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August 22 2014

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2 posts tagged "Gorilla Perfume"

The Holy Trail

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Religious symbols make routine appearances in fashion—most recently in Dolce & Gabbana’s almost all-white Spring collection, and before that at Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent for Fall, not to mention pretty much every Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy collection ever. Just last month, holy matters worked their way into popular culture as well, with high school singing sitcom Glee devoting an entire episode to the topic, including a particularly rousing version of “Losing My Religion.” Now natural beauty brand Lush is looking to a higher power for olfactory guidance. In-house perfumer Simon Constantine created Breath of God after a trip to Tibet, where he was particularly inspired by the incense used in religious rituals there. The resulting scent, with notes of neroli, melon, jasmine, sandalwood, and musk, launches December 1 and is a multifaceted mingling of smoky and sweet that is equally enticing on men and women. Definitely worship-worthy, and just in time for Midnight Mass.

Gorilla Is A Mist

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To call Lush’s entrance into the perfume biz grand would not be an overstatement—the handmade cosmetics giant just launched its very own fragrance house with not one, but ten thoughtfully conceived scents. Dubbed Gorilla, the brand-within-a-brand is actually a collaboration between Lush co-founder Mark Constantine and his son Simon, who has already been serving as the company’s creative buyer and resident perfumer. Each perfume has its own, often complex, story behind its conception, but we picked our three favorites based on scent alone. Imogen Rose, which is packed with Damascus rose (both oil and absolute), basil, talc, and ambrette seed, satisfied our constant hunt for earthy, non-cloying rose fragrances. The aroma of The Smell of Weather Turning is exactly as you might assume it would be—like the air shifting from thunderstorms to sunshine courtesy of a blend of English peppermint, hay absolute, Roman chamomile, bay oil, and oakwood. And The Actress, the first in a fragrance trio called The Three Ladies, which also includes The Heiress and the Duchess, is an homage to the brassy Broadway star Elaine Stritch. She was a drinker in her day, so the scent boasts a fizzy mix of cognac, brandy, and a blend of juniper berry oils and carnation absolute, which is formulated to imitate the aroma of gin. At a whopping $2,400, only the most smitten of Stritch fans will likely be able to spring for it, but thankfully, the rest of the flacons in the collection come with reasonable two-digit price tags. Starting today, all ten perfumes are on display at an interactive olfactory gallery on Crosby Street, with stops in Russia and Japan planned for the show following its new York debut.


Gorilla Perfume at Lush, from $9 for a perfume solid to $2,400, available at the Lush Gallery, 54 Crosby St., September 23 and 24, 12 to 9 p.m., and September 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.