depending on the size of the perfume inside. The labels are quite different, this one is mauve purple and black. The main colour is mauve and the surveillance camera or bug is black and white with a mouth in white on the left. The name of the perfume is in black with 'THE BUG' above the picture. It is sort of retro cartoon style with the colours and certainly very different from the plain black ones of the original perfumes. They look a bit like mini liqueur bottles to me.
THE NOTES AND SCENT
Like all the new perfumes Lush has just brought out bar two which are lighter and more like eau de toilettes, this is a strong powerful scent that lingers for a long, long time.'The Bug' is one of the stronger ones and initially smelling it in the bottle I was not keen. This is definitely one that needs to be tried on the skin and keep smelling it as it develops and changes as it really is wonderful in my view.
The label says it has: Labdanum, Sandalwood, Elemi and Galbanum. The Bug has an arid scent but with a warm heart. It is neither too spicy nor sweet. To help give you an idea of the scents within :
The fragrance of Labdanum is very complex. This waxy resin produces a balsam like, woody, earthy, marshy, smoky, ambergrislike, leathery, flowery, honeylike, mintlike fragrance with hints of plum or oakmoss after a rain.
Elemi It is a fragrant resin with a sharp pine and lemon-like scent.
Galbanum has a wonderful complex green, spicy, woody, balsam like fragrance.
I absolutely love this perfume now that I have tried it a few times. It is both woody and also the green balmy notes flirt back and forth with the deeper woody overtones. Initially It hits you like a roaring train with its resinous notes that are almost like an insect repellent but very quickly this becomes softer and amber like. There is also a herbal element to this one but it is dry and just keeps calling me back to sniff again.
I find this wonderfully sensual and it changes as you are wearing it and even as I sniff from one time to the next it flits back and forth between dry and woody and aromatically green.
I love the new Lush perfumes. There isn't one I don't love but they are not for everyone. My daughter likes fresher lighter scents and most of these are deeper and heavier than she enjoys.
The majority of these new perfumes are perfumes rather than eau de toilettes and as such they really last well on both me and my clothes. They are oil based with lots of essential oils and as such have great lasting quality and sillage as well. They also need to be worn on the skin to test them. Sniffing the bottle does not do the trick and even putting them on carboard is not the same as they develop on you and change according to your skin chemistry it seems as they smell different on different people.
PRICES AND SIZES
There are five sizes available but save up as this is not a cheap perfume as it contains expensive oils. The smallest size is 7g for £14, then £27.50 for 25g or 28g ( not sure what the difference is here but one might come with a dropper. 43G with cost you £37.50 and 46g for £40 but if you are really lucky and can afford this then the 92g costs £65. I am rather hoping for the small bottle for Christmas as I have now tested it at least six times and have truly fallen for this one.
Everyone has commented on how nice it smells on me when I have worn it and so many complemented me that I know it has great lasting quality and sillage too. It lasted on my scarf for well over a week and still smelled lovely whenever I wore it. I was reluctant to wash it as I enjoyed the smell whenever I put it on to go out!
If you are near a Lush shop and you are a fan then i urge you to go in and try their new perfumes. Put some on then go and walk around before you start to sniff the perfume on you. That way it has a chance to develop and you are not trying to pick the scent from everything else in Lush. Wear it for a day and you will see it becomes softly powdery and almost floral at the end where it starts very dry, woody and also has the green element that flirts in and out. It is such a wonderful perfume with deep notes and lots of character. I love it. In summary , odd to start with but becomes really floral and creamy powdery after about twelve hours of wearing having gone through several changes.
Just in case you were wondering sillage is how much fragrance follows you or is left in the room when or after you are in it and this perfume has great sillage qualities.
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Lush Gorilla Perfumes / One of the latest of the new perfumes from Lush / There is a strong pepper note and this works rather well, seasoning an already complex scent with a persuasive yet elegant presence