Lush is honestly my favourite thing. If someone told me I could only shop at one shop for the rest of my life I would learn to eat facemasks and survive and shop only at Lush.
You can imagine my excitement when I try a new perfume, especially one combining my favourite fragrances; Violet, vanilla and violet. (I know. I like violet)
I had never tried any of Lush’s other Tuca Tuca fragrance-esque products (Bathos, gratuitous violets, Tuca Tuca massage bar to name the few that I know of) so I wasn’t fully sure what to expect.
The smell of Lush’s perfumes change throughout the day, and smell different on everyone’s skin and this versatility is one of the reasons I love them so much but, nonetheless, I read a few reviews online and read that many other Tuca Tuca users found it either ‘very floral’, ‘sweet scented’ or said that it ‘started off quite blokey’ and I have to say that I agree with all of them BUT nothing could have prepared me for the smell I encountered when I first rubbed this onto my wrists:
Cigarette smoke. Don’t get me wrong, I love this perfume and I do still like the manly start to procedings, I love me some man, but for the first half an hour or so I walk around worrying that people will think I have just got back from having a sneaky fag (which I haven’t) rather than thinking “Who on earth is that delightfully fragrant woman?”.
The good news is that after the nerve wracking first half hour or so the floral sweet notes emerge and I feel feminine again. Huzzah! It’s not overly violet-y, or overly vanillary either but it is definitely the best bits of both.
Normally once I get past that stage I will reapply, feeling that I need more more more but if I leave it my god is it sophisticated. Suddenly, when I sniff my wrist ( and I do smell them) I can smell deliciously sweet spice with a very very slight woody undertone. Honest to Patricia perfection.
I whole heartedly reccomend this perfume, although the first smells you get aren’t quite what one expects from the perfume and so I give it an 8/10 on the Lush review scale