Lush Solid Gorilla Perfumes


Lush fragrances are, in my opinion, massively underrated. Just like all Lush products, their range of Gorilla Perfumes are completely different from anything else you'd find in high street shops and they're all just a little bit more fun than conventional offerings (hold your horses though, I don't want you to rush out and buy all of them because, as I've said before, Lust is mine; I like the illusion I've fostered that I'm the only person who ever wears it).

The perfumes in the range are all "inspired by art, music, and poetry" and lots have fantastic stories behind them (like Death and Decay, which according to the Lush worker who introduced me to it was made in honour of the creator's recent bereavement; "The pure scent of lily mingles with over-ripe tones of indole to give this fragrance a pungent, narcotic headiness. Let it transport you to a serene space where the fullness of beauty and its inevitable decay can be contemplated without fear. The message is one of meditation, acceptance and optimism delivered in a glorious, floral flourish."). They're exactly what perfumes should be: full-on evocative, made with feeling, and never just a pretty scent.

There are options for men and women - some lean toward musky, woodsy and traditionally masculine, and some are unapologetically feminine and floral - but pleasingly none are directly marketed at either gender so you get to just use your own nose as a guide.

Much as I recommend checking out their bottled fragrances, I think everyone should pick up one or two of the solid perfumes, which are an absolute bargain (they're all under a tenner and last for ages) and are really useful to have on hand. Nobody wants to be that person who obnoxiously spritzes themselves with a strong scent in public, but it is nice to freshen up through the day and these are brilliant for just that.

They only leave a mild scent and have next to no sillage, and they come in little tins like lip balm (the tin is actually my only small issue with these; I loved them best when they came in the old twist-up Chapstick style tubes), which makes them perfect for travelling with. Just rub a little onto your pulse points whenever you feel your perfume is fading, and you get to stay smelling lovely all day without ever causing colleagues or friends to sneeze as you walk past.


Karma is a fragrance I've been wearing on and off since I first picked it up in the Covent Garden Lush fifteen years ago (!). In all honesty, as an eleven-year-old girl I had no business reeking of pine, patchouli and orange - it's a sharp, intense smell that makes me think of incense sticks and tie-dye wearing hippies, and I much prefer its milder solid form to the spray.


Imogen Rose is the girliest perfume I've ever worn - soft and rosy, with hints of bergamot and vetiver. I always think of it as a proper springtime scent, and one that I feel lends itself to being worn with a tea dress and a string of pearls.

Sun is one I actually only get out in the winter, being the contrary creature I am. It's a happy, bright fragrance that helps take the edge off those dark and miserable mornings. A base note of sandalwood helps mellow the freshness of its orange and mimosa top notes, and the whole combination is just a gorgeous, sweet, sunny scent.

Sikkim Girls
is my favourite Lush scent after Lust (it was once described to me by a Lush staff member as "Lust's older sister", so quelle surprise I guess). It's heavy on the jasmine, but not as overpoweringly so as Lust - frangipani and tuberose make it beautifully soft and powdery, but it's still an incredibly sexy fragrance.



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50 comments:

  1. To be honest, I didn't even know Lush had fragrance on offer! These solid ones sound great to throw in our handbag, for any case of perfume emergency, so I´ll check them out next time i am in store.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. They're so useful to have on hand! I find as well that as it's just essential oil blends, and they don't smell traditionally "perfumey", they complement other fragrances really well so you don't have to worry about matching!)

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  2. I really want to try Imogen Rose and Sikkim Girls, they seem like really lovely, soft, feminine scents! Thank you for your review dear! xxxxx

    www.romantiquely.com

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    1. They're both really beautiful fragrances - definitely worth checking out next time you're in Lush :) X

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  3. Don't we all like to think we're the only ones to wear a scent, I'm like that with Karl Lagerfeld EDP, I like to think I'm the only one who wears it haha! These are too cute, you'd never even notice it in your purse. I must try one, I didn't even know they had these! The rose sounds right up my ally.

    Kindly,
    Sheree

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    1. It is a gorgeous one - it's like, I feel like it makes me want to sit up straighter and flutter my eyelashes and be all coy and dainty when I wear it... proper old-fashioned femininity :) X

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  4. Oh wow, I love Lush perfumes! Never tried any of their solids, but I really like Imogen Rose and also Vanillary, which smells just like vanilla candles! Thank you for sharing, lovely. <3

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Ah yeah, I love Vanillary! I don't like to wear it (just doesn't suit me/isn't what I normally go for) but whenever I'm in Lush I go take a few big sniffs of it:D X

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  5. These look so cool! I actually haven't seen these yet

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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    1. Really worth checking out - they're so handy to have in your make-up bag when you're on the go :) x

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  6. I didn't know that Lush sold perfumes~! Now I want to hunt them down to try out <33

    http://alluringalyssbeauty.blogspot.com/

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    1. Definitely do! Word of warning though, you'll want all of them! :p x

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  7. These sound (and look!) absolutely incredible! This post is like a breath of fresh air :)
    Loved it, hon. I will be looking up this lovely range ;)
    They could also make fab gifts.
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks lovely! Definitely worth a look. And yes, they are perfect for gifts! At Christmas they usually sell little sets of three for fairly reasonable prices too :) X

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  8. I've always seen these in Lush but never really gave it a good look. Solid fragrances seem so interesting to me, I'll have to give it a try next time I'm at lush.

    Kelly // Perfect Shade of Mauve

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    1. Yeah, definitely worth checking out. Dangerously easy to end up buying loads of them though! X

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  9. Last summer I went on a yoga retreat and one of the girls there wore Lust and boy, did we all drool over it! I had forgotten about the mental note I made to go into Lush and get a solid perfume, but you have reminded me of it! They're brilliant for taking away on holidays as well in their solid form... ah, feel like running out of the house and straight into Lush to get one right now, ha ha!

    Inma x
    sunshineandglow.blogspot.com

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    1. It's definitely one that gets a lot of comments! But yeah, I feel like that a bit too since writing it - I went on the Lush website while I was writing it and there are about five more I want to try now! X

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  10. I love solid fragrances and the packaging of these is so cute! Must try! x

    www.aimeroseblog.com

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    1. They are super cute, right? So easy to carry around too :) X

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  11. I have never tried solid perfumes before but I am so intrigued about these Lush options now. I would definitely have to go for one of the more feminine & floral scents maybe something like the Imogen Rose x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Imogen Rose is lovely if you're into floral scents - genuinely can't think of anything more quintessentially feminine :) x

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  12. I've honestly never even looked at Lush's perfumes - I guess it's just too easy to get distracted by all the shiny pretty bath bombs and things! - but it sounds like they have a lovely range of scents and I love the idea of them being in solid format. I'll definitely be having a look next time I'm in store :)

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yeah, definitely easily missed! Really worth a look though, the solid ones are so cheap too - perfect introduction to their fragrances :) X

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  13. I love the vanillary solid perfume - the solid perfumes are all lovely though and such good value for money I think as they last ages!
    Amy x
    Call Me Amy

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    1. Vanillary is gorgeous - it's not the kind of thing I wear, but I absolutely love it on other people :) x

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  14. I think I have been living under a rock as I had NO idea Lush did solid perfumes. I love the packaging.

    Ashleigh | www.quintessentiallyme.co.uk

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    1. They definitely don't make them very prominent in my local Lush - upstairs in a far corner, so you have to know what you're looking for! They definitely should be promoted more though, they're awesome :) x

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  15. Solid perfumes sound so interesting, I've always wanted to try them! I spray a lot of perfume therefore I find these would be useful to me! xx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They're fab! I was a bit unsure about solid ones for a while, but after picking up a couple I'm properly sold! X

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  16. Thanks for this post, I actually did not know that Lush had solid perfumes. I really need to check them out.

    ZEKALIN

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    1. Definitely worth checking out! Hope you find a scent you love :) X

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  17. I didn't know that Lush had solid perfumes until now! I will definitely check them out when I am at Lush. You picked up Karma 15 years ago... crazy how long they've been out and never took my attention. x

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. It was a spray I picked up then, still crazy how long ago it is though - I have no idea how long the solids have been around, but even as a Lush fragrance devotee I was definitely late to the game! X

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  18. I had no idea LUSh has fragrance bars?! I seriously need to pay more attention the next time I shop there but omg, walking into the store gives me anxiety. The sales assistants would suffocate you! LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Haha, yeah I have trouble with the sales assistants, I've ended up spending so much more than I wanted to so many times! X

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  19. Thanks for reviewing these! I love LUSH and this is the first I have heard of their fragrance bars. Had no clue they had any!

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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    1. You should definitely check them out if you get a chance - I don't know why they don't promote them more! X

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  20. Great post! Your blog is amazing and so inspiring for new beauty bloggers like us! :)
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    Beautycrowns.blogspot.com

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  21. I'm yet to try these but when I do, I'll get the Sikkim Girls :)

    www.petalsofbeauty.com

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    1. It's a gorgeous one, definitely worth checking out :) X

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  22. hey there !!! Great blog post.. you can tell you work really hard on your blogs :) can't wait to read more :)

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    Jade

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    1. Thanks lovely! Hope it helps you find some lovely new products :) x

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  23. I've always been kind of wary of trying these but I'm not sure why, this post has inspired me to check them out! I *love* the karma scent family so think that will be first on my hit list.

    http://fourcatsplusus.co.uk - Amy x

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    1. I kind of know what you mean - it took me ages to bother checking any fragrances other than Karma and I just didn't see how a solid fragrance would work. Super pleased I did give them a go though! (Also, weirdly pleased whenever someone else says they like Karma - so many people hate it on me when I wear it!) X

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  24. I've always wanted to give solid perfumes a go! The only ones I have seen so far were some at the Fragrance shop but they didn't even smell of anything! Imogen Rose sounds right up my street, very girly haha! I'll give it a go the next time I pop into Lush :)

    Velvet Blush

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    1. They're definitely worth trying - so convenient to carry around! The Lush ones definitely have a decent smell to them, it's mild but still enough that people who lean in for a hug will notice and comment on it. Imogen Rose is wonderful if you like really feminine scents :) x

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  25. This is such a great post. Now I need to get my butt to a Lush store asap!

    xo Tiffany | tiffanymay.org

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