Originally Posted by rogalal
He he to Eleanore's gorilla moment!
With no offense intended to Nuka or any of BN's good friends at Lush, their scents make more sense to me as soaps or bath bombs than proper perfumes (in fact, most aren't sold as proper perfumes here in the USA). I have a soft spot for Go Green and have a mini perfume solid of it, but it's pretty simplistic - the topnotes are great but it doesn't really go anywhere. And I have to to be a little bitchy and say that Karma is one of the most unpleasant and relentless odors I've ever smelled.
I was really hoping B Never would make it's way here so I could experience the Lush ethos (which I love) expressed in proper perfumery, but alas....
(Also, I totally would have bought something that Nuka designed, just because of the BN connection!)
Don't worry - many of Mark and Simon's perfumes cause a love-or-hate reaction! There was one compounder who'd nicknamed Breath of God to Breath of Dog.
I, on the other hand, couldn't get enough of it from the moment it hit my skin. It's my favourite scent from the B Never line, after which it's a tie between B Scent, 1000 Kisses Deep and Dear John. I find Superworldunknown too sweet for my skin (I turn scents really sweet) and Vanillary goes super syrupy too.
From the new line-up, I was really surprised to find that I loved Lust
- a really heavy hitting jasmine and ylang scent in the style of A La Nuit by Lutens. I don't like A La Nuit, but I was rather baffled to find Lust suits my skin perfectly. I do need to wait 2 hours for that to happen though, as the scent is in at 20% in alcohol (some companies sell their extraits at that concentration), so when you spray from a bottle it's a bit much at first!
Incidentally, I have never really worn Karma as a perfume, but I love the soap a lot. It leaves a great scent on your skin for hours afterwards. It seems completely unisex to me too, which probably explains why it's so popular worldwide.
When you said above that you're sad that you never got to experience "the Lush ethos expressed in proper perfumery", I had to show that sentence to a colleague because it exactly summarised what we're up to with the whole 'Gorilla Perfume' concept. That's it - exactly.
I think the Tuca Tuca might confuse people because it's a VERY 'Lush-style' scent in the Karma/Vanillary kind of sense; it started its life as a massage bar fragrance...
The rest of the new fragrances are much more 'perfume-y' in the best possible sense. They are much, much stronger than what you'd get at the department store and they have a certain hippie edge to the stories and inspirations, but actually I think in style they are somewhat related to Lutens, (old) Guerlain and Neil Morris.
Imogen Rose – Inspired by Simon’s daughter, Imogen Rose is an exquisite rose perfume with dry vetivert notes and a powdery amber accord.
Orange Blossom - Fresh orange blossom and neroli perfume, with honeyed and woody notes, that smells like a distilled Mediterranean moment.
Lust – Carnal and sexy jasmine with an indolic character, floral notes and a soft, woody base.
Tuca Tuca – Feminine and flirty violet perfume with violet leaf, cassie and vanilla to evoke memories of that first intoxicating crush.
The Smell of Weather Turning – The perfume that captures a thunderstorm in reverse, with a fresh scent of rain on grass that develops a dark, smoky character and back into a smell of sweet hay.
The Smell of Freedom - Opens with a fresh, herbal accord and reveals its complex, spicy and woody nature as it warms on your skin. It's a masterpiece of profound complexity and beauty.
Dirty - Re-vamped from Be Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful, this sexy and clean fragrance is available in a whole range of grooming products, all of which share a matching accord with the finished perfume.
It's a whole new way of layering perfume without clashing product scents.
Almost all of the B perfumes will also be coming back, so you'll be able to sniff those at some point too. I think this new work is better than what they did for B. I was completely speechless when I smelled the woody accord that went into The Smell of Freedom (yes, the names are still terrible - don't let that put you off!
). It's a blend of sandalwood, oudh and orris, among other things.
I'm also anxious to hear what Ody, our pine-obsessed perfumista will think of Dear John, as that's an unexpected mixture of coffee, lime and pine!