This winter all of the Lushies out there were given and extra special little treat when Lush released some of the most coveted scents available in their perfume forms. I'm lucky enough to live in London and thus have access to the mecca of Lush stores - Oxford Street. Oxford street proudly displayed all of these little beauties for a few weeks this December and The Kitchen did a few days run of them. Oxford Street also appears to have an ever growing gorilla perfumes section - so here's to the future!
The scents that they released are as follows: Snow Fairy, Honey I Washed The Kids, Celebrate, Lord Of Misrule and Tuca Tuca. There was one other, Tramp, although I cannot bear the smell so it doesn't make an appearance in my very own little line up.
Snow Fairy is sweet and subtle, it shares its scent with the most beloved Snow Fairy shower gel and replicates it perfectly in a perfume form. It smells like sweet candy floss and hard boiled sweets - on first sniff it's almost like you have walked into an old fashioned sweet shop and stumbled into a pot of candies. Although the scent is powerful at first I don't find it to be particularly lasting, one spitz may last a couple of hours but doesn't linger around beautifully until the end of the day. I suppose it's like a bag of sweets - a moment in your hand then gone in a flash.
-Honey I Washed The Kids-
Honey I Washed The Kids is another sweet and fresh smell, it has a rich honey like note matched with citrus twangs and a deep toffee like note that rounds it all off. It comes from the Honey I Washed The Kids smell family, so if you enjoy Shoot For The Stars, Honey I Washed The Kids Soap, It's Raining Men Shower Gel, Honey Bee Bath-bomb or even Gold Fun, then you're in for a treat with this one. As for the staying power I find that it lasts a good few hours on the skin, a little longer that Snow Fairy, however it would need a re-spritz if you're having a long day out and about. It does make me question the staying power of sweeter smelling perfumes - but this is just too gorgeous to pass up and I honestly don't mind reapplying from the delicate glass bottle it comes in.
Celebrate is often associated with Celebrate Body Lotion's festive appearance, making a lot of people smell the scent and think of Christmas. For me, however, this is really not true. I think that this is a scent that can be worn all year round, a fresh burst of citrusy goodness with a little boozy kick on the end. When you compare the scent of Celebrate perfume directly to the lotion I feel that the perfume has something more to it. It's less a citrus blast and has a more rounded scent with a slightly musky tinge on the end note. Although you get the full citrus blast of the orange and lime this is a more grown up citrus scent, it's definitely something that will be staying on my perfume shelf for a long time to come.
As for the lasting time of Celebrate I feel that this one does last a good while, it burns down from its powerful citrus wake up call to a somewhat musky citrus linger.
-Lord Of Misrule-
Lord Of Misrule is probably one of the most well known Lush scents right now - people are going mad for it! I even saw that someone had a bottle for sale on E-bay for a whopping £90 - sheer madness!
As for the scent of the perfume it matches the Lord Of Misrule scent perfectly, it's sweet and woody and slightly mysterious. The over-ruling smell is that of the patchouli but it is wonderfully softened from a somewhat hash smelling oil into a sweet yet robust fragrance. The pepper adds a little kick of a spicy note and brings both the patchouli and vanilla together wonderfully. This is also, by far, one of the longest lasting scents released this winter. Putting it on at the start of a day it's vibrant and strong, towards the end of the day it gently fades down to a softer version of it's starting self. I've never had the need to re-apply this and have found that it lingers in just the right ways - it catches people attention, but not because they're gagging!
Tuca Tuca is a rich mesh of Violet, Vetivert and Sandalwood and for a long time didn't share its scent with many things - then along came Don't Rain On My Parade in the Oxford Street releases and BAM it was back on people's radars.
Let me start by saying Vetiver is one of my favourite smells, ever. To me it's like having a whiff of a fresh log fire and I seem to love anything that its included in - that includes Dear John the 'mens' fragrance that I regularly wear (don't start me on gendered fragrances). Tuca Tuca did not disappoint, when you first take a whiff you get whisked up in a mix of violet, sandalwood and vetiver and it almost takes you off to a forest glade to hang out with the fairies for a while. It's also very strong and very lasting, it doesn't give up on you all day and I noticed you could even smell it in the mornings if you forgo a night-time bath.
Overall these fragrances have been some of my favourite releases from Lush in a long time and I have to say they have made me really excited for things to come!
If you've made it this far - have a lovely day and see you soon! ;)