“ Brand: Lush „
As well as bath, skin and hair care products, my favourite store, Lush, makes a number of fragrances under the Gorilla Perfume name. One of the newest scents is The Hairdresser's Husband. I was intrigued by the name, and when I investigated the scent, decided that I would quite like a bottle. I ended up buying some with my Christmas money.
The perfume comes in the usual Gorilla Perfume bottle. This isn't particularly exciting, but it fits in with Lush's aim of making perfume about the scent not about the packaging. Also, the minimalist packaging is better for the environment and the bottles are made from recycled materials.
The bottle is black and tapered out towards the top with a plain black lid. The black and white label has the name of the perfume and an ingredients list. The bottle seems opaque but if you hold it up to the light you can see how much liquid you have left inside.
The bottles aren't foolproof: a number of customers complained that their perfume bottles had been leaking. I haven't had any problems with mine as the seal around the lid was securely attached. Lush will replace any damaged or leaking bottles, but obviously it would be better if the problem never occurred at all.
My understanding is that these bottles are an improvement on the glass ones the perfumes previously came in, so that's something!
The Hairdresser's Husband was developed by Lush founder Mark Constantine, who trained as a hairdresser and took the title of the perfume from the film of the same name. In the film, the hairdresser and her husband drink cologne and aftershave as they don't have any alcohol.
The list of ingredients in this fragrance makes it sound like a cocktail, with sweet orange, lemon, grapefruit and cade oils mingled together, with a hint of vanilla absolute for sweetness. Lush do say, however, that you mustn't drink this fragrance, however delicious it might smell!
I was very excited when I got my perfume in the post and even more so when I smelled it. I thought it smelled just like a refreshing fruity cocktail, the sort you get in a fancy bar, although of course I didn't taste it! It was uplifting and highly pleasant.
When I sprayed it on my skin, again the refreshing cocktail scent wafted around me. I found it uplifting and very pleasant. The fragrance lasted for several hours; it didn't have the complexity and layers of designer perfumes but it did transform a little, from a predominantly refreshing citrus scent to a sweeter, warmer scent with a hint of vanilla, albeit still with citrus present.
Because of the association of this perfume with cocktails, I think of it as more of a night-time scent. However, I've been known to wear it during the day when I want a bit of a lift!
***Price and Availability***
The Hairdresser's Husband is by far the most expensive of the Gorilla Perfume scents, priced at £50. However, there are several bottles on eBay for half price or less, if you have the patience to bid. I bought my bottle for around £25 and have read reports on the forum of people bagging bottles for £11 or £12.
Currently the perfume is not available in-store, only online either via the Lush website or eBay. I'm not sure if it is supposed to be a limited edition or not, so would recommend buying some sooner rather than later if you think you would be disappointed to miss out.
I really like this perfume and enjoy wearing it. It is very expensive though so I have removed a star. If you would like to try some I would recommend looking on eBay rather than purchasing directly from Lush.