Lush's Gorilla Perfumes line has been a smashing success since it debuted in the UK, and now it's arrived stateside, with five new scents (plus a relaunch of both Karma and Vanillary) designed to appeal to natural-fragrance fans of all stripes. I sniffed and liked its first Gorilla release, Tuca Tuca, so I decided to give the rest a try, too. To find out what I thought about each of the new scents, just keep reading.
- Lust — Like jasmine essential oil and lots of it? Then let me introduce you to Lust, which is just about as nose-y a floral as you can make. There's nothing sweet or candied about it, and it's very light, without the woodsy base most jasmine scents use. If you like your flowers potent and no-frills, you may well love this scent.
- Smell of Freedom — Into guys' scents? You might consider giving this one a spritz, then. It's a dark blend of resinous pine (think the scent of sap, not Pine-Sol), clove, and dried, wintry herbs. Definitely a cold-weather scent, and not for those prone to fragrance headaches. The lasting power is impressive, though.
- Imogen Rose — Pure, unadulterated Damask rose makes up the body of this scent. It's very traditionally feminine, but fresher than most similar perfumes. If you love rose bath beads or rose-scented soap, you'll almost certainly adore this fragrance. If you like sweet or heavy rose scents, though, you may be better off smelling Karma or Vanillary.
- Orange Blossom — Can't get enough neroli? Try this one. This unisex scent smells unrelentingly of orange blossom and the unguent scent of crushed neroli. It's light enough to wear at any time of year, but like the other scents in the collection, it has terrific staying power.