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Perfume / Fragrance

Gorilla Fragrances at Lush – Imogen Rose, Orange Blossom, Tuca Tuca, Breath of God, The Smell of Freedom

You know how much I love perfume, I think my Perfume Collection video may have hammered that home. Well, I got my little perfume addicted hands on some of the Gorilla fragrances for Lush. My understanding is that if you love the scent of Lush products than you will like some of these. At this stage I have yet to try any of them but I will keep you updated on my thoughts.

Imogen Rose, The smell of Freedom, Orange Blossom, Tuca Tuca, Breath of God

Gorilla Perfume was formed to showcase the perfumery of Mark and Simon Constantine as an antidote to boring mass-market scents and a movement to get people excited about good quality perfume“.

The five I have are Imogen Rose, The smell of Freedom, Orange Blossom, Tuca Tuca and Breath of God. If you have tried any of these please let me know your thoughts on them.


Imogen Rose – Gorilla Perfume calls it “a true representation of the Damask rose with a hint of baby powder”. It’s notes are rose, bergamot, vetivert, ambrette seed, tonka, and orris. A reviewer referred to the dry down as drowsy and dreamy… can’t wait to try it!

Imogen Rose

Breath of God – Breath of God was reportedly developed after Constantine created two separate scents, Inhale for women (uplifting neroli, refreshing bergamot, stimulating violet leaf and exotic jasmine) and Exhale for men (warming amber, soothing sandalwood and stimulating patchouli ). He then decided to combine them. The notes are neroli, lemon, melon, jasmine, rose, vetivert, sandalwood, cedarwood, amber and musk. 

Breath of God


Orange Blossom – Fresh orange blossom absolute and neroli oil burst out of the bottle like a distilled Mediterranean moment. Over time, the honeyed and woody tones develop on your skin and you’re left with a warm glow. Featuring orange blossom, neroli, rosewood, ylang ylang, sandalwood and beeswax. I hear that if you like the retro Happy bath bar then this is for you.

Orange Blossom


Tuca Tuca – ‘Like any good summer day, Tuca Tuca starts with a blast of fresh summer air, violet top notes accompany a rich floral feel from cassie absolute. As the sun reaches midday the warm vanilla and ylang ylang move the perfume into its middle notes and then, as the sun sets, we’re left with a slightly naughty violet leaf and vetivert bottom, the end to a perfect day!’ This is one of my favourite perfume descriptions, I want that day! :) Now,  off to test Tuca Tuca to see if it lives up tot he hype.

Tuca Tuca


The Smell of Freedom – The Smell of Freedom opens with a fresh, herbal accord and reveals its complex, spicy and woody nature as it warms on your skin. It’s a masterpiece.” The notes include lemongrass, lemon myrtle, neroli, jasmine, ginger, fire tree, clove, black pepper, sandalwood, oudh and orris.

The Smell of Freedom

Perfume bottle (30g) – €24.00
Atomiser (10g) – €11.00
Solid Perfume (12g) – €6.00

Have you tried any of Lush’s frangrances? What’s  your favourite scent at the moment?

Perfume / Fragrance

I want Rose Products- Without a hint of Granny please

I have developed an obsession with rose products. Now I don’t mean the granny rose scent of soap, I mean elegant, contemporary and pretty.

Here are some rose products that I would love! On another note – I have added a Facebook Like icon at the bottom of all my posts, so if you enjoy please like :)

Lush Gorilla Pefume Imogen Rose (€24 for 10g / €12 solid perfume / €52 for 30g perfume bottle) A warm romantic scent. Uses 100% pure rose oil and fresh basil. Wears into a warm baby talc with rose absolute. The dry down is warm and floral, a sweet amber. Not a hint of granny apparently.


By Terry Baume de Rose – Can be used on lips and cuticles. It’s said to plump lines on lips, leaving them supple and protected. But at £35 for 10g from Space NK I think I’ll have to save for this one.



Lush Tisty Tosty bath ballistic (€4.90) – contains rose buds


Rose Lipgloss Balm by Thomas Sabo Charm Rose Beauty  (€15)

I found it for €8 (plus p&p) from here 0r €15 from House of Frazer and Clery’s. While I’m at it, I’d also love to try Thomas Sabo Charm Rose (€49 from the website above).

What do you think of rose? Have you any recommendations for me??

Cleansers, Reviews, Skin Care

Where have you been all my life? Vichy Cleansing Wash

As a teenager I relied heavily on Vichy products but in the last few years I have gone cold on them. Lukewarm might be more appropriate.

Well consider me warmed up!

I have been using their Essentielles Facial Cleansing Wash and I am in love – the kind that never dies (or at least until I find something amazing!). I haven’t felt this emphatic about a product since Nars Sheer Glow Foundation so forgive my love rant.

According to the box the wash is enriched with Rose Gallica which apparently soothes and protects. I can’t vouch for that but I can tell you what ingredient makes this wash stand out from others I have tried – Glycerin! Glycerin is a common ingredient in skin care products but appears to be in abundance in this wash.

When I first applied it I thought it felt too thick. I also assumed that this thickness would some how bring on a cataclysmic breakout. Wrong. Basically you massage it in and lather it up like any other wash. The magic comes after the washing off! Your skin feels tight for about 30 seconds (don’t be alarmed it’s not true tightness associated with dryness). After that time your skin is literally squeaky clean, yes, actually squeaky! The initial tightness is something you may have felt if your use handmade soap (supermarket soap manufacturers remove the glycerin so they can re-use it, that’s why imperial leather etc is so drying). It’s actually from the air hitting the glycerin on the skin. Not only is it a barrier but because of it’s make up it attracts and contains moisture.

If you haven’t guessed already – I truly heart Glycerin :)

This is one of those products that I can see people either hating or loving. I’m not sure how well this would work on dry skin to be honest. I only know that it works a treat on my combination skin.

The price is also a little surprising – €4.90 in my local pharmacy. That is less than one would usually expect to pat for a Vichy product. This just means that I need to buy 4. You know in case of disaster, emergency etc.,

There are more products in the range but I haven’t tried them yet. After my experience with the cleanser I will happily explore the rest of the line.

What are your thoughts on Vichy? Do you approve of facial cleansing washes in general?

*Don’t forget – Click here to enter my MAC Stereo Rose giveaway