LUSH Snowman Invasion (Cinders & Snowman/Butterball Bath Bombs) | The Gift Guide: under $15

Monday, December 2, 2013

LUSH Snowman Invasion review Christmas Holiday 2013

The product: LUSH Snowman Invasion gift set

   ↳ Cinders & Snowman Bath Bombs

When you live in a city that gets as cold as Edmonton in the winter, the promise of an almost-too-warm, wonderfully holiday-scented soak is pretty enticing. So, this year, I’m giving baths a chance. It’s something I haven’t done in years, but the boy is a bath addict, and he’s pretty good at making things sound wonderful.

(Case in point: Animal Crossing. I can’t even, you guys.)

Available at just $12.95 CAD (the same price in the US!), LUSH’s Snowman Invasion gift set is a super-easy, grab-and-go gift for the bath addict in your life. This vegan gift set includes LUSH’s limited-edition Cinders and Snowman Bath Bombs, both of which are returning customer favourites from previous LUSH Holiday collections!

LUSH Cinders bath bomb review 2013

Cinders Bath Bomb ($4.95 CAD/90g)

Scented with cinnamon leaf and sweet orange oil, Cinders is a bath addict’s winter dream. Not only is it made to smell like the holidays, but it’s made to sound like them, too: the popping candies will literally pop while they dissolve, mimicking the pops and crackles of a wood fire.

Kind of kitschy, yes, but so cool. 

Unlike a lot of LUSH’s Holiday range, Cinders isn’t part of their permanent range. Instead, it’s a fan favourite from previous years, hydrating with almond oil and fizzing away with a simple blend of sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, and water. I’d kind of have preferred that it didn’t tint the bath water yellow, but for a bit of fun, it makes a great gift.

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Popping Candy (Isomalt, Lycasin, Carbon Dioxide), Fragrance, Gardenia Extract, Almond Essential Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Cinnamal, Eugenol, Limonene, FD&C Red No. 4

Note: Cinnamon oil can be an irritant for some. If you’re gifting to someone with very sensitive skin or lots of allergies, you might want to pick a different gift set.

LUSH Snowman bath bomb review 2013

Snowman Bath Bomb ($5.95 CAD/100g alone)

A holiday-shaped version of LUSH’s much-lauded Butterball Bath Bomb, I’m saving Snowman for a day when I can relax for an hour and really enjoy a bath. I have terrifyingly dry skin in the winter, and Snowman/Butterball sounds like the perfect way to combat it: formulated with cocoa butter and scented with vanilla, it promises both relaxation and hydration (two things I think we could all use each December).

Butterball’s vanilla/musk/ylang ylang fragrance was one of LUSH’s first, and I’m looking forward to dropping this low-scent, no-tint bath bomb into my tub this winter.

Also: can we just stop for a second and talk about how absolutely adorable it is?

Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cocoa Butter, Synthetic Musk , Ylang Ylang Oil, Glycerine, Sodium Carbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Fragrance, FD&C Red No. 4, D&C Red No. 33, D&C Orange No. 4

LUSH bath bomb review Snowman Invasion

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LUSH Sun Review, Photos (Gorilla Perfumes Vol. 2) | A bitter orange splash to end the summer

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


The product: LUSH Gorilla Perfumes – Sun

↳ from Volume Two, the 2013 Gorilla Perfumes collection

Sun, packaged and tinted in a bright, lemony yellow, speaks toward traditional citrus splashes. With minimal sillage and unimpressive tenacity, it’s really best for use as a summertime cologne — bright and juicy, like the bitter rind of an tangerine as you peel it, with its sticky-sweet flesh hiding just inside. 

LUSH Sun review

Mark Constantine (LUSH co-founder & one of the noses of Gorilla Perfumes) crafted Sun to remind him of “warmer, sunnier climates;” of a roadtrip he had taken down the East Coast, from the New Jersey Turnpike to Cape May. In all honesty, he did an amazing job: though this isn’t my sort of scent, I’d have loved it when I was first getting into perfume, and it’s well-composed in terms of its notes.

Sun opens as a freshly-cut tangerine, and transforms over the next few minutes to reveal its sandalwood base. One thing I’d say about it is that you really need to treat it like a splash: expect it to be gone within an hour or two, and be prepared to apply both liberally and frequently.

LUSH Volume 2 Sun review

The overview

It’s a bit like: A Marc Jacobs Splash or Guerlain Aqua Allegoria (though the Guerlains are really in a class of their own). The notes of Sun make it a good non-perfume perfume, but it’s nothing you couldn’t find elsewhere.

You might notice: Brazilian orange, tangerine, mimosa, sandalwood.

Availability: Online & in select stores now, $14.95 – $55.95 CAD. (Featured here: 9 ml, $14.95 CAD).

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LUSH Furze, The Voice of Reason: Reviews, Photos | Gorilla Perfumes Vol. 2

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

LUSH Gorilla Perfumes Volume Two

The product: LUSH Gorilla Perfumes – Furze & The Voice of Reason

↳ from Volume Two, the 2013 Gorilla Perfumes collection

I had meant to get this review up first, but my plans were thwarted by Sikkim Girls’ undeniable, heady scent. With that in mind, here’s a very quick rundown of the “feel” of the most recent Gorilla Perfumes collection, overviewed earlier on theNotice.

LUSH Gorilla Perfumes Vol 2 reviews

The four scents I’ll be reviewing are all vegan, alcohol-based, and very, very LUSH. There’s something interesting about all of them, really, and I don’t think LUSH fans will be disappointed: despite their “mainstream” alcohol base, they still smell like something a super-cool tree-hugging environmentalist would wear.

Giving off a vibe more akin to a LUSH store than a perfume counter, Gorilla Perfumes layer well (if you ask in-store, the sales associates should be able to show you some layering duos so surefire they’ve named them), and all seem a little earthy in their base notes. For quick reviews of the entire line, I really enjoyed this post over at Perfume Posse — its a great “primer” for Volume Two on the whole.

Y’know. If you didn’t like mine enough (hysterical sobbing).

LUSH Furze, Sikkim Girls


Furze is a bit of a weird one: it opens coconutty and brash, almost like a sour garden — fresh and bright, but with a clinical, acidic surprise.

Had Furze been softer around the edges, as it was promised to be, I think I’d have have been a lot more fond of it. As it is, though, I’m on the fence: I think it’s an interesting take on your classic summer coconut scents (you know, the ones you see in everything from perfume to sunscreen), but I’m not sure if it’s the good kind of interesting.

LUSH Gorilla Perfumes Furze

Furze dries down to a wisp of vanilla against the skin (deliciously soft, but you have to push your nose right up to the skin to smell it.) I’d have loved to see this open with a creamy coconut & then settle into a vanilla halfway through, but as it is, Furze is a “skip” for me. 

A fun fact, though: LUSH perfumer Simon Constantine, one-half of Gorilla Perfumes, keeps furze bushes in his backyard to protect the home from curses and hexes.

LUSH Furze review

The overview

It’s a bit like: A coconut rendition of Lavanilla (Lesnoixdecoco?), or an olfactory rendition of a nondescript, coconut beach drink. You know the kind — obnoxiously coloured straw, maybe a flower or pineapple sitting awkwardly on the rim, either too much or not nearly enough rum.

You might notice: Vanilla, coconut, mimosa, neroli

Availability: Online & in select stores now, $14.95 – $44.95 CAD. (Featured here: 25 ml, $24.95 CAD).

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LUSH Sikkim Girls Review, Photos (Gorilla Perfumes Vol. 2) | A sexy, heady summertime scent

Friday, August 16, 2013

LUSH Sikkim Girls Gorilla Perfume

The product: LUSH Gorilla Perfumes – Sikkim Girls

↳ from Volume Two, the 2013 Gorilla Perfumes collection

I don’t like fragrances like this. No, really: I don’t. I don’t like florals; I don’t like incense; I don’t like the spice trail.

But god, I don’t hate this at all.

Gorilla Perfume Sikkim Girls review

I should, by all means, (hate this, that is,) but I just don’t. One might even say–if one was being incredibly pretentious, and also a bit of a dick–that I’m quite fond of it, all told.

More floral in the bottle than on the skin, Sikkim Girls goes surprisingly spicy within the first few minutes of wear. It has a bite to it that I wasn’t expecting, from LUSH’s description of a “subtle, seductive, heady, exotic, floral” scent, but the incense (and yes, there’s incense) is balanced out with heady florals and hidden woody base notes.

 LUSH Sikkim Girls

While I don’t feel like Sikkim Girls is a game-changer by any means, it’s certainly a standout when compared to department store fragrances. Think of it as the sexier, grown-up version of your standard whole foods store incense: perfect for summer evenings, but too kiss me now! for the office.

And let’s be honest: who couldn’t use a good ravish-me scent every now and again?

LUSH Volume Two reviews - Gorilla Perfumes

The overview

It’s a bit like: Don’t quote me on this, but if I was to compare Sikkim Girls to its mainstream counterparts… think of it as a cross between the outlandish YSL Opium, layered with the big white florals of CK Beauty. Sexy, but with incense and florals, too.

You might notice: Jasmine, frangipani, vanilla, and tuberose.

Availability: Online & in select stores now, $19.95-48.95 CAD. (Featured here: 25 ml, $34.95 CAD).

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LUSH Gorilla Perfumes Vol. 2 | Collection Overview & Preview

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

LUSH Gorilla Perfumes On Tour

About the collection

The facts

Like the first collection of Gorilla fragrances, Volume 2 features nine new unisex fragrances, available in six sizes. They’re limited edition for the year, available online and in these ten shops throughout the summer, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of them end up joining the permanent range. (My money’s on Sikkim Girls, and maybe Flower’s Barrow).

LUSH Devil's Nightcap The Bug Voice of Reason Gorilla Perfume

LUSH Gorilla Perfumes The Voice of Reason, Devil’s Nightcap, & The Bug

The line ranges from $14.95-$174.95 CAD, with prices varying by fragrance and size. I haven’t spoken to anyone at LUSH about why this is, but I’d bet it’s based upon the varying ingredients and percent of perfume solids by volume — the more expensive ones tend to have better wear time and sillage.

These vegan*, natural-synthetic blend perfumes are alcohol-based, which took me by surprise. With five splash bottles and one dropper, I had expected an oil base!

(*With the exception of Hellstone.)

LUSH Gorilla Perfumes sizes

The feelings

Created by the father-son team of perfumers Mark and Simon Constantine, Volume 2 was inspired by music, emotions, literary figures, and the British countryside. Meant to be “an antidote to boring mass-market scents,” each fragrance has a story behind it, and sometimes sits a little discordant.

(For a more “normal” scent, try something like Furze or The Sun; for something completely unexpected, give The Voice of Reason or The Bug a sniff.)

LUSH Sikkim Girls Hellstone Sun Gorilla Perfume

LUSH Gorilla Perfumes The Sun, Sikkim Girls, and Hellstone

LUSH Flower's Barrow Furze Euphoria Gorilla Perfume

LUSH Gorilla Perfumes Euphoria, Furze, and Flower’s Barrow

See the full collection past the jump! »

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