Lush - Vanillary perfume
I bought this perfume off the Lush website for £28 and that was for a 30ml bottle. Why did I buy it? Well, the answer is simple. I LOVE all things vanilla.
The bottle has since been updated. It is now square shaped and black and yellow in colour with pictures of vanilla flowers on the front of it. It is a spray bottle with a black plastic lid.
What does it smell like?
This perfume smells AMAZING. It's a real vanilla scent and it doesn't smell cheap or synthetic. Instead, it smells sweet and warming with gorgeous floral undertones that compliment the overall sweetness of the perfume itself. One spray is more than enough as it is highly concentrated and requires little or no topping up. I can spray this in the morning before going to work and I can still smell it at ten o clock at night when I have arrived home!
Vanillary is quite feminine in terms of fragrance as you can detect the floral notes of vanilla and jasmine along with Tonka, which adds a caramel scent to the perfume. If you like sweet warming scents then this will definitely be up your street. The slightly high price tag of £28 is more than justified when you think that you only need one (or two at a push) sprays per application. As this scent is quite strong you can easily overdo it if you spray yourself with too much. This will spoil the gorgeous scent as in my opinion it would then smell too strong. Getting the balance right results in a better result with this perfume - less IS more!
You can also buy Vanillary in solid form and in a 10ml spray bottle for your handbag.
Lush describe Vanillary as "A sweet, yet sophisticated vanilla fragrance. We blended Fair Trade vanilla absolute with tonka and added a hint of jasmine for a reassuring, powdered caramel perfume."
A sweet smelling fragrance for all you vanilla lovers out there, blended with fine essential oils and handmade WITHOUT being tested on animals. This really is fragrance at its best!
Today I will be reviewing Vanillary perfume from Lush
Just to let you know, I own the spritzer one. It is packaged in a tall, thin, bottle in a matte black shade. it came with a rectangular tag which said the same of the perfume and some other stuff but I took that off. This perfume is part of the Gorilla Perfumes range at LUSH and comes in a solid form and bigger bottles.
I love the smell of this perfume ! It's like pure vanilla with some twists ! I am terrible at identifying scents but I think there is a hint of jasmine in this, it's very vanillery though and vanilla is my favourite scent so of course I love this ! I spray this on my neck and wrists and ot lasts pretty much all day. It's wuite a rich scent and its perfect for autumn / winter.
You can purchase this perfume on the LUSH website and in store. I really like it and would really recommend it out of the LUSH perfumes
Atomiser: 27g of perfume in a black atomiser bottle, for £25.00
Spritzer: 9g of perfume in a long thin spritzer bottle, for £12.00
Solid: 12g of product in a black solid perfume container, for £6.00
Sample: small 2g vial for £2.75
As a massive Lush fan their relatively recent foray into perfumes got me very excited and I put this perfume on last years Christmas want list. I asked for the solid perfume as it is substantially cheaper but I was lucky enough to receive the 27g bottle.
Price and Availability
Vanillary is available in three different size. There is the 27g/30ml bottle that I received priced at £25.00, the 10g handbag size priced at £12.00 and a tester vial priced at £2.75 for 2g.There is also a solid perfume stick priced at £6.00 for 12g. I feel the price ranges are on par with other perfume brands and what I would expect to pay.
The bottle I have is nothing like the image above. My perfume came in a matt black bottle with a spray top and coordinating black lid. The word 'Vanillary' is written in white in the signature chalk board style that is synonymous with the Lush brand. The title is written on a paper tab that is sandwiched between the lid and the bottle. The only writing on the actually bottle reads 'Gorilla perfume at Lush', Gorilla perfume is, as far as I'm aware, a sister company that deals solely in fragrance. It was previously a separate website but I believe now is integrated into the Lush website. I find it a strange design for a perfume bottle as there is no way of telling how much product is left. This bottle certainly stands out against other perfumes and it is easily identifiable as a Lush product but I wouldn't describe the packaging as appealing.
Due to the product being hidden inside the black bottle I cannot describe the appearance of the actual perfume. When I have sprayed the perfume there has been no obvious colour to it. Being a perfume the key thing is the fragrance, so what's it like? In a word. Strong. This product has a very strong Vanilla fragrance. I only apply two small sprays when I'm wearing this and this provides enough scent to notice and to last for several hours, I'm almost certain if I didn't shower it would last for days! It is without a doubt the strongest smelling perfume I have ever used which is great if you're a fan of Vanilla but if your not then this would be far too overbearing. It doesn't have the sickly sweetness usually associated with vanilla scented perfumes, more of a warm spicy sweetness making it a more fragrance more suited to winter and evening wear.
Overall it does what a good perfume should do. It has a strong fragrance that is extremely long lasting so in terms of quality it gets a thumbs up from me. Lush are a popular choice when it comes to gifts but I would recommend giving this a miss unless the person has specifically asked for it as I think it is a fragrance that is an acquired taste.
In the summer Lush launched a sort of sister website, 'Gorilla Perfumes' which included existing Lush perfumes alongside a range of new fragrances. At the time they did an introductory offer to get seven sample sized bottles for £7, so I decided to snap a set up.
One of the scents I was already familiar with was Vanillary. I had used and liked the Vanilla Dee-Lite body lotion as well as the Vanilla Fountain bath ballistic from Lush, both of which are of the same scent, so was looking forward to using the matching perfume.
This perfume was originally launched at Lush and packaged in a glass bottle like the one pictured above. Although plain, I prefer the glass bottles to the newer way it is packaged now....an extremely unattractive short, fat black bottle, with simple white writing. Although the bottles are very similar to the way other Lush products are packaged, I do think the glass looked more sophisticated, and I wouldn't be too happy about having the black bottles displayed on my dressing table as quite frankly I find them ugly!
Vanillary as I'm sure you can guess from the name is a vanilla based perfume. The following is the description of the perfume from the website: 'The sweet and sensual real vanilla and jasmine absolutes are supported by the burnt caramel-like scent of tonka bean in this delicious perfume.'
I felt that I already knew what to expect from the scent having used other products from the Lush Vanillary range, and I can confirm that this perfume matches the scent of the other Vanillary products perfectly. I was pleased about that as I've often found you can buy a fragrance and then find the matching products don't actually match!
When Vanillary is first applied to the skin there is a sweet but slightly musky scent from the perfume. I think this is the Tonka bean, as while there is definitely a vanilla tone, it's quite a deep scent. To be honest, when first applied I think the scent is a little too musky for my liking and I prefer when it has settled on the skin for a while.
As the scent is quite intense, I find that it takes around 5-10 minutes to settle on the skin. When it does so, it definitely seems to become a lot sweeter, and the vanilla really seems to come out. I also find that I can detect a slightly floral undertone which I assume to be the jasmine although this is quite subtle as the vanilla is quite strong and overpowers it somewhat.
As for base notes, well I'm sure it must have some, but I find them hard to detect! To me, it stays smelling like vanilla with a musky tone right until the end and the scent doesn't seem to change at all after time which is very unusual!
The perfume is definitely quite intense. As I have a sample vial I just dab a tiny bit on my wrist when wearing and I find that is more than enough. It's one of those fragrances that you can smell on your skin for hours and afterwards, and I am sometimes a little bit conscious that this is a scent that enters the room before I do! I asked my boyfriend for his opinion on this and he said he thought it was too strong, which unfortunately backed up my worries.
I think I'd describe this as a daytime scent as although it's quite intense, to me it's simply not special or sensual enough to be worn in the evenings. It's also very hard to pinpoint what sort of age group would wear this, as it's rather unusual. I think perhaps young girls would find it too heavy and older women would want something a little more sophisticated.
The fragrance is available in several different sizes:
2g sample sized vial - £2.75
9g Atomiser (small, thin, handbag size spray) - £12
27g Bottle - £25
You can also get a solid perfume stick costing £6 for 12g but personal experience tells me solid fragrances tend to smell a little different to liquid ones even if they're supposed to be the same scent, so if you're wanting to try that I'd recommend checking out separate reviews of the solid fragrance.
You can buy this from either www.lush.co.uk or www.gorillaperfumes.com
On the whole, I find it difficult to recommend this fragrance. In terms of scent I do like it, aside from the fact that when initially applied it smells quite deep and musky. The main problem I have is that the scent is very strong and it makes me self conscious that the perfume is wearing me rather than the other way round! I'm also not overly keen on the bottle and I couldn't see myself buying the full sized version of this fragrance so I'm afraid I can only give it a below average two stars out of five.
If you're a Lush fan at all, you'll know that Lush have recently introduced a new range of perfumes, Gorilla Perfumes, which even have their own website. The range includes a couple of perfumes which were originally part of the Retro range, reincarnations of perfumes from B Never Too Busy to be Beautiful (Lush's now-defunct sister cosmetics company), some brand new scents, and the longstanding Lush perfumes Karma and Vanillary.
I received Vanillary in the form of a sample, when I ordered the special promotional set of 7 sample perfumes for £7 from the Lush site. Sadly prices have now increased. However I also have a bottle of Vanillary (the original clear glass pink and cream stripy bottle) that I got out of a Vanilla Scoop gift set. Like the other perfumes in the range, Vanillary comes in four forms as a fragrance:
Atomiser: 27g of perfume in a black atomiser bottle, for £25.00
Spritzer: 9g of perfume in a long thin spritzer bottle, for £12.00
Solid: 12g of product in a black solid perfume container, for £6.00
Sample: small 2g vial for £2.75
As far as I can work out, the perfume is available on both the Lush website and the new Gorilla Perfume website, but the sample size only seems to be available on the Gorilla Perfume site.
In addition, Vanillary is also available in the form of a body lotion (Vanilla Dee-lite), dusting powder (Vanilla Puff), bath ballistic (Vanilla Fountain) and massage bar (Heavanilli), so you can always be sure of getting your fix!
Vanillary is made up of vanilla, jasmine and tonka. The combination of ingredients give the perfume a sweetness and a kick not found in other vanilla scents I've come across. It smells of biscuits and while this sounds strange is absolutely delicious! I love this perfume and it is probably my favourite Lush scent. It lasts all day on the skin and is comforting and relaxing. It's an ideal perfume to wear in this cold wintery weather - definitely more of a winter than a summer perfume. Occasionally I find it too sweet - when I've got a hangover for example - but most of the time I absolutely love it!
This is what Lush say about the fragrance:
"Simon originally created this floral gourmand fragrance for a bath bomb called Vanilla Fountain, inspired by the extraordinary desserts at Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck restaurant. When it became an instant hit, Simon was nagged into submission by colleagues until he produced the fine fragrance version."
Lush have this to say about the concentration of their perfume:
"Our Gorilla Perfumes are made from some of the finest perfumery materials in the world and we don't use any unnecessary packaging. The concentrations of our different perfumes are excellent value:
Solid perfume sticks are 10% perfume in our low-odour Ultrabalm base.
Spritzers are 15% perfume in alcohol.
Atomisers are 20% perfume in alcohol.
When you compare those with the usual concentrations out there:
Colognes are usually 4% perfume in ethanol.
Eau de toilette, usually 10-12%. Eau de parfum, usually 12-20%.
Pure perfume, usually 20-40%"
Yum Yum Yum...I do love vanilla! A while back I revieved Lush's solid perfume in 'Vanillary', and gave it an absolute rave review. As a special treat my boyfriend bought me a bottle of the real perfume a couple of months ago, so I thought I'd give my opinion on that as well, as it is significantly different from the solid perfume in a number of ways.
Firstly, and most obviously, the packaging is different. My bottle is different to both the bottle in this illustration (which I believe was the first bottle design), and the new 'gorilla perfume' bottle, which is plain black. My bottle is a very traditional rectangular bottle shape with a gold spritzer on the top. It has a very pretty Kitsch pink and yellow sticker on it with the name of the product and some other information. The bottle is clear so you can see the colour of the perfume, which is a deep golden yellow.
The scent is similar to the solid perfume, but not entirely, the jasmine and the tonka really come through alongside the vanilla, making the perfume slightly less sweet, more complex, and far more grown up. The scent is quite heavy, I would say best for evening wear, but would also be suitable for day wear. It layers exceptionally well with the vanilla fountain bath bomb and vanilla dee-lite moisturiser, or the creme anglais body lotion.
The smell (like with all good perfumes) is VERY strong and a little overpowering when first put on, and the initial smell is slightly burnt (this is the tonka bean, which is said to smell like burnt caramel), however, soon this settles down and the intense vanilla can be detected, with a jasmine undertone. This fragrance lasts for hours, and I have hardly ever needed to reapply this scent, even when I am out for long periods of time.
One problem that prevents a 5 star rating from me - it's a BIG problem for me, but wont affect a lot of people - my boyfriend is ALLERGIC to this perfume! I think it must be the tonka, as the bath bomb and the solid perfume don't cause a reaction, but in them the tonka seems more subtle. Even if I meet him several hours after putting this on, the smell makes him cough violently and feel very ill (he does have bad hayfever and astma). There would be no way I was able to spray this in the same room as him. I have spoken to other people who say that this perfume causes an allergic reaction on thier skin as well, although I have no experience of this.
As you can imagine, I was gutted to discover that my boyfriend was allergic to this, even more so considering it was a gift from him! I still wear it when I go out without him, or occassionally to work, but not nearly as often as I would like. When I do wear it I get no end of compliments on how nice it smells (and it doesn't seem to make any one else allergic). This perfume currently retails for £25 for a 27g atomiser, which is comaparable to mid range designer perfumes - although because this is a Lush exclusive it wont be available on discount sites.
In conclusion - I would recommend this, but do try the perfume in store first to make sure you (and those you live with) are not allergic to it first to avoid dissapointment!
I was lucky enough to be given a bottle of Lush's Vanillary perfume last year. As I love Lush and also love vanilla, I was really excited as I was sure I would thoroughly enjoy wearing it.
As it was a gift, I don't know how much it cost at the time, but a 30ml bottle can currently be bought for £25.75 from www.lush.co.uk, or from any Lush store. I feel this is very reasonably priced given the high quality of Lush products. Lush have recently brought out a Vanillary hat box, called "Vanilla Scoop", which along with the Vanillary perfume includes Vanilla Dee-lite (body lotion), Vanilla Puff (dusting powder), and a Vanilla Fountain (bath ballistic). This retails at £40.95, which is great value as the contents would cost £46.15 if bought separately. Usually with Lush, the hat boxes work out a little dearer than buying the contents individually, as you are paying for the fancy packaging, so it makes the hat box an attractive choice for any vanilla lovers, and makes the perfume even better value.
The bottle was an attractive crescent shape, and looked fabulous on my dressing table. As it was such a treat I decided to save it for a special occasion. A couple of months later, I'd been having a tough week at work, and decided to try out my Vanillary as a little pick-me-up treat. I have tried a number of vanilla-scented Lush products, all of which I have loved, so I had no doubts that I would really enjoy this perfume.
Now please don't get me wrong, I love strong perfume, and I want to be able to smell it throughout the day. I find it so irritating when scents fade within a couple of hours of wearing them- I hate having to continually reapply my perfume. It makes me look and feel such a diva, and whether I'm at work or on a night out, I have better things to be doing! When applying perfumes, I usually use one squirt on each wrist, and then one behind each ear. I find that with my regular fragrances, this will ensure I smell nice throughout the day, without it being too overpowering initially.
I eagerly squirted the atomiser once on my left wrist, and inhaled deeply, anticipating a beautifully light, sexy vanilla scent. Instead the smell was so strong and so vile it almost made me gag. According to the tag, it contains vanilla absolute (made from real vanilla pods), sandalwood and burnt caramel. I could detect burnt caramel, which was very strong and sickly (and, well, very burnt!), but it seemed to have a strong jasminey under tone. I really can't stand jasmine, and the overall impact hurt the back of my throat! It was simply horrendous. I didn't spray it again and hoped against hope that after ten or fifteen minutes, the scent might calm down a little on my skin.
However, half an hour later, the scent hadn't changed at all. It was still extremely overpowering and far too artificial and sickly to be anywhere near enjoyable. By this point I was running late for work and didn't have time to have another shower to rinse it away. It takes me just over an hour to get to work, and I hoped by the time I arrived the scent would have calmed down- if not I would just have to wash it off in the toilet!
By the time I had arrived in the city centre an hour later, I had developed a horrible headache and was feeling rather queasy. I very rarely get headaches, and on the odd occasion I do get them they are always triggered by staring at a computer screen for too long, so I'm afraid it is likely to have been caused by the perfume. I stopped off in Boots to pick up some paracetamol to try and clear my headache, and joined the queue to pay for them. In front of me was a lady who was with her little girl, who looked roughly four years old. After a few seconds, the little girl started wrinkling her nose and pulling on her Mother's sleeve. I will never forget the next few words that came out of her mouth!
"Mummy, that lady smells of pee. Not the pea that goes on your plate, but the pee that goes in the toilet!"
I was both highly amused and extremely embarrassed at the same time. Her Mother was most apologetic but to be fair, the little girl was right, my perfume did smell very much like wee by this stage. It was still incredibly overpowering (I'd used one squirt over 90 minutes ago by this point), and the smell was just revolting.
I went straight to the toilets in work and washed the perfume off. I used soap and a nail brush, and scrubbed my wrist for a good few minutes until it was bright red and starting to hurt! I then dried my hands, and headed through to my desk. Before I'd even had a chance to sit down,
a colleague who sits in the opposite side of the office (roughly 50 metres away), said "What on earth is that smell?" I knew at that point that it was going to be a very long day! Despite several further attempts to scrub the scent off my skin, it lingered with a vengeance, and my partner could still smell it's vile sickly stench as soon as I arrived home at 7pm that evening, a full 12 hours after application.
Based on that, I have to award it one star for it being so long-lasting, but it sadly loses all of the other stars for smelling so disgusting. I have never been so disappointed in a Lush product. I am a huge fan of their Vanilla Dee-lite body lotion and Heavanilli massage bar, both of which have a deliciously sweet and light scent, which I find really feminine and very sexy. I had hoped Vanillary would have a similar scent, but it couldn't have been more different. I have never worn this fragrance again as I have no desire for strangers to inform me I smell of pee, for my colleagues to continual ask what that awful smell is, or to have to scrub my wrists raw trying to remove it! It also gave me a splitting headache that lasted all day and all evening. I have sadly now given the perfume away to a charity shop, in the hope that somebody else will find it will smell nicer on them!
From reading other reviews on Vanillary, it seems that others have really enjoyed using this fragrance. Perhaps it simply doesn't work on my skin. In any case, I would strongly recommend trying a tester in-store first before buying Vanillary, as £25.75 is a lot of money to spend on smelling like pee!
****Lush Vanillary Fragrance ****
After purchasing the solid version of this perfume I decided to treat myself to the normal perfume.
Also known as the smelly soap place, lush sell a lot of natural products with all of their products being vegetarian friendly. This perfume is suitable for people who are vegan.
This perfume came in a "vanilla" and pink coloured box and the bottle repeated the pattern.
Lush tend to keep packaging simple and they date everything so you can see when it was made
I like this because you can see how fresh everything is.
I love the way this perfume smells. When I first heard of it I thought it might be too strong as other vanilla items I have picked up have ended up being but this one was perfect.
The main scent is obviously the vanilla but it also has sandalwood and burnt caramel in it-all things I like the smell off!! I would describe this as being a more grown up scent. I would use this as either a daytime scent or for a night out. It smells great so I wouldn't mind smelling of it all the time. The scent lingers quite a while after you apply it so i think it is good quality.
It costs around £25 for 30ml which I think is a reasonable price for a perfume.
I once read somewhere, and I can't remember where, but I'm pretty sure that it wasn't The Times Literary Supplement, that perfumes containing either vanilla or cinnamon are most likely to make a man fall in love with the wearer. I guess that this assumption is based on the popular idea that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. I have not had cause to prove or disprove this theory, but I have no objection to smelling delicious!
I think the problem with vanilla as a scent is that it is usually far too sweet and far too suggestive of sweeties and ice ream, so that it has a diminutive effect on anyone wearing it - definitely a perfume for little girls! It can also be a bit sickly. I feel that the Body Shop version falls into this category, unfortunately. However, Lush do just about get away with it with Vanillary, their second (liquid) perfume to grace their shelves and following in the very successful footsteps of Karma. As well as Vanilla, which naturally is the predominant scent, they have added a little sandalwood and 'a note of burnt caramel'. The sandalwood has a calming effect, taking the edge of the sugar rush of the vanilla and making this a more grown up scent. Don't get me wrong - this is no Chanel No. 5, but it is grown up enough that I don't feel too silly wearing it!
Unlike Karma, which is a love it or loathe it sort of fragrance (I love it!), Vanillary is fairly inoffensive. It won't make people wrinkle their noses like Karma sometimes can, nor is it likely to elicit gasps of delight. It is comfortable and familiar, but does manage to be luxurious too. It is for the days when you just want to be loved, rather than when you want to be challenging!
Speaking of Luxury, this perfume is actually fairly reasonably priced at £25 for the 30ml bottle pictured above. It contains vanilla absolute rather than the synthetic ingredients of many higher priced perfumes. A smaller bottle is also available. There are various complementary products in the Vanilla range from Lush, including dusting powder, body lotion and a massage bar. I acquired a fabulous gift set in the Lush sale so I will be reviewing all the Vanilla products as I work my way through them!
Vanillary is Lush' latest spray-perfume (there is also a solid perfume with the same name and scent,which I reccomend you use with the atomiser to layer)
It smells very similar to the rest of the Vanilla range - a sensual,sexy,adult vanilla - not overly sweet or girly.
When you first apply it it smells quite acidic and sharp but the smell settles down in about five minutes,leaving you with a lovely soft vanilla scent. Don't be alarmed or put off by the strong,sharp smell at first because it's worth it in the end.
The smell lasts very well throughout the day,although it will last better when layered with the solid perfume or others from the range.
At a cost of £25.00 it's value for money,beating others on the market as the ingredients and quality are superior and the scent nicer and longer lasting.
This is quite a grown-up vanilla scent,and easily suits day/night wear.