One of my favourite beauty brands LUSH has just released an all new Gorilla Perfumes. The new Gorilla Perfumes consist of nine irresistible and delicious perfumes that will change your life. Father and son team Mark and Simon Constantine feel like the perfumes should be enticing, memorable and inspiring. For the second volume, both are inspired by music, art, people, British countryside and its ancient heritage, emotions and stories. Each perfume has a nice story behind it and it evokes a delightful emotion that’s almost nostalgic. The new Gorilla Perfumes are now available in 3 LUSH locations in Canada and 7 in the US for a total of 10 North American shops. They are also available through the Canadian website LUSH.ca.
I was recently invited to preview the new collection and I must say these new perfumes are to die for! When it comes to perfumes, it is always nice to have a story behind them. Not only do they smell amazing, but these perfumes also come in six different size bottles, ranging from 0.3 oz to 3.1 oz. Unlike the first volume of the Gorilla Perfumes, these new ones offer an artsy image to go with them. The art is designed by Plastic Crimewave. My favourites are “The Sun,” “The Bug,” and “The Voice of Reason“.
The Sun – is an orange, tangerine and sandalwood oil blend, inspired by Mark’s vision of a big orange sun on a lollipop stick. In the dead of winter, he reminisced about a road trip taken with friends in the middle of summer, driving down the New Jersey Turnpike to Cape May. Listening to Simon and Garfunkel croon “America”, he flung open the doors to his fragrance cupboard and began recreating the happiness and contentedness of that warm, happy day.
Euphoria – Mark Constantine, LUSH co-founder and perfumer, longed for happy, healing scents to make one feel a kind of euphoria. Motivated by a need to heal his own heavy heart, he experimented with ingredients to capture the rush and release of rapture. Inspired by aromatherapy books in his perfume library, Mark used cheerful essential oils including clary sage, grapefruit, lime and neroli to make a scent that is light, clarifying and expanding. In the darkest hours, Euphoria lifts and sets the heart alight.
The Voice of Reason – is inspired by the generation of beat poets. It smells as is Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Jack Kerouac just walked past you and through a cellar door into a secret club. They are gone, and all you have is the faint scent of espresso, French cigarettes and whiskey swirling around you. Sandalwood and buddhawood soak into your skin, senses and soul.
Furze – When LUSH perfumer Simon Constantine looks out into his back garden, he can see furze bushes smiling right back at him. The feeling of safety and protection that they bring to his little family, as well as their cheerful blossoms greeting him every day influenced the making of this fragrance. Warm vanilla blends with fresh coconut for a gorgeous creamy and soft scent.
The Bug – Perfumers Mark and Simon Constantine feel the paranoia of the modern age with The Bug. Composed to a musical backdrop of beats that lift us out of the mundane, The Bug was born. Thoughts drifted to ominous surveillance cameras, voices whispering, secret police and anonymous hackers… ideas of a protest perfume emerged. Sandalwood and tonka blend with galbanum and black pepper, transforming on the skin. A lovely yet disjointed scent for our times.
Flower’s Barrow – is inspired by Simon’s trip to an Iron Age hillfort, taken over by Romans who are now said to haunt the place. The ancient ruins have sunk into the sea, and nettles and brambles have taken over the land. Sage and thyme pull you back through the ages to times gone by. Ripe, bursting blackcurrant and sweet geranium are the tang of sea air and the wild plants that entwine against ancient stone.
Devil’s Nightcap – An earthy, mystical fragrance inspired by the mythology behind The Agglestone, or the Devil’s Nightcap, a megalithic rock outside the town of Studland, England. The story goes that his Satanic Majesty hurled the rock in an attempt to hit a nearby town. With bitter oakwood, oakmoss, clary sage and ylang ylang to capture the magic.
Sikkim Girls – is a scent of silent seduction. It is inspired by a Darjeeling café owner’s tale of two women, the Sikkim Girls, who seduced his son-in-law with the subtle, sexual sway of their bodies. A blend of frangipani, jasmine, vanilla and tuberose conjures up exotic climes and heady possibilities.
Hellstone – We find Simon in cold January, trudging across fields searching for the eerie spot known as Hellstone. The ancient standing stone structure was used as a burial ground 4000 years ago, and as written in 1803, legend has it the Devil flung this stone! Inspired by unearthed tree roots and freshly turned earth. The essence of Hellstone is captured in heavy joboba and beeswax, anointing the skin with a sensual, warm undertone.