I’ve been trying to get behind the new Lush Gorilla fragrances mostly because I love, LOVE the packaging.
But there’s one thing I don’t get…
What’s up with the gorilla?
Well, not this particular one here. I mean the use of Gorilla in the name. I just don’t get the reference. None of them smell like gorilla, or how I imagine a gorilla would smell, and the sleek black packaging just doesn’t scream great ape to me.
I’ve sniffed five of the six scents, each of them available in spray and solid stick form — Imogen Rose, Lust, Orange Blossom, The Smell of Freedom and Tuca Tuca — and with the exception of Orange Blossom, which smells like the jasmine plant in my front yard (DIVINE!), I’m not in love.
They remind me of excessively strong incense, you know, the kind they burn in that store downtown that sells crystal figurines, tie-dye tees and dream catchers.
The official fragrance notes…
- Imogen Rose: rose, bergamot, vetivert, ambrette seed, tonka, orris
- Lust: jasmine, ylang ylang, rose, vanilla, sandalwood
- Orange Blossom: orange blossom, neroli, rosewood, ylang ylang, sandalwood, beeswax
- The Smell of Freedom: lemongrass, lemon myrtle, neroli, jasmine, ginger, fire tree, clove, black pepper, sandalwood, oudh, orris
- Tuca Tuca: cassis, vanilla, sandalwood, vetivert, violet leaf, ylang ylang
To their credit, these sprays and solid fragrances have great wear time, lasting about eight hours on me, and a little goes a long way.
But, man! — what’s with all the black lights and Jimi Hendrix posters on the wall? And, um, is that Bob Marley playing in the background? Oh, what’s that? You want me to pass the you-know-what to the left-hand side? LOL!
PRICE: $13 for a 0.4-oz. solid, about $14 for a 0.3-fl oz. perfume
AVAILABILITY: At Lush stores and online
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Click here to learn more about Lush’s Gorilla Perfumes.