Body Sprays, Fragrance

Twilight Body Spray

I have trouble sleeping. I always have. It takes me roughly an hour to actually fall asleep, and that’s on a good night. Twilight Body Spray is a product that I am currently using every day and I keep it pride of place on my bedside table ready for me to spray over my bedsheets each evening to help me drift off quicker and more peacefully. Although this is clearly a body spray, there’s absolutely no harm in using it on clothes, sheets or as a room spray if you wish.

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Or course we’re talking about the scent family that’s one of Lush’s most well known and most talked about – the Sleepy family. Comprised of Twilight Bath Bomb, Sleepy Body Lotion and more, this is a scent that’s designed to be used before bedtime because of it’s mind-soothing ingredients. The sweet and relaxing scent is made up of Lavender, Tonka, Ylang Ylang and Benzoin Resinoid.

Lavender is arguably one of the most used essential oils in aromatherapy for its calming effects. The Ancient Egyptians used it to help achieve a state of serenity whilst the Romans used it to combat headaches. Today, researchers have proven how potent Lavender is when used as a natural remedy to help aid sleep. Although it doesn’t directly affect the quality of sleep itself, it does ease worries and stress, thereby relaxing people enough to help them sleep better. Although Lavender has a distinct aroma you could describe as somewhere between herbal and floral, Twilight’s scent is much sweeter thanks to its other ingredients.

Tonka Absolute is obtained from the seeds of a tree that grows in South America. Lush buy their Tonka directly from the communities in Brazil that gather it. The beans are collected from the forest floor where they’ve fall from the tree canopy and are brought back to the villages where the beans are manually extracted from their shells. They are then laid out in the sun to dry – turning a rich brown colour during the process. The sweet beans, which smell like spicy vanilla, are then gathered together and sent to Lush in the UK. Tonka’s sweet, comforting aroma is definitely what gives this scent those creamy notes you detect.

Derived from the flowers of the Cananga tree, Ylang Ylang Oil is rich, exotic and wonderfully fragrant. The oil is perhaps best known for its soothing and relaxing properties, and is frequently used to help alleviate stress-related disorders such as depression and anxiety. Its warm, custardy scent is said to promote inner peace and feelings of joyfulness, and there’s a lot of evidence that suggests it’s a pretty effective aphrodisiac too. Lush use Ylang Ylang from a supplier in The Comoro Islands and from Ghana, where they own their own plantation, helping the ecosystem there flourish.

Benzoin comes from the Styrax tree, native to Sumatra but also found in other parts of southeast Asia. Lush source Benzoin from Laos, where it is extracted from the trees. The resin collects in small incisions made in the bark, which is hardened and stored in pieces or pressed into blocks. This gum is then refined further, through the method of solvent extraction, to produce a resinoid. The lingering, sweet balsamic scent of Benzoin is like a mixture of cinnamon and vanilla ice-cream and is said to be extremely relaxing, yet warming and comforting too.

I think these four ingredients pair together so well and I instantly feel mellowed and comforted whenever I smell this fragrance. As I said, I’m currently using it on my bedsheets each night and I’m definitely noticing a difference in how relaxed I am. I tend to try and focus on the aroma whilst I’m falling asleep and although it’s not going to instantly cure my sleeping woes, it’s definitely helping me de-stress and enter a more relaxed state of mind.

It’s a great alternative to Sleepy Body Lotion if slathering yourself in a cream is too much effort for you! Plus, I think this body spray is slightly stronger in scent!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Water, Perfume, Glycerine, Benzoin Resinoid, Lavender Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Coumarin, Limonene, Linalool

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Fragrance, Perfume

Karma Perfume

There’s no doubt about it. Karma is one of Lush’s most famous and most popular fragrances. Inspired by the scents of Kensington High Street in the 1960s it’s a unique and distinctive perfume with notes of oranges, spices and patchouli.

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The 1960’s were the time of hippies and something that’s well associated with stereotypically long haired, psychedelic print wearing, carefree hippies is Patchouli Oil. Why exactly? Well, there’s a few reasons.

Patchouli has a very earthy aroma and it was often used back then (and now) in meditation as a way of connecting deeper into nature and the earth. Also, hippies were nicknamed the love generation, and patchouli was endorsed for its ability to relieve stress and increase libido. Lastly, patchouli was often used to mask the smell of marijuana! It would seem patchouli is the ideal ingredient in a perfume designed to mimic that era.

The next ingredient in Karma is Brazilian Orange Oil, which has a bight and sunny smell, perfect for lifting the mood and adds citrusy middle notes to the fragrance.

We then have Lavendin Oil which comes from a lavender hybrid plant but features the same strong and herbal scent that’s well known to relax the mind. Next comes fresh and woody Pine Oil, crisp and aromatic Lemongrass, sharp citrusy Elemi Oil (reputed to cause a feeling of peace) and lastly Cassie Absolute, with its spicy and floral scent.

Karma is definitely a complex perfume but splitting it into three parts I find you have a top note of earthy and meditative patchouli, a hint of citrus and then warming, aromatic incense-like aromas in the background. It’s a sunny and cheerful scent, with the ability to calm and relax and really get you feeling those good vibes. It works well as a perfume and will definitely get someone asking about it!

I won’t say I’m a massive Karma fan, but that’s not to say I don’t like it; I can definitely appreciate it and each time I smell it I’m reminded how good it actually is. I find you can wear Karma day or night, in the summer or the winter and it doesn’t matter. It’s really for anyone and everyone who likes it and to wear whenever they want.

Karma is probably the most featured scent in all of Lush’s products but the people sure do love it!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Water, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Glycerine, Limonene, Brazilian Orange Oil, Lavendin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Cassie Absolute, Cinnamal, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Hydroxycitronellal

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Dear John Perfume

Dear John has a touching story behind it. It was created by Lush co-founder Mark Constantine as an ode to his father, named John, whom he had never met because he had abandoned him as a baby. Mark developed this fragrance over a long time as a representative of the idea of how a man and a father smells. A ‘Dear John’ is typically a letter written from a woman to her lover who’s away at war to let him know she’s found somebody else.

Lush describe Dear John as a comforting, complex scent with notes of coffee, coriander, lime and tobacco – though it doesn’t actually feature all these ingredients. Mark himself describes it as better up close, like burying your face into clothing to get the smell of a person.

Cedarwood and Vetivert Oils are what give the perfume the tobacco-like notes. Cedarwood has a comforting balsamic aroma with earthy undertones which is often used in aromatherapy to relax and calm the mind. Its definitely the note that my nose picks out first in the scent. Vetivert is a tall grass found growing in India and yields an oil with an earthy and smoky aroma. Vetivert is known as ‘the oil of tranquility’ because of its deeply relaxing effect on the mind and body.

Next we have Coriander Oil. Everyone knows the smell of coriander which is strong and fresh yet spicy and woody. Known for its warming and stimulating effects on the mind, it’s often used in conjunction with or in the place of coffee to give a similar aroma. Ancient Egyptians used to call coriander the spice of happiness because of its uplifting and energising effect on the mind. Coupled with the other ingredients I’d suggest it’s this which gives citrusy undertones like that of limes.

Lastly, Clove Bud Oil works in a similar way, also adding notes of spice and warmth and its perfect in a comforting perfume to envelop the wearer like a warm hug. Clove buds are put through a process of steam distillation producing an essential oil that is richly sweet and spicy.

Dear John is definitely a scent that grows on you. I didn’t actually like it at all to begin with, but after trying it out a couple of times I really began to love how comforting and unique it is. I can see why it means so much to Mark and how it can invoke old memories and nostalgia in some people. Although being designed around the typical fatherly scent, like all of Lush’s Gorilla Perfumes, its unisex!

Mark’s story actually has a fairly happy ending. He eventually reconciled with his father when Mark turned sixty, which you can read about in his biography that Lush are currently selling – Dear John: The Road To Pelindaba.

I definitely think Dear John is worth giving a go!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Limonene, Water, Glycerine, Cedarwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool

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Body Sprays, Fragrance

Golden Pear Body Spray

I’ve actually had this bottle since Christmas but I’m only just writing about it now! I remember when I first heard they were releasing a body spray in this scent I was so excited, since the first release of the original soap in 2017, I’ve loved it and I’m so glad that it’s growing in popularity!

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The Golden Pear scent is a potent one, even if you just have the soap sitting on the side in your bathroom, the decadent aroma greets you every time you open the door and walk in. It’s a mixture of Cardamom Oil, Sandalwood Oil and Brazilian Orange Oil and is reminiscent of baked spiced pears and syrupy fruit tarts. Whilst the original soap contains heaps of Fresh Pear Puree, this body spray obviously doesn’t, so I was a little concerned that they wouldn’t be able to truly replicate the scent without it, but I was completely wrong! It’s a strong body spray and I’d even say it’s more Golden Pear than Golden Pear itself!

Now with the first spray, the overall smell is quite an alcoholic one, but don’t fret because it gradually settles into the scent you’ll know and love. A lot of Lush’s body sprays and perfumes can have this problem but it doesn’t mean anything is wrong with them, sometimes they just need to fully settle into the format.

When it’s settled, the first perfume notes that come through are sweet and richly fruity. Whilst there’s not really any noticeable Orange aromas, it’s the Brazilian Orange, mixed with warming Cardamom that gives you the illusion of platefuls of warm spiced pears dripping with syrup and you find yourself just wanting to sink into the aroma. After the warming notes, you start to notice the Sandalwood grounding you into a peaceful state of mind. I actually find this scent rather complex; it’s warming and reassuring, yet enlivening and energising at the same time.

I personally find it great for when you want to just take a moment for yourself and clear your mind. I actually use it mostly as a room spray, for when I’m meditating and to help invoke a real sense of comfort.

When I have worn it as a body spray and gone out, I’ve received many compliments about how good I smell and someone even said that with that scent, I’m giving off a warm and friendly aura and energy, which was a delight to hear. I find that it’s very long lasting as well, it remains on my clothes almost two days later.

I’m trying to use my Golden Pear Body Spray sparingly because you never know when or  even if Lush will bring an exclusive product out again. Luckily with such a heady fragrance, you only need to spray a little each time!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Cardamom Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool

 

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Snow Fairy Body Spray

Now I can’t say that I’m a massive Snow Fairy fan. That’s not to say I dislike it at all, but I’ve never really seen the hype that a lot of other people see. Snow Fairy Body Spray was a late addition to 2018’s Christmas Range and many people were ecstatic to say the least, but I can’t say I shared the same excitement.

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For anyone who hasn’t experienced Snow Fairy before, the iconic Lush scent is made from a sweet Synthetic Musk which smells like candy floss, pear drops and bubble gum. To me, this body spray really is the best of Snow Fairy, even beating the shower gel! The description on the back says it will transport you to your favourite sweet shop and that’s exactly the feeling I had when I sprayed it over myself for the first time. I felt super playful, sickly delicious and like I was surrounded by sweets. I really get the impression of those foam banana sweets with this format, something I never usually notice.

Even though I said I don’t call myself a true Snow Fairy fan, I’m actually growing to love this body spray. Perhaps now the range has gone from stores and I’m not constantly smelling it and telling customers that we have none left, I’ve grown to appreciate it more. Absence really does make the heart grow fonder!

I love how long it lasts on my skin and my clothes, a scarf I was wearing the last time I wore it still retains the strong fragrance a good couple of weeks later!

I’m glad I got a chance to really fall in love with a Snow Fairy scented product, so I’m glad I can say that this bottle will last me a long while! It’s definitely something you need to try if you’re a fan of the range, I’m certain it’ll make a return next year!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Water, Perfume, Glycerine, Synthetic Musk, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

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Lord Of Misrule Perfume

Just before Christmas, Lush launched a few fan favourite perfumes and luckily for me, Lord Of Misrule was one of them and I am so fricking glad!

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I’m always apprehensive when Lush bring out products (especially fragrances) that have familiar and iconic scents because you never know whether it’s going to smell exactly and undoubtably the same as what you want. However I’m pleased to tell you, Lord Of Misrule Perfume gets it spot on.

I love Lord Of Misrule for many reasons. I love Halloween and it’s usually featured as part of the Halloween collection each year, and the name comes from a pagan feast where a so called ‘Lord of Misrule’ presided over drunken parties and ridiculous festivities, which frankly sounds like a great job. I also love the beautiful green colour that is often associated with the scent, like the shower cream.

Lord Of Misrule is a heavenly trio of Patchouli, Black Pepper and Vanilla which comes together in a spicy, yet comforting aroma, To me, the Patchouli is front and foremost, with earthy tones that invoke a feeling of deep meditation and calmness. Mix in the warming Black Pepper you get a delicate balance between soothing and stimulating before the whole thing is elevated and sweetened by the addition of the Vanilla Absolute.

Honestly I’m happy to wear it throughout the year but it’s probably more of a winter/auntum time perfume, perfect for spraying over a thick jumper or a scarf. It always makes me feel so warm and cosy and is a scent that really just reminds me to be me, like it helps me know my own power and take control of it. After all, I am the Lord of Misrule!

The staying power on your skin and clothing is one of the best I’ve seen and will definitely last from morning to evening, my coats still smell of it days later! I’m so impressed with this perfume and forever thankful I managed to get one, it’s what I’ve really been wanting!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Patchouli Oil, Limonene, Black Pepper Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Anise Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool

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Two More Hearts Perfume

Two More Hearts is a remix of an old perfume called ‘Two Hearts Beating As One’ from Lush’s original perfume and make up brand ‘B Never Too Busy to Be Beautiful’. Simon Constantine apparently reworked this fragrance from memory, and created a fresh new take on it called Two More Hearts.

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After debating which one out of the six newest Lush Labs perfumes to choose, this was the one I went for as it’s ingredients really made me feel as though it’s something I’d like, plus I’m a sucker for Jasmine! When I received it in my order, boy was I happy, it’s absolutely incredible.

It’s a scent that’s very much unlike anything I’ve ever smelled from Lush before. Containing Rose, Jasmine and Ylang-Ylang, it’s a sweet floral note at the forefront that I’d describe as hugely powdery and soft. The Rose and Jasmine seem to have intertwined at the top and created a sexy and beautiful fragrance. There’s deeper notes of uplifting, citrusy Lemon and a resinous, woody base note of Sandalwood that’s more noticeable upon first spray, but it blends in with the rest as the perfume develops.

Two More Hearts makes me feel regal and seductive, but in a different way to Lust Perfume. It’s much more complex and it’s almost as if Lust had an older, more sensible sister. Lust is dirty and primal, whereas Two More Hearts is classier and just makes me want to float around a huge mansion in a silk dressing gown.

Whereas I like to wear Lust in the evening, I’d probably prefer to wear Two More Hearts during the day, though who am I kidding? I’ll probably wear it all the time.

I find this perfume has incredible staying power, I can still smell it on scarves and coats I’ve worn a week ago and that’s when you know a perfume is a good one. It stands out amongst most others and I always get compliments whenever I wear it.

Although 30ml of a perfume will last me a good while, I’ll be incredibly sad if mine runs out without a chance to buy it again, this really deserves a place in the all year round range, or at least as an online exclusive!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Ylang Ylang Oil, Rose Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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