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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Fragrance, Perfume

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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Fragrance, Perfume

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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Lust Perfume

I think what you’re good at, is what you like to do. I do believe that I’m good at jasmine. I wanted to do a really, really sexy, dirty, lustful fragrance and that’s what I’ve done. I’m very happy with it! I’d done fragrances like that before, but I’d never had the nerve to let them be. British people have a problem with sexy fragrances; there’s always this feeling of having to dress the thing up in a frock and put a bonnet on it. This time, I just went all the way. – Mark Constantine

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Lust is a perfume that’s very much like Marmite. You either love it, or you hate it. It actually surprises me that people can’t stand the scent of Lust, or of jasmine itself, because I absolutely adore it and Lust is one of my favourite perfumes ever.

The Jasmine is the main scent of this perfume. Jasmine has a very heady and sensual aroma which intoxicates your mind and also has aphrodisiac qualities. The Rose and Ylang Ylang add sweet floral notes whilst the Sandalwood gives the fragrance warmth and earthiness. It’s a really rich and intoxicatingly sweet seductive scent and arguably one of Lush’s most powerful, that’s why I love it so much.

Wearing Lust makes me feel empowered and sexy, yet sophisticated, and because of this it really gives me a big confidence boost. Whenever I wear Lust I always get people asking me what it is or making comments about it. It’s said that if you go out wearing Lust you’ll be sure to gain an admirer or two!

It’s certainly not a perfume you can hide. It’s probably one of Lush’s strongest perfumes and it has great staying power perfect for long days as it will stay with you on your skin well into the night.

I’d say that this perfume is definitely wearable throughout the year, it works really well in Autumn and Winter for the pure richness of it, but also because of the floral side it works equally as well when the climate is warmer. Though I’d happily wear it whenever!

Because of the red colouring of Lust, try not to spritz it too close to light coloured clothing – as it does have a tendency to stain ever so slightly on whites, but of course it’s easily washed out.

If you’ve never experienced Lust before, you need to. Just be prepared for a strong reaction!

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Perfume, Water, Glycerine, Rose Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood Oil, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Eugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol

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