I admit that I’m not a huge fan of LUSH, based upon a past Christmas gift that went horribly awry. But I’d never been to the store so when charged with trying the “Gorilla” scents I thought, “how bad could it be?”
That, Tonstant Weader, is called “foreshadowing.”
I smelled the store before I got in there, which is usually not a good sign. The smell wasn’t bad, mind you; it was just a little overpowering, like being mugged by a dryer sheet. Luckily the scents were right in the front, showing either pride of place or the staff’s need of ventilation in their presence. I tested on strips first, no fool I. Then in the interest of science I tested three on skin.
Lust is jasmine, with an overarching, screechy metallic accord on my skin that was just god-awful.
Imogen Rose is powdery roses. Not bad, but this garden path has been trod before, and far better.
Orange Blossom is neroli. Tennis anyone?
Now I can’t call these serious reviews since I usually have to let myself live with a scent before committing myself to print on it. I feel it’s my duty to readers to know that I didn’t just give this a cursory sniff and start typing. These thankfully faded away after a few hours and I am not without being paid to going to re-apply. For me, these are the scent equivalent of waterboarding.
In defense of the rest of LUSH, there were some great soaps, a shea-butter and rice scrubby thing and some (thankfully unscented) lotions, balms and salves that I would love to try. I didn’t, not even to vigorously scrub Lust off. Because I do it for you.
These are available at Lush stores and online, price dependent. Personally I’d stick to the soaps.
PS from March: The Gorilla Perfumes link on the LUSH U.S. website takes you to a UK page that displays the B Never Too Busy scents which LT and TS raved over in The Guide — if I recall correctly, several were 4 or 5 stars (and are listed in the appendix under B Never etc., not LUSH). The LUSH website and the SA at the local store call these the “B sides” and they’re packaged in the Gorilla bottles — Breath of God, Ladyboy, Exhale, etc. LUSH will ship from the UK but the local store says that with the possible exception of BOG, there are no plans to carry them stateside. I’ve not bothered to hunt them down, but I am curious — have any of you tried any of the B sides? Any opinions you’d like to share? Thanks.