L’Occitane Verveine EdT Fresh Roll-on review, photos | Summer echoes

Friday, October 11, 2013

L'Occitane Verbena Fresh Roll On review

The product: L’Occitane Verveine (Verbena) Eau de Toilette Fresh Roll-on

Behind the collection: L’Occitane’s Verbena lineup contains organic verbena extract from Provence, and was created for use by both men and women. The Verbena Fresh Roll-on is a purse-friendly version of the original L’Occitane Verbena Eau de Toilette; the “Fresh” in the name is irrelevant (this is the same scent.)

L’Occitane has Mint and Citrus Verbena fragrances available as well this summer, in addition to the Eau Fraîche Collection of verbena-scented body products.

L'Occitane EdT review - verveine:verbena

The notes: A soft, delicate fragrance in the green citrus family, the L’Occitane Verbena Eau de Toilette lists top notes of orange and lemon, heart notes of verbena and petitgrain, and base notes of rose and geranium.

A few fun facts: Unlike most flowers used in perfumery, Verbena (also known as vervain — yes, all you Vampire Diaries fans, that vervain) can sometimes deliver a second harvest in October, weather allowing. Used  in everything from love potions to sleeping draughts, some plants in the Verbenaceae are odourless; others, delicately lemon scented.

L'Occitane Verveine Eau de Toilette review

My thoughts on the fragrance

I don’t love doing “verdicts” for perfumes, so I thought I’d change things up a little today.

I’m not entirely smitten with the Verbena fragrance, but it’s such an individual thing — I can easily think of half a dozen friends and family members who would absolutely love it. Very fresh, green, and lemony, Verveine opens as a freshly-zested lemon’s rind but sits a little too sharp and synthetic for my nose.

L'Occitane Verveine Eau de Toilette Fresh Roll-on review

The Verveine Eau de Toilette Fresh Roll-on fragrance is very light, with little sillage and a wear time similar to that of most lemony-fresh fragrances. Without any heavy or heady notes to “cling” to the skin, this summery verbena is gone within a few hours; perhaps due in part to its formulation, or perhaps due to its delivery method (roll-ons and EdTs tend to have less throw and tenacity than EdP and parfum sprays).

I would recommend this most to someone who wants to smell fresh and refined, and is alright with touching up throughout the day. I feel almost as if I love perfume too much for this perfume: it feels very much like a chic home fragrance, or a green bouquet sitting aside a bowl of lemons in the kitchen.

Availability: $22 CAD/10ml, limited edition and in-stores now.

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

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

LUSH Sun

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

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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Some(one) Sweet: Jessica Kruger, the new face of Lise Watier Something Sweet

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lise Watier Something Sweet

On July 11th, Lise Watier announced that Coquitlam-born Jessica Kruger would be the face of their newest perfume, Something Sweet. A fourth-year student at Simon Fraser University, Jessica was chosen by both consumers and judges to represent the fragrance with her “infectious enthusiasm, unfailing positive energy, determination and eloquence.”

Jessica is not only absolutely stunning, but she’s community-oriented, too. As a quadriplegic twenty-something, she gives motivational sessions for WorkSafeBC and the Rick Hansen Foundation, and is clearly beautiful both inside and out: the perfect pick for Something Sweet.

Lise Watier Something Sweet - Jessica Kruger

Jessica Kruger, photographed for Lise Watier by Shayne Laverdière.

As a fellow beauty lover with a disability, Jessica’s selection as the face of this campaign means a lot to me. In her words, voting for her to represent the fragrance also meant “choosing to embrace diversity and changing the world’s perception about what a model should be” – something that I’m sure resonantes with most of our readers, disabled or not.

There is still a huge stigma around about disability in the context of beauty in our society, and while I think we’ve made considerable gains over the years, it’s nice to know we’re still working to change what the face of beauty looks like.

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