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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Bath, Bath Bombs

Perle De Sel Bath Bomb

Oh holy Jesus, this is my favourite product of this year’s Christmas range! Don’t be fooled by it’s boring exterior, Perle De Sel is truly beautiful in the water.

The name means ‘Salt Pearl’ in French and is what decorates the top of the bath bomb. Although featured here covered in golden lustre, African Salt Pearls are sparkling white balls of salt formed when wind blows across salted water. They really soften the water and give a touch of luxury to your bath.

Without knowing, you’d presume that Perle De Sel is mostly white, perhaps with a hint of gold, but you couldn’t be more wrong. When in the bath, the outer shell foams and fizzes away and releases beautiful streams of bright turquoise into the water. This bath bomb also features a heavy amount of glitter, which looks absolutely amazing as it glimmers and surges under the surface of the water, giving a velvet like appearance. I’m really a sucker for a bright blue bath and there was something icy and wintery about this one, perfect for bathing at this time of the year!

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For those in the know of Lush scents, Perle De Sel features the same scent as the Snowcake range, a typical scent of Lush Christmases which creates a cosy, warming aroma reminiscent of sugared almonds and marzipan.

The sweet, nutty resinous scent of Benzoin Resinoid is mainly what you can smell, but it’s put together with a slight floral hit from soothing and toning Rose Absolute. Cassie Absolute rounds it out by providing an uplifting odour that’s equally spicy and floral. Out of all your typical Christmas scents, it’s smells like this that I’m really enamoured by.

Whilst the scent was extremely subtle whilst I was in the bath, I could definitely smell the cosy, decadent aroma on my skin for a good few hours later and it left me feeling beautifully smooth and soft, like I had covered my body with dusting powder!

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I’m gonna need to stock up on lots of these beauties before the season is over because you never know whether Lush will bring it back next year or not! (Fingers crossed!)

Ingredients

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, African Salt Pearls, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Titanium Dioxide, Perfume, Cassie Absolute, Rose Absolute, Benzoin Resinoid, Cream Of Tartar, Water, Sodium Cocoa Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tin Oxide, Colour 77491, Colour 42090, Colour 42053, Colour 59040, Colour 47005:1

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